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7/16/2013 11:52:00 AM
Claremont City Council Chamber may help finance new sidewalks
EDA considers promotion of free lot program
Claremont's EDA met on Wednesday, July 10 to discuss the idea on how to advertise the RK&T Residential Lot Development Program.

The program, began earlier this year and gives away free lots in the RK&T development.

The EDA voted to spend $1,000 in advertising for the free lot program. They will put an ad in the Dodge County Plat Book, have National Fleet Graphics make a weather proof sign and will contact local media to possibly run a news article about the free lot program.

The EDA also discussed the property at 138 and 140 Front Street that formerly housed the Coffee Cup Café. The property will be offered to the city as it is tax-forfeited. There has been some discussion on moving City Hall into the location. City Clerk Liz Sorg has contacted CEDA to see if there are any grants available to help rehabilitate the property. CEDA is looking into the possibility.

By Tara Lindquist

The Claremont City Council, on Tuesday July 9, learned they might receive some help with sidewalk improvements. The Claremont Chamber of Commerce is considering paying for a portion of the sidewalk assessments using Charitable Gambling funds.

The sidewalk replacement project started this week, and the council approved the elimination of the crosswalk and flagpole holder in front of the American Legion. The city will put a mount near their door or buy a flagpole stand for them. The council also voted to eliminate the handicap ramp that is in the middle of the sidewalk now, as was recommended by the Public Works Committee.

The council approved liquor permits for The Claremont Pub for Hogfest weekend in the areas of Front Street and Westside Park. They also approved liquor permit for the Pub for Jacob's Run on September 7, on Front Street in front of the Pub. Additionally, the council approved a Jaws of Life demo at Hogfest with experienced firefighters doing the demo.

The council discussed the property at 138 and 140 West Front Street that is on the county's forfeiture list and will be offered to the city soon. If it is offered to the city, the city cannot sell if for a profit. The council discussed the idea of moving City Hall to that property if it becomes available to them, as the Fire Department could make use of the current City Hall. The property would be free of charge but the city would need to pay $250 for the Use Deed Fee, $1.65 State Deed tax, and a $46 Recording Fee. The renovation needs of the property are unknown at this time as the city cannot gain access to the property year, but charitable gambling might be able to help. City Clerk Liz Sorg will call CEDA to see if there are any grants available.

During the meeting, the council was also updated on Greenway's progress. The company said they are not planning on building this year, but they are thinking of building next year. Greenway would like a little more land than previously thought; they would like all of Westside Park. An agreement could be made to have them move the equipment to a new park or move the equipment to the parks they have and upgrade those two parks.

Other items on the agenda included the payment of the bills and an update on the well at the wastewater treatment plant.

The council will meet again on August 11.

Claremont Service

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