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STORM DRAINAGE TOPS CLINTON’S LIST OF NEEDS

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The city's population increased by 4 percent last year to 9,730 residents, and the 10,000-person milestone should be reached later this year.

"The city's growing," Dennis Cluff, city manager, said, indicating that while its growth rate isn't unusually large, it is steady with 300 to 400 newcomers every year."The greatest thing we have a need on is storm drainage," Cluff said.

He said adequate runoff control exceeds even traffic congestion problems and water supply demands in the city.

Clinton currently has plans in the works for a stormwater retention basin under the power lines between 1300 North and 1800 North. The city is also doing an impact fee study on water, sewer and storm drain needs.

While the city's current culinary water supply is adequate, Cluff said a new culinary water reservoir will be needed in several years unless things change. Since the city is also studying a secondary water system, that would be the most likely candidate to stall the need for the new culinary reservoir.

"It will cost residents substantially more for secondary water," Cluff said. "But it will result in savings five to 10 years later."

Increased traffic is causing more congestion in the city, but the installation of the city's first-ever traffic signal at the intersection of 2000 West and 1800 North will help.