More than 25 citizens spoke during the citizens’ forum at the Clintonville Common Council meeting, Tuesday, June 10.
Many of them expressed their concerns about the investigation regarding City Administrator Lisa Kotter, and whether that investigation is over or not.
Many also expressed their support of Kotter and Mayor Judy Magee.
Citizens pleaded for the council to put the matter behind them and move forward for the sake of the betterment of the city. They said Clintonville is being made out to be a laughing stock.
Alderman Greg Rose spoke as a citizen during the forum. He stated that the audience is slanted and he was speaking for those who won’t speak up. He said these people are the regular people of Clintonville, not the industrial park business people, the influential or the wealthy. He said they don’t speak up because they are employed by the industrial park businesses and other prominent figures in the city.
Rose called the influential people in the city “vindictive.”
“Of the people in my district not a single one has contacted me personally to tell me they dislike what I’m doing. As a matter of fact it is quite the opposite, and I’ve heard nothing but good things outside of the loop of people who have been speaking here tonight,” Rose said.
City swimming pool
Kotter informed the council that a crack was found in the outdoor swimming pool when it was filled with water. She said repairs would amount to $3,500 at the top end. It would also delay opening the pool.
Alderman John Wilson asked if pool repairs were going to be an ongoing issue.
Zienert said the pool has aged and will cost money but he was OK with that.
The council agreed to repair the pool by a 10-0 vote.
• The council voted 10-0 to assign reconsideration of street light reduction to the Street Committee.
• The council voted 10-0 to assign garbage collection reconsideration to the Finance Committee.
• The council voted 7-3 to refer to the Safety & Ordinance Committee the responsibility for drafting an ordinance that would create a Committee on Committees to advise the mayor, to make recommendations to the mayor for committee appointments. Doornink, Rath and Zienert voted no.
• The council voted 6-4 to send to the Personnel Committee ordinance 1.09(5)(c) on hiring and firing by city administrator.
• The council voted 8-2 to approve the first reading of Ordinance 1096 pertaining to the keeping of chickens.