Vaccines available for 16+

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:00 pm… An agenda has been provided, and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

COVID-19 Vaccine

Metro Public Health Department is scheduling appointments for anyone 16 years old and older.  Anyone under age 18 will be required to have signed approval from their parent or guardian.  For more information, click here.

What I've Been Up To:

  • There are several opportunities to support the clean up efforts from the flooding - Sign up for a volunteer slot with Hands on Nashville.
  • ShotSpotter: We are moving through the procurement process and are close to the next steps. 
  • North Nashville fiber optic cable installation... I know you have seen this project all across the District. Contractors are boring through sidewalks and right-of-ways to install their cable lines. I have been working with Verizon and Public Works to receive more information. Once I hear more, I will follow up with you.

What's Happening Tonight

Tonight's agenda is 42 pages... We have several Commission appointments that covers the first 2 - 3 pages.

BL2020-526 - This item is on Public Hearing in our District - It will change industrial land to residential commercial. We've held two public community meetings to discuss and I will be moving forward with this legislation.

RS2021-794 - This resolution approves a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Metro Public Works (PW) and Metro Water Services (MWS) to transfer the personnel and operational activities related to solid waste disposal from PW to MWS. Section 8.402 of the Metro Charter provides that PW is responsible for “the collection and disposal of garbage and other refuse, and maintenance and operation of facilities for the disposal of same.” Thus, all operations related to the collection and disposal of solid waste and recycling have always resided with PW.

The administration is proposing the transfer of the operations to MWS as an initial step toward the creation of a Metro Department of Transportation to consolidate various transportation functions from other departments into one department. Since most transportation-related functions are currently part of PW, the MOU notes that it is appropriate that non-transportation functions be transferred out of the department. The resolution and MOU recitals identify the advantages for transferring the solid waste functions to MWS in terms of sustainability efforts and to facilitate the possible creation of a solid waste enterprise fund, though it is unclear how such an enterprise fund would function since, unlike the stormwater division of MWS, the solid waste division operates primarily on general fund tax dollars, not customer/user fees. The MOU also notes that MWS already has a support system, such as a call center, a fleet management program, and administrative support.

Pursuant to this MOU, after July 1, 2021, all PW solid waste disposal employees and equipment would be transferred under the administration of MWS. The agreement also provides for the transfer of all funds associated with this function. MWS would be required to keep separate accounting records pertaining to the solid waste disposal responsibilities. MWS would take over the enforcement of all federal, state, and local solid waste disposal and recycling rules and regulations that PW is currently responsible for enforcing. The MOU provides that MWS would also be required to comply with all regulatory requirements associated with solid waste disposal, such as reporting requirements and maintaining closed landfills. MWS would be required to submit an annual report to PW about the solid waste disposal activities and funds expended, as well as planned future capital projects.

Section 5.04.065 of the Metropolitan Code provides that the transfer of any funds, equipment, services, or property valued in exceed of $500,000 from one department to another must be pursuant to an MOU approved by resolution adopted by the Council with 21 affirmative votes.

The Council Office would note that it is questionable whether a permanent transfer of the solid waste functions from PW to MWS through an MOU is consistent with the Metro Charter. As noted above, Section 8.402 of the Charter provides that PW shall be responsible for “the collection and disposal of garbage and other refuse, and maintenance and operation of facilities for the disposal of same.” Section 2.01(36) of the Metro Charter provides that “when any power is vested by this Charter in a specific officer, board, commission or other agency, the same shall be deemed to have exclusive jurisdiction within the particular field.” Finally, while Section 1.05 of the Charter provides that the Council can declare certain services prescribed by the Charter to be obsolete by ordinance, there is nothing pertaining to the transfer of functions to other departments.

That being said, the transfer of functions between these two departments is not unprecedented. In 2002, the stormwater division was transferred from PW to MWS by MOU. But there was a subsequent ordinance and eventually a Charter amendment to officially make the transfer. The Council Office recommends that the transfer of the solid waste functions from PW to MWS be included as part of a future Charter amendment resolution considered by the Council.

BL2021-707 - This is a bill on first reading introduced by me. This ordinance will change a vacant lot from RS5 to R6-A. I've spoken with the neighbors that are adjacent with the property, and they are in favor of the zone change.

BL2021-716 - This is a bill on first reading introduced by me. This ordinance will amend a Specific Plan zoning owned by the Lexus dealership in Metro Center to allow for a parking lot.

BL2021-493 -  This ordinance will make it unlawful for any person owning or operating a school bus, a recreational vehicle with a length in excess of twenty feet, any recreational vehicle with a combined length in excess of twenty feet, or a dump truck of more than fifty-four thousand pounds of gross weight, including the load therein, to leave such vehicle parked on any of the streets or alleys within the jurisdiction of the metropolitan government during the hours between sunset and sunrise, regardless of whether such vehicle is loaded or empty. 

BL2021-617 - An ordinance repealing Resolution No. RS2020-154 pertaining to the $10,000,000 annual Metro Water Services payment in lieu of taxes, and amending Chapter 15.32 of the Metropolitan Code to reduce water rates to offset the $10,000,000.

BL2020-620 - This ordinance, as amended, creates a Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU) Overlay District in Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code. An overlay is a tool that can be used by District Council Members to create DADU overlays. This means that certain areas will allow for DADU's (Detached Accessory Dwelling Units - such as Garage with Apartments) in neighborhoods that add the overlay in the future. There is a county wide community meeting to discuss this item in more detail on April 21.

