Community Forum Thursday on Community Safety

Community Forum Thursday on Community Safety, April 21, 6:00-8:00 Civic Center –Please share this with your Neighbors

This Thursday, April 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the Civic Center, an ad hoc community group is holding a Forum.   The purpose is to identify policy recommendations that will help address the question:

What can we do as a community to make Carbondale safer and more

welcoming for everyone?
Mayor Henry and Chancellor Colwell have agreed to attend, and other city and university officials, including all members of the City Council have been invited.

John Washburn will facilitate the forum.
Format: facilitator: John Washburn, each speaker will have 3 minutes to list policy recommendations/ideas; these will be written on news print;  audience will then rate those they think need to be followed up on as most significant to purpose of meeting

 

 

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The City of Carbondale Launches a New Citizen Reporting Tool Powered by SeeClickFix

April 4, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 The City of Carbondale Launches a New Citizen Reporting Tool Powered by SeeClickFix

The City of Carbondale has partnered with See-Click-Fix to introduce a new platform that will allow citizens to easily report concerns and quality-of-life issues to the City of Carbondale.

With the free CARBONDALE See-Click-Fix mobile app and web tools, Carbondale citizens will now be able to provide City Staff with geo-referenced locations, pictures, descriptions, and other valuable information which will help Staff respond more effectively and efficiently to routine concerns. In addition, the SeeClickFix platform provides Carbondale officials with a centralized issue management system allowing staff to manage issues, from creation to resolution, while engaging our citizens throughout the process.

“Staff has been using See-Click-Fix

for a couple of months now and I am really excited about the improvements in work flow we have already seen. The ability for Citizens and Staff to instantly report concerns and receive feedback will undoubtedly save time and improve customer service” – Sean Henry, Director of Public Works.

This partnership not only allows Carbondale’s citizens to report problems; but also allows them to view, comment on, and vote to fix problems submitted by their neighbors. Citizens can even create their own “watch areas” to receive notifications about all the issues reported in their neighborhood, enabling them to follow the progress of all service requests, not

just the ones they report.

The free CARBONDALE mobile app is available for download on both Android and iPhone platforms. In addition to the mobile apps, citizens can also create reports at www.carbondale311.com or at www.seeclickfix.com. For questions about the new application, please contact the Director of Public Works at (618) 457-3270.

About SeeClickFix

SeeClickFix was founded in 2008 to empower citizens with tools to publicly document quality of life concerns in their neighborhoods. By radically improving the quantity and quality of this data, SeeClickFix was quickly adopted by local governments, who needed a better way to receive information from citizens.

This exchange helped to build one of the largest neighborhood networks in the world — upon which public agencies and public citizens engage to improve communities. Today, SeeClickFix has official partnerships with hundreds of cities, engaging hundreds of thousands of citizens in the resolution of millions of issues. 

SeeClickFix has worked with government partners to develop municipal management tools on top of this citizen network. As SeeClickFix is adopted into the everyday lives of government users, the benefit of the engaged citizen base continues to grow.

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A Reminder from Chris Wallace – Downtown Master Plan

Just a
reminder, the Planning Commission will meet on Wednesday March 23, 2016 at 6:00pm in Room 108 of the Civic Center to hold a public hearing on the Downtown Master Plan.  A copy of the Plan can be viewed and downloaded cialisfrance24.com at http://www.hlplanning.com/portals/carbondale/documents/ If you have any questions or comments please feel welcome to contact me.  Thanks

Chris Wallace, AICP
Development Services Director
City of Carbondale
(618) 457-3248

 

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Vote Early!

Illinois’s March 15 primary election is inching closer. Here’s a reminder of places where grace-period registration and early voting are available in Jackson county. In primary elections, one pulls either a Republican or Democratic ballot. You do not need to be registered with either party to vote in its respective primary.

Jackson County:

The County Clerk’s Office, at 1001 Walnut St.,  in Murphysboro,  is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, Monday through Friday. It also will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on March 12, the Saturday before the primary election.

The county is also offering two off-site locations. Grace-period registration and early voting will be available at the Carbondale Civic

Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 1, March 3 and March 8. These services will also be available at the

SIU Student Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 9, March 10 and March 11.

On Election Day, one can register and vote at the County Clerk’s Office, or at the SIU Student Center during polling hours. Both are considered universal polling places for all  Jackson County residents, meaning one can cast a ballot in these two locations regardless of where their polling place is located.

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2016 Meeting of Study Circles—Neighborhood Action Group

For those of you who could not attend, this was an excellent meeting this year. NCNA will advertise the

meeting for those who would like to consider home ownership as soon as a date is set.

February 3rd— 2016 Meeting of Study Circles—Neighborhood Action Group

Attending:  Mary O’Hara, Kathy Benedict, Mary Campbell, Mary Pohlmann, Daniel Presley, Sandy Litecky, Clara McClure

WE are all deeply saddened by the passing of Eric McMillan.  We will miss him very much.

