In 1981 the Senior Citizens Organization relocated from a downtown storefront to a renovated American Legion Hall. More community organizations formed in the 1980's, namely the Friends of the Library and the Historical Society.
Major public improvements in the 1980's included the construction of a new fire station on Mill Street in 1985 and the renovation of the village hall in 1986. As part of the renovation, the post office moved out of the village hall into a new structure on Allen Street. This move made it possible for the library to triple its square footage within the village hall. A shelter was added at Gert Wolter Park, and the original Village Park was renamed Herb Reffue Park.
A number of Clinton businesses expanded their facilities and services during the 1980's and early 1990's. Among them were the Meadow Park Nursing Home, the Citizens State Bank, the Clinton-Darien Veterinary Clinic, Hahn's Ace Hardware, Peterson Drug, DJ's Clothing Store, Pelishek Jewelry, and Nana'a Antique Mall.
The addition of new specialty retail stores combined with long-established retail businesses have helped to expand Clinton's trade area to even more than the 10,000 people it had been serving. Additions included the Russair's Veils and Tails Bridal Shop and Smokehouse Antiques.
Improvements to the schools during this period included an addition to the elementary school and the installation of an elevator in the middle school. Also, St. Stephens Catholic Church built a Family Center just north of the church. In addition to serving the church community, the facility is used for such purposes as public health clinics, blood drives, classes offered by local businesses, and other communty activities.