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Trail opens

There will be a ribbon-cutting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at City Park to mark the opening of the new wildlife trail and pavilion.


The Clinton City Council met last week to discuss the 2013 budget. At that point, the $2.2 million budget was over by about $80,000. The council briefly discussed budgets for Parks and Streets, Police and the Fire Department. The Police Department budget for municipal offices was cut by $20,000. The department had spent $10,600 on overtime through the end of November, and the 2013 budget includes the same amount for overtime — $12,000 — as the 2012 budget. There was discussion on how much it would cost to add a police officer and about funding contract labor for the Street Department. The $80,000 over budget was trimmed by meeting’s end, and council members decided to take their revised paperwork home and meet again Dec. 18. five days after their regular meeting. Only three council members were present at the meeting Dec. 6, Johnny Moore, Wendy Russ and Sam Ward. Randy Churches, Richard Hink and Kip Stringer were absent. The next meeting of the City Council is 7 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Municipal Airport terminal building. The meetings are open to the public.


The Democrat has early deadlines next week as it goes to press a day early because of the Christmas holiday. Advertising deadlines for the Dec. 26 paper are 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. The deadline for Community, Sports and School news is 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21. The Democrat office will be closed Dec. 25.


The Department of Health is reporting a rise in influenza cases throughout the state. Mass flu clinics have wrapped up after administering 61,823 doses of vaccine in 107 mass clinics, including some in Van Buren County. The department says there is still plenty of vaccine available at local health units.

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