Monday, December 5, 2022

Gas Prices

 Driving east to west across Carbondale today, I was struck by the change in gas prices. I did not got so far out as the Reed Station area, which tends to be higher than in town, but prices on Giant City road were $3.44 a gallon. Stations on East Main and East Walnut had prices about the same while they jumped to $3.70 a gallon at the Shell station on the West side of town.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Mayor and City Council Candidates

  Here is the list of candidates for the position of Mayor (4 years term) and the three open council seats  Mayor Henry has elected not to seek another term in office

Mayoral Seat

1)      Harold J. Visser

2)      Nathan Colombo

3)      Carolin Harvey


City Council Seats (3)

1)      Adam Loos

2)      Clare Killman

3)      Justin Zurlinden

4)      Lee Fronabarger

5)      Nancy Maxwell

6)      Thomas Grant

7)      Joshua Dalton Liechty


Thursday, December 1, 2022

SSA Renewal

Received a certified letter from the city informing me that the Downtown SSA is coming up for renewal. Money from the SSA tax helps fund Carbondale Main Street and a number of other city projects. Council will have to vote to extend the SSA so if you are in favor (or opposed), contact city council members.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Lights Fantastic

 Detour signs have been up since before Thanksgiving for the Lights Fantastic parade, which takes place this Saturday . Road closures will start about 5 p.m. and reopen at 8 p.m., with the parade starting at 6 p.m. No word if cars parked on Illinois Avenue will get towed prior to the parade so doubt they will but also do not plan to move your car between 5 and 8.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Gun Violence Prevention Report

 The city has released the results of its gun violence needs assessment study. You can read it here. 94% of the reports of gunshots, wounds, etc.  take place in a section of the sity that comprises about a third of the city land and roughly half its population.


 The Choices reproductive health care clinic on Giant City Road has errected a privacy fence around the parking lot, so passers by cannot see the lot from the road. Also blocks the view for the 2-4 protesters sitting out there most days.

Monday, November 28, 2022


Something is going into the long empty store front at 209 West Main. work has been done remodeling the interior and a long set of shelves put up along the east wall. No idea as to what is going in there though.