By Leah Williams
Mayor Erik Rolf announced his intent to resign from his office at the Nashville City Council on Thursday, November 21.
Prior to the adjournment of the council meeting, Rolf said that it would be his last as mayor. Despite this informal announcement, he has since decided to continue his term in office until he has submitted his written notice of resignation.
During his original announcement, Rolf had intended for his resignation to be effective on Nov. 30 at midnight.
Rolf said he would be glad to be around for phone calls and “may come to a meeting or two and sit in the audience.”
Rolf served as a city councilman and served for two years before he was first elected as the mayor in 2017. He succeeded longtime Mayor Raymond Kolweier who retired from the office after 44 years.
Rolf said he had informed the council of his decision to step down a couple months ago.
“I appreciate everything that everyone has done to help me in my time as councilman and my time as mayor,” Rolf said. “And I apologize to all the voters who voted me into term and not fulfilling it. I wish you all the best.”
Rolf said his decision to resign was based on a recent move that his family to a residence a couple of miles out of the city limits.
“Nashville is my home and always will be my home,” Rolf said during the meeting. “I would stay if I could.”
In other city council news, Thanksgiving week has been moved up the trash collection days by one day, for example regular Tuesday pickups would have been collected on Monday. Trash was to be set on the curbside by 7 a.m.
The .gov email addresses are ready to be implemented, police committee chair Kelly Sheridan said Thursday night.
The council learned more about the upcoming Nashville Hometown Christmas event on Saturday, December 7. The roads will be closed for the festivities beginning on Friday, December 6, at 4:30 p.m. until Sunday morning. Santa will arrive at the event on an antique car.
The council agreed to donate $500 to the Washington County Lodge 254 to benefit children in Nashville and Washington County during the annual Shop With A Cop program.
Police Chief Brian Fletcher said the lodge was not in need of soliciting donations the past few years.
“Our funds were getting to the point that we needed to ask,” Fletcher said.
The Shop With A Cop benefits students in Washington County with a day dedicated to holiday shopping and celebrating the Christmas spirit. Fletcher said the event includes a meal and a shopping trip where students purchase gifts for their families and a toy for themselves.
Hargan called the new tandem recycling trailer a “smashing success.” He said the site has been busy during its first days of operation.
Streets Superintendent Logan Gill said: “I have heard nothing but good things.”
The city will receive a tornado siren from O’Fallon and would only have to pay for installation and setup. The siren would be set up north of the city limits.
After the meeting the council and Rolf expressed their congratulations to the NCHS football team for their advancement to the Final Four in the Division 2A state tournament.