The Finance Committee for the city of Clintonville has recently held two special meetings to discuss the future path the city takes regarding the city’s capital improvement projects and city debt.
The meetings come on the heels of the city’s debt dominating the discussion at several meetings over the past couple months.
In 2015 the city council had approved a five-year capital improvement plan to fund projects through 2020. Since then several unexpected and costly projects have come up that needed to be addressed. This forced the city to have to make $1.1 million in capital improvement project cuts.
These cuts were approved by the Finance Committee and the City Council in July.
The biggest cut approved was a new rescue-pumper fire truck scheduled to be purchased in 2017. The city’s portion of the new fire truck would have been $375,000.
The fire truck would have replaced Rescue No. 970 (1991) and Engine No. 967 (1994), with the intention of reducing the fleet by one vehicle by combining the vehicles to fit the needs of the department. It would have also created space for equipment currently not on a fire apparatus, in addition to creating room for items stored outside to be stored inside.