City Takes Action In Support Of Historical Society, Community Center
By Alex Haglund
The Nashville City Council approved a donation for the Washington County Historical Society (WCHS) and an abatement of city utilities for the Nashville Community Center (CCN) at their meeting held on the evening of Thursday, October 19.
In addition to the financial support, Nashville Mayor Erik Rolf made a plea on behalf of the two local organizations for support.
Rolf stated that both of the groups were non-profits, and neither of them collected any money from taxpayers – instead, they depended on the kind of support that he was asking for.
The action that was approved for the two group was actually on the agenda for the first October meeting of the council, but was delayed so that the city could check into the legality of offering financial aid to the groups. There was no issue with the city providing that aid though.
For WCHS, the council approved a donation of $2,500. This money will help to support the Society’s operations and regular expenses. This money will come out of the city’s hotel tax fund, because of the role of WCHS in promoting local tourism.
Previously, WCHS President Catherine Dinkelman had spoke to the council and provided them with a letter requesting funds and listing the different items and events that the WCHS sponsored or held.
For CCN, the council approved an abatement of city utilities expenses – this includes water and gas.
“Anything up to $1,200 (per month), we will take care of,” said council member Dennis Kellerman. “Anything over that, they would be responsible for.”
The cap was put in place to avoid too high of an expense. “They do run a little high in the winter,” Kellerman said, “with the gym.”
The motion was made for the expenses to be paid for them for a period of one year. After that, “we’ll see where they’re at and review it at that time,” Kellerman said.
Also under the finance and insurance committee, the council approved the sponsorship of a hole for the American Legion Golf Tournament, at a cost of $50.
Police Chief Brian Fletcher told the board that the purchase of a Ford SUV Police Interceptor, approved at a previous council meeting, was not possible, because Ford was not currently taking orders for the vehicle, at least through November, and the dealer they were purchasing the vehicle through told Fletcher that they likely wouldn’t be able to actually get the vehicle until sometime in the spring.
Instead, the department will be purchasing a Ford all-wheel drive sedan Police Interceptor, at a cost approximately $3,500 less than the SUV would have cost.
“It’s basically a Taurus,” Fletcher told the council.
Fletcher said that he was wanting to check out the Ford Police sedans anyway, to evaluate whether he and his officers would like them or not.
Annexations and Rezoning
Jay Colbrook of the Planning Commission came before the council with two items, the annexation and rezoning of two pieces of property, for NOTS Logistics and KPNA.
The lots were annexed into the city, then they were rezoned from R1 (all newly annexed parcels come in as R1) to M1, Manufacturing.
The council approved the purchase of an Airstar 600 watt LED Light with an 18-foot telescoping stand.
“It’s called a balloon light,” said council member Doug Hargan.
The light will cost $3,499. “We have money from our safety grant,” said council member Kelly Sheridan, “and that’s what this will come out of.”
“The water Department and the gas department will get use out of it,” said street department superintendent Rich Schuette, “and we don’t yet know the uses for it that other departments might have.”
Fletcher also stated that the police department had certain scenarios where such a light could be put to use as well.
Progressive City Recognition
Nashville is being recognized with an award from Ameren Illinois as a “Progressive City,” Rolf told the council. Rolf said that he had been contacted by Ameren a little more than a month ago and was interviewed at that time, and then he had just found out that Nashville was selected.
The Progressive City honor will include a grant from Ameren.
“It’s intended for infrastructure, mainly,” Rolf said. “My first thought was about getting some LED streetlights.”
The formal presentation of the award will be at City Hall, at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 6.
The council approved a street closure request from the Nashville Lions Club for the annual Halloween Parade and Carnival, to be held at the Community Center.
The parade is the only portion of the event that the streets need to be shut down for – it will begin at 3 p.m., on Sunday, October 29.
There will be no zoning board of appeals meeting for the month of October, the planning commission’s meeting is already complete.
For recycling in September, 215 residents used the service, turning in 7.53 tons of recyclables.