Monday, November 29, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Here're a couple of more photos of last Saturday morning's fight. The stabbing victim is on the ground behind the crow of people on the right side of the bottom picture. Police do not appear to have arrived at the time the photo was taken
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Here are a couple of photos I received taken during the fight in the Verizon/Frontier parking lot last Saturday morning. The photo on the right shows particpants in the fight on the low hill between the parking lot and the alley running behind the building where the party was. The picture on the shows the crowd in the parking lot with the Frontier building wall in the background. From what I have been told, the stabbing victim is lying at the base of the wall, obscured by the crowd.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Not sure if it's connected or not but I walked through the area about midnight and heard 2 or 3 cars in the alley behind the Frontier/Verizon building and City Hall parking lot playing extremely loud music, audible a block away. I only noticed it because this area is typically pretty quiet at that hour of the night.
If your ship has sprung a leak and you're the captain, everyone expects you to do what your crew does. A leader goes above and beyond. So far, facing this crisis, her leadership has been a bit lacking.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Five (5) candidates have filed their nominating petitions for Mayor of Carbondale and eight (8) candidates have filed their nominating petitions for Carbondale City Council Member.
Jane Adams threw her hat in the ring for City Council Monday,
November 15. She seeks a Council seat because, she says, "I want to
make a difference for Carbondale through promoting renewal,
reinvestment, and revitalization of the City”.
If elected, Adams says she will promote policies and programs that
encourage reinvestment in Carbondale's neighborhoods and business
Adams served on the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee, which was
recently adopted by the City. The Plan, Adams said, "provides a basis
for guiding our development in the coming decades."
"We need to position ourselves so that, as the economy comes back, we
can take advantage of opportunities for sustainable development,"
Adams said. "This will require a close look at our zoning and building
codes, our tax structure, and our infrastructure."
"In these tough times, we must revisit our tax structure," Adams said.
"There may be tools available to spread the tax burden more equitably.
And there may be ways to tighten our belt without sacrificing the
City's core mission."
Adams and her husband have restored several older homes in the Arbor
District. "New houses aren't built with the quality of materials in
these older homes," Adams observed. "We find old-growth, dimensional
lumber, high quality plaster and other details that cannot be
economically replicated in today's construction.
"And these homes are close to the major employers - Memorial Hospital
and the University - as well as to Downtown. With gasoline costs going
up, more and more people want to live in walkable, bikeable
neighborhoods with their workplace nearby.
“Housing”, notes Adams, “is easily the third largest industry in
Carbondale after the university and the medical center. It employs
hundreds of independent workmen and professionals. We learned in the
Carbondale Comprehensive Plan Committee that the number one concern in
Carbondale was housing. I plan to focus like a laser on that issue”.
Adams notes the wealth of talent, expertise, and entrepreneurial
energy associated with SIUC and the thriving Wine Trail. "Carbondale
is the gateway to the Shawnee Hills," she states. "We have some
wonderful synergies developing with the Farmers' Market, the
Neighborhood Coop, B&Bs, restaurants, and other businesses that are
developing based on sustainable local food production and tourism."
Returning to her core message, Adams argues that, to realize this
potential, the City must function as a place that workers and
entrepreneurs want to live in. "Many of our neighborhoods are
blighted, or just about to tip," Adams observes. "It is time to
reinvest in and revitalize the City. We must improve the environment
for local small businesses as well”.
“One must also acknowledge the great advantages we have in
Carbondale”, stated Adams. “We have a tolerant and diverse
community that welcomes everyone. We have major employers with good
wages and benefits. And we live in a beautiful natural environment.”
Jane Adams was born and raised on a farm in Jackson County, graduating
from University High School and SIUC. She taught in the Anthropology
Department for 23 years, retiring in May of this year. She
participated in desegregating Carbondale's restaurants in the early
1960s and volunteered for the 1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi. She
has been active in promoting sustainable agriculture since working
with farmers during the Farm Crisis of the mid-1980s and is the past
president of the ACLU. Adams has written and lectured widely on the
history of Southern Illinois farming.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Police pensions will increase 29.6% or 302,729; fire dept. pensions up 26.3% or $168,953 and workman's compensation will increase 10% as will the cost for health insurance. This is over and above the pension increases for Fy2011 that prompted the sales tax increase last June. According to the accompanying letter, city staff will look at the increases and make recommendations at a later date.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Councilwoman Corene McDaniel introduced the resolution to rezone the property and, after what must have been a lot of discussion, the council voted it down, 4-2 with McDaniel and Mayor Cole voting in favor and Fritzler, Pohlman, Haynes and Wissmann opposed. Afterwards, several of the supporters commented that Haynes and Wissmann had been the targets of lots of lobbying by those opposing the rezoning.
