The main topic of discussion during the January 7th Nashville City Council meeting was the income survey that will be mailed out in the next few days to all residential water customers living within the city limits. These surveys are to help the city receive a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of approximately $169,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development (DCEO). The grant would be used to help make improvements at the City’s WasteWater Treatment Plant
In order to receive this grant, the city must prove that the money would benefit primarily low to middle income households. The original deadline for the grant was December 30th, but DCEO has given the City a 90-day extension to try to release the survey.
To receive the CDBG, the City must prove that 51% of the people who will benefit from the grant are low to middle income individuals using the survey. Out of a rough estimate of 1,500 households in the Nashville City Limits, 75% of these households must return a completed survey for the city to even be considered for the grant. DCEO will only accept “usable surveys” in that 75% return, meaning surveys that are not fully completed, have scratches, erase marks, white-out, or any other changes will not be included in the count.
It was discussed during the meeting that, according to the census data, 48.6% of the City of Nashville is comprised of low to middle income households. DCEO will not let a City attempt the income survey unless the census is at 48% or higher, so Nashville just barely has the opportunity to try for this grant.
The City is not able to complete these surveys by telephone, but they will be following up with phone calls and – should that fail – door-to-door visits to try to get as close to full participation as possible. City workers are already prepared to work late or give up a few Saturdays to go door-to-door to make sure they do everything they can to secure the grant.
“As much as I hate to do it,” Mayor Raymond Kolweier said during the meeting, “if we don’t do it, we throw $169,000 down the drain.”
More information regarding the upcoming survey can be found in the Mayor’s press release. (See Above Article).
During the meeting the council also approved a $17,000 bid to purchase four new handheld water meter reading devices. The four handheld meters the City currently has are around 12 years old and are no longer serviceable. The City has five meters, in total, but they are only replacing four. The fifth is a newer model that is still salvageable, according to Blaine Middleton, but will probably need to be replaced as well in about five years.
The Council approved of an Ordinance No. 2021-1, An Ordinance Adopting a Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment for the City of Nashville. The Illinois general assembly required all municipalities in Illinois to prohibit sexual harassment. This ordinance makes training requirements more stringent than the requirements passed in 2018. It was pointed out during the meeting that most of the City Heads were already been doing what is now required by the ordinance. “It is an important act, but it’s a formality to pass it.” said City Attorney Bill DeMoss.
The Chief of Police said that the police department has received a squad car, but not the one they ordered. They are being sent an expedited order in about six to eight weeks. However, due to the delay, the new squad car will now be a 2021 model instead of the 2020 model. The dealer they are getting the car from, Morrow Brothers, will be covering any extra fees from the mix-up.
The City went out for local bids for a new mower and found the best bid with Diedrich Implements, Inc. With the trade-in, the new mower cost the City $4,940.
The city also discussed the 2020 Perry Ridge Annual Contract, as there will be an increase in the cost/ton. The Council decided that the $1.40/ton increase – making it $29.20/ton – is worth it for the convenience and lack of wear and tear on the trucks that the Perry Ridge Landfill provides.
The City also wanted to bring attention to the signs on Mockingbird Road. The speed limit signs will be moved down, more towards the center of the road, so that those coming onto the road off of IL-127 do not miss them. The speed limit will not be changed.