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Nashville City Council Approves School Choice Week Proclamation

By Alex Haglund

The Nashville City Council met on the evening of Thursday, January 5 for their first meeting of 2017. At just under ten minutes long, the meeting was a short one, but Nashville Mayor Ray Kolweier remarked that the first January meeting always is.

The council didn’t waste any time approving their first proclamation of the new year though, numbered, 01-2017, the proclamation observes City of Nashville School Choice Week, from January 22 through 28.

The proclamation states:

Whereas, all of the children in Nashville should have access to the highest quality education possible; and

Whereas, the city of Nashville recognizes the important role that an effective education plays in preparing all students in the city of Nashville to be successful adults; and

Whereas, quality education is critically important to the economic vitality of the city of Nashville; and

Whereas, the city of Nashville is home to a multitude of excellent education options from which parents can choose for their children; and

Whereas, educational variety not only helps to diversify our economy, but also enhances the vibrancy of our community; and

Whereas, our area has many high quality teaching professionals who are committed to educating our children; and

Whereas, School Choice Week is celebrated across the country by millions of students, parents, educators, schools and organizations to raise awareness of the need of effective education options.

Therefore, I Raymond Kolweier, Mayor of the city of Nashville, in the great state of Illinois, do hereby proclaim the week of January 22-28, 2017 as city of Nashville school choice week.

Signed and Sealed effective January 5, 2017.

The proclamation is there to help let everybody know that we’re behind the schools,” said Kolweier, adding, “it’s out there to help our quality of education.”

In street department news, streets chief Richard Schuette told the council that the city had received their news Freightliner packer truck that had been ordered, but that they had quickly brought it back to Armor Equipment to have some last minute adjustments made and to have some lights and equipment that were supposed to be installed initially but were missing put into place.

Schuette said that the department expected the truck to be returned to them and put into use by Monday.

Work has already started on the old packer truck, which needed repairs. Panels which were rusted out have now had replacements fabricated and will be installed by streets crews soon.

For December’s recycling report, city councilman Terry Kozuszek told his fellow councilors that 253 residents used the service and turned in 13,960 pounds, or 6.98 tons, of recyclable materials.

The city will seek to get rid of a road grader that is in their possession.

“We use it so little, any time we do get it out, we have to do some work just to get it ready,” said Kolweier.

“I think we’ve used it once in the last eight years,” said utilities department head Blaine Middleton.

Kolweier suggested that a good way to get rid of it would be to sell it off at the large farm and equipment auction held by the Reichmann dealership in Okawville on March 18. He sought a motion from the council to approve this idea, and got one.


There will be a zoning board of appeals meeting for the city that will be held on Thursday, January 27 at 7 p.m.

A meeting for the library board was held on Tuesday, January 3.

A meeting will be held for the golf course board on Thursday, January 12.

A gas committee meeting was held on Monday, January 9, at 4 p.m. The gas rate review was discussed.