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Improvements to the city of Nashville’s water system a possibility in the future

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NICOLE TRACY
Reporter

The Nashville City Council passed a pair of resolutions on Tuesday evening allowing for the exploration of the possibility of improvements to the city’s water system.
Public Works Director Larry Dunaway addressed the Council on plans to upgrade the city’s water system. He began with the possibility of looking into options concerning exploring the purchase of a chlorine generator for the city’s water supply.
Purchasing a generator would allow the city to be able to produce disinfectant for the water supply as needed, and would eliminate the need to keep potentially hazardous chlorine gas on site, Dunaway explained to the council.
The total cost of a generator would be $425,000, but that would include the generator, and all parts needed to install it, including 3 holding tanks for salt, water, and brine solution, plumbing, and electrical set up for the generator, but unlike chlorine gas, which has to be resupplied regularly, the generator would last up to 30 years.
Also included in the plans for improvement to the water system were improvements to the pump station that currently serves Rural Water, which would come in at $400,000 dollars.
Dunaway asked the council to pass a pair of resolutions that would allow him to begin to start exploring the possibility of eventually purchasing a generator and upgrading the Rural Water pump station. Resolution 2016-03 and Resolution 2016-04 were heard by the council, both of which concerned the need to fund the project, were quickly passed by the council by a vote of 7-0.
Dunaway addressed the city’s annual “Spring Clean-Up” that occured recently, and stated that about $1,000 dollars was spent on the project, but 26 dumpster loads of trash were collected and removed.
Ordinance 939, which would amend a section of Ordinance 612 was tabled until the next meeting to allow for some additional information and clarification from the City Attorney to be added. The proposed changes to the ordinance call for charging $40 for each load of brush hauled by the city from a resident’s property beyond the first pickup.
The council also revisited the Transient Peddler’s Ordinance from last session, only to table it yet again for more changes to be added to it, including a reference to snow cones, and clearly stating in the ordinance that no door to door sales were allowed within the city limits of Nashville. City Attorney Bryan Chesshir stated he would add the requested changes, and the council will revisit the ordinance at the next meeting.
Mayor Jones announced the results of a meeting he had recently attended with the city officials involved the Animal Control program that is shared by many cities in the area. The city of Prescott had rejoined the cities covered by Animal Control, and had made concessions concerning its abrupt exit from the program.
Alderman Matt Smith voiced his concern over Prescott rejoining, and a discussion about it was held by Smith and Mayor Jones. No actions were taken during the meeting about animal control.
Present at the meeting were Aldermen Matt Smith, Joe Hoen, Donna Harwell, Nick Davis, Vivian Wright, James Parker, and Andy Anderson. Aldermen Monica Clark, Jimmie Lou Kirkpatrick, Carol Mitchell, and Mike Milum were absent. Also in attendance were Mayor Billy Ray Jones, Finance Director Jimmy Dale, Public Works Director Larry Dunaway, Park Director Wendy Harris, Police Chief Dale Pierce, City Clerk Mary Woodruff, City Attorney Bryan Chesshir, and Officer Ty Basiliere. Fire Chief Jerry Harwell was absent.

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