The Kibbe Museum in Carthage has found a solution to its growing pains.It will build a new 40' by 60' addition to the east of the existing complex.Storage space has been in short supply since the museum accepted an extensive collection last year that filled two semi-trailers.It came from the Museum of Funeral Customs in Springfield which closed its doors for good in 2009.Items from the collection have been stored in a building belonging to a local manufacturer. Mayor Jim Nightingale says that donation is coming to an end.
Carthage is looking for someone willing to serve on the city council.Second-ward Alderman Jim Fink resigned his seat on the city council this week. He had served in that capacity for two years.He was forced to step down after moving outside the city limits.Mayor Jim Nightingale says Fink has suggested a possible successor.Nightingale says, “He has a person in mind, which I haven't talked to yet. But, hopefully, I'll have somebody on board by the second meeting in September.”The mayor did not identify the candidate.
Carthage's effort to acquire high-speed Internet service is on hold.Mayor Jim Nightingale still has confidence the i3 Group will follow through with the project. He says the snag legal and there are no technical barriers.He says, “They were going to send us a contract and, I think, their legal department found there were some issues. And they wanted to get that corrected before they got a contract to us.”Nightingale did not specify those concerns.
The Carthage city council has changed its position on gambling.Aldermen have overturned a century-old ban on gambling to allow video poker machines. The state now allows these machines.Mayor Jim Nightingale says the owner of a bar, the Wood Inn, asked for the change.He says, “We're really not promoting gambling. Right now there's video poker machines in most of the bards and clubs that are licensed by Illinois. But they're supposed to be for amusement only.”
Carthage will pay less for electricity for city operations beginning next month. The city has signed a three-year contract with Ameren Energy Marketing at a bit more than 4.3 cents per kilowatt-hour.
Mayor Jim Nightingale says the city council solicited bids from several energy companies. He says the response was overwhelming and frustrating.
He says, “Once a company contacts us their sales people just hound you to death.”
Carthage will raise the fees it charges for fire response calls outside the city limits.
The city currently charges $450 per hour for the first hour and $400 for each additional hour.
The new fee will be a straight $600 per hour.
Mayor Jim Nightingale calls the increase “justifiable” and will help the city pay for upkeep on the fire department's vehicles.
He said, “The problem is they (trucks) set. They don't run them a lot and we have to keep them up.” He called that cost “unbelievable.”
The city will spend $58,000 to refurbish one truck.