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Carmi City Council agrees to offer recycling to residents

The Carmi City Council met for their second meeting of September Tuesday evening. Before the meeting took place, a public hearing was held in regards to a special use mobile home permit at 1122 West Drive requested by Les and Linda Senesac.

After the meeting was called to order with all Aldermen present, the Council approved minutes and financials for the City and the Light & Water Departments.

The mobile home permit was approved unanimously with no discussion.

Mike Huskey of Revolution Recycling presented the Council with a plan to offer residents the opportunity to recycle glass, metal, plastic, cardboard and paper with a drop off box.  The company would only charge the City when they come to replace the special dumpster with an empty one, and gives a detailed breakdown of materials with each invoice.  The Council agreed to a 30 day free trial of the service, and would explore the best way to limit access to prevent abuse of the service.

The Council agreed unanimously to allow Mayor Pollard to seek bids for several unused pieces of former military equipment acquired through various surplus programs.  Alderman Hayes informed the Council most of the vehicles have issues the City had in the past chosen not to repair.  The vehicles, which do not include the Humvees operated by the Police Department, will be moved to the Light Plant so the public can see them when bids are let. Minimum prices for the bids will be established after more research.

Pollard reminded residents that the Chamber of Commerce dinner is October 3rd, and reservations are due this Friday and can be made by calling the Chamber office. Corn Days is coming up that weekend, and the City will hold electronics recycling on October 15.   Trick or Treat hours will be from 4-8 pm on October 31.  Those wishing to give out candy are asked to leave porch lights on.

The Council went into executive session at 6 pm to discuss personnel issues.