Friday, May 29, 2015

Garden Tour

From Keep Carbondale Beyooootiful:

Carbondale is home to many fine gardeners, but some really stand out because they have taken a unique approach or gone to great lengths to fully develop a garden consistent with their approach.  Keep Carbondale Beautiful has identified a few locations and received the homeowners’ consent to open their gardens to the public on Sunday, June 7th, from 11 am to 3 pm, as a fundraiser for Keep Carbondale Beautiful.  The self-guided tour begins at the Town Square Pavilion (corner of Main and Illinois), where maps and tickets will be available for $5.  
KCB Board Member Sandy Litecky organized the tour:  “Each gardener creates a setting in response to their vision.  One wanted to add architectural elements, another added water features.  And the Ag Building’s rooftop garden has its own environment.”  This is the second year Keep Carbondale Beautiful has sought out special gardens to share with the public.  KCB Executive Director Sarah Heyer said the tour is fun for non-gardeners, too. 

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Just a reminder, you can dispose of household hazardous waste tomorrow at Southern Illinois Airport. No business waste accepted.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Soda Sales Tax

Probably won't get enacted if Governor Rauner has anything to say about it but apparently a majority of Illinoisans favor a 1 cent sales tax on soda. Taxes like this are the preferred form of sales taxes, much like those on cigarettes. You don't want to pay the tax, don't buy the product. Unlike cigarettes, however, a 1 cent sales tax on soda is pretty small and it is likely that most soda consumers would even notice the increase. The increase is certainly not big enough to drive them across a nearby state border, the way that another jump in cigarette taxes would

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Saluki Way Tax

Just got to thinking that with the last election, all of those who voted to increase the city sales tax to give $20 million to SIUC for the Saluki Way project, which started with replacing the football stadium and remodeling the Arena, because lord knows we need state of the art facilities for each, are no longer on the council. However, the rest of us are still stuck with the tax, which, by the way, goes up again this summer.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Rental Signage

Have noticed quite a few "For Rent" signs in the area between S. University and S. Poplar, and I would venture to guess well over half of them are for Home Rentals properties. Normally, that is not unusual given this time of year but I wonder how many will remain after summer ends and the fall semester starts.

The Carbonale Flats/Evolve project should open by then and last I hear, was over 50% rented, taking potential renters out of the pool for those properties. I also have not heard anything about a high expected influx of new students for the fall, though it could happen, which means that the local landlords are competing for the same slightly smaller pool of potential renters.  My guess is we see more students migrating to the Carbondale Flats project since it has "New" written all over it, while most of the properties in the Poplar/ University area have not had much improvements made on them in years.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Celebration

In case you are looking for something to do besides grilling, Carbondale will hold its annual Memorial Day celebration at 10 a.m. on May 25 in Woodlawn Cemetery. The ceremonies take about an hour but there is a good chance of rain, so might be a good idea to carry an umbrella.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Farmers Market at 40

The Murdale Farmers Market celebrates 40 years with a ribbon cutting this Saturday. No idea if there will be food. Free food, that is:

The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce will help the Carbondale Farmers Market mark 40 years of service to Southern Illinois with a ribbon cutting, 10 a.m., Saturday, May 23, 2015.
The Carbondale Farmers Market is a Saturday staple for many area residents, offering locally grown fruit, vegetables, plants, herbs, cut flowers and more. The market is located in the parking lot of Westowne Center, 2000-block of West Main Street.
Representatives of the Chamber, City and market will participate in the ceremony. The event is open to the public.