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Carmi City Council approves bid to demolish building, create new parking lot

The Carmi City Council met for the second time in July Tuesday night.  Keith Botch, City CPA was slated to present the 2016 Audit for the fiscal year that ended on December 31st, but due to other obligations will issue that report at the first meeting in August.

A five year agreement for trash pick-up with Republic Services was agreed to unanimously. There will be a fee increase from $8.41 to $10 a month, but the City is receiving a credit of $59,000 due to a billing mistake, and the City will use it to offset customer’s billing increases.

A bid of $27,255 was awarded to Jeff Guisewite, Inc. of Mt. Carmel for the demolition of the building at 209 E. Robinson.  The City owned property will become a parking lot.

The Council unanimously approved the adoption of the White County Multi-Hazard Mitigation plan.

Mayor Jeff Pollard announced that due to Fair Week, the Carmi Pool will be open until 4 pm each day for free swimming.  Pollard also announced that Halloween activities will take place at Burrell’s Woods October 21st and 22nd, and that the Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Trunk or Treat event on the First Bank parking lot on Halloween.  He also thanked City workers for their efforts on the Main Street lighting project, and for work they did supporting multiple activities around Carmi last weekend.

Alderman Shelia Headlee announced that the debt recovery program is now up and running, trying to recoup overdue bills from the past year.

With no executive session, the meeting adjourned at 5:45 pm and the Carmi City Council will meet again on August 8th at 5:30 pm.