Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
caspuhlter wrote on Jul 22, 2009 11:18 AM:
B. Any law enforcing public official, mayor or any member of the city council; and no such official shall be interested, in any way, either directly or indirectly, in the manufacture, sale, or distribution of alcoholic liquor, except that a license may be granted to a member of the city council (excluding the mayor) in relation to a premises or to an establishment in which the council member has a direct or indirect interest if:
1. The sale of alcoholic liquor pursuant to the license is incidental to the selling of food (class A license only);
2. The issuance of the license is approved by the Illinois liquor control commission;
3. The issuance of the license is in accordance with all applicable ordinances of this code; and
4. The official granted the license does not vote on alcoholic liquor issues pending before the local liquor control commission or the city council.
So, the city's own code says that Jack can hold a license and not vote. It may not be the best idea, but it is the law that the council must work off of.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
There are other neighborhood organizations though they are less "formally" organized than the Arbor District. One such example is the the Oaklawn Neighborhood in the southwest corner of .About four neighborhood groups meet regularly on the first Wednesday of the month, 5 pm at Carbondale City Hall. This is called the Carbondale Study Circles Neighborhood and Housing Action Group. Ir was started some five years ago. The Neighborhood and Housing Action Group formulates programs and polices that address neighborhood needs. Examples of our work include the development of city transparency in leasing and zoning policies, yearly Neighborhood Alliance meetings and the training and organizing for a neighborhood based emergency preparedness program, Map Your Neighborhood (MYN).
2. Performance Standards be utilized in neighborhoods. Many of our neighborhoods are already mixed use especially with respect to mixed residential use. This mix of zoning exists without the controls of performance standards which mitigate the issues that arise when different types of land use are in close proximity—lighting, parking, buffering, etc.;
3.Encourage more owner occupancy and the number of “stake holders” living in Carbondale by continuing and expanding programs for converting rental properties to owner occupied. This is particularly significant now as the growth in new rental properties is increasing the availability of single family homes. There is growing concern regarding the impact of vacant rental housing in neighborhoods such as the Arbor District. Conversion of this rental property to owner occupied should be one strategy in a plan to address this issue.
4. The staffing of the department largely responsible for the oversight and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, Development Services, has been restructured and depleted. Successful development, implementation and evaluation of the above mention polices and programs will require more staff. A Neighborhood Planner is needed. This planner would assist neighborhoods work on CPTED, MYN as well, cultivate neighborhood organizations/leadership. More hires in code enforcement are needed.
Study Circles, Neighborhood and Housing Action Group
When I arrived, Councilman Wissman was finishing his mea culpa for his probably vote to close the Eurma Haynes Child Care Center, saying as a liberal it was hard for him to do. Councilmen McDaniel and Fritzler followed suit, lauding the center, its staff and his service to the community BUT...(when you are in a negotiation, if the other side says "But", it's shorthand for "ignore everything I've said up to this point"), they didn't see how the city could continue to support the center to the tune of $200,000 a year for only 33 families, half of which don't even live in Carbondale.
Councilman Haynes, a graduate of the Center, as he mentioned several times during his speech, argued for keeping the Center open, saying that maintaining the social support for the families was more important than then Center "making a profit or breaking even", which he said other council members had argued for. Must have been Pohlman or Jack (whose supporters had left by then: beer important, child care, not so much) as I didn't hear McDaniel or Fritzler (or the little bitt of Wissmann I caught) argue for the Center making a profit, so much as fewer people using it with ever increasing city support. One anecdote by McDaniel especially struck me. She mentioned seeing children, who lived only a couple of blocks from the Hayes Center, boarding a bus to go to a different day care center in the community.
After the Mayor's closing homily (and he did call it a homily) about the support the city had given the Center the past 5 years, the vote was called. Six to one in favor of closing the Center, the one being Councilman Haynes. After 34 years, the Eurma C. Hayes Child Care Center closes August 1st, except for HeadStart, which remains until August 18. Mayor Cole then directed City Manger Gill to look into alternative uses for the building and closed the meeting.
You can read unhappy parents' reponses here and here.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The university’s fiscal year 2009 third-quarter budget report revealed a 399-student drop in the spring 2009. The shortfall could account for nearly $3 million worth of lost revenue, Vice President for Financial and Administrative Affairs Corey Bradford said.
