The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

October 18, 2013

LEVINE: City makes right move

The city of Clinton got it right Wednesday.

In case you missed it, the City Council approved large-item pickup to begin Monday for the city. It’s a move many residents are happy to see, and was helped by At-Large Councilwoman Jennifer Graf’s persistence on the issue.

She has been a vocal supporter of the service since discussions began in March when the city reviewed the pickup’s future. She helped bring the measure back to the full council to review after representatives rejected large-item pickup last week.

No matter how long this took, the move made by the council and city officials was the right thing to do. Residents pay for this service, and although the pickup is just a minor blip on the budget radar, it is a tangible service that many residents depend on each year.

It’s the little things that help change perception. Residents’ views on City Hall don’t generate warm, fuzzy feelings, so any little thing the city can do for its residents is a welcomed sight, and could possibly help change those attitudes. I can rehash my thoughts on the absurdity that this measure had to come to this, but in the end, the city didn’t care about personal attitudes regarding large-item pickup.

I believe in getting the right answer in any situation, no matter how long it takes. And Wednesday’s answer was the right one.

As Graf has mentioned, the city made a promise to its citizens, and now that promise is being kept.

And that’s all the citizens have wanted. Now the city not only is supporting the measure this year, but has a date for next year. Already, the communication has improved since I wrote about this last week, and I’m hoping that will continue.

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