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Slowing Things Down

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A speed warning sign with a radar sensor has been loaned to Nashville by Breese. It was on West Chester street Monday, when this photo was taken.

By Alex Haglund

If there’s a little something out and around the streets of Nashville that says to slow down, it’s probably best to heed its warning– you never know who might be watching.

At least, that’s a message that could be taken away from the radar-sensing speed limit sign that Nashville Police will be moving to different parts of the town over the next two weeks.

During a meeting where concerned citizens asked the city council if anything could be done about speeders, one of the ideas mentioned was a sign that displays the speed of vehicles passing it by. Before making that purchase though, the city of Nashville is using this unit, borrowed from Breese, to test the idea out.

“It’s out there, we’re testing it, and there’s no obligation at this point,” Nashville Mayor Raymond Kolweier told the Nashville City Council at their regular meeting held on Thursday, November 17.

Police in Breese told Nashville Police Chief Brian Fletcher that the device, “seems to help in problems spots,” adding that they said they use it, “365 days a year,” always moving it to different spots in town as it is needed.

“Let’s get it to wherever we want to try it our at in the next two weeks,” Kolweier said. “I just thought that this might be something to take care of some of the problems that we’ve had.”

“I did check on it,” Kolweier added, “and they’re somewhere in the $6,000-range,” should the city of Nashville feel that it is good enough idea to purchase one of its own.

Electrical Aggregation

The City of Nashville heard from Jeff Haarmann of Affordable Gas and Electric, who Nashville has dealings with regarding their customers’ electrical aggregation. Now, Affordable and a group called Select Energy Partners have merged their customer bases to form The Southern Illinois Aggregation Partnership, which essentially will bargain on behalf of near all utilities customers in the southern portion of the state.

Haarmann told the council that what they would need a limited decision making power on behalf of these customers, so that they could be able to enter into deals without having to get a specific approval from each customer when the time to get a deal is near.

The deal that Nashville and others who entered into aggregation deals with Affordable Gas and Electric runs through December of 2017. For the rate agreement that will replace this one, “ we are literally starting to negotiate with suppliers now,” said Haarman, also adding that right now, “market conditions are very favorable.”

Other

Unreasonably warm weather, “has extended our concrete season this year,” said Street Department Superintendent Richard Schuette to the city council.

Schuette said that his department would be wrapping up for the year soon, with maybe just one more very small job left to go. He stated that a concrete pour was being finished on South Kaskaskia Street right now.

Council member Doug Hargan stated that he and Utilities Superintendent Blaine Middleton were still seeking bids for the water plant computer control system. Hargan said that they would be meeting with a company representative next week, and hoped to return to the council with bids.