Saturday, May 31, 2008
Read it in The Times? Which Times?
Thursday, May 29, 2008
C'dale on NPR
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Musing on Warrants
1. Payment of a little over $500 to city manager candidate Jeff Stonehill. Didn't see one to new city manager Allen Gill but I might have overlooked it.
2. Payment of about $3700 to Majestic Janitorial Services. Glad to see the city pumping some money into the west side.
3. Not much business with Wal-mart. There's a spate of 8 or 9 payments to Wally-world on the second warrant but that's it.
4. The city does a heck of a lot of business with Lowe's. Not hundreds of thousands of dollars worth but easily 10 times the business it does with Rural King, Murdale True Value or Dillinger's.
5. We have a piano? At least the city spent $100 with Groll's Piano Service.
6. The city prefers local to chain restaurants. At least, I don't see any direct payments to chains such as Buffalo Wild Wings or Ruby Tuesdays. I did see purchases from Pagilai's and Tres Hombres.
Labels: City council
Sunday, May 25, 2008
All Over but the........
Labels: city manager
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Out and About
Labels: blogs and blogging
Mid-week Farmer's Market
this week (5/21): Asparagus, Lettuce, & Tomatoes (the asparagus is sweet, the lettuce is crunchy and tender - and the tomatoes are from a new vendor, so come by and try 'em out!)
Vend or buy at the Mid-week Farmers Market On the Square
Every Wednesday from 4pm to 6 pm - May 14 through September 3
Main Street is seeking vendors for its Mid-week Farmer's market. We are a smaller market and looking to expand. Vendor space is reasonable, and the Historic Town Square is an increasingly busy place.
Labels: Carbondale Main Street
Stonehill a No Go?
Labels: city government
Monday, May 19, 2008
Arena and Stadium
Labels: Saluki Way
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Oldest Business IN C'dale
2007 years in business
Dillinger's Feed Store 72 years ( 6 years under Alyssa Gullet)
Spires Wholesale - 62 years
PK's 52 years
Mary Lou's 45 years 1962 - 1976 in former location 1976 - present in current location
B and A Travel 44 years (17 under current ownership)
Kaleidoscope 41 years
The Thrift Shop 41 years
710 Bookstore – 40 years
Carbondale Trophy 31 years
Hair Brains 27 years
Hangar 9 27 years
Mane Effects 24 years
NAPA – 17 years
Castle Perilous Games and Books 17 years
Yesteryear Tobacconist 16 years
Tonic Headquarters - 16 years
A Petal Patch Florist 14 years (4 under current ownership)
Melange coffee House - 13 years
Walk the Line 12 years
Longbranch 10 yearsVati Travel 9 years
Saluki Central 7 years
Family Hair Center 6 years
Rag Wear 5 years
Kaya 4 years
Beautiful Creations 4 years
Blame cut and paste from Word for the strangeness in spacing. You should have seen the arbitrary font size before I cleaned it up.
Labels: downtown Carbondale
Friday, May 16, 2008
Dillinger Feed Store Demolishment?
1. Roll Call
2. Approval of Minutes - April 21, 2008 (attached)
3. Communication and Reports:
Education and Technical Assistance Committee
4. Old Business:
2008 Bus Tour review
5. New Business:
A. Lincoln Middle School Site
B. Dillinger Feed Store Demolition Application
C. Potential review of Preservation Ordinance as it relates to demolitions
6. Comments by the Public, Commission Members or Staff:
Bike to lunch
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Update on Fuller Dome repairs
The Board of Directors of RBF Dome, the group working to restore the Buckminster Fuller Dome home at 407 S. Forest, wants residents of the Arbor District to know that repairs of the temporary dome plastic roof and perimeter fence will be taking place in the coming weeks.
The Board has been aware for some time of the need to replace the plastic “skin” on the temporary dome. The outer dome is protecting the Fuller Dome home until sufficient funds are raised to do the restoration work on the former Fuller residence. The strong wind storm on Sunday has necessitated the immediate need for the repair as almost half of the plastic was torn off. Within the next two weeks, assuming the materials can be secured, a new plastic roof will be installed on the protective dome. If any neighboring properties had portions of the old plastic covering blown onto their properties please accept our apology and contact Tom Redmond at 457-0424 if you would like him to clean up any debris.
Work on the Fuller-designed perimeter fence will resume this spring and summer. The City of Carbondale has approved $1500 in its current budget to pay for the stump removal that will allow for the fence restoration to resume. The stump removal will be occurring in the near future. The RBF Board and volunteers will continue to restore additional sections of the fence along Forest and Cherry Streets. In addition, more substantial temporary fencing will be installed as old sections of the original fence are removed for repair and restoration.
Labels: Bucky's Dome
Attn: bicyclists and wannabes
The following day, bicyclists from the Carbondale Bicycle Club, in cooperation with the (Breakfast) Rotary Club of Carbondale, will do the 4th Annual Beautiful Southern Ride. More info on the Ride on the Rotary web site.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
City Manager Choices
Labels: City council
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
According to his resume, he oversees 94 employees and a budget of $22 million and is a Credentialed City Manager. Middletown is home to Penn State Harrisburg, which has about 4,000 students, so he has experience in town/gown relations, just not on the scale of SIUC. He might have more accomplishments but the only one of note he cites in his letter of application is getting Middletown designated a Main Street community.