Evaluation and Follow-up on January Neighborhood Alliance Meeting

  1. Overall comments- Went very well.  60-70 attendees; All tables full; looked like discussions went very well;  More minority participation this year; Lots more new people, so we are pleased with the new approach with is issue centered; Mary O. will be

    typing up summaries from the discussions; Appears  people are very interested in the issues around owner occupancy and the data about it; Good discussion on homelessness; appears public radio NPR was where many heard of meeting; Human Relations Commission will be posting data presented at meeting on their website. Need

    to put faces of people memorializing on screen: Kareem did a wonderful job of singing.

  2. Follow-up—takes the following form—two meeting.  One is with Bankers and Realtors to plan one hour free Home ownership Education Seminar.  This will take place at the Old Train depot on February 25th at 5:30.  Daniel is putting this together.   Mary will have summaries of discussion groups ready before then.  Those likely to attend thus far—Century 21; Egyptian Board of Realtor; City Planner Travis Taylor; Daniel is doing the recruitment on this.

The second meeting is for those wanting to learn how to buy a home, a one hour free Home Ownership Education Seminar. Focus of the seminar benefits of home ownership; process; kinds of documents needed.  Realtors will be present.   Sandy Litecky will contact Diane Sussman and Carbondale Library to see if this can be the location; child care will be provided; Possible dates March 29th or 31st during evening hours; She will also organize refreshments; Mary Campbell will contact Maureen Pyle of the Interfaith Council for outreach through churches; The City of Carbondale may help with outreach (mailing); press release needed;

  1. Food went well thanks to contributions of New Kahala; Neighborhood Coop; and Remis.  Much thanks to Sarah Heyer for organizing this.  She also typed thank you notes to them and they were signed at meeting; We had too much bakery; only need one bag of oyster crackers; food left over was taken to Good Sam’s;   It was discussed that next year we should try and make Chili on site and serve.  Need to get food handling license for next year.
  2. Short discussion of continuing research on other cities Rental Inspection programs , rent streams and true market values and property taxes

 

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Carbondale Neighborhood Action Group Annual Meeting

Saturday, January 23 at9:30am

Carbondale Study Circles, Neighborhood Action Group’s annual Neighborhood Alliance meeting will take place on Saturday, January 23, at First United Methodist Church,  214 W Main

Street, Carbondale. The meeting begins at 9:30am and lasts until noon with a

light lunch following.

This year’s meeting focuses on housing in Carbondale, particularly, homelessness and the nature and issues surrounding Carbondale’s housing market

and stock.  A panel consisting of neighborhood representatives, realtors, and city staff will provide an overview of issues and information, followed by discussion and questions from those attending.

Members of the Alliance hope to initiate an ongoing, community based discussion on issues surrounding housing in Carbondale.  These include financial literacy, lenders in Carbondale, as well as, those listed in Carbondale’s 2009 Comprehensive Plan:  “Historic disinvestment in rental units aimed at a captive student population, recent increase in rental market supply created by new housing options near campus, and an aging housing stock that without rehabilitation is approaching obsolescence”.

For additional information, contact Daniel Presley (626) 487-9747 or Mary O’Hara (618) 713-0820.

 

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Zoning variance requested along High Street

Public Notice: There will be a Public Hearing on January 13, 2016 at 6:30 PM of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Northwest Neighborhood Residents are urged to attend. Meeting is at City Hall. Details below:

Applicant/Owner: Brunton Properties Inc, 819 Vandalia St., Collinsville, IL 62234

Required Action: Brunton Properties, Inc is requesting a variance from Section 15-4.8.7 of the Carbondale Revised Code, which requires rooming houses to provide 1 parking space per bedroom for property located at 815 West High Street. This is Zoning Board of Appeals case ZBA 16-02.

The City Off-Street Parking Schedule is …rooming houses: 1 space per bedroom with a minimum of 1.5 spaces per dwelling unit.

The Langdon house (815) was sold about 8 months ago. http://www.achaten-suisse.com/ It has seven bedrooms (four added for grandchildren visits about 25 years ago), but as this has always been a private family residence there is parking space for two cars only. However, since this house was sold we believe there are seven young people living in it. Recently the City has made the parking across the street parallel parking only, which has accommodated the young people’s four trucks, one jeep, one SUV type car and one other!!!!! These vehicles (not including the ones parked in the driveway of 815) have occupied parking space on most nights for more than one third of that parking area. This has occasioned considerable difficulty for visitors to other homes on the block, not to mention the impossibility of parking for those attending events in the former Bowen Gym.

All the neighbors are objecting to the proposed variance being granted, it should be noted that both sides of High St. are zoned R2 which does allow rooming houses.

High Street residents need all the help we can muster to persuade the Zoning Board to vote the proposal down. Whatever the Zoning Board of Appeals decides will be FINAL unless someone appeals the decision in court.

Please try to attend the meeting on January 13. We need NUMBERS.

 

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