Welcome to year two

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 Brandon.Taylor@Nashville.gov.

There's a public hearing, and we are meeting in person for the first time since March. You can join us, we'll be at the Music City Center.

Over the past week or so, I had the opportunity to unplug and have a stay-cation... This was extremely needed and helpful. The meeting tonight will be the first meeting of my second year to serve as your Council Member. During my time away, I had a chance to reflect on the year, and we have made some great strides to address some of our campaign key issues... We set out to add much-needed infrastructure investments: As you look around, we have new pavement, streetlights, crosswalks, and added more sidewalks. Thank you for your help and for sharing areas that could use these upgrades. We wanted to Decrease Crime and Increase Transparency... I know crime still happens in our communities, but our precinct Commanders see a decrease in violent offenses. We also wanted to mitigate dumping... This is a work in progress. My goal is to provide healthy environments in our communities. I have begun this process to slow the dumping and, with your help, continue to work towards our goal!  Lastly, we wanted to have smart growth and unified communities... I know that the COVID-19 pandemic has paused our meetings, but we began this term with transparency and communication regarding the growth we would like to see in our neighborhoods. As the city continues to boom, we will play a huge role, and as development comes I am committed to growth that works for you and your neighbors.

Happy FALL!!

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 inMetro Center.

Complete your Census Today!

District 21 in Nashville, our District, has one of the lowest Census response rates throughout the State of Tennessee. Please reach out to me if you'd like to help move the Census forward. Don't forget to complete your Census. You can visit 2020Census.Gov to complete it now. The 2020 Census has been extended for another month, so please take advantage of this opportunity.

What to expect tonight:

RS2020-546 - This is a resolution to approve CARES Act funding of $32,100,000 to be appropriated to various Metro Government departments to reimburse from COVID-19 spending on items such as, but not limited to, Hazard Pay for employees, Lab testing costs, PPE, and safety supplies, staffing and temporary labor, etc. 

RS2020-552 -WEGO Transit is working to bring a Transit station to North Nashville at 26th Ave N and Clarksville Hwy. This resolution is one of the first steps to making this possibility a reality.

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.

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 - Brandon.Taylor@Nashville.gov / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon

 


Her Early Leaf's a Flower

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 Brandon.Taylor@Nashville.gov

There's a public hearing on a few resolutions tonight as well... Tune in to the meeting to call on any item to speak for or against the legislation. 

In June, the Metro Council voted on one of the most critical budgets we have been faced with in a while. We were approaching receivership from the State of Tennessee Comptroller's office, if we were to get this wrong, the State of Tennessee was to take over Metro's finances - the officials we elected would not be able to make any fiduciary decisions for the individuals we serve.

Fast forward to today, there is now a discussion to add a referendum to November's election - Which brings me to this sidebar, Make a Plan to Vote Early now! - to repeal the budget vote and only allow the Metro Council, representatives elected by the people, to not have the authority to make any changes in the tax levy. To be honest, this frightens me. Just a few months ago, I received numerous calls from constituents that had the waste/trash collection missed for three weeks. We closed four schools in Nashville, and again, the State of Tennessee would likely take over our finances. 

Complete your Census Today!

District 21 in Nashville, our District, has one of the lowest Census response rates throughout the State of Tennessee. Please reach out to me if you'd like to help move the Census forward. Don't forget to complete your Census. You can visit 2020Census.Gov to complete it now. Davidson County currently has a response rate of, only, 59.8%, however, District 21 is closer to 30%. The Census is extremely important for our communities to receive much-needed investments. This helps funds to reach us from the federal government directly to your neighborhood. Williamson County (I'm not a fan of comparing ourselves to Williamson County) has a 75.6% response rate. When you are driving through the city on federal highways, think of the Census! If we need funds to increase lanes, fix that pothole, or add better signage and lights, the Census is what gives our representatives in the federal government to advocate for those needs.

What to expect tonight:

RS2020-521 - Sponsored by me...This resolution exempts Willie B’s Kitchen & Lounge, located at 918 Buchanan Street, from the minimum distance requirements for obtaining a beer permit. 

BL2020-423 -This ordinance amends Section 4.36.020 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws regarding suspension or debarment of a person under the Procurement Code. Suspension and debarment are two remedies in the Procurement Code for a contractor’s failure to follow the terms of the contract and/or applicable laws. After providing reasonable notice and an opportunity to be heard, the purchasing agent, upon consultation with the using agency and the director of law, has the authority to debar a contractor for cause from consideration for award of contracts. The debarment cannot be for a period of more than three years. As an alternative to debarment, the purchasing agent may suspend a contractor from consideration for award of contracts for up to three months if there is probable cause for debarment. The authority to debar or suspend must be exercised in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Procurement Standards Committee. This ordinance would create a public list, available online, of persons suspended or debarred under Section 4.36.020. This would be updated whenever a person is debarred, suspended, or no longer subject to debarment or suspension.

BL2020-426 -An ordinance establishing a program for the purpose of providing assistance to low-income elderly residents of the Metropolitan Government for the fiscal year 2020-2021.

