Monday, June 27, 2016

We're Number Three!

The editors of Midwest Traveler, the member magazine of AAA, selected the  Farmer's Market of Carbondale as the third best farmer's market in the Midwest. The only two markets ranked higher were the City Market in Kansas City and the Soulard Farmer's Market in St. Louis, so the Carbondale Farmer's Market is in pretty good company

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Jackson County Zoning

Jackson County is looking into establishing a county wide zoning policy and is asking for feedback from country residents. You can fill out the survey here.  You may have to scroll down a bit to see said survey.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Power the Tower

Advanced Energy Solutions will install solar power on the WDBX station building at no charge to the station and use the opportunity as a hands on training session on July 16 &23. Hopefully, other local businesses will check out the event and see if converting to solar might be a feasible option for them.

 In Celebration of 17 Years of Business, Advanced Energy Solutions Plans to install Solar Power on WDBX Community Radio Advanced Energy Solutions Group, Inc. dba AES Solar has now been providing excellent service and resources to Southern Illinois for 17 years as of June 4th. In the Native American tradition celebrating your birthday by giving presents to others, AES Solar will be gifting WDBX Community Radio 91.1 with solar power, and using the opportunity to train future solar power providers through a hands on John A. Logan class in Solar knowledge scheduled for July 16th & 23rd.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hampton Inn Open House

In case you are free this Thursday, the Hampton Inn on the east side of Carbondale will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. to show off their newly renovated facilities and guest rooms.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Live on Main

Live on Main had a pretty good turnout last Friday night. This shot was taken between the two shows. Attendance looked a bit lighter than the first show at the West Monroe location but I think the area was a bit larger than the first show there, allowing the crowd to spread out more.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Fronabarger on Tax Increase

Councilman Lee Fronabarger posted this on the recent vote by city council to raise taxes on some categories of prepared foods as well as fuel and packaged liquor.

Update on Carbondale Community Forum

The city just sent out the below about progress on items brought up during last April's community forum meeting:

On April 21, 2016, the City of Carbondale hosted a community forum that was attended by over 170 people. The intent of the forum was to allow the public to present ideas as to how we can make Carbondale a safer and more welcoming community. Six key ideas were developed at the meeting that include enacting a nuisance ordinance; increasing police foot patrols; changing the mindset of Carbondale youth; improving lighting in the community; increasing landlord communication; and expanding outreach to SIU. In the weeks following the forum, the City of Carbondale has been working with community leaders to address these goals and provide the following updates:

·        Enact a Nuisance Ordinance – Carbondale Police have reviewed numerous ordinances from similar communities and have completed a first draft of an ordinance for Carbondale.  City staff has begun reviewing the ordinance and are meeting weekly to refine and prepare the final language to present to City Council.  Tentatively, staff will present a nuisance ordinance to Council at the August 9th Council meeting.

·        Increase Foot Patrols – On June 1, 2016, the City of Carbondale Police Department (CPD) and the SIU Department of Public Safety (DPS) formed a joint Neighborhood Patrol Program. As part of a long standing, ongoing cooperative effort between the two agencies, officers from CPD will be partnered with officers from SIU DPS to patrol Downtown Carbondale and the densely populated student neighborhoods within the Arbor District and along Grand Avenue. These patrols pair officers in motor vehicles while also placing high emphasis on directed foot patrols in the neighborhoods which border campus. 

·        Change Mindset of Carbondale Youth – Youth are most at-risk of being involved in a crime between the hours of 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Providing safe venues for kids during these times, coupled with programming to enhance character development, increases a youth’s chances for success. As such, the City is working with the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale (BGCC) and other community stakeholders to develop additional programming opportunities at the BGCC that could begin as early as September.

·        Improve Lighting in the Community – City staff has surveyed existing lighting in the neighborhoods bordering campus; specifically the area bound by Mill Street, Poplar Street, Walnut Street, and University Avenue.  Lighting deficiencies have been identified and City staff is currently working with Ameren to develop a schedule to make the necessary lighting additions.

·        Increase Landlord Communication – Carbondale Police maintain active and ongoing communications with landlords, as well as the Building and Neighborhood Services department, to share knowledge of problem tenants and “party houses”.  Over the next several months, the City will explore new strategies to enhance communication between landlords and to better notify them of problem tenants.

·        Expand Outreach to SIU – The City of Carbondale meets regularly with SIU administration and is always considering new ways to share community information with faculty, staff, students, and alumni.