City hall elevator being replaced

Also: Search begins for new water plant supervisor

Gordon Woods / gwoods@theclintonjournal.com
Posted 6/13/24

CLINTON — City administrator Taylor Baxter reported at the June 4 city council meeting the city was closer to getting the city hall elevator repaired.

“As we’ve talked about …

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City hall elevator being replaced

Also: Search begins for new water plant supervisor

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CLINTON — City administrator Taylor Baxter reported at the June 4 city council meeting the city was closer to getting the city hall elevator repaired.

“As we’ve talked about this, our current vendor is struggling to maintain our elevator,” Baxter told the council.  “And, quite frankly, they aren’t maintaining it at all.”

Baxter said he had been in contact with a Peoria-based firm that will perform a complete inspection of the elevator.

“And, they’ll give us a firm price on what it would be to replace the elevator,” he said.

Baxter said the goal was to complete the work as soon as possible.  The company doing the work reported it would take about six months to complete.

“They talked to me about potentially patching it while the design is being done and the manufacturing of parts,” Baxter said.  “Their goal is to get it up and running in the meantime.”

Baxter said, working with city attorney John Hoblit, he should have a contract soon for commissioners to see.

John Wise announced water department supervisor Lloyd Francis plans to retire June 21.

“It’s going to be really, really hard to fill that position,” Wise said.  We’ve been working on trying to keep it in-house.”

Wise said the city would do whatever was necessary to provide a smooth transition.  He said he and public works administrator Steve Lobb were talking to the IEPA about what the department needed to do during the interim.

“And, talking to some companies, who maybe can help us a little bit through that,” Wise said.  “We’ll miss him (Francis), but I wanted to recognize him a little in the last meeting before he takes off.”

Ken Buchanan reminded the public the citywide clean-up runs from July 1-August 16.  Vouchers are available at city hall for one-time loads.  Residents can transport six cubic yards to Clinton Landfill.  Days and times are Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-3 p.m. at the landfill. There is only one Saturday when the landfill is open for drop-off during this program, Saturday, July 6 from 6 a.m. -2 p.m.

Also, Steve Lobb reported that, while the old iron bridge in the cemetery remains closed to vehicle traffic, pedestrians still could use the bridge.  He said he was in contact with an engineering firm to learn what the city could do to restore the bridge.

“There has been talk for years about the bridge being on a historic register,” Lobb said.  “We can’t confirm that yet.”

He said he would have more information at the June 18 council meeting.