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 →

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 →

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 →

Students’ return boosts area business

As students return from school, local businesses look to make up lost ground from winter break and grueling weather conditions. On Sunday, Jan. 5, southern Illinois was hit with a winter storm, bringing with it three inches of snow and temperatures stooping ... Continue Reading →

Students’ return energizes area businesses

The city of Carbondale is about to receive a substantial economic boost from the wallets of university students. The students’ return brings an influx of cash to the community to be spent at local establishments, in turn stimulating the economy. This ... 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 →

Fire station for bid in November

It’s only a matter of time before a company is chosen to build the city’s new fire station. After City Council members approved Tuesday to build a station at 401 N. Glenview Drive, the next step will be to put the project up for bid and hire a construction ... Continue Reading →

Carbondale closer to new fire department

The City Council approved a resolution Tuesday that allows for the placement and development of another fire department in the city. Kevin Baity, city manager, said in an email the new fire department’s location, which will be 401 N. Glenview Dr., will ... 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 →

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 →

Historical properties may be zoned for hospital

City Council to discuss grant to rehabilitate old homes, liquor Control Commission to decide on renewal of Ice Box Bar and Grill liquor license Historical city properties could be torn down for hospital use after tonight’s City Council meeting. Southern ... Continue Reading →

Community responds to trustee dispute

While SIU Board of Trustees members have had an ongoing public dispute, community members question the effect it could have on the university’s reputation. Board chairman Roger Herrin was voted out of his seat March 22 at the board’s annual elections ... Continue Reading →
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