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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.

Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Display

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 - 7:59am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
June 27, 2017

CITY OF CARBONDALE TO HOST ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS DISPLAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale will host its annual fireworks display on Tuesday, July 4 at the Carbondale Superblock.

Vehicles can park at the Superblock by using the S. Lewis Lane entrance. However, this entrance will close at 8 p.m. Drivers are encouraged to use the Sports Blast entrance during the fireworks.

Spectators can watch the fireworks from the parking lots at Lewis School, Carbondale Middle School and Carbondale Community High School.

In the event of rain, the City’s fireworks display will be held on Wednesday, July 5 at dusk.

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

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Homegrown Stage Lineup at Shadow Fest

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 - 8:11am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
June 20, 2017 

CARBONDALE ANNOUNCES HOMEGROWN STAGE LINEUP AT SHADOW FEST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale and Carbondale Main Street are excited to be adding another day of music to Shadow Fest.

The Homegrown Stage will feature a variety of local bands on Monday, August 21.

The lineup will be as follows:

11 a.m.-noon, Hey Honey, Americana
Noon-1 p.m., Cave Futures, Indie Rock
1:30-2:30 p.m., Tawl Paul & Slappin Henry Blue, Blues
2:30-3:30 p.m., Porchfire, Country
3:30-4:30 p.m., Buzzard, Hard Rock

The stage will be located at the corner of Washington and Walnut Streets from 11a.m.-5 p.m. Admission to ALL of the concerts are FREE.

Shadow Fest will feature regional acts August 19-20 from 5-11 p.m.

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

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Carbondale Seeks Input from Residents for Community Branding Project

Monday, June 19th, 2017 - 9:16am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
June 19, 2017

CARBONDALE SEEKS INPUT FROM RESIDENTS FOR COMMUNITY BRANDING PROJECT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale is working with North Star Destination Strategies Inc. to develop a community-wide brand for Carbondale. But, we need help from our residents to determine how to best communicate what makes our community so special.

The Community Survey will determine Carbondale’s strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities. All Carbondale residents are encouraged to participate.

“This branding project is critically important in moving our city forward,” said Carbondale Mayor John “Mike” Henry. “We hope the majority of Carbondale residents will take the time to give us their input.”

To access the online survey, visit www.brandingcarbondaleil.com. Printed surveys will also be available at City Hall (200 S. Illinois Avenue) during normal business hours. All surveys must be completed by Monday, July 10.

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

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Progressive Patio Tour

Friday, June 16th, 2017 - 12:59pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Progressive Patio Tour

Bringing traffic into the downtown area to explore the great places that downtown Carbondale has to offer!

Carbondale, IL June 15, 2017: Carbondale Main Street is hosting another Progressive Patio Tour on July 13, 2017 from 6 to 10pm. This will be a chance for the public to visit participating establishments and try popular items off of their menus.

There will be a $20 fee that will include transportation, free samples at each spot and brief histories on buildings and patios from business representatives as the tour goes along. Participants may also purchase cocktails and other menu items in addition to the free offerings. Stops will include Carbondale Community Arts’ Artspace 304, Global Gourmet and Sabor de Mel, all in downtown Carbondale. There will be a free after-party held at the brand new Traxx.

The intent of the Progressive Patio Tour is to make more people aware of great spaces where then can relax in the spring, summer and fall seasons. This will also help these establishments showcase what they have to offer. For more information or to reserve your spot (there are only fifty- five bus seats available), call 618-529-8040 or email info@carbondalemainstreet.com.

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Eclipse Q&A's for Local Residents

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 - 2:03pm

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
June 14, 2017

CARBONDALE RELEASES ECLIPSE Q&A’S FOR LOCAL RESISDENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – With less than 70 days until the solar eclipse, the City of Carbondale wants to make sure residents are prepared for the big event.

In March, dozens of eclipse questions were generated at a series of business forums.

City staff, Carbondale Tourism, Carbondale Main Street, Southern Illinois University and the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce worked together to answer all of the questions.

The list is now available to residents at www.carbondaleeclipse.com/local.

Categories include activities/events, public safety, business tips, general eclipse info, travel/transportation/parking, accommodations, volunteers and SIU.

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

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