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Road Closure - College Street at the West Side of Illinois Ave.

Friday, July 21st, 2017 - 10:02am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
July 21, 2017

CARBONDALE ROAD CLOSURE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – Due to road construction, College Street at the west side of Illinois Avenue will be closed through Friday, July 28.

Motorists are asked to use alternate routes during the closure.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have questions, contact the City of Carbondale Public Works/Engineering Office at (618) 457-3270.

City of Carbondale Announces Solar Eclipse Parking Locations - CORRECTION

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 - 1:08pm

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
July 19, 2017

THE CITY OF CARBONDALE ANNOUNCES SOLAR ECLIPSE PARKING LOCATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – After months of strategic planning, the City of Carbondale is pleased to announce its plans for parking during eclipse weekend.

The following locations have been identified as shuttle parking:

        Carbondale Community High School (1301 E. Walnut Street)
        University Mall (1237 E. Main Street)
        Oakland Cemetery (Intersection of Oakland Avenue and Ready Mix Road)

Shuttle service will be provided to and from these locations to City Hall August 19-21. The cost is $5 (cash) or $7 (credit card) per vehicle. Shuttles will operate on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-1 a.m. and from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday.

All city-owned public parking lots will be open to the public on a first-come first-serve basis. Two hour metered parking will be enforced.

Premium parking will be available daily for $20 per day in the lots located at the intersections of Mill and Washington Streets and Lincoln Drive and Illinois Avenue.

There will also be shuttle service available from City Hall to Southern Illinois University.

An interactive map with all of the parking locations is available online at http://www.carbondaleeclipse.com/get-around/.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939 or afox@explorecarbondale.com.

City of Carbondale Announces Solar Eclipse Parking Locations

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 - 11:54am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
July 19, 2017

THE CITY OF CARBONDALE ANNOUNCES SOLAR ECLIPSE PARKING LOCATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – After months of strategic planning, the City of Carbondale is pleased to announce its plans for parking during eclipse weekend.

The following locations have been identified as shuttle parking:

        Carbondale Community High School (1301 E. Walnut Street)
        University Mall (1237 E. Main Street)
        Oakland Cemetery (Corner of Oakland Avenue & Rigdon Street)

Shuttle service will be provided to and from these locations to City Hall August 19-21. The cost is $5 (cash) or $7 (credit card) per vehicle. Shuttles will operate on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-1 a.m. and from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday.

All city-owned public parking lots will be open to the public on a first-come first-serve basis. Two hour metered parking will be enforced.

Premium parking will be available daily for $20 per day in the lots located at the intersections of Mill and Washington Streets and Lincoln Drive and Illinois Avenue.

There will also be shuttle service available from City Hall to Southern Illinois University.

An interactive map with all of the parking locations is available online at http://www.carbondaleeclipse.com/get-around/.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939 or afox@explorecarbondale.com.

City of Carbondale & Carbondale Park District Extend Fresh Fitness Program

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 - 8:51am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
July 18, 2017

CITY OF CARBONDALE & CARBONDALE PARK DISTRICT EXTEND FRESH FITNESS PROGRAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale and the Carbondale Park District are excited to announce the Fresh Fitness program will continue throughout the fall.

Classes will be held every Saturday in August and September from 10-11 a.m. at Turley Park.

Southern Illinois University Fitness Instructors Kelsey Brommel and Tori Gusewelle will teach a variety of cardio and strength training classes throughout the nine week program.

No experience is necessary. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle, towel and/or yoga mat. A cash donation of $5 is suggested.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939 or afox@explorecarbondale.com.

City of Carbondale to Allow Alcohol Downtown During Eclipse Weekend

Monday, July 17th, 2017 - 1:22pm

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
July 17, 2017

THE CITY OF CARBONDALE TO ALLOW ALOCHOL DOWNTOWN DURING ECLIPSE WEEKEND

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE –  The City of Carbondale wants to remind everyone about the City’s liquor laws ahead of eclipse weekend.

In January, City Council approved a resolution to allow open containers in the downtown area August 18-21.

Under the new ordinance, alcoholic beverages may be possessed in plastic containers between Jackson and Mill Streets and University Avenue and Washington Street from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Access map)

Alcoholic beverages must be purchased at licensed liquor establishments. Coolers and outside beverages will not be allowed.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939 or afox@explorecarbondale.com.

 

Volunteers Needed to Help With Solar Eclipse

Friday, July 14th, 2017 - 9:17am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
July 14, 2017

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH SOLAR ECLIPSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – With thousands of visitors expected in Carbondale for the solar eclipse, the City is looking for volunteers to help from August 19-21.

Duties include cleaning up high traffic areas, handing out information and greeting visitors.

Shifts will be four hours in length with the earliest beginning at 6 a.m. on August 19.

To sign up, visit https://goo.gl/ZNzKJ7.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Eclipse Volunteer Coordinator Diane Hood at (618) 303-5974 or email volunteer@carbondaleeclipse.com.

