By Alex Haglund
The Nashville City Council approved a new employee benefits package for the next three years at their regular meeting on Thursday, May 5.
The package is mostly the same as it has been in the past, but with a few changes, along with more changes to wording.
There will be new starting wages, with the streets department now starting at $13 an hour and the utilities department now starting at $14 an hour.
The city now has a concealed carry policy – simplifying it, council members Erik Rolf and Josh Fark said that employees are not allowed to carry a weapon while working.
The last major change is that vacation time is now added on to the base vacation time at one extra day per year worked from year six through ten of employment.
The council was told that J.R. Aitkens had presented a letter of resignation from the water plant, effective July 15, when he will retire. The council approved Aitkens’ resignation.
After approving the resignation, the council voted to authorized utilities superintendent Blaine Middleton and water plant chief Jim Leonard to seek a replacement for Aitkens.
Middleton and Leonard will first be seeking another employee from within the city to fill the position. They will then be advertising publicly to either fill Aitkens’ position or to fill the vacancy left by whoever moves into his position.
East Lebanon Property
The city approved seeking closed bids from the public for the former Kitowski property at 362 E. Lebanon, which the city possesses a judicial lien on.
Bids will be open for thirty days, after which the city will open them and then vote on whether or not to accept the high bid.
The digital projector used at the Nashville Public Library has stopped working and needs to be replaced. Council member Dennis Kellerman suggested that the city spend $1,000 to let the library purchase a new projector from Haertling Radio Shack, with the money coming from the city’s digital gaming fund.
Currently, the library is using a borrowed projector, according to Kellerman.
“They use that for all of their presentations,” Kellerman said. “It’s a pretty valuable piece of equipment that they’re struggling to replace.”
“they don’t come to us often and they run a pretty good show over there,” said council member Doug Hargan.
“It’s used for a lot of public events and it helps the community,” said Kellerman, who added that he was seeking the funds on behalf of the library, but they had not actually asked for the money themselves.
The council also approved a request for a donation by the library to help support their eight-week-long youth summer reading program. The city will donate $150 to the program.
“All Trash days this year were a big success,” said street department superintendent Rich Schuette, who said that 189 residents used the service.
“That’s the most that we’ve had in recent years,” Schuette added. Schuette also stated that the city had collected nine tons of recyclables in the past month at the recycling truck.
There will be a zoning board of appeals meeting on Thursday, May 26, at 7 p.m., at the public works building. Directly following that, there will be a planning commission meeting at 7:30 p.m. At the same location.
The council approved spending $30 to sponsor a hole at the men’s golf league tournament at the Nashville Municipal Golf Course.