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April 26, 2014

Sprucing up the Gateway

Today, like much of the past week, is all about making this area a more aesthetically pleasing place to live.

Area leaders and residents will take to the streets today to clean up the Gateway area. A beautiful day will allow those volunteers to bask in some sunlight while completing a necessary task for the area’s development.

The snow-less streets, sidewalks and yards have showcased trash littered in our area, and we commend the many volunteers that will not only head out today, but have previously and in the coming weeks, to make our community look better.

If you’re not interested in joining the Kiwanis Club or the participants in the Clinton Community Clean Up day today, we encourage residents to take a few minutes around their home and pick up any scattered trash.

This is a community issue. We all need to pitch in to make our area look better. And while we’re cleaning up, the area has celebrated making Clinton look better by planting trees in recognition of Arbor Day.

Trees Forever will landscape Liberty Avenue today as part of Alliant Energy’s Branching Out program. Other organizations have taken this week to spruce up their landscaping, preparing for the summer months.

Also, the Clinton City Council made a decision this week to forgo a plan to save money on a force main repair in Clinton, and instead opted to go another route, thus saving 37 trees.

There’s many ways to make our community more desirable. Economic development happens not only through creating more jobs and focusing on a larger taxpaying sector, but also through making a better environment and not worrying about pieces of trash floating around visitors’ vehicles.

We appreciate the many volunteers who are making this area a better place to live. Let’s keep it up not only for today, but for the many months to come.

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