    DADU meeting information: 

BL2020-387 - This ordinance will amend the Health Benefits for Council Members following their service of two full terms.

Dates to remember:

  • THIS SATURDAY: Mayor Cooper would like to partner with District 21 to kickoff Spring Cleaning with a Community Clean up - We are recruiting volunteers to help. - Two Locations!
    • Lee Chapel AME Church - 1200 DR. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd.
    • Pearl-Cohn High School - 904 26th Ave N
    • The clean up will begin at 9:00 AM and End at Noon
    • If you are joining, please wear a mask, closed toe shoes, and long pants
  • Thursday, April 29 - District 21 Virtual Town Hall Meeting - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - SAVE THE DATE

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


N-DOT

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:00 pm… An agenda has been provided, and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

During our last meeting, the mayor's office filed and introduced legislation to begin creating a Nashville Department of Transportation. The resolution that was introduced was deferred to our meeting tonight. This legislation would kick start the creation of the DOT by moving all of Metro's solid waste management under the Metro Water Department. To accomplish the start of the DOT, metro would like to grow the Public Works Department and "rebrand" as the DOT. Currently, the city's charter will not allow this to happen. Therefore, the mayor's office is looking to file a charter amendment in 2022. This was one of Mayor Cooper's campaign goals and isn't a new idea. This had been discussed in Nashville before, most recently during the Barry Administration when a rail-transit system was up for vote.

COVID-19 Vaccine

 

What I've Been Up To:

  • I joined Public Works traffic engineers on a ride-along throughout the District. We spotted several intersections that could use traffic calming and updated infrastructure. They will get back to me with their plans of how we can move forward with addressing these areas.
  • ShotSpotter: I met with Chief Drake and Mayor Cooper to discuss the initiation of ShotSpotter. We are now in the procurement process of securing a contract to have ShotSpotter in place.
  • North Nashville fiber optic cable installation... I have met with Verizon and the current contracted company installing the fiber optic cable and they are working to quickly complete the job.
  • I'll be talking with Public Works and NES regarding adding lighting in areas that constituents have requested more lighting... Alleys and Dark Roadways have been a concern for many of you, and I will let you know where we land following these conversations.
  • The 37208 Committee gave the recommendation to remove certain criminal justice system fines and fees - I am in the process of working to determine what areas we will remove the fines and fees. This is a long work in progress, but we are working to eliminate roadblocks to economic and educational growth.
  • I will not be available beginning the evening of Thursday, March 18 - Monday, March 29 - NO AVAILABILITY

What's Happening Tonight

RS2021-794 - The administration is proposing the transfer of the operations to MWS as an initial step toward the creation of a Metro Department of Transportation to consolidate various transportation functions from other departments into one department. Since most transportation-related functions are currently part of PW, the MOU notes that it is appropriate that non-transportation functions be transferred out of the department. The resolution and MOU recitals identify the advantages for transferring the solid waste functions to MWS in terms of sustainability efforts and to facilitate the possible creation of a solid waste enterprise fund, though it is unclear how such an enterprise fund would function since, unlike the storm-water division of MWS, the solid waste division operates primarily on general fund tax dollars, not customer/user fees. The MOU also notes that MWS already has a support system, such as a call center, a fleet management program, and administrative support.

RS2021-805 - A resolution requesting the Office of the Trustee to allow property tax payments received during the first five days of March to not be considered delinquent as a result of the February 2021 winter weather event.

RS2021-810 - A resolution appropriating the amount of $18,838,300.00 from the General Fund Reserve Fund for the purchase of equipment and building repairs for various departments of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Click here to see the overall proposed funding items in the 4% Fund.

BL2020-578 - This is an ordinance to change the zoning for increased density in the ONE CITY development. - This will be deferred by rule.

BL2021-636 -An ordinance changing a RS5 zoning to SP zoning. 

Dates to remember:

  • Councilman Taylor is taking time off - I will not be available beginning the evening of Thursday, March 18 - Monday, March 29 - NO AVAILABILITY

 

  • Tuesday, March 30 at 7:00 pm - Community Meeting Rezoning Request - Walter S. Davis and 40th Ave N (4000 Walter S. Davis)
    • Virtual Zoom Meeting Address - Click here to follow the link to join this meeting
    • Meeting Call In number 
      • +1 312 626 6799
      • Meeting ID: 819 6413 8617
      • Passcode: 568892
  • Thursday, April 1 at 6:00 pm - Community Meeting Rezoning Request - Acklen Park Drive (Acklen Park and Hillcrest)
    • Virtual Zoom Meeting Address - Click here to follow the link to join this meeting
    • Meeting Call In number
      • +1 312 626 6799
      • Meeting ID: 815 3375 6348
      • Passcode: 866862

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


Tonight's Episode - Health Benefits, Capital Spending, and DADUs

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:00 pm… An agenda has been provided, and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

There is a lot to cover tonight... I'm not going to write a ton here, but I want you to please be thinking of those that are still recovering from a devastating tornado that took place a year from tomorrow last year.

As I mentioned, we will be discussing several highlighted topics tonight. In my "What's Happening Tonight" Section, please review the legislation we will be voting on, specifically the following items...

BL2021-620 - RS2021-757 - BL2020-387 

You may have seen these items on local news channels, but I'd like to encourage you to read through the legislation and analysis to get a clear understanding of what is being proposed.

