In general, the City Attorney’s Office acts as the legal advisor to the City of Carbondale in matters involving general municipal operations and administrative matters. The department staff includes two full time staff attorneys, and one full time Legal Assistant. Specifically, the City Attorney’s Office advises City Staff on legal issues, represents the City in legal proceedings, reviews and prepares legal documents, prepares revisions and updates to the Carbondale Revised Code, and prosecutes ordinance violations under the Carbondale Revised Code.
If a person commits a city ordinance violation, and is a first-time offender, then there are alternative resolutions to appearing in city court. Specifically, there are two options for resolving a city ordinance violation outside of court: 1) Pay by Mail Program (pay a set administrative fee in lieu of appearing in court); and 2) Community Service Program (perform a certain number of community service work hours at a specified/approved work site and pay only a portion of the set fine as an administrative fee). (Instruction for both programs:Pay-By-Mail Instructions in pdf format)The City Attorney’s Office manages and supervises both programs. If a violator of a City ordinance is interested in resolving the matter outside of City court, then said violator should contact the City Attorney’s Office within 10 days of arrest in order to determine if he/she is eligible to sign up for either program. Anyone interested in learning more about the Pay-By-Mail Program or the Community Service Program should contact the City Attorney’s Office.
The City Attorney’s Office takes legal action against persons who fail or refuse to pay any outstanding debt to the City of Carbondale for any city service received, including but not limited to unpaid bills relating to services provided for water, sewer, refuse, weed mowing and dishonored checks. Anyone who has been served with a small claims complaint for an outstanding debt should contact either the Finance Department directly or the City Attorney’s Office, either directly or through legal representation.
The Carbondale Information and Telecommunications Commission ("Commission") acts as a "watch dog" in regard to cable service provided to the citizens of Carbondale. The City Attorney’s Office serves as an ex-officio member of the Commission and is responsible for handling complaints received from the general public in regard to cable service. If a person seeks to file a complaint in regard to cable service, then he/she should contact the City Attorney’s Office and request a complaint form. The complaint form is can be filled out here and printed off. Upon receipt of a completed complaint form, the City Attorney’s Office will notify the service provider in writing of the complaint. The service provider is required to issue a written response in 30 days. Upon receipt of the response, the City Attorney’s Office will submit the complaint and response to the complaining party and the Commission. Anyone interested in submitting a complaint in regard to their cable service to the service provider and the Carbondale Information and Telecommunication Commission should contact the City Attorney’s Office.