Friday, June 22, 2018

City Council Agenda

Here is the agenda for next Tuesday's city council meeting. In addition, the LCC will vote on renewing Fat Patties liqour license:

7. Consent Agenda of the City Council
 7.1 Approval of the Carbondale City Council Meeting Minutes of June 12, 2018
7.2 Approval of Warrant for the Period Ending: 06/04/2018 for the combined FY 2018 and FY 2019 Warrant 1331 in the Total Amount of $1,132,037.57
 7.3 Award Purchase of Police Vehicles and Ordinance Authorizing a Budget Adjustment to the Police Department FY 2019 Budget
7.4 Award of Purchase of MFT Maintenance Materials for FY2019
7.5 Ordinance Approving a Budget Adjustment to Increase the City Clerk's Budget for Memorial Day Expenses
7.6 Award of Contract for Springer Street Water Main Replacement, CIP No. WS1301, to Dean Bush Construction of Carbondale, Illinois, in the Amount of $457,167.98
7.7 Award of Contract for Oak Street Sanitary Sewer Upgrade (Wall St. to Poplar St.), CIP SA1501, to ACI X of Chester, Illinois, in the amount of $1,188,001.46
 7.8 Appointments and Reappointments to Boards and Commissions
7.9 Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Execute a Project Labor Agreement with the Egyptian Building Trades Council
7.10 Approval of Consent Agenda Items
8. General Business of the City Council
8.1 Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Submit an Application for a BUILD Grant Requesting $14,640,000 in Funding to Construct the Southern Illinois Multi-Modal Station (SIMMS) 8.2 Ordinance Amending Title 5 of the Carbondale Revised Code to Allow Video Gaming in Truck Stops
 8.3 Ordinance Providing for the Regulation of and the Application for Small Wireless Facilities
8.4 Ordinance Adopting a Prevailing Rate of Wages of Laborers, Mechanics, and other Workers Employed in Public Works as Certified by the Illinois Department of Labor

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Reef House for Sale

From an email sent out to the Arbor District mailing list:

Many of you are probably aware that the Reef House on the NE corner of Poplar and Cherry Streets is for sale. Arbor District member Susan Metcalf is the agent for Sosanya Jones, who was recruited by Howard University. It's a wonderful opportunity for her, but a real loss to our neighborhood.

The Reef House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by Jean Sternberg, wife of the founder of the SIU Press (1956), Vernon Sternberg. The house is thought to have been built by A.M. Etherton who built a number of the highly decorated Victorian houses that once dominated Carbondale's architecture. It's small but beautifully restored and upgraded.  It's priced to sell at $89,900.

Jean and Vernon raised their family there. Vernon died of a heart attack apparently from shoveling snow in the historic "blizzard of 1979"; Jean died in 2006 at 86. Jean was an activist, being a founding member of the Humane Society, serving on a number of City boards and commissions during Carbondale's heyday in the late 1960s-early 1970s, and taking a deep history in local and regional history. 

Gary and Susan Edgren bought the house from her estate in 2005 and did a wonderful job restoring it. Their son lived there until 2014 when Sosanya, a new faculty member at SIU, bought it. 

With the Varsity Theater on Illinois, the Reef House on Poplar, and the Bucky Dome on Forest, Cherry Street embodies much of the history of Carbondale.

If you know someone who might be interested, Susan says she's holding an open house this Sunday, 3 to 5 p.m.

South Dakota vs. Wayfair

The Supreme Court ruled in the case of South Dakota vs. Wayfair this morning, a case revisiting the collection of sales taxes by states and local communities.

The SCOTUS Quill decision, back about 1992, in the early days of online retailing, ruled that retailers without a physical presence in a state were not required to collect and remit state and local sales taxes. At that time, online retailing was a minor presence and the taxes lost were pretty small. However as online retailing has grown over the past couple of decades, accounting for about 10-15% of all retail sales, the sales tax revenue loss has impacted states and cities severely. Just ask anyone in management at Carbondale City Hall.

Under the South Dakota law, which was upheld today, any retailer doing more that $100,000 in online sales or with over 200 customers in the state, is required to collect and remit sales tax to the state. This ruling only affects South Dakota but opens the way for other states to enact similar laws or for Congress, under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, to enact some sort of national regulation. Since there is no national sales tax in place, I doubt we will see any national form of sales tax collection put into place though.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

SIUC Medicne SIH Groundbreaking

Good turnout for the groundbreaking for the new SIUC/SIH complex going in on West Oak. I estimated 150 to 200 people there. I imagine that eventually SIH will want to acquire the entire block, pull down the houses there and replace them with either additional medical facilities or rental properties for doctors and staff working at the hospital, or short term rentals for families of patients at the hospital.

Unfortunately, hospitals and universities, because of their focus on the most modern technology and facilities, tend to not consider the effect of their activities on the surrounding neighborhoods. Ergo, most are located on the outskirts of communities or in areas where they can expand without disrupting the surrounding residences.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Celebrate 618

Walked through the Saturday afternoon Celebrate 618 event a couple of times Saturday afternoon and saw very little foot traffic. Good idea but needs more of a draw to get people out on a 90+ degree Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Celebrate 618

I haven't heard much about it, but that it certainly no criteria, but the Celebrate 618 festival kicks off tonight by incorporating the Sunset Concerts into the event, then Steak by the Lake tomorrow night and a days' worth of events on Saturday.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Founders Park Design Forum

SIUC Agriculture students' designs for the proposed founders park will be on display in room 108 of the Civic Center from 3 to 7 p.m. It would be nice if the city took advantage of the resources of the University and use one or a combination of the designs but, based on past experience, it will probably outsource the park design.