City Council commended the Summer Youth Program at its recent meeting for what council president Kathleen Connor called “another successful year.”

City Council commended the Summer Youth Program at its recent meeting for what council president Kathleen Connor called "another successful year."
Connor stated that she heard a lot of very positive comments from the kids in her neighborhood about the program, which is held every summer at Russell Park.
Brian Durkin, director of the city's Department of Parks and Recreation, stated that 130 youngsters participated in the program this summer, with between 80 and 90 showing up at the park every day.
In addition to being provided with a slew of daily activities — including sports, games, arts and crafts — Durkin said the kids were taken on field trips to see movies at the city building and to tour downtown spots, including the fire and police stations.
He thanked the Carbondale Housing Authority for providing the financing to keep the program going by funding the six staff positions.
"This program wouldn't have been made possible without the generosity of the Housing Authority," he offered.
Durkin wholeheartedly agreed with Connor about the success of the program.
"The smiles on the kids' faces tell you everything you need to know," he noted, "and the parents are very appreciative to us for doing this every year."
In another matter at the meeting, council awarded two supply-only bids for sidewalks along North Church St. between Salem and Lincoln avenues, Seventh and Eighth avenues between Main St. and Church St., and a section of Main Street.
The bids were awarded to Carbondale Concrete for the delivery of concrete and Lee Electric for the ordering of lighting on those streets.
Mayor Justin Taylor also informed council that parking meter poles have been delivered, as the city prepares to install meters throughout the downtown area, and he said the city has made an offer to Michael Staples for the White Bridge Playground property and is waiting to hear back from Mr. Staples.