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 →

McDaniel chosen for vacant council seat

The Carbondale City Council selected a familiar face to fill the vacant seat left by former Mayor Joel Fritzler. Corene McDaniel was appointed to the council by a unanimous vote at a special session of the city council Tuesday night. She will be sworn ... Continue Reading →

Budget woes plague city council

The Carbondale City Council met Tuesday to discuss the city’s upcoming budget problems. City Manager Kevin Baity read his preliminary budget report to the council and said the city is looking at a $731,000 budget shortfall. Baity said the city is looking ... Continue Reading →

Street music welcome

Carbondale sidewalks may soon be filled with musical talent. In a Feb. 2 press release, former Mayor Joel Fritzler invited street musicians to perform in public areas. Musicians are allowed to play non-amplified instruments and accept donations while ... Continue Reading →
ADRIAN MILLER

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 →

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 →
Councilman Don Monty discusses his
upcoming transition into the role of
mayor after a 6-0 vote Tuesday. Monty
will replace resigning mayor Joel
Fritzler for the remainder of the term.
The new mayor will be sworn in Feb. 4
at Carbondale City Hall.
JAKE HAINES· DAILY EGYPTIAN

Carbondale goes full Monty

Students may not know their soon to be new mayor. Councilman Don Monty was appointed the title of interim mayor after Mayor Joel Fritzler’s resignation, effective Feb. 3. Monty got his bachelor’s degree at California State University, Chico before ... Continue Reading →
Councilman Don Monty talks with local media Tuesday following a special city council meeting at the Carbondale Civic
Center. Monty was named acting mayor and will serve former mayor Joel Fritzler’s term, ending in April 2015.
LEWIS MARIEN · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Monty appointed interim mayor

A replacement for resigning Carbondale Mayor Joel Fritzler has been named. In a special session of the Carbondale City Council Tuesday, Councilman Don Monty was approved in a 6-0 vote as the interim mayor. Mayor Fritzler did not vote. Fritzler announced ... Continue Reading →
Councilman Don Monty talks with local media Tuesday following a special city council meeting at the Carbondale Civic
Center. Monty was named acting mayor and will serve former mayor Joel Fritzler’s term, ending in April 2015.
LEWIS MARIEN · DAILY EGYPTIAN

Monty named interim mayor

  A replacement for resigning Carbondale Mayor Joel Fritzler has been named. In a special session of the Carbondale City Council Tuesday, Councilman Don Monty was approved in a 6-0 vote as the interim mayor. Mayor Fritzler did not vote. Fritzler ... 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 →

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, citizens torn over panhandlers

After an hour-long debate on the issue of panhandlers, council members passed a revised ordinance that was created to push panhandlers away from businesses on the strip. The new ordinance makes it illegal for panhandlers to be active on any publicly owned ... Continue Reading →

Council to get strict with panhandlers

Council members will discuss the issue of panhandlers, how they negatively impact the city and a newly revised code geared toward a solution to the problem at tonight’s council meeting. Councilman Don Monty said panhandling has been a city issue for ... Continue Reading →
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