City holds off on Neighborhood Business District

City Council members pass Special Use Permit, liquor license updates After a more than five-hour meeting Tuesday, the City Council approved five agenda items and tabled another. The tabled item deals with an amendment to the city’s Neighborhood Business ... Continue Reading →

Council members discuss departure

Twelve candidates look to fill three open City Council seats in April’s election. The council is composed of six members and the mayor. Terms are staggered, so three members are up for re-election every four years. There is no maximum number of terms ... Continue Reading →

Carbondale chooses green energy option

The City Council unanimously voted to enter a 100-percent renewable energy plan Wednesday night in an electrical aggregation meeting aimed to lower resident’s electricity costs. The two-year plan was 2-percent more costly than Collinsville-based provider ... Continue Reading →

Council tables group home decision

  After much conversation Tuesday night, City Council members chose to postpone a decision to allow a group home for young adults with mental illness. Haresh Thakkar requested to gain a Special Use Permit to turn a professional administrative office ... Continue Reading →

Council considers tax levies, pension increase

Although tax increases are normal functions of a city, council members had mixed emotions at the City Council meeting Tuesday about the city tax hike to be imposed next year. The major reason for the city tax increase is the state raise in pension benefits ... Continue Reading →

SIUC: Party image unrealistic

Talks of the university’s party school reputation have resurfaced in the first few weeks of the semester, as a party attended by hundreds ended with police using tear gas in the street, and the chancellor insisted the image has affected enrollment. SIUC ... Continue Reading →

Council approves rezoning for hospital

  Southern Illinois Healthcare requested Tuesday at the Carbondale City Council meeting to rezone 112 and 200 N. Poplar St. from residential areas to professional administrative offices in order to house a generator and air conditioning units to ... Continue Reading →

City Council to decide on CCTB funding

The future of the Carbondale Convention and Tourism Bureau could be greatly affected at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The Council will vote on authorizing City Manager Kevin Baity to execute a contract with the CCTB, among other organizations. According ... Continue Reading →

City Council tables budget decision

The Carbondale City Council made no decision Tuesday about the proposed Fiscal Year 2013 budget. The review and discussion of the Proposed FY2013 Budget and Five Year Community Investment Program was tabled until April 17 to allow city council members ... Continue Reading →

Baity selected as next city manager

Editor’s Note: This article was updated at 9 p.m. Tuesday. A controversial zoning certificate caused a split vote in the Carbondale City Council over Kevin Baity’s appointment as the new city manager. The City Council met Tuesday night at ... Continue Reading →
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