The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

January 25, 2014

Former City Council members speak out

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• Wi-Fi services were installed at the Marina and RV Park as a convenience for boaters and campers.

The lbrary’s use of space has been very much improved. However, repairs to the existing building and systems are still desperately needed, as well as more space.

• Approved updated ADA required handicap accessible spaces on Riverview Drive and marina area

Swimming PoolThe interior of the bathhouse was almost entirely renovated. The shower and restrooms were made handicap accessible, fixtures replaced, the entire interior was painted, The women’s shower room is completely finished; the roof over men’s shower/restroom was replaced with remainder of ceiling and finish work to be completed before opening this season.

The Bandshell will be basically rebuilt in time for summer 2014 events.

The Showboat is expected to have new soundproofing to reduce the sound competition between their stage and the bandshell events.

The Lumberkings Baseball Field office floor and walls have been improved to lessen the impact of flooding during heavy rain events.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

 

The council began a policy to budget $100,000 annually to demolish burned-out and abandoned houses and buildings to improve neighborhoods.

The burn ordinance was finalized and adopted, and has resulted in considerable improvement of air quality in the city.

Council members set an annual clean-up day in which they picked up and cleaned designated areas (parkland around the Ericksen Center, 400 block 8th Ave South, Lyons and Downtown business areas, City Hall and parking lot area on S 3rd St, etc.) The community was invited to participate by choosing an area (neighborhood, a park or playground, etc.)

The Council supported the Blue Zones Health and Wellness competition between cities. Many restaurants and the schools began to offer healthier menus; many new opportunities for physical activity began. We did not become a Blue Zones city, but the attitude toward health and wellness seems to have improved considerably.

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