City Council to vote on street closures

Corryn Brock, News Editor

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The council will vote on six street closures during its meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. 

A street closure for the Charleston High School Homecoming Parade was requested for 15th Street south of Harrison Avenue to Smith Drive, proceeding west on Harrison Avenue to Seventh Street, then north on Seventh Street to Monroe Avenue, then west on Monroe Avenue to Sixth Street, then south on Sixth Street to Harrison Avenue, then back east on Harrison Avenue to 15th Street and south on 15th Street to Smith Drive from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 11.

Street closures for Eighth Street from Jefferson Avenue to Monroe Avenue, Monroe Avenue from Eighth Street to Sixth Street, Sixth Street from Monroe Avenue to Jackson Avenue, Jackson Avenue from Sixth Street to Seventh Street and Seventh Street from Jackson Avenue to Monroe Avenue were requested for Jefferson Middle School’s annual Halloween parade on Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The request came from Charleston Deputy Chief of Police Heath Thornton who recommended the resolution be passed in his memorandum to Charleston Mayor Brandon Combs.

Several roads were requested to be closed for Eastern’s Homecoming Parade on Oct. 26 from 3 a.m. to noon.

Street closures for the parade staging area were requested for Ninth Street from Lincoln Avenue to Roosevelt Avenue, Grant Avenue between Seventh and Ninth Streets and Seventh Street from Grant Avenue to Lincoln Avenue.

A closure for southbound traffic on Seventh Street from Madison Avenue to Monroe Avenue was also requested along with Seventh Street from Lincoln Avenue to Monroe Avenue, Monroe Avenue from Seventh Street to Sixth Street, Jackson Avenue from Sixth Street to Seventh Street, Sixth Street from Monroe Avenue to Polk Avenue, Polk Avenue from Sixth Street to Division Street and Division Street from Polk Avenue to Grant Avenue be closed off for traffic and parking during the requested time for the Homecoming Parade.

The council will vote on a resolution to vote on street closures for potions of Reynolds Drive and McComb Street on Nov. 2 for the Charleston Challenge 40-Mile Relay Race from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

A street closure resolution will be voted on for “Christmas in the Heart of Charleston” on Dec. 7 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The streets that would be closed if the resolution is approved are Monroe Avenue from Sixth Street to Seventh Street, Sixth Street from Monroe Avenue to VanBuren Avenue, Jackson Avenue from Fifth Street to Eighth Street, VanBuren Avenue from Sixth to Seventh Street and Seventh Street from VanBuren Avenue to Madison Avenue.

A street closure was requested for the Mid-Winter Run Classic 2020 Race for University Drive, Reynolds Drive, Douglas Drive, and McComb Avenue.

Portions of the listed roads would be closed from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 1, 2020.

An ordinance for a conditional use permit for a property at 707 Windsor Road for a daycare center.

The area is currently zoned as a light industrial district.

A proclamation will also be voted on to name the month of October “Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2019.”

The proclamation says the reason for naming the month “Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2019” was “to raise awareness about the societal problem of domestic violence throughout our community and its devastating effects on families and communities, and to urge all victims to seek help by calling HOPE of East Central Illinois Hotline at 1-888-345-3990.”

The proclamation included that anyone can be impacted by domestic violence.

“Domestic violence knows no boundaries, impacting women, men, and children of every age, race, ethnicity, economic background, sexual orientation, and belief,” the proclamation said. “Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in the United States have suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner.”

The proclamation also discussed the effects of domestic violence.

“Many victims are deprived of their autonomy, liberty, and security, and face tremendous threats to their health, safety, and economic security, and the health, safety, and economic security of their children at the hands of their batterers,” the proclamation said.

A raffle license will also be voted on for the Newman Catholic Center/Student Volunteer Center to raise funds on Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.

Following the action items, time is reserved for members of the public to address the council. No action will be taken on matters not listed on the agenda, and the council is not required to take any further action or to discuss the matter further.

The council asks that those who choose to address the council speak into the microphone, limit the presentation to three minutes and avoid repetitive comments.

Corryn Brock can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].