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Clinton Business Owner Expresses Concerns Over Tree on Square

A Clinton business owner says a tree on the square is blocking her clients from seeing her sign as well as another business in the vicinity.


Stephanie Scoles is a local attorney and says a tree on the southwest corner of the square blocks the view of her business sign as well as the ReMax Realty signage. At the Tuesday night Clinton City Council meeting, Scoles was seeking a solution.



Scoles also expressed concern over the number of bird droppings from the birds that congregate in the tree. She is willing to contribute financially for a substitute to the tree if that is what it takes.



Commissioner of Streets and Public Improvements, Ken Buchanan indicated he could see the sign just fine when he drove by but Scoles contended it was dependent on which angle you looked from.



Buchanan wondered about taking measures to scare the birds off but Clinton Police Chief Ben Lowers indicated that would be a temporary solution and wondered how effective it would be. Buchanan also noted the Clinton Tree Commission would be in charge of the three in question and they generally are not in favor of bringing a tree down.



Buchanan also noted the trees on the square are a center point for the beautification during Christmas but Scoles contends what the City does on the square itself and the participation of other businesses during Christmas would be sufficient.



Mayor Roger Cyrulik charged Commissioner Dan Ballenger to help Scoles and ReMax ownership find an appropriate response. The Mayor felt that fell under Ballenger's department of city parks.


Also at the Tuesday meeting, Kody Mair (Myer) was sworn in as the latest Clinton Police Department officer and John Hoblit was sworn in as the new City Attorney.




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