Carmi City Council closes October getting ready for Christmas

The Carmi City Council met Tuesday night for their second October meeting, and wrapped up the meeting agenda in a quick session.

Following approval of minutes and financials, the Council unanimously approved a special use mobile home permit for Les and Linda Senesac at 1129 West Drive.  A public hearing about the permit was held prior to the meeting.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Holly Healy was on hand to ask the Council’s permission to hold the It’s A White County Christmas lighted parade on November 26th at 6 pm.  The parade route will be the same as in years past, with line up at the First Baptist Church and ending at Santa’s House on Main Street.  The Council unanimously approved the request, and a request to close Main Cross Street from Main to the alley for Santa’s House and the Christmas Train from November 18th to January 6th was also approved with no opposition.

Mayor Pollard thanked city employees and the City Police Department for their work over the Corn Day weekend, and announced that the Burrell’s Woods campground has been filled for this weekend’s Halloween activities.  Pollard also reminded those who come out to participate in the fun to keep costumes and decorations family friendly.  Trick or Treat hours for the City of Carmi will be from 4 to 8 pm on Monday, October 31st.  Residents wishing to give out candy are asked to keep their porch lights on.

Alderman Knight thanked City park employees for their work keeping the City’s parks cleaned up from all of the leaves and limbs that have been falling.

The Council went into closed session at 5:40 pm to discuss personnel issues.  The Council unanimously voted to hire Bucky Gwaltney as a waste water treatment plant operator, and also unanimously approved a four year contract for Patty Evans as City Treasurer.   Evans will receive a salary of $37,000 per year and a 2% raise each year following AFSCME guidelines. The Council also unanimously approved a raise for the City Clerk to $35,000 which will take effect May 2, 2017 following the April election.  The City had not given the position a raise in 16 years.

The Carmi City Council next meets November 1st at 5:30 pm.