Daily (more or less) commentary on news and events in Carbondale and the Southern Illinois region, with occasional excursions to other locales.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Primary Unintended Consequences
Since we have 5 candidates for mayor, Carbondale has to have a run-off to pare it down, by state law to 4. With 4 candidates, one will be able to win with a plurality rather than a majority vote. One candidate could even do it with three candidates in the race. Plus as Jackson points out Arrow's Paradox says that each additional candidate in the race decreases the likelihood that the most popular candidate will win.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Liquor Advisory Board
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Jane Adams and Don Monty are the only city council candidates with any yard signs out in the areas I drove through (Arbor District, southwest and northwest areas). Most appears alone in a yard, though about 15-20% of homes had both signs there.
All the mayoral candidates had signs out, though I did not spot a Brent Ritzel sign until late this afternoon, while driving down a side street off N. Oakland. George Maroney and Joel Fritzler had about the same number of signs out, with Fritzler more common in the Arbor District and just west of there, while more Maroney signs appeared out by Tower Road and to the west. Sam Goldman signs are common near the hospital and are the only signs in yards in the retirement community area north of Old Rt 13, but pretty space otherwise.
I only spotted 3 Steven Haynes signs, one in front of Hundley House and the other two scattered in the area around S. Oakland and Emerald Lane.
Though it is still about a month until the primary, signage gives an indication of the depth of current support for the candidates as only more dedicated supporters will have signs out in their yards now. This is also only support on the western side of town. I will check out levels of visible support on the east side next week.
Update: I see several Ritzel signs have popped up along W. Sycamore since yesterday.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Property Transfer Ordinance
University College Model
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
The cleanup continues to move along slowly. Apparently part of the reason for the slowdown is continual changes in rules and requirements from the EPA. Although the entire area covers about 10 acres in northeast Carbondale, the actual area requiring cleanup only covers about an acre, it is just spread in several locations over the property.
The proposed chicken ordinance would allow a maximum of six chickens per household for egg production only (no roosters and no raising chickens to slaughter for Sunday dinner). The committee based much of the ordinance on the current C'dale dog ordinance. Chickens have to have a license ($5 per chicken) and must stay on a leash when taken outside the back yard. Whoops, scratch that last part. They will probably have a leg band to identify licensed chickens. Chickens must stay confined to the back yard and the ordinance has specifics regarding location and construction of their coop, based on ordinances passed by other chicken friendly cities (Napierville IL and Columbia MO).
One point inserted into the ordinance after listening to community input is a provision that a dog that kills a loose chicken shall not be considered, for that reason alone, a dangerous or vicious dog. Still under discussion are regulations regarding the disposal of dead chickens, which, since people don't eat dogs, is not an issue covered under the dog ordinance.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Illinois Poison Center
False Police Report
Friday, January 21, 2011
Like watching Jeopardy? Why not play it yourself?: Come give it a shot at the Carbondale Public Library’s Trivia Night Fundraiser. You’ll put together a team of up to six players ($120 for the team’s table). You’ll conspire with your teammates on all your answers. No geniuses required! The game is played in topical rounds.
Saturday, February 5th 6:30pm – 9:00pm (Game begins @ 7:00pm). $150 Grand Prize to the winning team, plus lots of other prizes!
Pre-Register @ the library circulation desk, or call 457-0354 ext. 1 to register with a credit card. $120 per team/table. Each team receives 6 tickets. Buy your team tickets, then distribute/sell them to your best and brightest friends. Discounts for kids (Hey, really, who’s smarter than a fifth grader?). ($20 per adult ticket; $10 per child 12 & under. For example, an all-adult team pays $120 for the evening’s entertainment. A team of adults and two kids pays only $100).
Come have fun and support the library! We are hosting a silent art auction too! Feel free to distribute the attached fliers and email!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Free Parking Removed
The council unanimously approved a proposal to convert a stretch of East College Street between Washington and Wall Streets from one-way to two-way traffic with no parking on either side.
The council was met with objections from property owners who thought the removal of on-street parking would adversely affect their rental properties.
