The Carrier Mills Village Board kept their regular monthly meeting short Tuesday evening. With not much on the agenda, the board was finished in less than an hour and did not hold a closed session.
Carrier Mills Mayor Louis Shaw congratulated the Catskin Days Committee on their hard work and said he thought the event was successful even though the uncooperative weather kept some participation lower than usual.
"The committee worked hard and I think they did a really good job," Shaw said.
One issue that brought some discussion from the board Tuesday night was the ongoing issue surrounding parking in the village. The board passed a new ordinance allowing parking on the east side of Main Street between Washington Street and Parker Street but does not allow parking on the west side of the street in that area.
After some discussion, a vote was taken and all board members voted in favor of the motion except for board members Greg Prince and Jennifer Price.
Two mobile home permits were unanimously accepted by the board during the meeting – one for Faye Taylor and one for Judy Rann.
Police Commissioner Greg Prince also brought up the issue of an older police car the village has talked about putting up for sale. However, Prince suggested the village donate the squad car to the Creal Springs Police Department, which is in need of a new car, but cannot afford to buy one at this time.
"They're in need of a squad car pretty badly," Prince said. "People have been generous to us and I'd like to share that."
The board voted unanimously in favor of donating the squad car to Creal Springs.
Street and Alley Commissioner David Kyle made a motion to move village worker John Seets from a part-time position to a full-time position through the winter due to the recent loss of a part-time worker. The board voted unanimously in favor of the motion with the exception of an abstention from Price.
Kyle also mentioned several street and alley related items had been left off the agenda and the board will have to wait until next month to vote on those expenditures.
Another issue that brought some discussion among board members at the meeting was the application for a 2013 housing grant from the Community Development Assistance Program, which is funded through the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
The board decided to slightly change the area of the village they would like the grant to cover in the hopes that this year they will receive the grant, as last year they did not.
Though the board voted unanimously in favor of applying for the grant in this new area, board member Tracy Felty thought someone from the Southeastern Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission should have been at Tuesday night's meeting to explain some of the details of the grant and agree to assist with the legwork involved in applying for it.
Page 2 of 2 - As a reminder, Carrier Mills will hold their trick-or-treat night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 26.