COVID-19 Vaccine

 

What I've Been Up To:

  • I hosted a call regarding License Plate Readers last week.. Please let me know if you would like a link to the recording of the meeting.
  • NES will be out to look at the lighting outages in the district tomorrow... If you know of any areas with lights out, please let me know by 4:00 pm tomorrow, 3.3.201.
  • ShotSpotter: I am still working to add ShotSpotter in areas with high gun violence throughout the District. Meeting with the Mayor on March 8 to discuss in further detail... Standby.
  • North Nashville fiber optic cable installation... I am working with Public Works and Codes to answer your questions regarding the fiber optic cable installation timeline for completing the work and restoring the sidewalks and other areas they've disrupted.
  • Exit/In: I'm introducing a resolution to celebrate Exit/In's 50th Anniversary.
  • This is a long-term vision - I am in conversations with a grocery store chain to find space in the District for a new location.

What's Happening Tonight

BL2020-526 - This is an ordinance to change the zoning from Industrial to Commercial along the 4000 Block of Walter S. Davis. This will be deferred to the first meeting in April to allow for more community input and discussion.

BL2020-578 - This is an ordinance to change the zoning for increased density in the ONE CITY development.

BL2021-620 -This ordinance creates a Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU) Overlay District in Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code. The proposed overlay would permit a detached, self-sufficient dwelling unit accessory to a principal structure. The overlay would permit DADUs within the boundary of the overlay, subject to existing standards for detached accessory dwelling units in Section 17.16.030.G of Title 17. These standards include requirements for, but not limited to, ownership, lot area, setbacks, bulk & massing, design, and access. This ordinance does not apply the overlay to any areas; it only creates the tool that can be utilized. The process to apply the overlay is the same process as a rezoning and is similar to the process for other overlays, such as contextual overlays and residential accessory structure overlays.

BL2021-636 -An ordinance changing a RS5 zoning to SP zoning. 

RS2020-649 - An agreement between the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and Metro Public Works for improvements on Jefferson Street. The agreement was initially approved pursuant to Resolution No. RS2008-245 and included a grant of $920,808 with a required match of $480,203 for intersection improvements on Jefferson Street. Resolution No. RS2013-745 approved the first amendment to this agreement, which extended the agreement to June 1, 2017, specifically identified the intersections on Jefferson Street at 28th Avenue/Ed Temple and 21st Avenue North to be improved, and better reflected TDOT's current fund descriptions. Resolution No. RS2017-708 approved the second amendment to the agreement, which extended the date for completion to June 1, 2019, based upon additional recommendations from a 2017 traffic study. Resolution No. RS2019-1624 approved a third amendment to extend the completion date of all phases of work to December 31, 2020.

RS2021-757 - Last week I discussed the proposed Capital Spending Plan from the mayor's office. This resolution, if passed, will authorize $474,610,000 in capital spending. Click here to see what is included in the proposed plan

RS2021-789 This resolution approves an application for a grant in the amount of $24,600 from the Tennessee Historical Commission to the Metro Historical Commission to fund a rural cemetery preservation plan. There are approximately 500 rural cemeteries in Davidson County, with over 12,000 tombstones. The preservation plan to be funded with this grant would update the survey information for each site and ascertain the maintenance needs. The study is to be completed by September 30, 2022. If awarded, there will be a required local match of $16,400.

BL2020-387 - This ordinance, as amended, amends Section 3.24.010 of the Metropolitan Code pertaining to health insurance benefits for councilmembers after they leave office. Section 3.24.010 currently allows councilmembers to participate in Metro's health insurance program under the same terms and conditions as are available to regular Metro employees. After leaving office, members who were participants in the health care plan are allowed to continue, provided they pay the full amount of the premium with no subsidy from Metro. However, the code allows members who hold office for eight years or more -- as well as members serving on or after August 31, 2007 that served part of one term and a full consecutive term -- to continue the health care plan, provided they pay the contribution rates equivalent to those paid by regular Metro employees (which is currently 25% of the insurance premium paid by the employee and 75% paid by Metro).

BL2020-553 This ordinance, as substituted, would require all assisted living services being provided to patients and residents at the J.B. Knowles Home Assisted Living Facility to be continued unless the elimination of such services is approved by the Metropolitan Council by a resolution receiving 21 affirmative votes, so long as there is a successful bidder pursuant to Metro’s public procurement process or a current qualified operator is willing to provide services in exchange for funding no greater than the most recent budgeted subsidy. Likewise, no wind down or other processes or preparations intended to prepare this facility for closure could occur until 30 days after the affirmative Council vote. The ordinance further provides that, while the Council intends the services provided by the facility to be continued with no subsidy, the Council intends to continue a subsidy sufficient to bring per-patient revenue for Davidson County residents living at Knowles Home in line with per-patient revenue at comparable non-profit assisted living facilities in Davidson County until a long term plan is reviewed and approved by the Council. The Knowles Home Assisted Living and Adult Day Services facility is currently operated by Anthemcare Tennessee LLC under a contract with Metro. The Anthemcare contract was entered into in June of 2018 for a two year period, but the contract was extended in 2020 for one year with a new expiration date of June 14, 2021.

Dates to remember:

  • No meetings scheduled at this moment... Stay tuned.

