Mayor Lynn Lathrop swore in Nevada’s new Fire and Emergency Medical Services Chief Ray Reynolds at Monday’s Nevada City Council meeting. The event was witnessed by about 15 local firefighters who broke out in applause as Reynolds officially took charge of the department. Mayor Lathrop took the opportunity to recognize these firefighters, as well as the city council for their volunteer service as National Volunteer Week recently ended.

Annette Renaud of Alliant Energy also gave a short presentation on Alliant Energy’s support of the Nevada community. She mentioned that 525 Nevada residents took advantage of the company’s energy rebates in 2013, saving over 800,000 kilowatt hours throughout last year. Renaud also encouraged the council and residents to take advantage of environmental rebate opportunities as well as grants to help local fire and police departments.

Renaud also spoke on the natural gas pipeline coming that will supply both Lincolnway Energy and DuPont’s new cellulosic ethanol plant west of Nevada. The pipeline will be constructed with more capacity than required, placing energy infrastructure in place for future industrial development.

LaVon Schiltz of the Nevada Economic Development Council thanked Renaud and Alliant Energy for their contributions to Nevada. She said that with the natural gas pipeline, the arrival of DuPont and possible improved rail access in town, multiple biotech companies are studying Nevada as a potential building site.

The council also directed staff to conduct further research on the possibility of raising of chickens in the city limits, as well as lowering the speed limit on Lincoln Highway between West 4th St. and Airport Road from 45 to 35 miles per hour.