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Carmi City Council votes to seek bids on movie theater demolition

The Carmi City Council met Tuesday night for the second time in June.  After approval of minutes and financials, the Council unanimously approved the prevailing wage ordinance.

The Council then approved the re-appointment of Diane Healy, Denton Aud, Jessica Williams, and John Stanley to the Library Board for three year terms beginning July 1st and ending June 30th, 2021.

Mayor Jeff Pollard then updated those in attendance about the current state of the Carmi movie theater. Pollard stated that the building, which was acquired by the City as a result of a default on a loan from the revolving loan fund, is in very poor structural shape, with a lot of mold present.

Past proposals to renovate the theater never gained traction, and outside parties have not been interested in taking on the project due to deterioration and the obsolete equipment.

After discussion, the Council unanimously voted to seek bids for the building’s demolition.

A TIF façade improvement grant for Town and Country Barber Shop was approved unanimously, and the City will put up for bid on eBay a 1994 Ford 150 pickup seized by the Carmi Police Department with a minimum bid of $450.

With no further reports from the Mayor or standing committees, and with no executive session, the meeting adjourned at 5:48 pm and the Carmi City Council will meet again on July 3rd at 5:30 pm.