By Katherine R. Dougan
At the Board of Aldermen’s meeting on August 17, the department head report from the City’s Director of Economic Development, Gabriel Prado, ended with Prado announcing his resignation to join his family’s business. Prado joined the City as Clinton’s first full-time director of economic development in March 2019.
Prado indicated that there is again development in the works at the corner of Springridge and Highway 80, but the timeline for that development has not yet been announced. Regarding development of Hampstead Boulevard, Prado reported that the scarcity of materials and delays caused by COVID-19 have slowed the construction of Sonny’s BBQ, but work is in progress. Also on Hampstead, Prado said there is a potential clothing and one sporting goods national retailer who have expressed interest in developing there. Prado also said the City is working towards a big box retailer for a 10,000 square foot facility as well as another hotel and restaurant on the Hederman property off of Hampstead. Other goals include tenants in the Industrial Park near the former Delphi plant and developing the site next to McNeely Plastics.
Board action on August 17 included the Board revisiting the request to approve a mural to be painted by Paul Gore on the side of the Indian Lanes Bowling Center. Board members had tabled the request the first time it came before them, asking for a better rendering of the proposed design. With a few noted adjustments, the mural was approved. [EDITOR’S NOTE: See “Mural at Indian Lanes approved with change, stipulation” on page 18.]
Another item that had been tabled earlier this summer, possible amendments to the City of Clinton’s Zoning Ordinance as it relates to Interstate Corridor Signs, was removed from the agenda.
The Board reappointed most of the City department heads, with a couple of changes to the organizational structure of the Communications Department. The Olde Towne Depot director and the Visitor Center director positions were moved under a newly-named Communication and Tourism Department. [EDITOR’S NOTE: See “Board reappoints department heads, creates Communications and Tourism department” on page 28.]
The Board also appointed Sam Minter and Garrett DeYoung to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, as well as Carolyn Hoff to the City of Clinton Library Committee. [EDITOR’S NOTE: See “Three volunteers approved for service on City committees” on page 39.]
In other business, the Board approved (7-0) a request for a dimensional variance from Wayne Pierce to construct a barn behind his house at 5 Chatham Place. Pierce owns forty-two acres at that site. They also approved (7-0) a conditional use request for construction of a child care facility at 0 Wood Chase Park Drive, as well as approved (7-0) the City to address unkempt property at 872 Cherrystone Circle and 180 Hobby Farms Road.
Aldermen voted (7-0) to extend a professional services agreement with SchoggenScapes, Inc. for cutting and maintain Kids’ Towne Park, Brighton Park, Robinson Park and Northside Park, and approved (7-0) a lease agreement between the City and Clinton Public School District for advertising on the new jumbotron scoreboard at Arrow Field for a three-year term at $3,000 per year.
Board members will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, September 6, for a Work Session. The next Board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 7, at 305 Monroe Street in the Municipal Courtroom.