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Posted on: October 9, 2020

Ideas for Community Improvements Wanted!

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Every fall, the City of Carbondale solicits input and ideas from Community Members for projects and improvements that could enhance neighborhoods and the community. This input is an important part of the City’s budgeting process and aids in the development of the City’s Five-Year Community Investment Program (CIP). The Five-Year CIP is the budget document that outlines the City’s construction projects for the next five years; typical projects that are included in the CIP are infrastructure-related projects such as: streets, sidewalks, storm sewers, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, traffic signals, drainage improvements, public buildings, parking lots, sanitary sewers, water mains, and waste treatment or waste water treatment plant improvements. 

The Five-Year CIP does not include maintenance related items such as: potholes, street resurfacing, signs, pavement markings, traffic signal concerns, tree trimming, ditch maintenance, and the like; these concerns can be reported anytime to the Public Works Department by calling the Maintenance and Environmental Services (MES) office at (618) 457-3275. 

The City’s Engineering Division will review all project suggestions and formulate recommendations for each suggestion. These recommendations will be reviewed by the City Council this fall and decisions will be made on which projects should be included within the FY2022 Five-Year CIP. During the City’s budget preparation process, which begins in January, staff will prioritize and match proposed projects with available funds. After this process is complete, the draft Five-Year CIP will be presented for the City Council’s consideration in the early spring along with the FY2022 Budget.

If you would like to suggest an infrastructure project for consideration and inclusion within the Five-Year CIP, complete the form below and return it to the City’s Engineering Division at 200 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, IL 62901. Please be sure to include your name and contact information so that staff can reach out to you with any questions. The deadline for submission of proposed projects is Friday, November 6, 2020. 

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