Monday, November 30, 2015

Road Closing

Road Closing for the rest of the week. From the city:

Due to water main construction, Cedarview Street (between East Main Street and East Walnut Street) will be closed to traffic from 7:00 A.M. through 6:00 P.M from Monday, November 30, 2015 through Friday, December 4, 2015. 

State Leaders Meeting

Using the term "leaders" a bit sarcastically, as the governor and the heads of the state legislature have not met in about 6 months, Governor Rauner and the 4 legislative heads are scheduled to meet tomorrow. Given the seriousness of the situation, one would think they could have managed to meet monthly or even weekly, instead of debating the issues under consideration thorugh the media rather than in person.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gas Prices

Gas prices down about 74 cents from this time last year, just in time to encourage more people to drive for Thanksgiving. What really amazed me though was that gas prices are lower in Illinois than in Missouri or Indiana, at least the border counties.

Monday, November 23, 2015

New Business at the Armoury

Looks as if another business  plans to move into the old National Guard Armory, joining Alpha Rentals and Armory Hobbies. From an email sent out by the city:

Pursuant to Title 15, Section 2.17.11, any increase in the size, location, or amount of signage in an NB, Neighborhood Business, district must be approved by City Council and sent out via the Neighborhood Notification Program no less than 15 days prior to City Council review of the modification.

CrossFit Henosis, to be located at the Old National Guard Armory (500 North Oakland Avenue), has submitted plans for two architectural signs and one minor directional sign. This item will be on the City Council Agenda for December 8, 2015. The proposed plans are available for public review in the Planning Services Office.

Please direct any questions to Travis Taylor, Planner (618-457-3233).

Thursday, November 19, 2015

ABC Unveiling Party

Still time to make this:

Though the America’s Best Communities Prize Competition, Carbondale Main Street, the City of Carbondale and Connect SI have created a revitalization plan utilizing Carbondale’s new resource, Gigabit fiber.  Contracting with Sandel & Associates, including individuals involved in the original Google Fiber initiative in Kansas City, the “Carbondale ABC Grant Writing team”, has crafted a flashy “Playbook” while leveraging big ideas from community members.
An upcoming Unveiling Party will showcase hundreds of copies of the “Playbook”, an inspiring video presentation and remarks from City officials and the Carbondale ABC Team, followed by a champagne toast.  The event will be at Carbondale Community Art’s new gallery space at 304 West Walnut in Carbondale.  The celebration will begin at 6pm, with formal remarks at 6:30pm.  The Unveiling Party will close at 8pm.
We will be asking the question, “Who’s Our Next Champion”, and empowering someone to take the reigns on just one part of the “Playbook”.  If community members are interested in learning more, the event and participation in the process is open to anyone!
The Party will feature complimentary appetizers and champagne.
The “ABC” Prize Competition has awarded Carbondale Main Street with $50,000 so far.  The non-profit organization is now in the running for the next round of funding, where they could win $100,000 for downtown and community development implementation.
The America’s Best Communities Competition is funded by Frontier Communications, Dish Network, CoBank, and The Weather Channel, but was initiated by Frontier as a way to spur economic and community development in the rural areas they serve.  The winner of the entire competition will win a prize of $3 million to execute their plans for improvement.
For more information about the Carbondale ABC campaign, follow them on Twitter @carbondale4abc, or contact Carbondale Main Street at (618) 529-8040.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

In God We Trust

Yeah, police departments are just asking for trouble. Hopefully, Carbondale doesn't decide putting In God We Trust stickers on police vehicles