Friday, December 19, 2014

BrightFilelds Meeting

Not sure what attendance was like at last night's meeting regarding the proposed BrightFields solar installation on the contaminated Koppers' property but it appears those that showed were vehemently against it.

The BrightFields installation will bring construction jobs, generate property taxes and is the sort of development that has successfully repurposed contaminated sites in other areas. There was little complaint or concern shown about the property during the years of the cleanup. , only now, when someone wants to use it , are opponents getting noisy.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

State of the City Address

For those of you that missed it, Mayor Don Monty's State of the City address from last Tuesday is now posted as a PDF on the city website.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Most Dangerous City

According to the FBI, Carbondale ranks as the 4th most dangerous city in Illinois and the 66th most dangerous city nationwide, based on crimes per 100,000 population. Neighborhood Scout lists all 100 cities ranked based on info gathered from FBI statistics. Though Carbondale is down a couple of spots from the 2013 list and you can argue that Neighborhood Scout is not the most reliable of sources, the figure is still a statistic that gets a lot of attention in the press and does not help advance Carbondale's image to those looking at going to school or locating a business here.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Henry Challenge Rebuffed

It only took about 5 minutes for the Electoral Commission to vote unanimously against the objection to Mike Henry's candidacy for mayor.  The city attorney will prepare a document outlining the Commission's reasoning, which should be available within the next two days.

Only about half the seats in the courtroom were taken this time and only Channel 3 had a camera and reporter, though both the Southern and the Carbondale Times had reporters in place. A brief spate of handclapping and cheers came from the right side of the room, where most Henry supporters sat.

State of the City Address

Whadyawanna bet that the state of the city is "Good"?

Carbondale Acting Mayor Don Monty will present his “State of the City Address” as part of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce’s regular monthly membership luncheon at noon, Tuesday, Dec.16 at the Carbondale Civic Center.
     The acting mayor, as well as city department heads, are expected to speak on current and planned developments for the city. The event is open to the public, but lunch reservations are required. The event is $15 for Chamber members and those RSVP and $20 at the door. A portion of ticket sales will go toward scholarships for Carbondale Community High School students who choose to attend Southern Illinois University.

Electoral Commission

The Carbondale Electoral Commission returns from recess this afternoon at 3 p.m. (hope they got in a good game of kickball) to deliver its verdict on the complaint challenging whether mayoral candidate Mike Henry meets the residency requirement for the office. The  challengers argue that, since Henry did not change his voter registration or driver's license until late into 2014, he maintained official residency at his Carterville house.

Henry maintains he demonstrated Carbondale residency by having his mail forwarded to his home, paying utilities at the home and, well, living there for the past year. Most people I have spoken with think the Commission will rule in favor of Henry but I expect the courtroom to be packed. Hopefully, the Commission won't take 2+ hours to deliver their decision.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Gigabit Project

In case you saw the story in today's Southern  about the upcoming Gigabit project, there is a kickoff ceremony at 3 p.m. today at the Carbondale Main Street offices. Apparently, when completed, internet speeds in Carbondale will be 50 times faster than now, meaning that you will be able to download porn at lightning fast rates.  The article says that Frontier is the lead company for the project, in partnership with SIU and the city so am not sure if that means you will have to be a Frontier customer to take advantage of it.

It also appears that Carbondale's WiFi will get an upgrade, which would certainly benefit downtown as well. The city has some wireless access around the town square but it is generally hit or miss.