The Clintonville Common Council honored outgoing alderpersons at their meeting on Tuesday, April 12. Alderperson Roger Metzger was recognized for his service on the council, while alderpersons Phil Rath and Jerry Jorgenson were also thanked for their service to the community.
Clintonville resident Gary Hagberg spoke during the citizen’s forum to thank these alderpersons. “To the four council members that are leaving, you deserve sincere appreciation from all of us,” Hagberg stated. “To those that were not re-elected: you leave big shoes to fill. Thank you to all of you that have served our city.”
The council has scheduled a retreat for Tuesday, May 24, and newly elected officials were encouraged to attend a workshop on May 20 in Kimberly. The council will hold its reorganizational meeting on Tuesday, April 19, beginning at 5:15 p.m.
Police Chief Terry Lorge reported that fundraising for the K-9 unit is going well, with a total of about $41,000 collected so far in financial gifts and pledges. Lorge reported that the department is also working on getting the Ford Explorer vehicle outfitted for the K-9 unit. Officer Adam Miller, who will be the K-9 handler, will participate in training in early July and will be in service with the K-9 officer throughout the summer before attending additional search and rescue training in October.
The council went on to approve crushed limestone bids from TL Kersten Excavating in the amount of $9.05/ton for 1 1/4″ crushed limestone and $9.05/ton for 3″ crushed limestone. Kersten’s bid came in as the lowest bid but was tied with another bidder. The Street Committee and Council voted to go with a local contractor, selecting Kersten’s bid.
The Tourism, Marketing and Finance Committee recommended the following items for approval:
a. Beat the Heat Spring Cruise Car Show financial request-up to $500;
b. Great Lakes Endurance-Pigeon River Classic Walk-Run financial request-up to $600;
c. Journeys Publication ads (spring, summer and fall) financial request-two ads, $500 each, $1,000 total;
d. Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce 2010 Tourism Expense Reimbursement–$1,640 to reimburse the Chamber for 2010 tourism related expenses.
All four measures were approved unanimously.
Mayor Judith I. Magee also presented proclamations for Poppy Day, Nurses Week, and Arbor Day.
A resignation letter from Jim Dorn was also reviewed. Dorn is resigning from his positions on the zoning and facilities committees, as he will be moving out of the city.
Clintonville Public Library Director Kathy Mitchell also presented literature outlining the library’s goals and objectives for 2011-15, along with usage statistics for the past 10 years.
The library has increased the numbers of items it owns from 58,360 in 2000 to 69,136 in 2005 and 76,031 in 2010. The daily average for items checked out has increased from 302 in 2000 to 351 in 2005 and 426 in 2010. Library programs have also increased from 123 in 2000, 300 in 2005, and 381 in 2010. Program attendance was at 3,742 in 2000, 6,440 in 2005 and 8,225 in 2010. The number of web page views conducted on the library’s computers increased from 5,267 in 2000 to 58,101 in 2005 and 160,385 in 2010.
For more information on the library and its services, visit www.clintonvillelibrary.org or visit the library at 75 Hemlock Street, Clintonville.