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Carmi City Council receives 2016 audit report; Taco Bell not coming to Carmi

The Carmi City Council met Tuesday for the second time in August.  Following the approval of minutes and financials, Keith Botsch in his role as City CPA and Auditor, presented highlights of the 2016 audit for the fiscal year that ended December 31st.

Botsch reported that even though the City had an overall deficit of $496,000 it is in good shape fiscally, with many departments operating under budget, and the state mandated police pension fund showing signs of stability for the first time in several years.

The Council the approved unanimously a new ordinance increasing reconnection fees for utility customers disconnected for non-payment.  Reconnection fees are now $25 during normal work hours, and $75 during off hours.

Mayor Jeff Pollard announced that the third annual City of Carmi & S.I.A.M. Fly In will take place at the Carmi Municipal Airport on September 16th, and that those wishing to camp at Burrell’s Woods for the Halloween celebration October 20th and 21st must make a request for the lottery drawing to the Chamber of Commerce by August 25th.

Alderman Mike Knight thanked the City for the flowers sent after the passing of his mother, and Alderman Steve Winkleman reported that a crabapple tree in front of the Library needed to be removed.

Winkleman also asked about the rumors that a Taco Bell restaurant coming to Carmi.  Mayor Pollard reported that as of Friday, those plans had fallen through, but that the group may attempt to try again next year.