Once almost everyone left, the council went into closed session to select a replacement for Lance Jack, leaving me, Jack, reporters from the Carbondale Times and Daily Egyptian (the reporter from the Southern apparently decided it wasn't important enough news to hang around for) and Asst. City Manger Kevin Baity sitting in the otherwise empty room. While waiting, we got insights into Jack and Baity's musical tastes, saw the plaque Jack received for his service on city council, and Jack offered to pose for both happy (if he got reappointed to council) and sad (if he didn't) photos for the accompanying articles. Council returned at 10:20 to announce that they chose Mike Neill to fill out Jack's term of office.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
A total of eleven letters of interest were received by the city to fill the vacancy, eight arrived before the deadline for consideration. The council considered those submitted by Arnold Ross, Sr., Michael Neill (well, yeah), Henry Dews, Steven Miller, Brad Hagy, Craig Anz (who is circulating a petition seeking a spot on the ballot for city council), Jerrold Ross Hennrich (also seeking a spot on the council) and Mike Riley.
The city received letters from, but did not consider due to missing the deadline, Pawel Sawicki, Lance Jack (planning to run for the seat he gave up), Janet Elizabeth Donoghue and Brent Ritzel (circulating a petition to get on the ballot for mayor).
Survey respondents have the option of entering a prize drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Thai Taste, or $10 off library fines
Carbondale streetsweepers used to make daily runs throughout the community 6 days a week, 52 weeks a years, more or less. Now, we're down to twice a year, in the fall, to get leaves off the street and clean them up before winter and then once in May, to clean up the town before graduation.
The reason for the reduction: a savings of $200,000 per year for the city. The two full time employees each earned about $50,000 and it cost another $100,000 or so for the sweepers themselves. Now, the city pulls employees from other jobs for the twice a year cleaning and the sweepers stay idle the rest of the time, unless someone calls the city about a area that really needs sweeping, such as a street section littered with broken glass.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
City staff recommends city council not approve the rezoning as it runs counter to the just approved Comprehensive Plan, saying:
The 2010 Comprehensive Plan designates the future land use of this area as agriculture. This is in attempt to conserve natural areas and protect them, and low density residential areas, from the encroachment of incompatible uses as well as direct future development to locations with existing infrastructure. Taking this into consideration as well as the fact that the zoning change is not necessary to maintain the operation of the dentist office, staff recommended denial of the zoning request.
The university has a better chance of faculty and unions to accept unpaid days off if upper administration takes cuts first, showing that "we're all in this together." If Chancellor Cheng had announced that top salaried members of the administration were taking a one year pay cut, she'd show they were serious about taming the budget and would have a better chance of getting lower level faculty and staff to go along willingly. As it is, since the first major budget balancing moves she's announced come at the expense of faculty and staff, she will likely get her was but with a lot more grumbling and dissatisfaction.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
From a forwarded email:
Hey Friends -
We are hosting another Fuller Dome Home OPEN HOUSE from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm this Friday, November 5th at 407 S. Forest Ave. in Carbondale, Illinois.
Get a chance to check out the historic dome’s interior, and get more information about our plans to launch restoration of the dome in April 2011.
Let your friends know, if you have any questions, call us at 618-549-DOME .
President, Fuller Dome Home Non-Profit
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The City of Carbondale Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment on November 16th and 17th, 2010 as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying the Department meets model professional standards developed by the Illinois Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council.
Administered by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP) requires agencies to comply with standards in four basic areas: administration, operations, personnel and training.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments by sending an email directly to the assessors at ILEAP@ci.carbondale.il.us between now and November 19, 2010.
Agency employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling (618) 457-3200 x460 on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. All relevant comments will be taken by the Assessment Team. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agencies ability to comply with ILEAP's standards. A copy of the standards is available at the City of Carbondale Police Department during business hours, or by contacting Accreditation Manager Lt. Heather Reno at (618) 457-3200 extension #448.
Monday, November 1, 2010
say the bar owners present a proposal whereby they foot the bill for crowd control and clean up. I know that I have little interest in seeing the limited amount of tax dollars the city has available spent on an increased police presence in downtown for those there days, and based on what I remember from past Halloweens, that police presence would be significant.
Point is probably moot though, since it appears concerned parities have approached the council only twice in the past 10 or so years an dneither person had anything close to a formal plan, it was more of a, "hey would you consider reopening the Strip bars over Halloween" question. Without a formal proposal, I don't see anything changing in the next couple of years.