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Posted on: October 7, 2019

City of Carbondale Seeking Ideas for Future Improvement Projects

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale wants to hear from you. Residents are encouraged to share input and ideas with the City for future projects and improvements.

This input is an important part of the City’s budgeting process and helps in the development of the City’s Five-Year Community Investment Program (CIP). The budget document outlines the City’s construction projects for the next five years. Typical projects include infrastructure-related projects such as streets, sidewalks, storm sewers, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, traffic signals, drainage improvements, public buildings, parking lots, sanitary sewers, water mains and waste treatment/wastewater treatment plant improvements.

The Five-Year CIP does not include maintenance-related items such as potholes, street resurfacing, signs, pavement markings, traffic signal concerns, tree trimming and ditch maintenance. These concerns can be reported to the City’s Public Works Department by calling the Maintenance and Environmental Services (MES) Office at (618) 457-3275.

Staff in the City’s Engineering Division will review all project suggestions and formulate recommendations for each suggestion. Recommendations will then be reviewed by City Council in November and decisions will be made on which projects should be included in the FY 2021 Five-Year CIP. In January, during the City’s budget preparation process, City staff will prioritize and match proposed projects with available funds. After this process is complete, the draft Five-Year CIP will be presented to City Council for consideration in early spring.

If you would like to suggest an infrastructure project for consideration and inclusion within the Five-Year CIP, contact the City’s Engineering Division at (618) 457-3270. The deadline for proposed projects is Friday, November 1.

“Carbondale prides itself on providing its visitors, students, businesses and residents with a unique mix of edge and ease. It’s a cultural town, yet free of pretense, embracing the great outdoors as readily as urban sophistication. Here, we are open to new ideas, experiences and cultures, so you are encouraged to both express yourself and be yourself, in all ways. That’s Carbondale…All Ways Open… for family, fun, business, new ideas and a bright tomorrow.”

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