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon

 


Mayor's Capital Spending Plan

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:00 pm… An agenda has been provided, and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

Metro Capital Spending Plan

The Mayor's $474,610,000 Capital Spending Plan has been introduced to the Metro Council, you can view it here. Metro Schools and a Transportation Plan lead the way with several investments. A new high school in Bellvue ($100M), $62M in HVAC upgrades for better ventilation in Metro Schools, $15M added to the traffic calming budget, an additional $15M for roadway restorations, we have $30M in paving, $11M is slated for sidewalk additions and improvements, and $20M in stormwater improvements - these are a few of the highlights in the Capital Spending Plan.

I'd also like to highlight a $2M Participatory Budgeting Pilot for North Nashville infrastructure. This pilot will allow local residents an opportunity to decide where and how the $2M will be spent in North Nashville. participatory budgeting is a practice that allows the people to decide, directly, how the funds will be invested in the community.

Please be sure to take time to think of Capital Improvements your immediate community needs. Each October, I create a Capital Improvements Budget and work with the mayor's office to be sure your voice is heard when the Capital Spending Plan is created.

COVID-19 Vaccine

 

What I've Been Up To:

  • On Monday, February 22, I am hosting a meeting to discuss License Plate Readers with the District. I want to hear directly from you what your thoughts are as we proceed through the legislation in the coming months.
  • I will be on a ride-along with Public Works to share areas that drastically need Traffic Calming measures in place. If you have any areas that need traffic calming please email me directly.
  • ShotSpotter: I am still working to add ShotSpotter in areas with high gun violence throughout the District.
  • Sidewalks along 31st Ave N - I have been working to get sidewalks on 31st Ave N near Centennial Park -  This area has high foot traffic and sidewalks are a much-needed upgrade.
  • Exit/In is for sale... The property owner has listed the long-time Rock Block venue for sale. I am working to preserve the history in Nashville, and this is an extremely historic site in our great city. Read this story to learn how you can help.

What's Happening Tomorrow Night

RS2021-757 -This resolution authorizes the issuance of up to $474,610,000 in general obligation bonds to provide funding for various projects contained in the Mayor’s proposed capital spending plan.

RS2021-771 -This resolution authorizes Midtown Hotel Partners, LLC to install and maintain an aerial encroachment at 109 29th Avenue North. The aerial encroachment will consist of two awnings over the sidewalk. The applicant must indemnify the Metropolitan Government from all claims in connection with the construction and maintenance of the signs, and is required to post a certificate of public liability insurance in the amount of $2,000,000 with the Metropolitan clerk naming the Metropolitan Government as an insured party.

BL2020-534 -An ordinance to require a debt report from the Director of Finance each time a capital spending plan is filed containing specific information about the impact the capital spending plan will have on the Metropolitan Government’s debt levels.

BL2020-586 -An ordinance directing that certain actions be taken regarding the preservation of the licensed beds at the Bordeaux Long Term Care facility and appraisals of the Bordeaux Long Term Care and J.B. Knowles Home Assisted Living facilities, and requesting the creation of a long term plan for the J.B. Knowles Home facility.

Dates to remember:

  • Monday, February 22, 2021 - 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm - District 21 Town Hall on License Plate Readers - Click here to join the meeting
  • Rezoning Meeting for Tomorrow's Hope and College Hill Communities: Monday, March 8, 2021 - Time TBD (Evening) - Video Conference and Call-In Information to come.

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon

 


I'm Happy Dr. King Didn't Sneeze

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tomorrow at 6:00 pm… An agenda has been provided, and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

Please Join Me in Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Below is a brief excerpt from Dr. King's final speech, the evening prior to his assassination. He was in Memphis, TN on April 3, 1968, in support of the sanitation workers at Mason Temple. He describes how he was stabbed ten years earlier, and that just a sneeze would have killed him. He goes on to explain that he was "happy he didn't sneeze" and reminded us of all the work and accomplishments he made in the Civil Rights Movement following that attack...

"...You know, several years ago, I was in New York City autographing the first book that I had written. And while sitting there autographing books, a demented black woman came up. The only question I heard from her was, "Are you Martin Luther King?"

And I was looking down writing, and I said yes. And the next minute I felt something beating on my chest. Before I knew it I had been stabbed by this demented woman. I was rushed to Harlem Hospital. It was a dark Saturday afternoon. And that blade had gone through, and the X-rays revealed that the tip of the blade was on the edge of my aorta, the main artery. And once that's punctured, you drown in your own blood—that's the end of you.

It came out in the New York Times the next morning, that if I had sneezed, I would have died. Well, about four days later, they allowed me, after the operation, after my chest had been opened, and the blade had been taken out, to move around in the wheelchair in the hospital. They allowed me to read some of the mail that came in, and from all over the states, and the world, kind letters came in. I read a few, but one of them I will never forget. I had received one from the President and the Vice-President. I've forgotten what those telegrams said. I'd received a visit and a letter from the Governor of New York, but I've forgotten what the letter said. But there was another letter that came from a little girl, a young girl who was a student at the White Plains High School. And I looked at that letter, and I'll never forget it. It said simply, "Dear Dr. King: I am a ninth-grade student at the White Plains High School." She said, "While it should not matter, I would like to mention that I am a white girl. I read in the paper of your misfortune, and of your suffering. And I read that if you had sneezed, you would have died. And I'm simply writing you to say that I'm so happy that you didn't sneeze."