I imagine rent prices may drop in the area now that tenants have no place to park their cars. Either that or the landlords will have to build a parking lot or otherwise provide parking for their them. I cannot imagine any resident of Carbondale willing to rent a place to live that did not have someplace provided to park an automobile and it is not the city's job to provide it.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Neighborhood Alliance Annual Meeting
We hope you will be able to attend Carbondale’s Neighborhood and Housing Action Group annual Neighborhood Alliance meeting on Saturday, January 22, 2011, 9:30 am to 1 pm, at the First United Methodist Church in Carbondale (214 W. Main). 2011 marks the seventh (7th) year of Neighborhood Alliance meetings. Neighborhood Alliance meetings provide an excellent opportunity to meet citizens of Carbondale, hear about their neighborhood and community work, as well as ,learn about local issues they feel are significant.
The luncheon portion of the meeting will feature an introduction of candidates running for Mayor and Council and an informal opportunity for candidates to talk with Carbondale citizens. If you have questions or would like to volunteer with set-up or clean-up, contact Mary O’Hara at 713-0820, email@example.com or Sarah Heyer at 549-5302 x 386 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I. 9:30-10:00 –Sign in ; Browsing Tables; Coffee/Tea /Bakery
II. 10:00—10 :30 -- Meeting overview Neighborhood reports/ Map Your Neighborhood
III. 10:30- 11:0O—Carbondale’s Comprehensive Plan—Case Study and Update
IV. 11:00-11:30 – Food security/ Sustainability
V. 11: 30- Noon-- New Endeavors
VI. Noon- Lunch with the Candidates
Monday, January 17, 2011
Looking over the responses, George Maroney's focus is on safety. Half of his answers involve improving or increasing the safety of Carbondale as an answer to the community's problems. He views city government's function as maintaining civic infrastructure and public safety, then getting out of the way of business.
Sam Goldman's long involvement with both SIUC and the local health care community are evident from his answers. He sees both SIUC and SI Healthcare as economic drivers for the region and would have the city be supportive of both. Like Maroney, Goldman believes city govenment should encourage business and " where warranted, change regulatory policies and actions to assure that they are not unnecessarily burdensome to business, while preserving the quality and standard of living our citizens expect. We need to aggressively pursue business enterprises and offer incentives for them to “set up” shop in Carbondale. Of special interest is the development of business activity at the Southern Illinois Airport." Incidentally, Goldman's website was developed by city councilwoman Mary Pohlmann.
Joel Fritzler's answers emphasized his experience with the city due to his service on the city council and his time with the Carbondale Main Street program. His responses to the sustainability and environmental question posed by the survey are more detailed than the previous two candidates, nor does he mention the city needing to lessen regulatory burdens on business as they do. He does not mention the university or health care as economic drivers for the region and there's no indication of any proposal to increase city growth, save for downtown revitalization. Fritzler goes into the most detail of any of the candidates in his answers to the survey questions.
The last of the four to turn in a questionnaire response, Steven Haynes, also emphasizes his council experience and as well as the importance of SIUC to city economic well being. He does not view safety as such a vital issue as Maroney does, nor does he place as much emphasis on healthcare as an economic engine as Goldman. He would enforce current statutes and regulations to enhance sustainability and environmental health within the community. Haynes gave the most general answers of the four, twice refering readers to his website for more information on his positions in response to a question. None of the other candidates referred to their websites in response to any of the questions.
Edited to fix an error in Sam Goldman's name. Edited again to correct the spelling of Mary Pohlmann's name.
More Candidate Meetings
The Boys & Girls Club and the Rotary Club of Carbondale - Breakfast are sponsoring a Mayoral Candidate Forum on Thurs., Feb. 3 from 7 to 9 pm at the BGCC at 250 N. Springer St.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
League of Women Voters Events
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Student Refund Checks
Update: Returned home voluntarily Jan 12th.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Non Violent Carbondale
Monday, January 10, 2011
On Off, On Off, On...
Sunday, January 9, 2011
She Brews Good Fritzler
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Human Relations Commission
Edited to correct the date.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Ghost Lab at Hundley House
The Discovery Channel will broadcast Saturday at 1 a.m. CST the Ghost Lab episode filmed at the Hundley House in Carbondale. It is the first showing of this segment. Not prime time but it is finally being broadcast.