If you're interested in how he might approach his duties, this article discusses the proposed hiring of an architectural firm by the Middletown borough council to advise on renovating a piece of city property and Stonehill's rationale for the hiring.
Labels: city government
Monday, May 12, 2008
Saluki II Bookstore
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Allen Gill and Eminent Domain
Mr. Trent, the Kansan, had a special hardship fighting his case: When it was filed, he was serving as a U.S. ambassador with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. He says the case began after he rejected a "low-ball" offer from Home Depot's developer, then flew to Baghdad. His lawyer tried to fend off the taking, but a state court in Pittsburg let it go forward this spring. Mr. Trent is challenging the compensation. That case is pending.
Allen Gill, Pittsburg's city manager, says Mr. Trent was well compensated, receiving more than $1 million for his property -- a large sum for rural Kansas. He also says Mr. Trent and another owner's opposition blocked a badly needed project that has already sparked other development in town.
"Does the greater good outweigh the inconvenience to the two?" Mr. Gill asks.
In a statement, Atlanta-based Home Depot said the project would bring "good paying jobs and economic development," adding that "the City of Pittsburg identified this site as an area in need of redevelopment, and the Home Depot was receptive to working with the developer who was negotiating with the city."In 2006, the Kansas legislature enacted a law putting severe restrictions on the use of eminent domain to transfer property to a private developer, as did 26 other states..
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Mother's Day Bad?
On Wednesday afternoon, the House had just voted, 412 to 0, to pass H. Res. 1113, "Celebrating the role of mothers in the United States and supporting the goals and ideals of Mother's Day," when Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), rose in protest.
"Mr. Speaker, I move to reconsider the vote," he announced.
Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), who has two young daughters, moved to table Tiahrt's request, setting up a revote. This time, 178 Republicans cast their votes against mothers.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Just a reminder...
I can't say enough good things about this film-- I just hope that you'll come see it, whether you're a fan of experimental media or not. The film is appropriate for all ages, and lasts just over an hour. I hope to see you there!
UPDATE: It looks like we also may have a surprise musical guest in-studio, following the screening. Feel free to kick yourself if you miss this.
IDOT Jobs Coming to Region
Thursday, May 8, 2008
City Manager Candidates
Bachelor number, I mean candidate number 2 is Allen Gill, currently the city manager of Pittsburgh KS, home of 19,000 very nice people and Pittsburgh State University (good thing they have an S in there, otherwise the university would be referred to as ....). As to why he wants to move here from there, according to councilman Chris Wissmann, he has family in the St. Louis region, especially new grandchildren, and wants to move closer to them. From his vita, Gill looks quite qualified, having working in public administration since 1979, with stints as city manager of Osawatomie, KS, Clinton MO, Ferguson MO. Gill also served as Economic Development Director of O'Fallon IL, and the Executive Director of Belleville Economic Progress over in (you guessed it), Belleville IL.
Looking as his work in Pittsburg (you should be able to pit up the resumes for both candidates at City Hall), Gill had a good working relationship with the university. He also managed a redevelopment effort to create a $36 million commercial development in the city, as well as a downtown redevelopment effort resulting in a $1.7 million streetscape project and and a $400, facade grant program.
BTW, councilman Wissmann commented he was favorably impressed by both men. I forgot to ask councilman Fritzler, on crutches after a soccer (football in the rest of the world) accident what he thought and councilman Jack had just flown in from Brazil, and boy, were his arms tired.
I would assume discussing these two candidates was the reason for the special double-secret closed City Council meeting called by the Mayor yesterday.
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Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Get Your Kicks on I 66
City Council Meeting
Labels: City council
Monday, May 5, 2008
No More Apartments?
1. There has been a decrease in student enrollment at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in recentyears, thus reducing the number of prospective tenants for rental housing.
2. As prospective tenants gravitate to newer housing developments, it will become harder to fill the older,existing housing in certain neighborhoods. This may lead to a high rate of vacancy, which in turn wouldhave an adverse impact in the neighborhood and on the local economy. A high vacancy rate in aneighborhood creates safety issues and can have a long-term negative impact on the quality of a neighborhood.
3. The City’s Comprehensive Plan is outdated and recent multi-unit housing developments have beenoccurring in areas that were not designated for multi-unit developments when the current ComprehensivePlan was approved in 1997.
4. The large developments place a new demand on the City’s infrastructure. The City must ensure that it canprovide adequate public services to the growing supply of multi-unit housing developments in the community.
Rebate Checks Arriving
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Another New Bar
Friday, May 2, 2008
Planning Commission Meeting
Free Viewing Party!
"Elemental Shift" captures a sublime oneness with nature, but can hardly be called still and meditative. Elemental Shift is meticulously edited together, creating an incredibly intense visceral experience. The running time is approximately one hour, and is appropriate for all ages.
This is a chance to see it before the film festivals, and get a look at the work of this talented L.A. area filmmaker.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Wine and Art Fair
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