The Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce and Clintonville Incorporated have sent a letter to the city recommending that improvement funds be used to create an Overbrook Ravine overlook and a driveway in front of the Whetstone Recreation Center.

The Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce and Clintonville Incorporated have sent a letter to the city recommending that improvement funds be used to create an Overbrook Ravine overlook and a driveway in front of the Whetstone Recreation Center.

The city has $565,000 in Urban Infrastructure Recovery Funds that was allocated to Clintonville in 2002. The city is looking for a joint recommendation from the chamber, Clintonville Incorporated and the Clintonville Area Commission on how to spend those funds.

The CAC decided at its June meeting to gather more information on three recommendations for use of the funds and hold a public meeting on the options before voting on a recommendation in August or September.

Clintonville Incorporated and the Chamber sent letters to the city earlier this month supporting two of the three recommendations: a U-shaped driveway in front of the newly renovated Whetstone Recreation Center and sidewalk and railing improvements on the east side of North High Street between Croswell Road and Overbrook Drive.

The sidewalk improvements would include an overlook to Overbrook Ravine.

The chamber and Clintonville Incorporated chose not to include a recommendation to fund medians along High Street.

Jeff Nelson, chairman of the chamber's board of trustees, said the chamber and Clintonville Incorporated are hoping the CAC will join them in supporting the driveway and the overlook.

He said the chamber and Clintonville Incorporated were able to make their recommendations more quickly than the CAC because of the organizations' different structures.

"We're very different organizations from the commission," Nelson said. "We had the information we needed to make our recommendations."

Nelson said the chamber's board decided to support the U-shaped driveway in front of the recreation center to provide safe access to the center, which is scheduled to reopen this fall.

"The new recreation center is a fantastic opportunity for the community, and we thought the drop off would add to the value of that project," Nelson said.

Clintonville Incorporated President Sarah Reinhart said with the requirement made to spend the funds for improvements on High Street, supporting the recreation center seemed natural.

The U-shaped driveway, Reinhart said, was in the original plans for the recreation center but was eliminated because of cost restrictions.

Nelson said the sidewalks and the addition of the overlook to Overbrook Ravine also made sense because that tract of sidewalk is an eyesore and provides a safety hazard to pedestrians.

Nelson said the chamber chose not to support medians on High Street over concerns that construction would cause a disruption to the businesses the chamber represents.

"We have several businesses that are still trying to recover from the High Street improvements," Nelson said.

Reinhart said her organization chose not to support the medians because members felt they did not have enough information about the medians' cost, where they would be placed or what they would look like.

Reinhart said both Clintonville Incorporated and the chamber are eager to see the CAC make a decision on what projects it will support, as the city will not undertake a project that is not supported by all three groups.

"We can't get any more money until we spend this," Reinhart said. "The money's been there for so long, let's decide how to spend it and then move ahead and request more money to support Clintonville."