City now able to locate leaks on its own

Police now enforcing parking regulations for housing authority


CLINTON — City officials met recently with representatives of a company that will supply equipment to locate water leaks in town.

“We used to hire a man to come in; he would go around with different equipment,” commissioner John Wise said.

Wise said the city was able to purchase its own equipment so city employees could locate leaks.

“We can locate leaks that don’t come to the surface,” Wise said.  “This way, we will have the equipment, and we can use it on our own.”

He added the purchase already was in the city’s budget.

Wise made his comments during the Jan. 21 city council meeting.

In other business during that meeting, commissioner Tom Edmunds reported city sales tax revenue was up about $2,000 from the same time last year.

The council also approved some expenditures.

Commissioners approved appropriation of infrastructure funds of $361,332 for improvement to Center Street, $3,695 for Illini Drive street lights from Ameren Illinois, $9,990 to Donahoe & Associates, Inc. for engineering services to relocate the water main at Marco NPK, Inc., and the purchase of two Dell desktop computers for the police department not to exceed $3,000.

The council also approved intergovernmental agreement with the DeWitt County Housing Authority giving the police department authority to enforce parking code on private property.  Police Chief Ben Lowers described the agreement as similar to an agreement the city has with the school district.

Lowers said the agreement was intended to give officers the authority to enforce no parking in a fire lane area but also to deal with any other parking issues the housing authority has.