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City Council extends Sunset Date for bar closing hours

Jehad Abbed, News Editor

July 22, 2015

The Charleston City Council voted Tuesday to extend the Sunset Date to Oct. 1 for the ordinance amending the City Code regarding bar closing hours. Bars were obligated to close their doors at 1 a.m. until the council approved a trial period allowing city bars to close as late as 2 a.m. The trial...

City Council approves final plans for ‘20 Acre Woods’

Stephanie Markham, Editor-in-Chief

July 7, 2015

The Charleston City Council approved the annexation agreement for Luxury Homes to build a subdivision named “20 Acre Woods” just west of Charleston. The council passed the building plans with variances during the June 16 meeting. The variances were brought through the Board of Zoning and Appeals...

City Council to vote on annexation agreement, prevailing wage rates

Stephanie Markham, Editor-in-Chief

July 6, 2015

The Charleston City Council will vote Tuesday on the final annexation agreement for the “20 Acre Woods” subdivision Luxury Homes will build just west of Charleston. A public hearing regarding the subdivision will take place at 6:15 p.m. before the regularly scheduled 6:30 p.m. meeting. City...

City Council elects Combs as Charleston mayor

City Council elects Combs as Charleston mayor

Stephanie Markham, Editor-in-Chief

June 30, 2015

The Charleston City Council voted Tuesday to elect Brandon Combs to fill the vacancy of mayor following Larry Rennels' death last week. The council then elected Jim Dunn, who served on the council from 1987 to 2013, to fill Combs’ seat as council member. Council member Matthew Hutti was voted to t...

City Council approves subdivision development

Stephanie Markham, Editor-in-Chief

June 17, 2015

The Charleston City Council unanimously approved plans for Luxury Homes to build a subdivision called “20 Acre Woods” just west of Charleston on Tuesday. The city’s expenses will be $17,550 for water and $1,300 for materials, and the developer will be responsible for construction costs. The...

City Council approves Harrison Avenue renovations

Sydney Edwards, Staff Reporter

June 2, 2015

The Charleston City Council voted Tuesday in favor of buying $6,531.66 in land from property owners on Harrison Avenue so the street can be widened. Buying portions of the owners’ land will allow the city to move the sidewalks further onto their properties when the street is widened. Council...

City Council to vote on street maintenance bids

Stephanie Markham, Editor-in-Chief

June 1, 2015

The Charleston City Council will vote Tuesday on funding for general street maintenance throughout the year and buying portions of property on Harrison Avenue so the roads can be renovated. Mayor Larry Rennels said every year the city seeks the lowest bids for street maintenance and locks them in...

Local government reform resolution fails City Council

Local government reform resolution fails City Council

Stephanie Markham, Editor-in-Chief

May 19, 2015

The Charleston City Council voted 3-2 against the "Supporting Local Government Relief and Reform" resolution Tuesday after rescinding and revising the original version in previous meetings. Community members in attendance applauded when the resolution failed to pass after Mayor Larry Renne...

City Council to vote on revised local government resolution

Stephanie Markham, Editor-in-Chief

May 18, 2015

The Charleston City Council will vote Tuesday on a revised resolution called “Supporting Local Government Relief and Reform” and eight ordinances for funding local business renovations. The resolution, originally titled “Supporting Local Government Empowerment and Reform,” passed on April 7 and was meant to show the city’s support for some of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plans to create local ri...

City Council revises ‘empowerment zone’ resolution

Mackenzie Freund, City Editor

May 5, 2015

The Charleston City Council voted Tuesday to reconsider a resolution that was passed in the beginning of April regarding workers’ empowerment zones. The council then unanimously voted to place a revised version of the resolution that originally supported some of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s initiatives for right-to-work zones on file for public inspection. All four council members and Mayor Larry Rennels were present. Based on public comments from the April 21 meeting and other communications raising concerns, the...

City council approves contracts, equipment sale

Amanda Wilkinson, Online Producer

November 18, 2014

The Charleston City Council approved two contractual agreements for additional services that summed up to $9,100 at Tuesday’s meeting. Both contractual agreements were made with the Coles County Regional Planning and Development Commission. The first was made for technical assistance services...

City puts temporary hold on Greek housing permits

Amanda Wilkinson, Online Producer

November 5, 2014

The Charleston City Council approved a six-month moratorium on issuing permits for rooming or boarding houses Tuesday. A six-month moratorium on the issuing of permits means permits will not be issued for the erection and construction of rooming or boarding houses for six months. Scott Smith, the city man...

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