By Alex Haglund
The Nashville City Council passed two ordinances related to last year’s recodification of city ordinances and increases of the maximum fines for ordinance violations during their first meeting for December on the evening of Thursday, December 1.
The first ordinance was 2016-6. It reads, “an ordinance enacting and adopting supplements to the code of ordinances for the city of Nashville.”
“It’s basically an enabling ordinance that incorporates or supplements any future ordinances into the codification,” said Nashville City Attorney Bill DeMoss.
The second ordinance is 2016-7. It reads, “An ordinance amending section 10.99- General Penalty of Title 1. General Provisions of the code of ordinances for the city of Nashville.”
“We passed an ordinance in 2015 setting the maximum penalty to $750 per violation,” said DeMoss. He stated that there were references following that in the city’s codification that referred to the maximum as $750, while the there was one lone reference where the maximum was still referred to as being $500 (the former maximum fine).
The ordinance raising the maximum fine, “was passed correctly,” said DeMoss. “The codification was wrong. This removes that ambiguity.”
The speed warning sign/radar unit which has been stationed around town is to be returned Breese soon, where it was borrowed from.
“I know I slow down when I see it,” said Police Chief Brian Fletcher. “I think most people do.”
The City of Nashville has not yet taken any action on buying their own radar warning sign.
Due to both Christmas and New Year’s occurring on weekends this year, there will be no changes to the trash pickup schedule for the holidays.
The compost site will be closed for the year on December 31. The last brush pickup will be on December 30.
Streets Department Superintendent Richard Schuette stated that the city will only pick up leaves and brush in bags that are paper, compostable/biodegradable bags.
For November, 234 residents used the city’s recycling service. They recycled 16,508 pounds of material.
Finance And Insurance
The city council approved paying new premiums for General Liability, Commercial Auto, Employment Practices Liability (EPLI), Inland Marine and Workers Compensation insurances purchased through Baldwin House.
The premium for General Liability is down slightly, EPLI remains the same, Commercial Auto went up slightly, Inland Marine remains the same and Workers Comp went down slightly.
The water department had their five year Illinois Environmental Protection Agency inspection. There were no major issues, Utilities Superintendent Blaine Middleton told the council. It will be five years before the next inspection.
There will be no meetings in December for the Zoning Board of Appeals. Schuette added that there will be no planning commission meeting for December either.
The council approved employee Christmas gifts for the year as well. Every city employee will receive $100 in Nashville Dollars, which can be spent at any Nashville-area businesses.
There will be a tax levy hearing at 6:45 p.m., just before the next city council meeting on Thursday, December 15.