Nashville City Council considers sirens, debris pickup

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    Nashville’s recent clean-up event was so successful — and economical — that the city is considering doing it twice a year.

    Public Works Director Larry Dunaway told aldermen at last Tuesday’s council meeting for May that the city had collected 26 truckloads which were taken to the regional landfill. He said that the cost was approximately $770. Aldermen joked that at some of the bins which set around at various collection spots in the city, there were as many people going through castoff debris with an eye to save, as there people who were dumping the debris.

    Alderman Andy Anderson suggested that it might be even more economical if the city conducted the free collection more than once a year.

    Council members discussed expanding the city’s storm warning siren system after hearing some complaints that the existing sirens weren’t heard in some areas of town in a recent spate of bad weather.

    Fire Marshal Jerry Harwell, who is in charge of the warning system, said that the addition of growler sirens with a different tone might be the answer. “I will work on that,” he told the council.

    Police Chief Dale Pierce told the council that his officers would conduct a campaign to stop texting and driving, and Parks and Recreation Director Mark Dale said that things were busy and “going good” at the city park.

    Present for the city’s regular meeting for May were council members Mike Milum, Carol Mitchell, James Parker, Kay Gathright, Vivian Wright, Monica Clark, Nick Davis, Donna Harwell, Joe Hoen, Matt Smith and Anderson. Also, Mayor Billy Ray Jones, financial officer Kimberly Green, City Attorney Brian Chesshir, Chief Pierce, Parks Director Dale, Fire Marshal Harwell and PWD Director Dunaway.

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