Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Wanna Buy a Home

Given that, last time I checked, roughly 70% of Carbondale property was owned by absentee landlords, the city would definitely like to encourage more people to buy their own home. To help with this the Carbondale Neighborhood Action Group and the Egyptian Board of Realtors will host a free home buyer seminar on February 18. The PR is below

The Carbondale Neighborhood Action Group is teaming up with the Egyptian Board of Realtors to host a free home buyer seminar on Saturday, February 18.
The event will be held at the Carbondale Public Library from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The library is located at 405 W. Main St.
Realtors, mortgage lenders, home inspectors and title companies will discuss a variety of topics associated with buying a home. This includes selecting a relator, finding the right home, selecting a lender, home inspections, contingencies and post-purchase maintenance.
Lunch will be provided to all attendees and light refreshments will be available throughout the seminar. Activities for kids will also be available.
This event is free, but registration is strongly encouraged. To sign up, visit http://goo.gl/forms/pLGXoQFyyrO30bZu1. For more information, contact Daniel Presley at (626) 487-9747 or CarbondaleHomeBuyer@gmail.com.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Ice Storm Follow Up

In case you missed it, last Friday's ice storm knocked out power to about 40% of Carbondale homes. By 6 p.m. Saturday, due to yeoman work by Ameren linemen, power was restored to all by about 3% of them.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Ice Storm

Streets in Carbondale are fine, though steps can be a bit slick. Tree down on a power line on North Oakland, just north of the intersection with West Sycamore. According to the Amerin website, just under 40% of the residences in the 62901 area code war without power

It Lives

Looks like Interstate 66 nee the Shawnee Parkway still lives. According to the meeting of the Sierra Club I attended, this time the plan is to propose building the Parkway in segments, thus lessening the apparently environmental impact when the necessary studies are completed. After all, short segments of Interstate highways cause less environmental damage than does a full stretch of highway through wetlands.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Podcast

No, not me.

Carbondale will launch its own bi-weekly podcast starting next week. Should prove interesting though I am not sure how it will differ from WDBX's "Talk of the Town", save for the fact that it is a podcast whereas TOTT has to be caught live as there are no archives.

The City of Carbondale and WDBX 91.1 FM are teaming up to launch a bi-weekly city podcast.              
“Inside Carbondale” will feature interviews with city officials and community leaders. The goal is to provide residents with the latest information about projects and events going on in the community.
The podcast will be available at www.wdbx.org and www.explorecarbondale.com.
The first episode will go live on Wednesday, January 18 at 9 a.m.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sales Tax Perception

Carbondale needs to work on getting out the word about the new sales tax and the upcoming one. I got told today by someone who lives in Anna and comes to Carbondale mainly for the music scene that the Carbondale sales tax is now 12%. It is high, thanks to the county, but not quite that high.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Discount Parking

In case you park a lot in downtown Carbondale and don't want to keep feeding the meters, the city is offering a 20% discount on parking permits if you purchase them between January 16th and 27th. You have to purchase permits for at least 4 months and some restrictions, of course, apply.