City Approves Annual Appropriations Ordinance
By Alex Haglund
The Nashville City Council met on thursday, July 16 and approved their appropriations ordinance for the fiscal year from May 1, 2015 through April 30, 2016.
Preceding the meeting was a public hearing for the ordinance, no members of the public commented during the hearing.
Nashville Chamber Of Commerce
Tom Speedie, the new president of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce spoke to the board. Present with Speedie were chamber director Doris Povolish and Chamber board members Sara Habbe, Darlene Schomaker and Jim Daloviras.
“I want to thank you for the opportunity to get up here and ask you for a couple of favors,” Speedie said.
Speedie requested that the streets near the courthouse be closed for the fall festival at the end of September, the largest Chamber-sponsored event of the year. Police assistance for the event was requested as well.
Speedie also requested a donation of $12,000, which was taken from monies collected for the motel tax to promote tourism to the area. The city has donated money to the Chamber annually.
Speedie said that the donation, “helps to support the Chamber, which in turn, I believe, helps the town.”
The city council was introduced to Dennis Gregory, the city’s new librarian, by Linda Summers, the retiring librarian.
Summers, who has spent 16 years as Nashville’s full time librarian thanked the council and the city for their support of the library during her time there.
“I don’t know if I can keep up with what she is doing,” said Gregory, “but I will try.”
Summers and Gregory stated that there will be a library open house for the public that will be held on Saturday, august 1, for Summer’s retirement and to introduce Gregory.
The next meeting of the Library board will be held on September 1.
In addition to approving the appropriations ordinance, the city council also approved an ordinance amended code 8.16, the city’s nuisance ordinance.
A draft ordinance was presented to all council members encompassing changes that have been proposed during the ongoing codification review.
“It’s nine or 10 pages long,” said Mayor Raymond Kolweier. “You all review that and we’ll approve it at our next council meeting.”
New testing at the compost site has been carried out and the levels present are “well-below” any level of worry said Streets Superintendent Rich Schuette.
Schuette said that the testing info collected has been forwarded to thye EPA as required.
Utilities Superintendent Blaine Middleton said that a water and sewer committee meeting was needed soon.
Kolweier stated that the possible rate hikes would be discussed at the meeting to help offset the expense of recent improvements made to Nashville’s sewer system.
The council approved the city sponsoring a hole at the Nashville Fireman’s Association Golf Tournament at a cost of $30.
There is $8,000 in IPRF grant money available to the city. Earmarked for safety related purchases, it will be used to purchase cones, barricades, signs and other needed equipment.
The annual city employee picnic will be held on Friday, August 14.