Visioning session identifies problem areas for Clintonville

Results presented to plan commission

Grace Kirchner Leader Correspondent

Kathleen Thunes, principal community development planner for East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, said they got a lot of feedback from a visioning session held Dec. 6 at the Clintonville Community Center. She revealed the results of the visioning session to the Clintonville Plan Commission in January.

The visioning session was held as a part of the city reviewing its comprehensive plan.

Participants identified part of the current culture of the city being schools (good and low achieving), loss of small business, industry, lack of home maintenance/pride, high poverty rates, festivals, schools, downtown and poor infrastructure, according to Thunes.

As the participants looked to the future they wanted more stores, housing, schools, more recreational opportunities, a swimming pool, the city as a destination, among other things, Thunes said.

Participants said the things that they think need improvement in the city were the historical museum, Bucholtz Park, W.A. Olen Park, Pigeon Lake and the downtown area.

When asked about priorities for the city, the participants listed focusing on housing in the city especially in the $150,000 range. Economic development in the downtown area was listed as important.

When participants were asked what “big ideas” they had for the city they listed investment in the downtown, structured community improvement activities, walking and biking facilities, pool/aquatic center, entertainment venue and making Clintonville a destination.