Productive Meeting for Carmi City Council
The Carmi City Council met in regular session Tuesday evening, covering a number of items including Halloween plans and Christmas plans.
Veteran’s Day was also covered as Kendall Dale of the Carmi Lions asked the council for permission to close a portion of First Street, from Stewart to Smith on November 10 for a Cruise-In car show and special Veteran’s Day pork chop dinner.
Dale explained veterans’s with proper identification will be feed for free.
After a question of what part of the street would be closed was answered the Lions request was approved.
Lauren Higginson, Executive Director of the Carmi Chamber of Commerce asked the council for permission to stage the White County Christmas Parade, Saturday, Dec. 1. She explained there had been considerable discussion about when to hold the parade, noting in the past it had been held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Higginson hopes to make it a bigger event inviting local businesses to be open that evening. The parade will line up around 5 for a 6 pm start. Additional details of It’s A White County Christmas will be forthcoming in the future.
The council approved Higginson’s request and also granted permission to close South Main Cross from Main Street to the alley from November 15 through January 7. Mayor Jeff Pollard said if weather permitted the street would be open sooner. That is the traditional home of Santa’s Carmi headquarters.
In other business, the council approved a resolution of support and commitment of local funds from the Revolving Loan Fund. Mayor Pollard explained that in closing out the revolving loan fund account, the city had about $220,000. He went on to say the money has to be committed to a project, and that project will be the disposal plant.
In the Mayor’s report he thanked everyone for attending Monday night’s chamber dinner and congratulated Steve and Adam Winkleman for being named the Small Business of the Year, also congratulating Roark Trucking as the Large Business of the Year, and Ralph Anselment, the 2018 Carmi Citizen of the Year.
Mayor Pollard also warned local residents about blowing or raking grass into the streets, explaining last week’s flooding was due to clogged storm drains.
Pollard reported names for the lottery for the Halloween camp out at Burrell Woods are being taken and the lottery drawing will be held OCt. 15. Names may be submitted for the lottery until Oct 12 for the Oct. 26 and 27 camp outing.
He reminded everyone that Corn Days will start Friday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m and Main Street will be closed at that time.
Work on the Epworth Road will begin Oct. 15 and the Mayor said traffic may be a bit congested in that area for a few days.
City wide trick or treating will be from 4 until 8, Halloween eve, Oct. 31. Pollard reminded resident to leave their porch light on if willing to treat the kids. A Trunk or Treat event is planned for that day from 5 until 7:30 in the parking lot behind the city building. Anyone wishing to participate should contact Lauren Higginson at the Chamber; 382-7606