The Carbondale Observer

News and commentary about Carbondale, Illinois and SIUC

City Council Meeting 04/17/2012

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The Carbondale city council met at 7:00 p.m. at the city hall/civic center on April 17, 2012. As usual, I was planning to watch from home on Mediacom channel 16.

I forgot, however, that neuroscientist, Guggenheim Fellow, and author David Eagleman was scheduled to give Charles D. Tenney distinguished lecture at 7:30 p.m. I decided to go to the lecture. Fortunately, my wife was at home and graciously agreed to make a note of the votes at council. So I don’t have commentary or a detailed summary, but I do have the votes.

Council member Chris Wissmann pulled item 4.7, which I’ve (perhaps unfairly) been calling the Occupy Ordinance, which amends city code to prohibit camping on city owned or controlled property, from the consent agenda. The rest of the consent agenda passed unanimously.

The camping ordinance was again sent back to staff, this time so specifics on the “permitting” of camping can be added to the ordinance. This seems like the right course because, as I noted yesterday, the ordinance appeared to have changed very little since its last appearance before council.

Item 5.1, approving a special use permit allowing contract construction services in a General Agriculture (AG) district at 1900 W. Sycamore St., passed unanimously. This is for a landscaping business that will operate in the area behind Denny’s.

Item 5.2, approving a special use permit allowing residences as permitted in an R-3 (high density) district in a Secondary Business (SB) district at 2220 N. Illinois Ave., passed unanimously. This will allow construction of one new building containing four one-bedroom apartments at an existing apartment complex.

Item 5.3 involved three separate votes: (1) an ordinance approving the FY 2013 City of Carbondale budget, (2) a resolution approving the five year Community Investment Program, and (3) an ordinance approving the Carbondale Public Library budget. All three items passed unanimously.

Item 5.4, an ordinance adopting the pay plan for non-bargaining unit employees for FY 2013, passed unanimously. This ordinance gave a 2% across the board pay increase to all non-bargaining unit city staff.

No action was taken on Item 5.5, a resolution authorizing the city manager to execute contracts with community organization. This item is expected to return for the May 1 city council meeting. I do not have details on the discussion of this item and the reasons for pulling it. If you were watching (or participating) and know what happened, please share the information in the comments.

Comments are welcome.


Written by The Carbondale Observer

April 18, 2012 at 7:45 am

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  1. I really appreciate your reporting and analysis; a fantastic community service, thanks.

    Steve Gough

    April 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

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