The Carbondale Observer

News and commentary about Carbondale, Illinois and SIUC

City Council Meets Tonight

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The Carbondale city council will meet tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the city hall/civic center. The agenda is available on the city’s website. As usual, I expect to watch from home on Mediacom channel 16.

I noticed that the Occupy ordinance (pdf) is back this week, this time inserted in the consent agenda. Items on the consent agenda are usually approved without discussion. The ordinance seems not to have changed much since council tabled it at the last meeting. We’ll see if anyone pulls it from the consent agenda for discussion.

Comments are welcome.

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Written by The Carbondale Observer

April 17, 2012 at 7:45 am

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  1. Thanks, Carbondale Observer, for highlighting this ordinance. In your opinion, is the increased interest in this change to the ordinance due to the number of people congregating in the pavillion near Longbranch and Tres Hombres, or is it because of Occupy Carbondale, or both, or neither?

    Sharon Wittke

    April 17, 2012 at 8:14 am

    • Sharon Wittke – I’m not sure about this, but I suspect it’s meant both to address the homeless camping and to give the city options if the Occupy movement decides to take up residence on city property. Council member Jane Adams’ email this week mentioned the homeless problem. Criminalization of homelessness has a long history in this country, so I’m a little surprised this isn’t already illegal.

      Thanks for the comment!

      The Carbondale Observer

      April 17, 2012 at 9:23 pm


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