night, the Carbondale City Council approved the sixth payment,
in the amount of $121,185, for the city’s new swimming
pool that is under construction. The pool is expected to open
Wayne White | Managing Editor
CARBONDALE—Scofflaws in Carbondale will help pay for more
police equipment after action taken at Monday’s meeting
of the Carbondale City Council.
At the request of Carbondale Police Chief Jon Reed, the council
agreed to devote more of the city’s collected diversion
agreement fees to the police equipment fund.
Carbondale City Clerk Sandy Schiffelbein said currently 50 percent
of the collected diversion fees were transferred into the police
“I wonder if the council would approve that percentage
to be raised either higher or to 100 percent of the diversion
funds,” Reed said.
Schiffelbein questioned whether the entire amount should be
placed in the fund, pointing out that her office and city attorney
Sue Devoe administer the diversion program.
“There is cost involved with working up the diversion
paperwork,” Schiffelbein said.
Reed also asked that consideration be given to increasing the
diversion fees, which are set by Devoe.
Devoe agreed diversion fees in the city “are really, really
“I have an extremely liberal diversion policy,”
she said, “because the purpose is to get people to obey
the law, not create havoc.”
She said most of the diverted cases involve traffic infractions
such as speeding.
Devoe said it had been many years since the fee was increased.
“If they are increased it would bring in substantial revenue,”
Reed said he also expected enforcement of city ordinances to
“We are going to start taking as much as we can through
city court,” he said. “That’s what we’re
enforcing, the ordinances in our city limits.”
Devoe said that as more cases are filed, it will also increase
the amount of diversion fees collected.
Reed said his goal in increasing the fees and the amount put
into the police equipment fund is to “not to have to increase
my equipment budget.”
“I don’t want to decrease it, but we can maybe plateau
it eventually,” he said.
The council agreed with Carbondale City Councilman Mike Reynolds’
motion to place 75 percent of the diversion fees into the police
During the discussion, Reed also presented three quotes for
carpeting the police department.
Reed said the carpet in every room in the police department
has stains and rips. Reynolds said the police department was
last carpeted in 2002.
“My whole thing is that carpet, when you walk in there,
it doesn’t look very good,” said Carbondale City
Councilman Daryl Makowski.
With Makowski’s motion, the council approved a bid from
Carpet One for $2,534.71 less sales tax. The bid includes installation
of 870 square feet of carpet, and moving furniture as needed.
“Maybe we can maintain it better as we move forward,”
Reed also proposed that the council consider other expenditures
for the police department – police cars.
“Our cars are falling apart,” Reed said. “Their
maintenance has been, in the past, poor. I think it’s
because the life has been drove out of them.”
He explained that while driving the department’s Chevy
Impala to an emergency call recently, the car “just flat
He said one car is used as little as possible due to its condition,
and a third car is running satisfactory, but required repairs
“For just a little bit more than you spent on repairs
last year, we could replace those cars,” Reed said.
It was noted police car repairs cost the city about $9,200 last
Reed presented information on a three-year lease program for
Chevrolet and Dodge cars with police packages; approximate cost
was $21,000 for the Chevrolet model and $22,000 for the Dodge.
The lease would be paid off in three annual payments, he said,
after which the city could purchase the cars for $1.
Newer cars would require fewer repairs and have a higher resale
value, he said.
“We could get to a point where vehicles can be rotated
a little more regularly,” he said.
If two cars were replaced now, “in 2013 we could look
at replacing the third vehicle,” he said.
If the cars are not replaced, Reed said more repair costs are
Makowski said the cost to transfer equipment from old cars to
new was a concern.
“I know in the past we’ve had some pretty good fees
on that,” Makowski said.
While the council took no action to purchase police cars, Carbondale
City Councilman Mike Fulton said replacing one car was a possibility.
“Let’s look into possibly replacing the Impala and
you can get some figures on swapping over the equipment,”
Fulton told Reed.
Reed also said he would like the council to consider purchasing
a new computer for the police department. The main police department
computer, used to maintain all of the department’s reports,
is having problems, he said.
“Right now I’m trying to back up everything I can,”
he said, “but if we lose it, we lose a lot.”
The council took no action on the request.
In other business, the council:
• approved a bid from Bettis Asphalt in the amount of
$225,940 for repair of sections of North, Wells, Wilson, and
Osage streets. Repairs are expected to begin in June.
• approved a $7,642 bid from Continental Pools for plumbing
repair in the pool’s bathhouse. Volunteers are to be sought
for re-roofing and painting the building.
• approved an ordinance regulating garbage receptacle
placement on city streets and rights-of-way.