No wonder the university is having financial difficulties if they can't even figure out how much each student brings in.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I'd been curious about why no sign outside to dome to let people know about its historic signifcance. Aparently, there have been six signs put up since the rehab project started and every one of 'em has been stolen withing a week. Nice to know there are that many local fans of Buckminister Fuller. Now if they'd just kick in more money.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
It's intersting that President Posard blames the impementation of the Banner software as a reason when enrollment is down:
Poshard said the drop could be attributed to several factors.
“We are implementing a new Banner system and that takes time to put together, particularly when we are in an enrollment period,” Poshard said. “And with the economic situation being what it is, it’s getting harder and harder to pay for higher education. Students are choosing to stay at community colleges.”
After this if you feel real civic minded, you can stick around for the 6 p.m. meeting of the Liquor Control Commission and watch Lance Jack have another go at getting a liquor license for Fat Patties and Express Burrito becoming Sergio's Mexican Bar and Grill.
Then at 7 to round off your evening of local politics, there's supposed to be a meeting of the City Council at 7 but clicking on the link brings up info about the Liquor Control Commission instead of the CC agenda.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Edited to reflect it was President Poshard not Chancellor Goldman, as noted in the comments
General Fund--up $2,431
Motor Fuel Fund--down $238,203
TIF District #1--down$22,562
Child Care Services--up $922
Debt Service Fund--down $568
Community Investment Funds--down $596,894
for a net decline in funds of $854,824.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
On the matter of the state's current budget woes, Whitney took aim at lawmakers faulting them for looking to "borrow their way out of it."
"This is more of the same," he said. "And what's the definition of insanity? Repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."
The same could be said of running as a third party candidate in Illinois.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
- Tiffany Heil/IL/ACS/US
07/15/2009 10:47 AM
Dine & Donate- Carbondale restaurants
Hello from the American Cancer Society,
The Relay For Life of Jackson County Carbondale is partnering with local Carbondale restaurants for the first annual Taste of Hope- Carbondale. We need your help! Please dine in at any of the below listed restaurants on Tuesday, July 21 from 5:00pm until the close of business and 20% of the net profit will come back to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Jackson County Carbondale.
- Quatro's Pizza
- Newell House
- Tres Hombres
- Giant City Lodge
Please forward to anyone you think would be interested. We would love to see the restaurants packed for our fight against cancer! Thank you for your support of our lifesaving mission.
Income Development Representative
American Cancer Society, Southern Region
4503 West DeYoung, Suite 200C
Marion, Illinois 62959
This just confirms what I've heard from city employees. There's no good reason for anyone to complain about the taste of C'dale water, unless you've got rusty pipes in your house.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
A pair of shoes hanging from a power line in an alley appeared random but were anything but according to new Police Chief Jody O’Guinn who said, in his experience, the shoes serve as a signal to people looking for drugs.
Shoes appear in that alley with regularity. I used to think they were drug signals, but found out usually they are cast-offs by people who bought new ones right around the corner at Victory Sports, change into the new ones, and leave the old ones sitting on the dumpster sitting in the alley the chief speaks of.
C'dale is a bicycling Mecca, isn't it?
No community pool? It's Mayor Cole's fault. (despite the fact that there's not enough money or real community interest for one).
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
We're doomed, doomed I tell you, unless we elect Randall Stufflebeam.
Why civics is important.
More on the shooting of Toto Kaiyewu.
Okay, I guess we need a cyborg guide to Carbondale.
Simon Public Policy Institute takes a page from public radio's playbook.
Minimum wage and SIUC students.
The money just ain't there for two Bucky Domes.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Update: You can listen to WSIU's discussion of the fiscal mess here.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Jason Bourque, who owns Common Grounds coffee shop in Carbondale, said the increase will be tough for small business.
Bourque said, while he understands the need for people to make a decent living wage in a full time job, those are not the employees who come to work for him.
"When you primarily employ part-time employees, it's not a means of their lifestyle, it's extra money, say for college students," he said, before noting that a means of delineating that difference in wages would be desirable.
Guess that explains the people in their 60s working part time at McDonalds.