And I want to say tonight, I want to say that I am happy that I didn't sneeze. Because if I had sneezed, I wouldn't have been around here in 1960, when students all over the South started sitting-in at lunch counters. And I knew that as they were sitting in, they were really standing up for the best in the American dream. And taking the whole nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. If I had sneezed, I wouldn't have been around in 1962, when Negroes in Albany, Georgia, decided to straighten their backs up. And whenever men and women straighten their backs up, they are going somewhere, because a man can't ride your back unless it is bent. If I had sneezed, I wouldn't have been here in 1963, when the black people of Birmingham, Alabama, aroused the conscience of this nation, and brought into being the Civil Rights Bill. If I had sneezed, I wouldn't have had a chance later that year, in August, to try to tell America about a dream that I had had. If I had sneezed, I wouldn't have been down in Selma, Alabama, been in Memphis to see the community rally around those brothers and sisters who are suffering. I'm so happy that I didn't sneeze.

And they were telling me, now it doesn't matter now. It really doesn't matter what happens now. I left Atlanta this morning, and as we got started on the plane, there were six of us, the pilot said over the public address system, "We are sorry for the delay, but we have Dr. Martin Luther King on the plane. And to be sure that all of the bags were checked, and to be sure that nothing would be wrong with the plane, we had to check out everything carefully. And we've had the plane protected and guarded all night."

And then I got to Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers?

Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord."

Metro COVID-19 Distribution - 75+ Years of Age

  • Metro Public Health Department is currently offering appointments for vaccinations for individuals 75 or older.

 

What I've Been Up To:

  • As the Health, Hospitals, and Social Service Chairman, I am continuing to work with Metro Public Health to provide communication and information regarding the vaccine rollout... We plan to have more information for you and your families on Thursday.
    • I've been spending a lot of time working to get information for residents and CMs. We are getting several questions, and please trust that we will have more information soon.

  • Continue working with the Mayor and MNPD on the Shotspotter technology to have a pilot program in the North precinct. - This has been a nonstop effort, and I hope to have some new information soon.

What's Happening Tomorrow Night

We are meeting virtually tomorrow night! The agenda is shorter than usual, but there are legislation items I'd like to highlight for you below...

BL2021-612 An ordinance establishing a Special Commission to review and investigate the circumstances and responses pertaining to the suicide bombing in Nashville on December 25, 2020, and to make any recommendations regarding public safety improvements.

BL2020-553 - Earlier this year, the city closed Bordeaux Long Term Care Facility. This decision was made after the city not receiving any bids to manage the facility and legislation from 2014 that was passed that stated Nashville will begin to move out of the Long Term Care business. A second facility, Knowles Home Assisted Living, will be managing their contract soon, and this ordinance will require a resolution of the Metropolitan Council prior to discontinuing operations at the facility that has to be passed by the current council at the time of service discontinuing. This bill does not mean that we are closing Knowles Home.

BL2020-586 - This ordinance, as amended, would reverse the Metropolitan Council’s previous decision determining that long term medical care is an obsolete governmental service, and require that certain actions be taken regarding the Bordeaux Long Term Care (BLTC) and J.B. Knowles Home for the Aged (Knowles Home) facilities. Ordinance No. BL2014-688 approved agreements for the lease and disposition of real property relating to the BLTC and Knowles Home facilities and made a determination that the private sector can provide quality long term medical care services on a more economical basis, thus making such services obsolete and unnecessary as a governmental function. Section 2.01 of the Metro Charter provides that Metro has the power and authority to “establish, maintain and operate public hospitals, sanatoria, convalescent homes, clinics and other public institutions, homes, and facilities for the care of the sick, of children, the aged and the destitute.” But Section 1.05 of the Charter provides that Metro may stop performing any governmental service that the Council, by ordinance, has determined to be obsolete and unnecessary.

BL2019-8 - Currently, money collected from the payment in lieu of sidewalks is collected into a pedestrian benefit fund. The funds are required to stay in the pedestrian benefit zone from where the payment was made. This ordinance would remove the pedestrian benefit zones and instead require funds to stay within the Council district of the new development.

Dates to remember:

  • All in-person meetings (large/small groups or one-on-one) that I have scheduled are postponed in light of the increasing COVID-19 concerns and will not be rescheduled until further notice. 

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon

 


Auld Lang Syne

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:00 pm… An agenda has been provided, and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

Happy New Year District 21! 

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you'll buy your pint cup!
and surely I'll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Should old acquaintance be forgot? That phrase of the famous song, Auld Lang Syne, caught my attention as I rang in the New Year with my family. 2020 was tough... 2020 was unprecedented, uncertain, weird, strange, unforgettable... 2020 was a lot of things. So, should we forget 2020? That was the question I continued to ask myself, and quite frankly, I'm still asking that same question. We went through a lot with a tornado, straight-line wind storm, and the COVID-19 pandemic... Oh, and a Christmas morning bombing. 2020 gave us a run for our money, but we are still fighting. Thank you District 21 Family for your willingness to continue fighting for our neighborhoods and our neighbors. Without you, we wouldn't be able to move the needle forward to building stronger and healthier communities. 

Here's to serving with you in 2021!

 

What I've Been Up To:

  • As the Health, Hospitals, and Social Service Chairman, I am working with Metro Public Health to provide communication and information regarding the vaccine Rollout... I've invited the interim Health Director to the Health, Hospitals, and Social Services Committee Meeting this evening.
  • I'm working with Metro Social Services to provide better communication for Metro Cold Shelters for individuals experiencing homelessness this winter during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Continue working with the Mayor and MNPD on the Shotspotter technology to have a pilot program in the North precinct.
  • I'm working with CM Toombs and State Rep. Love to find funding for infrastructure updates along the Clarksville Hwy corridor. 
  • Working to schedule a virtual meet and greet with the new Precinct Commander of the Midtown Hills precinct, which serves the Midtown and Centennial Park neighborhoods in the District. Cmdr. Greene, who was newly appointed, has been promoted, again, to Deputy Cheif.
  • Also, working to have a virtual meeting with the Centennial Park neighborhoods to receive an update regarding the park renovations and sidewalk updates.

