The local Greyhound ticket office will be up and running Monday at its new location next to Urban 2 on 215 N. Washington St. The phone was installed yesterday.
If the City Council approves my request for a Special Use Permit, the bus will begin stopping there by late May. Until then, it will continue to pick-up and drop-off passengers in front of Amtrak.
Yesterday, I paid the city fee for Special Use Permit was $207, including $70 to the Southern Illinoisan to publish a legal notice, and $111 to the U.S. Post Office for certified notifications to 24 area businesses and property owners within 250 feet. (Still unsure why the Carbondale Times wouldn't have been just as effective and cheaper for the legal notice, but hey, I'm happy to contribute to The Illusion's expansion.)
Good news is City staff approves the request, although one vocal local has already expressed opposition. (I think I know who.) The Planning Commission meeting is Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. Item PC 07-11 is the only hearing on the agenda published on the City web site. It will be televised on Cable 16, so set your tivos.
After that hearing, the request will come up before the City Council -- on May 15, the same night Mayor Cole and the other winners in the recent election are sworn-in for their respective terms of office.