The plan is to develop the growing industrial west end of town,
however a $53 million dollar price tag has many residents speaking out.
"I think the project would be great for the City of Clinton, but when you don't have the money to spend that is the bottom line. No money, then you can't do them. That's the main problem,"
said Clinton resident Jane Wilke.
Some of Clinton's City Council met this morning with residents to go over details of the plan.
"It would be infrastructure, roads, roads outside the of the park, roads inside the park, water, rails, right now it's an undeveloped park so it needs just about everything," said Clinton City Council member John Rowland.
The plan also includes a railroad project to make more areas of the city accessible by train. All in an effort to bring more businesses and people into the area. But some residents think for such a big project is moving too fast.
"I'd like to see them slow down a bit and get this all out.
Everybody wants to see jobs and everybody wants to see growth but the debt might not be sustainable, we have too many things happening here all at once," said Clinton resident Robert Betsinger.
Even some city council members are concerned.
"We have limited resources, so I think there is a request here for unlimited spending, and I don't think we can afford it," said Rowland.
The city plans on using a combination of bonds, grants, and increasing taxes to fund the project.
"I think every community is looking for economic growth and development. We have to be prepared to attract people to our community to work, live go to school and stay," said Rowland.
Residents will have an opportunity address more concerns at the next city council meeting on January 28th.
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