Council expands enterprise zone, revises food truck rules

Submitted by Carbondale Times on

Geoffrey Ritter
Carbondale Times

City leaders tackled a brief agenda Tuesday evening that included expanding a shared economic enterprise zone, granting a new not-for-profit liquor license and tweaking a previously passed ordinance governing food trucks.

By a unanimous vote, the city council approved the expansion of the Jackson County-Murphysboro-Carbondale Enterprise Zone, which was established in 1990 and provides certain tax abatements in exchange for development or redevelopment within its borders.

Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association has asked to add territory to the current zone north of Murphysboro for a possible $8 million to $10 million facility.

The addition of territory still must be considered and passed by Murphysboro and Jackson County before being submitted to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for approval. 

Also at Tuesday’s meeting of the city council:

• The council revised its ordinance on food trucks passed last month. That ordinance allows licensed, privately owned food trucks to operate on some public property, most notably in the area of the town square, but shortly after that vote city staff was approached about revising the ordinance to allow for self-contained, enclosed trailers to also sell food. Tuesday’s action made that official.

• The council, acting in its separate capacity as the Local Liquor Control Commission, approved a liquor license for the new headquarters of Carbondale Community Arts at 304 W. Walnut St. The Class J license is intended for not-for-profit organizations that host cultural events. There is no minimum entry age at Class J establishments.

• Also, the council made a handful of appointments and reappointments to city boards and commissions. Gerald Edwards was appointed to a seat on the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners to expire in May 2019. Sandy Litecky was reappointed to the Planning Commission for a term to end in January 2020, and Paul Echols was reappointed to the Police Pension Fund Board of Trustees for a term expiring in May 2017.