Community shares downtown suggestions

Downtown Carbondale is in the first stages of a face-lift. More than 100 community members gathered at Carbondale City Hall Wednesday to attend the first of eight discussions on the renovation of the city’s downtown area put on by the Downtown Advisory ... Continue Reading →

Carbondale votes to lift Halloween ban

Because of the successful 2013 trial run, three bars on the Strip will be open again on Halloween. The Carbondale City Council voted to lift the restrictions on Hangar 9, Stix and Sidetracks at the May 20 meeting. City Manager Kevin Baity said the expected ... Continue Reading →

City Council increases refuse and recycling fee

Another tax increase is on the way for Carbondale residents.  The Carbondale City Council voted unanimously to approve an increase of just over two percent per year to the refuse and recycling fee. The increase raises the current fee from $14.30 to $14.60 ... Continue Reading →

City to increase sales, hotel tax to tackle budget

Tourists and locals alike will see a tax increase as part of a plan to remedy the city’s nearly $1 million budget deficit. The Carbondale City Council voted to raise both the sales tax and hotel/motel tax as part of its plan to balance the budget. The ... Continue Reading →

City deficit near $1million

The Carbondale budget crisis is more than $200,000 worse than previously expected. City Manager Kevin Baity relayed the bad news to the City Council on Tuesday. Baity said, at the Feb. 11 City Council meeting, the city’s deficit was an estimated $761,000. ... Continue Reading →

Miller seeks City Council position

Current Undergraduate Student Government President, Adrian Miller has announced he will pursue the vacant position on the Carbondale City Council. The council will begin accepting applications from community members interested in filling the position ... Continue Reading →
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New development planned for downtown Carbondale

Illinois Avenue in Carbondale may be getting a facelift. The space located at 710 S. Illinois Ave. will see significant redevelopment in the coming years, if a development group’s plan to build a five-story complex on a two acre site now occupied by ... Continue Reading →

Council forms plan to fill vacant seat

The Carbondale City Council agreed to a plan to fill outgoing Mayor Joel Fritzler’s vacant chair. Potential candidates can apply for the position between Feb. 4 and Feb. 14. The city council will then hold closed sessions to narrow the number of candidates ... Continue Reading →

City Council seeks property tax increase

Carbondale property taxes could increase if the City Council approves a proposed tax levy ordinance at the Dec. 17 meeting. The City Council approved a 10.57 percent increase in the property tax levy Tuesday with only Mayor Joel Fritzler and Councilwoman ... Continue Reading →

Council approves recycling sewage

Instead of using animal manure to fertilize his fields, one Carbondale farmer has recycled the city’s sewage for several years. Eric Sheilds will be able to continue the practice for at least five more years after the Carbondale City Council approved ... Continue Reading →

Ban on Halloween lifted after 12 years

  After nearly two decades of strict Halloween weekend regulations specific to the Strip, the Carbondale City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to lift the ban on downtown bar operations for a one-year trial period, making this the first time in twelve years ... Continue Reading →

City Council contenders

Jessica Bradshaw A Carbondale Community High School graduate, Bradshaw works at SIU as an office manager. She has been a member of both the Chamber of Commerce and Carbondale Main Street and is chair of the human relations commission. She also serves ... Continue Reading →

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 to discuss university’s future

SIU Board of Trustees may be abolished The Carbondale City Council may oppose a split between SIU Edwardsville and SIU Carbondale. The group will vote tonight to approve a resolution against a bill that would abolish the SIU Board of Trustees and establish ... 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 →
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