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Council Meeting – 08/16/2011

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In a marathon meeting Tuesday night, the Carbondale city council, acting as the local liquor control commission, approved liquor licenses for five grocery stores. The council also decided to tentatively move forward with issuing bonds for a new west side fire station. Discussion of solid waste rates was expected at Tuesday’s meeting, but that discussion was tabled to allow staff to tweak the proposal.

Arnold’s Market, the Neighborhood Co-op, Schnuck’s, Kroger, and Wal-Mart will all receive liquor licenses after Tuesday’s vote. The licenses for Arnold’s and the Co-op passed 5-1, with only Corene McDaniel voting against the licenses. Chris Wissmann joined McDaniel in voting against licenses for Schnuck’s, Kroger, and Wal-Mart.

After a long discussion and without a vote, council tentatively decided to begin preparations for a bond issue for a new west side fire station to be located at Glenview and Sycamore. The council will have another opportunity to consider the issue before any bonds are issued.

Item 5.4, the special use permit for Home Rentals to build a fourplex apartment on West Monroe, was easily the most controversial item of the night. By my count, four people spoke against the special use, while two members of the First Christian Church board spoke in defense of the special use. Council defeated the special use on a 4-3 vote, with Adams, Fronabarger, Monty, and Fritzler voting against the special use, and Wissmann, McDaniel, and Jack voting in favor.

As I write this, it is 11:00 p.m. and we’re just now hearing citizen’s comments. I want to comment at length on the Home Rentals special use, but I simply don’t have the time. I guess it will have to wait until tomorrow. I’m already on record opposing this specific special use, but I want to comment on the discussion of the issue at Tuesday’s meeting. Expect at least one and probably two follow-up posts on this topic.

Comments are welcome.

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Written by The Carbondale Observer

August 17, 2011 at 7:45 am

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