What to expect tonight:

We are meeting virtually tonight!

BL2020-578 - Sponsored by me, this ordinance would amend the number of units in a development at One C1TY from 600-850.

BL2021-594 - Ordinance that will change the speed limit from 30 mph - 25 mph on local streets throughout the County.

BL2020-593- An ordinance amending Chapter 9.30 of the Metropolitan Code to restrict construction noise between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. on weekdays and between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. on weekends.

RS2021-652 - A resolution declaring a June 30, 2021 sunset of the current property tax rate in Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County.

RS2021-711 - A resolution requesting the Tennessee General Assembly to enact a statute to mitigate the negative impacts of blasting operations.

RS2021-713 A Resolution honoring the life of Kwame Lillard.

RS2021-714 - A resolution honoring the six Metropolitan Nashville Police Department officers who responded to the Christmas Day bombing on Second Avenue and expressing gratitude to all first responders who assisted at the scene.

There are also several items of legislation regarding License Plate Readers... We are having a Special Committee meeting to discuss in detail, and I will keep you updated as these conversations unfold.

We are also discussing how we will be spending the final amount of CARES ACT funding.

Lastly, there have been conversations about filing legislation for License Plate Readers (LRPs) to help combat crime - Please share your thoughts with me regarding LRPs. 

Dates to remember:

  • All in-person meetings (large/small groups or one-on-one) that I have scheduled are postponed in light of the increasing COVID-19 concerns and will not be rescheduled until further notice. 

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon

 


Word for today: Multimodal

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:00 pm… An agenda has been provided, and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. You can reach me at [email protected].

** There has been an interruption of your Metro Water service on Acklen Park Drive and the Long Blvd Area... Metro Water is out now restoring service to those affected. it may take about 8 - 12 hours to repair the water lines.**

This is our last Council Meeting of 2020 - This year has been a sprinting marathon! It had its fair share of challenges thrown our way, and we have persisted and overcome many of these challenges. When I look back on this year, I am reminded of the character and resolve our District has. I recall individuals across this entire District coming to the rescue of those in need during the Tornado in March and I still see neighbors delivering food and resources to those that faced even more challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you all for your willingness to work through such a historic year, and I am excited to keep working alongside you for the upcoming year. 

Multimodal Transit (RS2020-656)

There has been much conversation regarding the latest version of the Mayor's Office Metro Transit plan. We are voting on a resolution asking for an endorsement from the Metro Council. The current plan was introduced to the Council just a week or so ago, and I want to share some thoughts with you and share the 348-page plan with you as well.

- This resolution will not require any money now - It is memorializing, non-binding and before it is all finalized, it will be amended to fit your needs if passed tonight. 

When we think of public transit, we think of buses, trains, light rails, etc., correct? Well over the past several years, Nashville has been in need of a Multimodal Transit Plan. Multimodal includes your buses, trains, and light rails, but it also takes into consideration your crosswalks, sidewalks, paving, traffic calming, scooters, bikes and bike lanes, street signage, stop light frequency and connectivity. The city council is working with the mayor's office to create a transit plan that meets the needs of all residents. The current plan has the potential to be a great plan for District 21. There is much attention to Clarksville Highway, where we are in the infancy stages of building a transit hub at the corner of Clarksville Highway and 26th Ave N. The plan has a few areas that are supposed to address serious traffic calming needs. It's mentioned that 31st Ave N will receive a half-mile sidewalk upgrade and additions.  One of my main concerns is the lack of attention to Charlotte Ave and West End Ave along with endorsing a plan that needs a dedicated funding source. Ms. Faye DiMassimo, Sr. Advisor for Transportation and Infrastructure, says that she believes that the city will receive federal funding for the plan if endorsed by Council. There are three amendments to the current plan that will answer some of my questions and these amendments force the plan to come back to the Metro Council several times before the enactment of any filed ordinances that will make this plan law. If you recall, transit was one of the areas in my first email to you that I mentioned will be an everchanging and continuous conversation. I will continue to update you on the ongoing movements regarding transit. Please share your thoughts, it helps me make the best decision for our district.

Make a COVID-19 Plan

We are in the Holiday season and we'll all want to get together and gather. I'm planning to get a Covid test at one of the city's many testing facilities prior to spending time with family. Also, my plan includes quarantining, once I received a negative test result before I gather with my loved ones. If you haven't made a plan, I recommend you think of a plan that will mitigate the spread of coronavirus. Let's work together for a safe holiday season, so we can watch King Henry in person in the Superbowl!

Click here to review testing information, days, sites, and hours and plan a day to get your test completed.

