Keep Water Running, Keep House Warm, Says City Utilities Super
No Pipe Or Main Breaks This Year…Yet
By Alex Haglund
Following a week of frigid temperatures, Nashville City Utilities Superintendent Blaine Middleton said that water customers need to take measures to keep freeze-ups from happening when the mercury plummets. Middleton said that there were several freeze-ups from the cold snap when he spoke to the Nashville City Council at their first meeting for 2018, held on Thursday, January 4.
“People need to keep their water running a little,” Middleton said, and to keep pipes that run along outside walls warm, “keep their heat up.”
Middleton also told the council that there were a few meter freeze-ups, which were handled relatively easily.
Water committee chair Doug Hargan asked if there were any lines that burst, to which Middleton laughed and cautiously knocked on the wood of the council table, before saying that thus far, there had not been. Other council members joked with Hargan that if there now were breakages, he should go with city crews for repairs.
Hargan also asked about the progress of the installation of the SCADA system, the computer control, at the city water plant. Middleton said that work was still happening on that front as well.
Police Chief Brian Fletcher gave the council an update on the Department’s two new police officers, Joshua Stevens and and Jeff Heinzl, whose hiring was approved by the board at the city council’s last meeting, on Thursday, December 21.
Fletcher said that Heinzl had started on Tuesday, January 2, and after briefly riding-along with another officer, was now in his own vehicle while he familiarized himself with the job.
“He’s veteran law enforcement,” said Fletcher of Heinzl.
Stevens, Fletcher said, would begin work on Monday. Stevens will be training with Nashville Police before he attends the Police Academy. Right now, the academy at Southwestern Illinois College, SWIC, in Belleville has a full January class. The next class starts in June and is also full with a wait list.
Fletcher told the council that the person he had spoken to from SWIC indicated that it was likely that they could find a spot for Stevens in that June class anyway, which council members said they liked, not wanting to wait for the next open class after that, which doesn’t start until October.
The Police Academy is a 14-week course.
The time may be coming for the city to consider the purchase of a new backhoe or loader, said Street Department Superintendent Rich Schuette.
“I think it may be in everybody’s interest for us to hold a committee meeting,” Schuette said, so that they can “discuss what we want to do or what we have to replace.”
Currently, Schuette said that the city is in possession of two backhoes and one loader tractor, all of which are older machines.
Schuette said that he would bring the exact hours and the condition of each of the three machines so that his department and the street committee could formulate a plan for replacing the aging machines in an effective manner.
Schuette also said that there were no zoning cases that had come up to the city, so there would be no board of review meeting occurring this month.
The city council passed Ordinance 2018-1, which adopts a policy prohibiting sexual harassment for the city. Mayor Erik Rolf asked city attorney Bill DeMoss to confirm that the request for the ordinance came down from the State of Illinois, and DeMoss stated that it was.