Pleasant View meeting

Danny Rediker (left) was sworn in as a Pleasant View alderman by Judge Greg Smith (right) at the aldermen’s monthly meeting last week. Rediker replaces Bill Anderson on the board. Anderson is now the town’s mayor. RANDY MOOMAW

Pleasant View Town Hall will be open on a walk-in basis instead of by appointment-only beginning Feb. 16 amid a drop in coronavirus cases, officials said.

Mayor Bill Anderson announced the reopening at the Board of Aldermen meeting last week.

Town Hall has been closed to walk-ins intermittently throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Town Recorder Lisa Parker said by phone.

During those closures, people have been able to do business at Town Hall by appointment, she said.

She said the last closure to walk-ins began around the start of this year, when coronavirus cases spiked. But active cases have declined recently, official data show.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there were 140 active COVID-19 cases in Cheatham County as of Feb. 10. At times during the nearly year-long pandemic, the number of active cases in the county has hovered around 400.

The state does not break down the numbers according to municipalities within counties, so it is not clear how many Pleasant View citizens have been infected.

According to the state health department, Cheatham County has an estimated 41,035 residents. That means the 39 deaths attributed to the coronavirus equal about one-tenth of 1 percent of the population, or approximately 1 in 1,000 residents.

Also at the meeting, Danny Rediker, who had previously served as alderman for four years along with three years as vice mayor, was sworn in to fill Anderson’s alderman seat. That seat will come up for re-election in 2022.

Anderson has invited local pastors and worship leaders to lead the prayer and Pledge of Allegiance for the monthly meeting. Nathan Loxley, worship pastor at I-24 Church, was the first one. Anderson asked any interested religious leaders to contact the city to lead the monthly meeting prayer.

Misty Keenan of the Pleasant View Civitan Club addressed the board about the lighting project at Pleasant View Community Park.

“At the workshop there were some questions about our counterproposal of $50 a month for a maximum of two years.” said Keenan. “That’s what we feel comfortable with at the moment. We are a non-revenue non-profit organization; so, any of those funds that we pay into the lighting bill or the construction of the lights around the veterans memorial would come out of the money that we raised that is now set aside for scholarships for our (high school) seniors that are related to military.  So, after two years I’m happy to look back at that and renegotiate that. 

“We’ve been able to raise additional money. However, we are currently really close to maxing out at selling the memorial pavers over there.”

For the Parks and Recreation Board, Gary Garrett was voted to replace Rediker whose term expires in July, while Wesley Fort was voted to replace Jill Niccolich whose term expires in July 2023. Kyle Pritchett was voted to serve as the alderman board’s liaison to the Parks and Recreation Board.

The next monthly meeting of the Pleasant View Board of Mayor and Aldermen is scheduled for Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m. The board voted to move its monthly meetings to the second Thursday of the month from Tuesdays.