Friday, May 27, 2016

Fourth Friday Fair Postponed

Due to impending yucky weather, tonight's Fourth Friday Fair has been postponed until next week:

The Fourth Friday Fair, originally scheduled for May 27, featuring “Bike Carbondale” activities, has been postponed until next Friday, June 3,
due to extremely wet conditions and forecasted thunderstorms. The event will feature a bike fix-it station, skateboard demonstrations,
a bike giveaway, free kid’s activities, and music from Hans Predator. The event is not cancelled, just being moved to a more favorable date.
The Fourth Friday Fairs will run April - September. This event has the potential to draw in all parts of the community in a back-to-basics
way; Carbondale Main Street is proud to bring you this new event series!

Walker's Bluff

Walker's Bluff and the Chamber of Commerce are making a big push this weekend to show support for The Resort at Walker's Bluff at Herrinfesta Italiana. Apparently the plans for expanding the Resort, and coincidentally bringing 1200+ construction jobs and 700+ resort jobs hinge on the state approving a gambling (or it is more euphemistically call these days, gaming) bill which would allow the development of a casino at the Walker's Bluff complex. No casino bill, no jobs.

As long as the folks at Walker's Bluff are footing the bill for the complex, that means no tax dollars or waivers going to help fund it, I lean towards supporting it. We do need to be aware though that research shows bringing large scale gambling into an area, and this is gambling, brings an increase in crime and addicted gamblers, for which someone will have to foot the bill.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Garden Tour

Free on the 5th?  Keep Carbondale Beautiful has orgainzed a self-guided garden tour of some of C'dale's attractive gardens. Tickets to the gardens and maps of the tour only $5.

Keep Carbondale Beautiful announces Garden Tour
 Carbondale, Ill. May 23, 2016  –  Keep Carbondale Beautiful has been lining up gardens for their third annual garden tour, set for Sunday, June 5, from 11 am to 3 pm.  The tour is self-guided: participants can drive or even bicycle to all the gardens.  They are all within city limits.  Tickets and maps can be purchased for $5/person at the Old Train Depot (corner of Main and Illinois).
Among the highlights this year are water features, hummingbird habitat, and gardens that sparkle.   The personality and passion of the homeowner is expressed in the garden.  At one home, 300 hummingbirds were banded last year.  At another, a fascination with rocks has led to an amazing collection.  KCB Board Member Sandy Litecky organized the tour:  “Of course the homes all have curb appeal, but it’s what’s waiting in back that takes your breath away. “

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

One Item City Council Meeting

Looks as if we have a special City council meeting for Wednesday with only one item on it:

1.      Council will interview and question the Consultants who submitted Proposals to conduct          the Organizational & Management Review

Friday, May 20, 2016

New City Attorney

According to this press release from the city, we have a new city attorney as of May 23. That was kept pretty quiet:

The City of Carbondale would like to announce that Lenoard “Jamie” Snyder will become City Attorney effective May 23, 2016.  Mr. Snyder grew up in Elkville and is a long time resident of Jackson County.  Mr. Snyder attended John A. Logan College, received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Southern Illinois University, and attended Roger Williams School of Law in Bristol , Rhode Island, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2001.  Upon graduation, he worked a short time in private practice in Normal, Illinois before accepting a position with the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s office in June of 2002.  Mr. Snyder joined the City of Carbondale as the Assistant City Attorney in 2007 and is a member of the Jackson County Bar Association.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Southern Talk Show

The Southern has started a new call-in show on WDBX, airing at 9:30 Monday mornings, just before Talk of the Town. Unlike most WDBX programming, the currently unnamed show is available for download from The Southern's website but lord is it difficult to find.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Upcoming Hwy 127 Closure

In case you drive Hwy 127 south of Murphysboro but not regularly, IDOT will close a section of it for about a week starting June 6th. They are doing repair work on a section of the road between Saltpeter Cave and the Cedar Lake/Pomona turnoff, making it somewhat difficult to get to Abbey Ridge Brewery or Alto Pass from Murphysboro for that week.