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Carmi Elks Lodge to get facelift through TIF agreement with City

The Carmi City Council met Wednesday night due to Independence Day on Tuesday for the first time in July and quickly wrapped up business.

A TIF #2 agreement between the City and the Carmi Elks was approved unanimously.  Keith Davis was on hand to explain the Lodge will use the $5000 to improve the façade of the building by pressure washing and painting, as well as replace the wood exterior with a more durable material.  All work will be done by local contractors with supplies bought in Carmi.

Mayor Jeff Pollard expressed his thanks to Holly Healy and the Chamber of Commerce for the excellent fireworks display on the Fourth, and wanted to apologize to residents about the installation of new street lights on Main Street downtown.  Pollard explained that the City was also installing new wiring under the sidewalks, which will provide power to each side of the street to be used during Corn Days.

Pollard also announced that the City had been having issues with the pumps at Burrell’s Woods, and a new one had been ordered.

Alderman Doug Hayes reported that the City’s new radar trailer has been deployed, and the Police Department has received positive feedback so far.

Alderman Mark Blake said that the fireworks display was one of the best he has ever seen in Carmi.

Alderman Lance Yearby urged residents to contact their state representatives and urge them to reject the proposed tax hike in Springfield.

Alderman Shelia Headlee wanted residents to know that if they receive a camera traffic ticket from an out of town agency and know that it is in error, to bring it to the Sheriff’s Department before the judgment date and they can be of assistance.

With no executive session, the meeting adjourned at 5:43, and the Council will meet again on Tuesday July 18th at 5:30 pm.