City project to repair sidewalks, curbs expected to ease downtown business owners’ concerns


Safety and drainage issues in focus for Center Street at Washington work

CLINTON — A local business owner is urging the city to repair some sidewalk in the area of her store.  She spoke to the city council during its Aug. 1 meeting.

Melissa Morris, who currently has plans to open a bakery on the southeast corner of Center and Washington streets, talked to commissioners about the state of some of the sidewalk near where she plans to open her business.

Morris also owns a barber shop located one door south of the future bakery.  She said she and her husband Kyle had invested substantially in renovating the building but were frustrated by the condition of the sidewalk.

“I have photos …feel it is not safe for anyone to walk or bike on,” Morris said.  “As you can see, there are multiple hazards and non-ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) issues.”

She cited an unprotected, outdoor staircase leading to a basement, buckled concrete, cracks and broken curb.  Morris said from the intersection west to North Monroe Street was in poor condition and multiple people had been injured from tripping over the buckled sidewalk.

She told commissioners for the portion of sidewalk running near her businesses, she felt engineering work would not be necessary.

Mayor Roger Cyrulik said the city already had consulted engineers about performing repair work from the intersection to North Monroe Street along the south side of Washington Street. 

• See the complete story in the Friday, Aug. 12 print edition of the Clinton Journal or now in the Journal E-Edition for subscribers.

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