By Alex Haglund
The Nashville City Council held their first meeting for the month of August on Thursday, August 6. Members of the Water and Sewer Committee told the rest of the council that water and sewer rates would be going up at some point in the near future.
After a water and sewer committee meeting on Tuesday, August 4, the committee delved into the current state of affairs, and according to committee chair councilman Doug Hargan, it’s not a good state.”
“In a nut shell,” Hargan said, “rates are going to be raised.”
Hargan said that they were now doing legwork to see how they would be raising rates and by how much.
“It’s been a while that we have been seeing a two-percent increase every year in operating costs without rates coming up with it,” said utilities superintendent Blaine Middleton, “and we have to do something there.”
Golf Cart Request
Bobbie Beimfohr spoke to the city council about the golf cart ordinance and requested an exception to be allowed to drive her cart on sidewalks along State Route 127 to get from her home to a cross street safely. Currently, carts are not allowed on sidewalks.
“One of the biggest reasons for not allowing the carts on sidewalks is the safety issue with people that are walking,” said Mayor Raymond Kolweier. Biemfohr stated that she would be yielding to pedestrians, which Kolweier stated would mean she would be on property owners’ lawns. Biemfohr said that currently, she drives across neighbors’ lawns with their permission, but would like to not be required to do so.
“I am not convinced that it’s worth it,” said Kolweier.
“Maybe we can give it a trial period for a just a year,” suggested Biemfohr.
“We are going to need to take a look at it,” said councilman Josh Fark.
Councilman Erik Rolf seconded this, suggesting that the police committee hold a meeting to look into it.
Fark asked Police Chief Brian Fletcher to look into any other areas of town or subdivisions and areas along State Routes 15 and 127 that might be affected by a change allowing golf cart drivers to use alternate routes to access side roads for travel.
For More, Please Read The August 12, 2015 Edition Of The Nashville News.