What I've Been Up To:

  • In my last email, I mentioned my work on illegal dumping... Tomorrow you may see me in your alley with the Public Works Director for a tour to simply explain the need for paving, lighting, and illegal dumping mitigation.
  • The McGruder Family Resource Center was awarded $2.1 Million for renovations in 2016 but was not added to the city's capital spending plan. I've worked with the mayor to have them fund this project now and we have started conversations with the construction company to move forward.
  • I heard from many of you regarding TDOT - For clarity, TDOT does not have any control over streets and sidewalks or any infrastructure that is the property of Nashville/Davidson County, the city manages those items - This has not been moved forward, however, I am planning to have a community meeting to help you learn more and ask any questions you have. This will then help us make the best decision moving forward.
  • Shotspotter is a technology that will communicate directly with MNPD if shots are fired. They will be immediately dispatched to the area of the alleged shots - In 2016 Shotspotter was first introduced to our community, I've reengaged the mayor's office in conversations regarding Shotspotter, I spoke with Mayor Cooper yesterday regarding Shotspotter and we will be having conversations with you at the beginning of the year.
  • Rest, Relax, and Refresh - Beginning next week, I will begin my Christmas/New Year's vacation. I will have limited access to my phone and email. 2020 has been a challenging year for us all. With the needs of our community, I have not had the chance to connect with my family throughout the year... I will be in line to get a COVID test this week and will begin my quarantine. Once I receive my negative results, I'm going to take this time to close the year out with my family and recharge so I can continue to serve you in 2021! Thank you District 21 for all!

What to expect tonight:

We are not meeting in person, so this may be a very long night. We have several confirmations for commissions.

BL2020-300 - This ordinance will restrict construction noise and time of construction within residential areas.

BL2020-532 - This is zoning legislation in our district that will remove a PUD - to allow for residential construction in West Nashville.

BL2020-456- Requires landlords to provide notice to tenants prior to termination of tenancy and non-renewal of a lease.

We are also discussing how we will be spending the final amount of CARES ACT funding.

Lastly, there have been conversations about filing legislation for License Plate Readers (LRPs) to help combat crime - Please share your thoughts with me regarding LRPs. 

Dates to remember:

  • All in-person meetings (large/small groups or one-on-one) that I have scheduled are postponed in light of the increasing COVID-19 concerns and will not be rescheduled until further notice. 

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon

 


Socially Distanced Thanksgiving

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:00 pm… An agenda has been provided, and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected]

Rising COVID-19 Cases

Covid-19 cases are on the rise across the state. Nashville's key metrics suggest that we should be cautious. Our transmission rate is above the goal number and our new cases per 100,000 residents is well over our goal of 10/100k, we are now seeing 54 new cases per 100k residents. Hospital ICU capacity continues to decrease daily and our 14-new case trend is increasing. As we head into the holiday season, please be sure to get a COVID-19 test. We all will want to be near our family, but we want to be sure that we are being responsible. Click here to review testing information, days, sites, and hours and plan a day to get your test completed. 

REMINDER: Metro curbside customers will see a change to how trash and recycling are collected after a holiday.

Thanksgiving Day is on Thursday, November 26. If your trash and recycling collection day falls on or after Thanksgiving Day, your collection will be delayed by one day. For example, Thanksgiving Day is on Thursday, collection for Thursday customers will be on Friday, and Friday customers on Saturday. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday routes will NOT be affected and will run as scheduled. In addition, the Metro convenience centers will be closed on Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27. Residents with any questions are encouraged to first visit RouteChanges.Nashville.gov and if questions persist, contact hubNashville by visiting hub.Nashville.gov or calling 311.

 

What to expect tonight:

BL2019-7 - This ordinance will allow properties that have two dwellings (A and B units), each property owner will be able to have STRP permits. Currently, two dwellings on one property will not be able to have two STRP permits, it will only allow one person to have a permit.

BL2020-456 - This bill would require landlords to notify tenants, 60 days prior, of a residential rental lease not being renewed.

BL2020-457 -This bill will restrict Metro from entering into agreements or contracts to acquire surveillance footage or data captured by technology owned by a person or business without the direct consent of that person or business, and to clarify that the existing prohibition on the operation of license plate scanning equipment pertains to the scanning of license plates within the public rights-of-way. There are several proposed amendments to this legislation and it could be found here in the Proposed Amendments Packet.

BL2020-493 -This ordinance reduces the length of recreational vehicles that can be lawfully parked on the street at night. Section 12.40.190 of the Metro Code prohibits a school bus, a recreational vehicle with a length in excess of 24 feet (whether a standalone RV or connected to another vehicle), or a dump truck of more than 54,000 pounds of gross weight from being parked on any of the streets or alleys within the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Government during the hours between sunset and sunrise. This ordinance reduces the maximum length of the recreational vehicle from 24 feet to 20 feet as it relates to the nighttime parking restriction.

BL2020-494 -This ordinance would create another exception from the license plate scanner ban to allow the use of such scanners by law enforcement for the purpose of enforcing state and local laws pertaining to reckless driving, especially for the prosecution of persons engaged in illegal drag racing activity at speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour and at mass gatherings within the right-of-way or when intersections are unlawfully shut down to accommodate drag racing activity. To the fullest extent permitted by state law, license plate data could only be retained while a prosecution is pending.

Dates to remember:

  • All in-person meetings (large/small groups or one-on-one) that I have scheduled are postponed in light of the increasing COVID-19 concerns and will not be rescheduled until further notice. 

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


Rep. John Lewis Way - Nashville, TN

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:00 pm… An agenda has been provided, and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected]

Nashville COVID-19 Response

As of November 2, Metro-Nashville is in Phase III of the Coronavirus response. 

In my last email to you. I shared that there are 5 finalists in the Chief of Police search. Below, I have linked the interviews for all 5 candidates.

What to expect tonight:

There are several zoning items on Public Hearing tonight. District 21 does not have any items on Public Hearing.


