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Council discusses pedestrian bridge

During Monday evening’s Clinton city council meeting, former city councilman Jerry Shattuck approached council to reignite a conversation about a pedestrian bridge.

He said it was something he and other council members had discussed back in 2005, but that the economic recession put a halt to that.

“One of the most far flung ideas we had, which was met with enthusiasm, was the idea of a pedestrian bridge where Magnet Mills was located,” Shattuck said.

He said that now would be a good time to start talking about it again now that the bridge replacing the Llewellyn bridge is being constructed.

Council also discussed historic zoning. Clinton Mayor Scott Burton said that he believed some of the downtown Clinton area was being overlooked.

“The depot needs to be included,” he said, stating that the historic train depot was part of the original purpose of the historic zoning.

The public works department updated council on work being done on Eagle Bend Road, saying that the trees and underbrush have been mostly cleared. They expect the project to repair the road that was damaged in the floods to take another three to four weeks, depending on the weather. They requested a compact excavator, which would cost $54,393.30. The money requested would come from the public works capital outlay fund, which is a fund set aside for items such as the excavator.

“We are proactive so that when these things arise, we have the money to cover it,” Burton said.

They also requested a dump truck to replace an older model. The requested 2019 Kenmore dump truck would cost $95,231, and would also come from the public works capital outlay fund.

The city passed ordinance 641, which amends the current mobile food truck vending regulations. That expands the number of days a food truck can operate at a retail location.