The Carmi City Council met for the first time in November on Tuesday night. Before the meeting, a well attended public hearing on the proposed TIF district and the City’s redevelopment plans was held with Keith Moran of Moran Economic Development on hand to answer questions.
Moran explained to those assembled what TIF funds can and cannot be used for, and how those funds generated by the proposed TIF district will play into future redevelopment plans.
Following the public hearing, the City Council approved salaries for Aldermen, the Mayor, and the City Clerk that will become effective May 2nd 2017 elected at the municipal election April 4th. Aldermen and the Mayor’s salaries will not increase, but the Clerk salary will receive its first raise in sixteen years. The ordinance, which was approved unanimously, also clarifies the job duties of the City Clerk as requested by several Aldermen.
Christmas bonuses for City employees were unanimously approved as well. Part-time employees, firemen, and EMA personnel will receive $60 while full-time employees will receive $60 plus $5 for each year of service. The bonuses will be paid from the Carmi Light & Water Department as in years past.
The Council agreed to continue service with Revolution Recycling on a month by month basis to further see how many residents are using the service, and to further explore how to utilize the service in its best capacity.
Mayor Jeff Pollard reminded residents about the Carmi Township building dedication on Monday, and reported that the Halloween celebration at Burrell’s Woods was very well attended. The City, along with the Chamber of Commerce will have a free showing of “The Polar Express” on November 26 along with the Hot Chocolate 5K and other It’s A White County Christmas events that day. Pollard also thanked the Fire Department for washing down Main Street.
With no executive session, the meeting was adjourned at 6:11 pm.