RS2020-611
- This is a resolution to direct $24M from the CARES Act Fund to MNPS for technological supplies and computers for teachers and students.

BL2020-505 - On first reading, CM Hall is asking for the Council Body to amend appropriations in the fiscal year budget for the Long Term Care Facility at Bordeaux (Bordeaux Hospital). The facility is scheduled to close on January 1, 2021. This is asking for monies to be used to keep Bordeaux Hospital open for the remainder of 2021 and not close at the end of January.

BL2020-300 - This is an ordinance that would restrict construction in residential areas between 7:00 am - 7:00 pm. There is a substitute for this bill. You can find the substitute in the Proposed Amendments Packet.

BL2020-456 - This bill was born out of BL2020-224, a bill sponsored by me. It answers many questions regarding early evictions and non-renewals of rental agreements and leases. 

BL2020-450 - This ordinance will change the name of Nashville's 5th Ave to John Lewis Way. U.S. Congressman John Lewis spent several years in Nashville during the Civil Rights Movement. WPLN has a great article regarding the street renaming.

BL2019-79 - A STRP ordinance that would require STRP owners with a permit to live in the home and not leave the home for over 15 hours consecutively. There is a substitute for this bill and it can be found in the Proposed Amendments Packet

Dates to remember:

  • All in-person meetings (large/small groups or one-on-one) that I have scheduled are postponed in light of the increasing COVID-19 concerns and will not be rescheduled until further notice. 

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon

 


Searching for a Chief

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:00 pm… An agenda has been provided, and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected]

There are resolutions on public hearing, and we are meeting in person again tonight. You can join us, we'll be at the Music City Center.

You may have noticed that the Council Meeting agendas have changed slightly and the link to the current legislation looks different. We have transitioned to a new legislative programming that should make it easier for staff to update. It also should be helpful for you. The new programming shares more detail regarding each item of legislation. It displays the history of the bill, you can see how we voted and follow a bill easily from beginning to end. Please take advantage of this be programming, it will help you stay informed of how Metro is moving.

Trash and Recycling Day Changes

On November 2, Metro Public Works will be updating trash and recycling days. Click here to see if your area has any updated collection days. Not all areas will see a change, but I would encourage you to review the website to confirm.

Police Cheif Search

Nashville's new Police Cheif search has been narrowed down to five candidates. If you recall, Cheif Steve Anderson announced his retirement in June and the plan was for him to stay through October and play a big role in recruiting the next MNPD Cheif of Police. That all suddenly changed in August, and Cheif Anderson announced his retirement effective in early August. The five candidates are as follows... 

  • John Drake: Interim Chief of Police Drake has served Nashville as a member of the Metropolitan Police Department for 32 years. His previous positions include deputy chief for community supervision and commander of the Central Precinct.
  • Troy Gay: Assistant Chief Troy Gay is the chief of staff for the Austin Police Department. Assistant Chief Gay has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement, including seven years of experience at the assistant chief level.
  • Darryl McSwain: Chief McSwain has served as the chief of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police for the past two years. Prior to that, he served as the assistant chief for field services for the police department of Montgomery County, Maryland — a jurisdiction of more than a million residents in the metropolitan Washington area.
  • Larry Scirotto: Scirotto is the former assistant chief of professional standards with the Pittsburgh Police Department, where he oversaw policy and program development, training and education, and internal investigations. Prior to that, he oversaw the Major Crimes Unit.
  • Kristen Ziman: Ziman serves as the Aurora Police Chief, overseeing the second-largest police department in Illinois. She joined APD in 1994 and became Aurora's first female police chief in 2016.

Join us on Halloween! 

You are invited to the Nashville North Collaborative's Fall Family Drive-In and Get Out The Vote Rally on October 31st at Ted Rhoades Soccer Fields in Metro Center.

 

What to expect tonight:

We have several Commission confirmations and a few Beer Board Resolutions on public hearing tonight. 

RS2020-527 - This is a resolution to direct $1.5M in CARES Act funding to JUMP and StreetWorx... I've spoken to the Executive Director of these organizations, and they would like to move in a different direction to ask for funding. I think they will work with the CARES Act committee for funding.

BL2020493 - On first reading, this is an ordinance to not allow large vehicles such as school buses, tow trucks, commercial buses, recreational vehicles, boats, and trailers, to park on any public streets and alleys. Many of you have asked about vehicles parked in the right-of-way similar to the vehicles describe in this legislation. I like this bill, and I have signed on as a co-sponsor.

Substitute BL2020-224 -Introduced by me... This bill will require landlords of residential property to provide a notice of an intent to list the property for sale. The current bill reads a 90-day notice, but we have amended the bill to 30-days notice. Check out this News Channel 5 story to learn more.

BL2020-455 - On second reading, this ordinance is to extend the beer permit for curbside delivery after the COVID-19 pandemic.

BL2020-456 - Similar to BL2020-224, this bill would require a time limit on the notice of a non-renewal of a rental lease. As written, landlords will have to give 90 days' notice to the tenant prior to not renewing the lease. The sponsor asked for a deferral in committee, so this will be deferred one meeting. 

BL2020-461 - This ordinance will approve the hire of a Cheif Diversity, Equity, and, Inclusion Officer in the Mayor's office and a Workforce Diversity Manager. 

Dates to remember:

  • All in-person meetings (large/small groups or one-on-one) that I have scheduled are postponed in light of the increasing COVID-19 concerns and will not be rescheduled until further notice. 

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon