By Alex Haglund
The Nashville City council has listened to comments from citizens and at their second June meeting, held on the evening of Thursday, June 21, set weekend hours for the dumpsters at the city street shed.
The dumpsters “go out whenever the guys come in to sweep,” street department superintendent Rich Schuette told the council, “that’s usually 5 or 6 o’clock.”
“So if we said the dumpsters would be out from 6 to 3:30?” asked Mayor Erik Rolf.
“Yeah, that’s safe,” Schuette answered.
The dumpsters have been brought in at night after incidents of illegal dumping, particularly over the night of April 27.
Now, the dumpsters will be out for use by Nashville citizens from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, and from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Also on the topic of garbage disposal, with the 4th of July coming up on a Wednesday, garbage pickup days have changed for that week.
Pickups on Tuesday, July 3 will not change. Wednesday pickups will be postponed to Thursday, July 5 though, and Thursday pickups will now be on Friday, July 6.
After tabling the item at the first June meeting, the city council voted to approve leasing a new phone system from CTS.
The new phone equipment will “upgrade everything here in the city,” Rolf said, adding, “it’s a good deal and our phone system has gotten behind.”
The new phone system will route phone calls from all city buildings through city hall and allows for the use of newer technology, particularly voice over Internet protocol (VOIP), which the old system did now.
In addition to being an upgrade, routing the lines through city hall “consolidates everything,” Rolf said, and with the five year lease, “if something changes, we won’t fall behind – they’ll come in and change it out for us.”
The council approved the purchase of a rough mower for the Nashville Municipal Golf Course.
“The mower that they’ve got,” said councilor Dough Hargan, “it’s on its last act.”
Additionally, the current rough mower is towed by the tractor, which Hargan said is “already driven all over the place,” so its use contributes to wear-and-tear on that as well.
“The new mower is one unit,” Hargan said, “You ride it, you drive it.”
The mower being purchased is a Toro model that retails for nearly $80,000, but through Illinois Municipal Pricing, the purchase price is $51,802.55.
The city will purchase the mower, with the golf course making payments back to them over time.
The council approved their prevailing wage ordinance for 2018.
The Nashville Hornet Memorial Golf Scramble will be held on July 7. The council approved the city sponsoring a hole at a cost of $50.
Action on the city acquiring a credit or debit card for official usage has been tabled for the time being, more information is still needed before a vote can be made.
There is no zoning board of appeals meeting for June. There will be a planning commission meeting to be held at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, June 28, at the public works building.
There is still a position open on the zoning board of appeals. Citizens interested should contact Mayor Erik Rolf to put their name forward if they wish to serve.