The labor in hauling brush and a date change for the November special election were the big topics at the Clinton City Council meeting Thursday, Sept. 14.


Brush hauling was turning into a real labor crunch for his department, Charles Wilson said. Wilson, who heads both the streets and parks department, said hauling brush was keeping his three-person staff tied up three days a week or more, preventing them from addressing other duties such as park maintenance. As he presented to the council, he said he was considering the need to hire a part-time person just to focus on brush hauling.


In a post-meeting interview, Wilson spoke of homeowner who cut brush on weekends and begin calling his office Monday morning, some every two or three hours, wanting the brush carried off. At the meeting he told the council of work crews from non-city agencies cutting brush to facilitate work they were doing and leaving it in ditches or by the side of the road.


“All services get abused,” Councilman Shon Hastings said.


A second labor cost was the side-arm cutter had become so worn that it was requiring constant rebuild and reseal. Wilson and the council discussed a go-forward plan to use grant money to acquire a replacement, possibly for presentation at the next council meeting.


The date change for the special election for the fire tax was placed before the council after it was determined the original proposed date if Nov. 7, the first Tuesday of November, would violate election laws since Clinton had no candidates on the ballot for that election. The date was changed in a series of motions to Nov. 14, the second Tuesday of November.


Water Department head Dickie Hink presented to the council the department’s Annual Budget.


In other council matters:The water department remains in negotiation with the insurance company for settlement to the vandalism which took place at the westside sewer plant.Blue Hill wrecker service presented, asking to be placed in the rotation for wrecker service in the city.The negotiations with Dennard Water are still underway between legal representatives. Hink said he had not yet engaged in any formal negotiation with the Dennard department.