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City Council Approves Facade Improvements

City Council Approves Facade Improvements
The Carmi City Council met in regular session Tuesday evening for a short, but productive meeting.
Following routine approval of the Sept. 4th meeting minutes, the financial reports and September 2018 vendor invoices, the alderman approved a request from Gottzz’s Restaurant on Cherry Street.
That request basically covers some facade improvement. Mayor Jeff Pollard explained the owners want to install wrought iron fencing which would better comply with city liquor ordinances. The request was approved unanimously and the funding will come from the MF Investment account. The mayor explained that would be the last project to be approved this year, as the account has reached its “cap.”
The mayor’s report reminded alderman of the upcoming Chamber of Commerce dinner, set for Monday, Oct. 1 at the First Christian Church. He also reminded the council that Corn Days was just around the corner, as it will be held Oct. 12 and 13th.
Pollard then reported the Halloween Campout will be held at Burrell Woods the weekend of Oct. 26 and 27th. There will be a lottery for campsite reservations. One may contact City Clerk Cynthia Attebury at 384-2001 starting Oct 1 to register for the lottery. That will run through Oct. 12.
Those winning the lottery drawings are asked to decorate their campsites in a kid friendly manner. A movie and popcorn will be the highlight of Friday night, with day long activities planned for Saturday. The weekend will conclude Saturday night with trick or treating in the campground only.
The Mayor also reported the city and the Chamber will host trunk or treat again this year on OCt. 31 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. in the parking lot behind the city building. Additional details on the trunk or treat will be forthcoming in the near future.
Mayor Pollard also addressed the issue of building permit, explaining the permits are required by the city prior to property owners doing anything to their property.
Alderman Steve Winkleman reported Lloyd Stills agreed to return to the Library Board to complete the term of Pete Fulkerson, who recently resigned from the board. Stills had served the library faithfully for many years but had stepped down. Winkleman praised Stills’ past service and explained he will be a good fit.
Prior to adjournment, Carmi Chief of Police Jason Carter introduced the city’s newest patrolman, Drew Grider. Carter explained Grider just recently graduated from the Police Academy at Belleville, with an above average score. The council welcomed Grider with a round of applause.