During a brief city council meeting Monday night, the Carlyle City Council approved two fishing tournaments for next year, which will bring thousands of dollars into the city.
    The council made a motion to pay $4,000 toward the Crappie USA Tournament to be held on Sept. 22, 2018 (with the county paying $2,500). 
    Mayor Judy Smith said that the economic impact would be about $200,000.
    In addition, the council approved the King Catfish Tournament, scheduled for June 9. 2018, with the city paying $2,500 and the county also paying $2,500.
    It was noted that the economic impact of the King Catfish Tournament would be approximately $170,000.
    At their last meeting, the council approved a CrappieMasters fishing tournament, scheduled for Oct. 15, 2018.
    Following closed session, the city opted in a 7 to 1 vote (with alderperson Brenda Johnson as the nay vote) not to renew the farm lease for the 30.34 acres of city-owned property on Old State Road, west of Carlyle.
    The property was obtained through a grant years ago that was intended to be used for a sports park/complex and has been since put on hold.
    In other news, Electric Department foreman John Hodapp reported that the permits were in to begin work at the electric plant for a damaged  crankshaft.
    At a previous council meeting, Hodapp said that it would take awhile to replace it, and that the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) gave them a 22 month deadline to fix it, which Hodapp said they would be ahead of the timeframe.
    The cost for the new diesel engine is approximately  $1,163,067.
    Alderperson Johnson reported that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently opened a time capsule from 1992 (from the 25th anniversary celebration of Carlyle Lake) and that the 60-plus items were on display at the Case-Halstead Public Library through Dec. 8. Items include a bow tie pin from former Illinois senator Paul Simon (who passed away in 2003), items from the inaugural Kaskaskia River Duck Race (which held its first run in 1992), newspapers, and other items from state and local government, organizations and businesses.
    It was noted that the Christmas Lights in the Park to celebrate Christmas in Carlyle were about 80 percent completed. The lights in the park will be on display beginning Friday, Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving. The council approved to purchase gift certificates for city employees and board appointees to be used at various businesses.
    The council approved to cancel the second December council meeting (as done in years past), which would have been on Dec. 25. In addition, Carlyle City Hall will be closed on Friday, Dec. 22 for the holidays.
    Carlyle City Council meetings are held the second and fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Ethel Maddux Meeting Room at Case-Halstead Public Library in Carlyle.

RepCharlieMeierState Rep. Charlie Meier    Illinois state Rep. Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) recently sponsored a resolution to welcome and encourage Amazon to consider locating their second company headquarters (HQ2) in Illinois.
    On Sept. 7, 2017, Amazon announced plans to open a second company headquarters in North America known as HQ2. Amazon requested proposals from state and local governments for HQ2 and have received 238 proposals from state and local governments from throughout North America, including multiple bids from Illinois and the St. Louis region.
    According to Rep. Meier, “I truly believe Illinois and the bi-state region can meet the needs of Amazon’s second headquarters. We have everything Amazon is looking for in terms of location to an international airport, railroads, public transit, roads and land for HQ2 to meet their needs and wants.”
    House Resolution 680 touts Illinois’ best attributes for reasons why they are best suited for Amazon’s second company headquarters. As stated in the resolution approved by the legislature, “We are confident Illinois can meet Amazon’s ideal site and building requirements due to the fact that Illinois is the fifth largest state in the country, home to 107 public and private airports, we maintain 18,154 total interstate and state highway miles, operate 63 public transit systems, have 9,982 miles of railroad tracks, nearly 1,100 miles of navigable waterways, and our state encompasses 55,519 square miles of land.”
    Amazon’s second headquarters is anticipated to generate tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the community surrounding HQ2. The city that is successful at attracting HQ2 will have an opportunity to gain up to 50,000 new full-time jobs with average salaries and benefit packages exceeding $100,000 over the next 10 to 15 years. 

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