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Clinton Sewer Project: Homeowners V. Business Owners

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Many Clinton residents deal with flooded basements every spring. They say it's not just rain water, but sewage. City Council has plans for a pumping station, but the construction of it has created a controversy of its own. The city could tear up around ten blocks on Roosevelt St., where many businesses are. Custom Pack and Air Control, which use large trucks to transfer materials to their other locations throughout the day, could face trouble during the construction period. The Roosevelt St. route would cost around $170,000 more than the other, residential option, which could go through Pershing Blvd. Neighbors are worried about dozens of trees that could be chopped down.

"There are a few on the next block down that are very upset about losing their trees," said Becky Temple, who lives on Pershing Blvd. "I do love living on this street for the fact that there are trees."

She says she would rather not see the trees go, but that the loss is worth it, if it means getting rid of a longtime problem.

"We have carpet in our basement, and when you have sewage backing up, you know, that's kind of gross," she said. "To have the city taking care of it is a good thing."

The trees would be removed on her side of the street, the east side, from 8th to 17th Ave. However, the sewage problem would supposedly be fixed all the same if it moved to Roosevelt St., which is just two blocks east of Pershing Blvd., toward the Mississippi River.

"It will create problems," business owner Kerry Kahler said. "I'm sure they'll notify us, and we'll get through it. We'll still hang in there. If the road is torn up on one, or both sides, it's going to make it real difficult because, usually, we just pull out onto Roosevelt."

Kahler has worked on Roosevelt for almost 55 years. He says he hasn't seen a road construction project here in around 20 years.

"They need to do it, we all realize that, but it doesn't mean we all have to like to have it," he said.

On the residential side, the road was repaired just last year.

"They just did it, and now they're going to tear it up, and do something else," Temple said.

City Council notified around 80 households and businesses about the project. They will discuss the $3.6 million sewer project on April 8th.
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