Daily (more or less) commentary on news and events in Carbondale and the Southern Illinois region, with occasional excursions to other locales.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Stotlar House Meeting
SIUE Enrollment Up
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Due to the zoning, however, they may only replace it with a commercial building, not another home or apartment building, unless the company applies for a special use permit. From the way I understand it, it appears that sitting within the Walnut Street Historic District has very little bearing on the design of the structure that goes in there.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Liquor Application Dates
On Jan. 15th, 2008 Wal-Mart submitted another application for a license. This application never went before the LAB or LCC. Instead Wal-Mart received a letter from the city dated Feb 11, 2008, informing the company that there were no Class C licneses available and that the application would be scheduled for review in the event that one became available.
Kroger turned in a similar application on May 1, 2008. Turnaround on this one was even quicker as the city sent out a similar letter to that received by Wal-mart, stating that a hearing would be scheduled in the event a license came available, but this one was dated May 1, 2008, the same date the application was received.
The application from Short Liquors was received by the city on Dec. 12, 2009. The Class C cap was raised on Jan 19 and the license approved the same night.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Stotlar House Update
Cole for Lt. Governor
Sunday, January 24, 2010
$100,000 Scholarship Donation
Friday, January 22, 2010
Liquor Cap Discussion
You can listen to it here.
Rent One Closed
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The letter from the city to Wal-Mart, dated Feb. 11, 2008, says "that there are currently no Class C liquor licenses available" and that the license application for Wal-Mart will be scheduled for review "if and when a Class C license becomes available". Ditto for the Kroger letter, dated May 1, 2008, with the additional note that the application appeared to come from Kroger Limited Partnership I and the Carbondale Liquor Code "requires that if a liquor license is to be held by a partnership, all partners must reside within the corporate limits of the City of Carbondale".
In addition, Schnuck's, Arnold's and the Neighborhood Food Co-Op have all expressed an interest in selling liquor but have never pursued the license, probably due to this part of the Carbondale City Code:
No class C license shall be issued to an applicant whose principal business in the premises described in the application is a retail sale of groceries or drugs, unless a permanent, opaque wall separates the area of sale of the groceries and drugs and the area of sales of packaged alcoholic liquor and unless each area has a separate entrance and separate checkout facility. The total number of class C licenses issued by the local liquor control commission will not exceed seven (7).
Essentially, any store selling groceries in Carbondale that wishes to sell alcohol as well must install an area separated from the rest of the store that is solely for liquor sales. Possibly viable for Wal-Mart, Kroger and Schnucks, not so much for Arnold's and the Co-Op.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
City Council Meeting
In addtiion, there were a coupld of rezoning issues delt with, one allowing a development in the southeast outskirts of town that may have problems because of lack of both drainage and road access (it sounds like there is only one road currently surving the area) and a rezoning of an area on the west side from agriculture to light residential to allow the construction of a porch.
Both the Southern and WSIL have writeups on the meeting.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Liquor Follow Up
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Liquor License Cap
Update: Class C licenses are currently capped at 7. The City Council will vote on raising the cap to 8 at the Jan. 19th meeting. Again, be interesting in seeing if Short Liquors gets the cap raised when Wal-Mart has been unable to do so.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Liquor Control commission
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Stotlar House Update
The meeting ran about 2 hours long and was much better attended than the typical Preservation Committee meeting, with Arbor District members in attendance, as well as representatives from the Murphrysboro Preservation Commission as well as a larger than ususal number of city staff and representatives from several news organizations. One commission member termed the meeting "a zoo".
There's now a moratorium on further demolition of the house until March 1. The next step for Home Rentals will probably be to appeal the commission's decision to the city council.
Update: WSIL has some more on the story.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Preservation Commission Meeting
City of Carbondale Preservation Commission
Monday, January 11, 2010
City Hall / Civic Center
200 South Illinois Avenue
Luechtefeld and Bost Endorse Cole
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Nope, turns out the article is a look at how each candidate is treating campaign financing and contributions: Whitney refusing contributions from corporations and Cole positing contributors and amounts on his campaign website. Glad I was wrong but the headline was certianly an eyecatcher.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Notes from Pickle's Alley
Returned local soldiers got a Freedom Salute yesterday.
49th annual Murdale Wrestling Tournament kicks off.
SIUC assistant professor to serve as head opera coach at Avalon Summer Festival.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Roger Ebert and the Zen of Not Eating
Brad Cole Overview
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Child Abduction Update
Notes from Pickle's Alley
Here's a roundup of links related to SIUC and C'dale, courtesy of Tom Leverett.
Stotlar house still in limbo.
Robert Ollie's trial started yesterday.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The Carbondale Police Department is investigating a report of a child abduction that occurred in the area of North Wall and East Willow Street at approximately 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2010. The victim reported being approached by the suspect and forced into a vehicle. The suspect drove the victim to an area northwest of Murphysboro, where the victim escaped and fled to safety. The vehicle was last seen driving west on the Ava Blacktop at approximately 12:30 p.m.
The suspect is only described as a male who was driving a green, mud covered, newer model Chevrolet Suburban with oversize rims.
There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident.
Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the police department at 457-3200 or Crime Stoppers at 549-COPS (2677). Anonymous tips may also be made by selecting the Crime Stoppers tab from the main page of this web site.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Not Good for Gov. Quinn
Of the 1,718 released early under MGT Push, Quinn contended that 56 had been returned to prison, eight for new crimes: Six for retail theft or drug offenses, one for a drunken driving and one for domestic assault.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
From the city's point of view, this is a good thing, since a larger location means more sales, ergo more sales tax collected, unless the franchise worked a deal to get a rebate on sales taxes collected to cover the costs of the remodel.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Stace England on NPR
Friday, January 1, 2010
More on Stotlar House
I do not recall hearing about this demolition plan at any of our fall Commission meetings. We do not have a Dec. meeting annually, so it would seem that the commissioners as a whole were not advised of this action at all.
Fruthermore, courtesy of the same email, this time with research into the city codes from Jane Adams, demolition of a builidng in a C'dale historic district may not proceed unles a) the Preservation Commission provides a certificate of appropriateness or b) the city council approves it.
4.1.11. 4. If, upon examination of the application and records of the city, the building and neighborhood services manager or his designee determines that the building or structure proposed to be demolished has been: a) designated by the city council as being in a landmark district, in a historic district, or in a neighborhood preservation district pursuant to title 15, chapter 2, article D of this code, or b) nominated for designation as such a district and subject to the provisions of subsection 15-2D-1D4 of this code, the building and neighborhood services manager or designee shall not issue the demolition permit until a certificate of appropriateness or certificate of economic hardship provided for at subsection 15-2D-1F of this code has been issued or the city council waives the requirement pursuant to subsection 15-2D-1D4 or 15-2D-1F1 of this code.
Since the city council doesn't meet again until Jan 19, a special meeting of the Preservation Commission is apparently the quickest way for Home Rentals to get the demolition approved. Apparently someone doesn't want to wait until the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Commission on Jan 11.
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City of Carbondale
P.O. Box 2047
200 South Illinois Avenue
Carbondale, IL 62902
|$2,700,000||The Oak Street Extension will be a one-half mile improvement from Wall Street to Lewis Lane. The extension will provide a direct connection of the Northeast Carbondale neighborhood, a primary minority neighborhood, with the regional commercial center on the east side of Carbondale. It will also facilitate the development of in-fill housing opportunities in the neighborhood.|
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