Council will discuss capital improvement plans

CLINTON — The city of Clinton's Capital Improvement Plan will be a talking point at Tuesday's Clinton City Council Committee of the Whole meeting.

A memo from Clinton City Administrator Matt Brooke to Mayor Mark Vulich and the council indicates that much of the priority of the newest plan focuses on the city's roadways and other transportation-based initiatives. The draft, which is set for discussion this week, is for fiscal years 2020-2024, Brooke's memo says.

Some projects that were slated for the 2019 fiscal year remain, Brooke says, because they carried "greater financial need" than the city's resources could accommodate at the time.

Among the priorities is the city's Pavement Management Plan, as it has been in years past. It is a plan that is "fully funded at the levels requested by (City Engineer Jason Craft) in order to achieve a pavement rating the city can maintain into the future." The initiative also is part of the city's official strategic plan, Brooke's memo states.

At the top of the list, however, sits Bluff Boulevard and Manufacturing Drive reconstruction, a project that was recently denied U.S. Department of Transportation funding. Officials said in the wake of the denial that it won't deter them from applying for grant funding in the future, and that city funding also could support the beginning phases of the project.

The nearly $32 million project would include converting a large section of the roadway into a three-lane section, adding a roundabout, and separating sewer and sanitary lines, including bio-swells to capture rainwater and filter storm water. Expected to cost roughly $31.6 million, the $22.7 million grant would have covered more than 70 percent of the total cost.

Other highlighted priorities include roadway reconstruction plans for the North Third Street and Main Avenue intersection, city bridge replacement and construction projects, Riverview Swimming Pool and Ashford University Field parking lot upgrades, a Lyons Fire Station expansion and projects at the Ericksen Community Center.