Too excited to put this anywhere but up top: Last Saturday on the Square playing music with newly-forged friends was fun! (And we never use exclamation points. It was that much fun.)
We'll keep this going, in fact have already talked to people who weren't there and want to make it next time. Mark your calendar: Second Saturday in June, June 10, 9 a.m. to Noon, play music on the Clinton Courthouse Square. No mics, no amps. Newspaper office if the weather gets in our way.
Interesting and nice part: People coming through the square as we were playing would wave, and we would wave back. You'd better believe there's a lot of town squares that aren't that nice, or melodic. And, we get it, it's not the square, it's the people in it. Love this area.
While we're talking, the new blacktop on the square looks great. Oh, okay, really great!
Glad tidings (get it?)
We can, finally, exhale. The Clinton City Council approved (larger article on our front) the Water and Sewer Department spending money on the, well, water and sewer system. And it gets better: Apparently the money has been there all along, held in CDs as revenue earmarked for water and sewer improvement was retained.
Wait, wait, more good news: And department operations continue to remain in the black. Nobody's spending more than they got. And the water's clean. Win, win, win.
But this isn't about the money, the money's nice, don't get us wrong, but this isn't about the the numbers on the page. This is about the willingness to pull the trigger, to get something done, to move forward. This is about the Clinton City Council seeing what needed to be done, weighing the considerations, and acting - unanimously. They acted; way to go you guys.
It gets better: As we go to press the budget money was found to replace a worn out mower, maintaining the ability to keep the ball fields looking nice. Same deal: People willing to act. Good, excellent. Those ball fields are bringing a lot of out-of-town tax revenue in and this is what forward-thinking bodies do. Good good job.
And the bad news is
July 7 will mark the mid-year; the mid-year will mark when half the money has been spent, in effect. (Granted, when you get under the hood it's not quite “50 percent here, 50 percent there” but you get the point, we're painting with a large brush here.) We're concerned. Tax revenues, as we've spoken of in this space before, are down, and we see no reason to expect that to change before next year.
Anticipate belt tightening. And if you're like us, there's no part of tightening a belt that doesn't come with some pain. Ugh.
1 Corinthian 13: 3-7 (NIV)
3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.