“Walk With The Dogs” Raised $41,000 Last Year, 2017 Event Set For June

By Alex Haglund
The City of Nashville heard from Carolyn Detering who came to their regular meeting held on Thursday, February 16 on behalf of the Walk with the Dogs for Pancreatic Cancer, an annual fundraising walk held in Nashville in early June, and one which in its 11 years, has raised more than a quarter-million dollars.
“We have come a long way Detering told the council. Last year, in spite of the downpour and us nearly getting stranded on the other side of the creek, we managed to send $41,000 to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.”
Pancreatic cancer is, despite numerous improvements in treatment and great strides made in early detection, a rough disease to be afflicted with. Primarily due to the effect that better early screening is having, survival rates for pancreatic cancer have tripled – going from just three-percent up to nine-percent currently – but there is still a long way to go, and nine-percent is still much too low.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has a goal of a double digit survival rate – 10-percent or more – by 2020. With the money that’s being raised to help them, some of it raised right here in Nashville, “we feel that we are helping to make that difference.”
Detering asked the city to approve the Walk With The Dogs, and for Police Chief Brian Fletcher and the Nashville Police Department to again help insure the event’s safety for June 3, starting at 7:45 a.m., at Memorial Park.
This will be the 12th annual walk and, “we expect that we will be coming across the highway somewhere between 8:15 and 8:30,” Detering told Fletcher and the Council.
Retirements
City Clerk Joyce Sheridan brought two letters of intent to retire to the city council. In the front office of city hall, Rose Ann Hunter and Jeannie Hoffman are intending to retire, effective May 5 and May 10, 2017, respectively.
The council accepted the letters of intent to retire and approved authorizing Sheridan to advertise seeking for new employees to fill those openings.
Streets
Street Department Superintendent Rich Schuette announced upcoming All Trash Days for spring. The currently scheduled All Trash Days will be held on:
• Saturday, April 1
• Wednesday, April 5, and
• Saturday, April 8.
Items disposal must be taken to the collection site at the compost site and more rules apply. An ad with the list of the rules and items accepted will be published in the newspaper before the All Trash Days.
The bridge across the creek at the park, which allowed automobile access to the golf course, has been replaced. Schuette said that pending a concrete test to be done the morning after the meeting, Friday, February 17, the bridge would be reopened. Nashville Public Works confirmed that the bridge was reopened Friday.
MFT Bids
The Illinois Department of Transportation approved the Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) appropriation which had been presented to the board at an earlier meeting.
Nashville has now sought bids for MFT items (bituminous material and aggregate), and there will be an official MFT bid letting on March 14, at 2 p.m.
Water And Sewer
Utilities Department Superintendent Blaine Middleton received authorization from the city to go ahead with repairs to the clear well block at the city water plant. Middleton sought three quotes for the repairs.
The low quote, which also met all of the specifications Middleton laid out, was for $1,470 from Nashville Masonry, LLC. The council approved accepting the quote.
Golf Course
The city approved shoring up payroll funding at the Municipal Golf Course, at the request of golf course committee chair Erik Rolf, by taking money out of the funds received from digital gaming.
“Our golf course is going to fall a little bit behind this year,” Rolf said. The council approved the request for $13,297.13.
Other
The council voted to approve a donation for “Simply The Best” scheduled for March 11 this year, in the amount of $500.
City employee health, dental and life insurance was renewed. There will be no changes to the plans and the total cost of the increases in price was less than two-percent.