Railroad Work On North Mill Crossing To Begin May 21; City Welcomes New Aldermen To Its Ranks

By Leah Williams

The Nashville City Council learned at its regular meeting on Thursday, May 2, that a troublesome railroad track on the city’s north side has been slated for repairs.

Alderman Doug Hargan told the council that Evansville Railroad and the Illinois Department of Transportation had notified officials earlier that day that the railroad crossing on North Mill Street near Bonnie Cafe will be closed from May 21 to May 24 for “needed repairs.”

The council had first discussed the problems the rough crossing was causing at a meeting nearly a year ago.

“It took awhile but now it is official,” Hargan said.

Also at the council meeting, three newly elected members were seated, including Susan Finke, Shawn Kabat and Greg Hopfinger. The aldermen were sworn in, and afterward, Mayor Erik Rolf announced the new committees for the next two years.

The Police Committee includes Kelly Sheridan as chair with members Hargan and Finke. The Planning and Zoning Committee will be led by Finke, with Hopfinger and Josh Fark also serving.

On the Streets Committee will be Hargan as chair and Fark and Kabat. Gas Committee chair is Hopfinger with Finke and Sheridan as members. The Water and Sewer Committee will be led by Fark as chair and Finke and Hargan also on board.

The Finance and Insurance Committee includes Kabat as its chair and Sheridan and Hopfinger as members. The Golf Course liaison is Hargan, library liasion is Sheridan and safety liasion is Kabat, Rolf said.

Other Items

The council approved a $300 donation to the Washington County Arts Council. It also agreed to a $30 hole sponsorship to the Men’s Golf League’s upcoming three-man scramble.

The recycling report for April included 236 residents using the service. Approximately 14,460 pounds of materials, or 7.23 tons, were collected during that time.

The recoating of the water tower on Elm Street is slated to begin this week. The parking lot near the Nashville Public Library will be closed while the work is being done. It is expected to take about a month to complete, weather permitting.

Rolf informed the council that the city may be looking to replace its tornado siren.

The next city council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 16.

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