Advisory committee addresses signage and streetscapes

Upon exiting Union Station, it is obvious, even to visitors, one is in Chicago. When stepping down from a train in Carbondale, some community members think more can be done to welcome newcomers and residents. The Downtown Advisory Committee had its fifth ... Continue Reading →

Permanent farmer’s market ideas take off

More than one hundred community members packed the Carbondale Civic Center July 3 to voice their ideas about a year-round farmers market. The attendance exceeded the city’s expectations, as people were left standing until another room was opened and ... 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 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 →

Graduate student enters city council race

Graduate Assistant Brent Ritzel has submitted his application for the open Carbondale City Council seat. Ritzel is one of eight applicants and one of two SIU students vying for the seat left vacant by Acting Mayor Don Monty after Former Mayor Joel Fritzler’s ... 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 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 →

Council to talk city, library tax levies

The City Council will discuss tax levy proposals and examine how tax money will be delegated for the upcoming year at tonight’s meeting. According to the meeting’s agenda, the city has been able to abate the city general purpose tax levy by subsidizing ... Continue Reading →

Voters to decide on pension amendment

Illinoisans have two big decisions to make by the Nov. 6 election: who they want to be the next president and whether they approve of a state pension amendment. The amendment, House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 49, is a change to the Illinois ... Continue Reading →

Citizens, police give break-in prevention tips

Although break-ins, thefts and robberies can be a problem for some Carbondale residents, a new neighborhood association president can offer helpful advice for citizens who deal with the issue. Adam Loos, president of the Northwest Carbondale Neighborhood ... Continue Reading →

Approved splash park funds concern some

With nearly unanimous support from the City Council and a sold-out Aug. 2 fundraiser at the Civic Center, some still feel the proposed Super Splash Park lacks full community support. The proposed park and competition pool is planned to be located at Carbondale’s ... Continue Reading →

Park district to receive $90,000 toward splash park creation

Mayor Joel Fritzler said the city will receive something it has waited on for nearly 40 years: a pool for all. “This is the city of Carbondale supporting the community of Carbondale for a project that has been wanted and needed for years,” he said. The ... 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 →
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