The Carmi City Council met Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Room of the Municipal Building, 225 East Main Street.
Prior to opening the council meeting, Mayor Pollard asked Alderman Winkleman to give the invocation. The prayer was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor Pollard presided with the following Aldermen present: Steve Winkleman, Mark W. Blake, Keith Davis, Lance Yearby, Sheila Jo Headlee, Jack Lamont, Doug Hays and Mike Knight.
Minutes for the November 17th, 2015 council meeting were presented. Motion made by Alderman Headlee and seconded by Alderman Winkleman to approve the minutes as presented. The motion carried on roll call by each Alderman answering “yes.”
Mayor Pollard asked the council to consider Ordinance No. 1493, an ordinance regulating traffic flow within the City of Carmi, Rescinding Ordinance No. 1488. He stated that they had to take a sentence out of the old ordinance. Motion made by Alderman Hays and seconded by Alderman Lamont to approve the Ordinance as presented. The motion carried on roll call by each Alderman answering “yes.”
Mayor Pollard then asked the council to consider Ordinance No. 1494, an ordinance regulating traffic flow and prohibiting parking within the City of Carmi, Rescinding Ordinance No. 1317. He said that Robinson Street will be a one way street all year around. CUSD #5 Superintendent Brad Lee stated that since the Pre-K has moved behind the Middle School, the street has become even more congested. Citizen Doug Redman agreed with the new ordinance. Motion made by Alderman Hays and seconded by Alderman Blake to approve the ordinance as presented. The motion carried on roll call by each Alderman answering “yes.”
Reports and/or updates from Mayor Pollard
Mayor Pollard wanted to give a special thank you to Chamber director Holly Healy for all of the hard work she did for the Christmas parade. He also wanted to thank everyone who participated in the parade last night (11/30). Despite the weather and it having to be rescheduled, we had a very good turnout
He wanted to remind everyone to try and shop Carmi first for all of your holiday needs.
Finally, he said that for safety purposes, they have installed keypad doorknobs on all the door entries across the back of the city office building. If the alderman will see him after the meeting, he will give them the code. From now on, all of the general public has to enter through the front doors of the building and the council room.
Reports from Standing Committees
Alderman Knight wanted to give condolences to Elaine Foster’s family.
Alderman Winkleman stated that the library will be closed Saturday (12/05) in respect of Elaine Foster’s passing. He added that the council needs to look at annexing portions of Carmi that are not in the city limits.
Business or Comments from Visitors
Citizen Richard Cook spoke about the new cinema going in at Harrisburg, IL. Mayor Pollard stated that he actually contacted the same company to take over the cinema in Carmi, but they never contacted him back.
Motion was made by Alderman Headlee and seconded by Alderman Winkleman to adjourn. The motion carried on roll call by each Alderman answering “yes.”
At 5:43 p.m. the council adjourned.
Brian K. Allen, City Clerk
Jeff Pollard, Mayor