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City of Carbondale Launches Eclipse Hotline

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 - 8:07am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
July 12, 2017 

CITY OF CARBONDALE LAUNCHES ECLIPSE HOTLINE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale is launching a special eclipse hotline to ensure everyone stays safe and informed during eclipse weekend.

Visitors can call (618) 967-5220 and speak to a City employee about general eclipse information.

The phone line will be staffed 24 hours a day from August 19-20 and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on August 21. The hotline is for non-emergency calls only. 

Members of the media should contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939 to set up an interview.

City of Carbondale Suspends Hollywood Lounge Liquor License

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 - 3:23pm

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
July 11, 2017

THE CITY OF CARBONDALE SUSPENDS HOLLYWOOD LOUNGE LIQUOR LICENSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – On July 9 at 1:40 a.m., Carbondale Police Officers were in the area of the Hollywood Lounge when they heard and responded to a gunshot fired from inside the bar. Police officers entered the establishment and following an investigation, it is believed a victim received a non-life threatening injury from the gunfire inside the Hollywood Lounge.

Later that Sunday morning, Mayor Mike Henry, acting in his capacity as Chairman of the Local Liquor Control Commission, directed the City Manager to take all reasonable and necessary actions to ensure that the public isn’t exposed to any further risk from actions that may occur at the Hollywood Lounge.

Following advice from City staff and pursuant to Section 2-2-3 of the Carbondale Revised Code, Mayor Henry summarily suspended the liquor license for Hollywood Lounge.

“The City Council and I are committed to revitalizing Carbondale and it starts by ensuring that our City is safe for all residents. We’re not going to tolerate this type of violent act that occurred this weekend and certainly not from any of our liquor establishments,” added Mayor Henry.

Police Chief Jeff Grubbs stated, “Our police officers are working diligently to quell violent acts in our community and we need to use all the resources we have to assist them in their efforts. That is why it is so refreshing to have a Mayor and City Council who are standing behind them and assisting them every step of the way.”

“This suspension is further proof that both the Council and City staff are working together, setting higher standards for our community,” said City Manager Gary Williams.

A hearing will be held before the Local Liquor Control Commission on Tuesday, July 18 regarding the status of the liquor license for the Hollywood Lounge.

For more information, contact Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams at (618) 457-3225.

Notice to Refuse Customers of Upcoming Change to Refuse Collection Services

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 - 2:23pm

 NOTICE TO REFUSE CUSTOMERS

The City of Carbondale is excited to inform customers of an upcoming change to refuse collection services. Please see the proposed outlined below:

 

 

  • Require the use of City-provided containers. Each residential customer will be provided with one 95 gallon roll-out cart or one 45 gallon roll-out cart. Customers wishing to choose a smaller can need to contact the City Water office at (618)457-3265 by August 4, 2017, both cans can be viewed at the water office. Customers not responding will receive a 95 Gallon Cart. Carts are expected to be delivered in October.
  • Monthly refuse rates will remain the same at $12.00/month as most of the incurred costs are for labor and equipment.
  • Monthly recycling fees will also remain the same at $3.20/month.
  • Residential refuse customers can request one (1) additional roll-out cart at no cost for the cart. The monthly cost for the additional roll-out cart will be 50% of the standard monthly rate ($6.00/month additional cost); this would result in a monthly refuse bill of $18.00 for up to 190 gallons of refuse disposal per month.
  • Any refuse left outside the can will incur extra volume pick-up charges. These charges will remain the same at $10.00 for the first minute plus $7.50 for each additional minute. This cost would be automatically billed for any items set outside of the 95-gallon roll-out cart, including large items (i.e. couches, mattresses, etc.).
  • Damaged roll-out carts, due to normal wear and tear, will be repaired or replaced by the City at no cost to the residents. Replacement carts or carts damaged due to negligence will be available at a replacement cost of $75.00 per roll-out cart.
  • Due to new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines, landscape waste facilities can no longer accept clear plastic bags. Accordingly, staff would like to move from 35 gallon (maximum) clear plastic bags to 30 gallon (maximum) paper lawn waste bags. These bags are environmentally friendly and meet current EPA guidelines and are readily available at various vendors in the City.

As a reminder, the City encourages that all residential customers get involved in the recycling program.  The City provides recycling bins at no cost to residential customers.  Recycling helps alleviate refuse volumes to the landfill and can benefit the community and the environment.  These bins can be scheduled for delivery at the Maintenance and Environmental Services Office by phone at (618)457-3275 or location at 212 W. Willow.

The City of Carbondale greatly appreciates your time and patience, and looks forward to making this transition with each resident.       

 

Carbondale Road Closures

Friday, July 7th, 2017 - 3:52pm

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
July 7, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE –Grand Avenue from Lewis Lane to Giant City Road will be closed to through traffic on Monday, July 10 for water main work. The closure will be in effect from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Lewis Lane between Grand Avenue and E. College Street will also be closed starting at 7 a.m. This closure will remain in effect until further notice. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes during the closures.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact the City’s Street Department at (618) 457-3275.

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