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Carmi City Council updates ordinance, makes Library Board appointments at Tuesday meeting

The Carmi City Council met Tuesday evening for their first meeting in June.  Diane Healy, Steve Winkleman, and Sharon Whitsitt were all re-appointed for three year terms to the Library Board.  The appointments will run through June 30, 2019.

An amendment to Ordinance 1420 discussed at the last Council meeting was approved unanimously.  The waiting period for animals to be held at the City Pound was increased from 5 to 7 days before adoption to match state law.

Mayor Jeff Pollard told the Council that recent vandalism to a Welcome to Carmi sign and a bathroom at Burrell’s Woods are being investigated by the Carmi Police Department.

Pollard also informed the Council that on July 4th, a concert will take place on the new property adjacent to Burrell’s Woods.  The Bradshaws and A Band Called River will perform beginning at 4pm as part of Carmi’s Bicentennial festivities.  In case of rain, the show will be moved to the CWCHS Gymnasium.  Any vendors who would like to set up booths should contact the City Office before June 24.

Pollard also read a letter sent by the Phoenix Foundation to the Council stating that the group would no longer continue efforts to bring a hospital to Carmi due to poor management and lack of funds.  Foundation members Dr. Zahid Saqib, David Campbell, and Wanda Douglas expressed their appreciation for those who supported the effort, and hoped another group will succeed.

Alderman Knight informed the Council that a picnic table donated by Donnie and Virginia Jordan in memory of their son Aaron will soon be installed at Bradshaw Park.

Alderman Winkleman requested that the City re-stripe the parking lot at the Library, and remove three diseased and dying trees on the property.

Alderman Yearby thanked all those who attended the Memorial Day ceremonies at Veteran’s Park.

The Carmi City Council will meet again on Tuesday, June 21 at 5:30pm.