The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

September 27, 2013

Months of delay continue in pickup service

By Scott Levine
Herald Associate Editor

---- — I’m glad I didn’t hold my breath on Aug. 9.

That was the day when I wondered aloud about the city’s lack of progress regarding large-item pickup.

Now, on Oct. 8, the Clinton City Council will discuss the topic again, a result of no one being interested in providing the service for the city.

Way back in August, I said there’s no way the city would be able to offer the service in August, and I wouldn’t hold my breath for the service to magically appear in September.

And unfortunately I was right, much to the chagrin of many residents and myself. But now we’ll be well into October before anything happens, and when peering into my crystal ball, it doesn’t seem likely anything will get done in October, unless some Council members step up, send out city workers and complete a service that has always been provided to Clinton residents.

With ever-increasing costs passed on to residents, it’s in the best for the city to give us this one little thing. It’s time-consurming and a headache for city employees and department heads.

But I get a headache every time I look at my sewer/solid waste bill.

I’ve written about this topic ad nauseam for the past year.

I understand why the city doesn’t want to do this. But when you continue to raise bills and offer fewer services, there comes a time when a little thing like a once-a-year large-item pickup becomes good business.

It’s time to give something back, and being an election year, I would hope that would give some representatives an extra boost to get something done on this topic before November.

Residents care about this. It may not be a significant line item in the budget, but this is a story our readers have indicated they follow and something I’ve heard in the public that people are confused about.

Let’s end the confusion. Take a stand in the next few days and get something done. That’s what residents will be looking for when the election happens in November.

City Council members can display some of that decisiveness in October when making a choice in favor of Clinton citizens.

That’s a choice I hope I won’t have to hold my breath for.

Weekly picks

It’s about time some harder games show up on the college football calendar. I’m not making any tremendous picks, but the schedule has been so easy, it’s almost impossible not to get close to 20 wins each week.

This week will tell us a lot about Iowa. A win against Minnesota could show the Hawks they belong with some of the better teams of the Big 10.

A loss could mean the opposite. I’m not sold on Iowa State, so Iowa’s schedule hasn’t shown me much yet. If Iowa wins this week, then I may become a believer that they could get to a bowl game.

Like always, feel free to go toe-to-toe with me, and log on to www.clintonherald.com and click on the College Football Sweepstakes. If you do well, you will be in a drawing for a Dick’s Sporting Goods gift certificate.

Last week’s record: 20-5

Overal record: 81-19

This week’s picks

Oklahoma State at West Virginia; South Carolina at UCF; Miami (Ohio) at Illinois; Northern Illinois at Purdue; SMU at TCU; South Alabama at Tennessee; Virginia at Pittsburgh; Navy at Western Kentucky; Toledo at Ball State; LSU at Georgia; Florida State at Boston College; Oklahoma at Notre Dame; Iowa at Minnesota; Connecticut at Buffalo; Army at Louisiana Tech; Houston at UTSA; Albany at Old Dominion; Ole Miss at Alabama; Texas A&M at Arkansas; Florida at Kentucky; Florida Atlantic at Rice; Wyoming at Texas State; Kent State at Western Michigan; Arkansas State at Missouri; Wisconsin at Ohio State.