BL2020-387 - – This ordinance amends the Metropolitan Code pertaining to health insurance benefits for Councilmembers after they leave office. This ordinance was deferred indefinitely at the recommendation of the Personnel, Public Information, and Human Relations Committee at its August 18 meeting over the objection of the sponsor. This will be on Public Hearing.

 

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 - Brandon.Taylor@Nashville.gov / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


Slowly Rebuilding

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 Brandon.Taylor@Nashville.gov

There's a public hearing tonight as well... Tune in to the meeting to call on any item to speak for or against the ordinance. 

Also, I am honored to be appointed as the Health, Hospitals, and Social Services Chair for the Metro Council for the 2020/2021 year. 

On Thursday, we will be 6 months removed from the tornado that devastated the city. Many families are working to slowly recover. Just last night, I was invited to tour one of our neighbor's homes as he and his family rebuild from the ground up. it was great to see a smile on his face, the morning of the tornado, I visited this family and all that was salvageable was a photo album. We will never be able to rebuild the lives we once had, but there are a few silver linings. Our neighbor that shared the shell of his new home with me was excited for the future and his new home. He mentioned that he will always have the memories from their old home, yet, he cannot wait to make new memories in his forever home. 

Thank you, neighbors, for your resiliency. I drive around the District several times a week to see how the rebuilding process is going. It will take a while for us to rebuild, however, we will come back even stronger. 

Check out the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and several organizations rooted in North Nashville that are helping with disaster and emergency relief. Here are a few that are working now... Gideon's Army, Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship (IMF), Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership, Inc. (J.U.M.P.), Lee Chapel AME Church, New Covenant Christian Church, Greater Heights Missionary Baptist Church, NAACP Nashville, Northwest Family YMCA, Catholic Charities of Tennessee - McGruder Family Resource Center, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University Foundation, Rebuilding Together Nashville, The Equity Alliance, and Urban League of Middle Tennessee. These organizations jumped in on the ground floor and have committed to working until individuals in our communities are back to whole and better. If you or someone you know need relief, of any kind, from the tornado, please reach out to one or several of these organizations to find the help you are looking for.

Complete your Census Today!

District 21 in Nashville, our District, has one of the lowest Census response rates throughout the State of Tennessee. Please reach out to me if you'd like to help move the Census forward. Don't forget to complete your Census. You can visit 2020Census.Gov to complete it now. Davidson County currently has a response rate of, only, 59.8%, however, District 21 is closer to 30%. The Census is extremely important for our communities to receive much-needed investments. This helps funds to reach us from the federal government directly to your neighborhood. Williamson County (I'm not a fan of comparing ourselves to Williamson County) has a 75.6% response rate. When you are driving through the city on federal highways, think of the Census! If we need funds to increase lanes, fix that pothole, or add better signage and lights, the Census is what gives our representatives in the federal government to advocate for those needs.

What to expect tonight:

BL2019-7 -This ordinance amends the Metropolitan Code pertaining to owner-occupied STRP permits for two-family dwellings. The Code currently requires both dwellings to be under the same ownership in order for a two-family dwelling to have an owner-occupied STRP permit. This ordinance would create a mechanism whereby two separate owner-occupied STRP permits could be issued for two-family dwellings when the units are owned by different persons and each unit is the primary residence of the corresponding owner. No more than two permits could be issued per lot, and only one permit could be issued per dwelling unit. 

BL2019-79 - This ordinance would prohibit owner-occupied STRs from allowing all the bedrooms in a home to be listed/advertised. It also would require STR owners to not leave the home for more than 15 hours at a time during a 24 hour period. There is a substitute bill that would remove the 15-hour requirement and change language in how you can advertise the home. Check out the substitute here

BL2020-426 -An ordinance establishing a program for the purpose of providing assistance to low-income elderly residents of the Metropolitan Government for the fiscal year 2020-2021.

BL2020-224 - I'm sponsoring this bill. As currently written, this bill would require landlords to notify tenants of intent to sell a property within 90 days of listing. I am introducing an amendment that will lower the notice to 30 days and allow apartment complexes with 100 or more units and/or landlords that are using a written to lease to add a provision in the lease for this notice. Check out the amendment here

BL2020-403 - CM Parker has introduced a great bill that would allow more restaurants to offer sidewalk cafes. With the limited seating in our restaurants due to COVID-19, we will be able to offer more seating for customers and small businesses will be able to serve more individuals in a day. He has an amendment and you can clickhere to review.

BL2020-387 - – This ordinance amends the Metropolitan Code pertaining to health insurance benefits for Councilmembers after they leave office. This ordinance was deferred indefinitely at the recommendation of the Personnel, Public Information, and Human Relations Committee at its August 18 meeting over the objection of the sponsor. This will be on Public Hearing.

 

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 - Brandon.Taylor@Nashville.gov / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


... And so the search begins

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.

There's a public hearing tonight as well... Tune in to the meeting to call on any item to speak for or against the ordinance. 

Recent MNPD Timeline

Here's a quick timeline of all that has transpired recently with Metro Police Department. 

  • On June 8, a number of Metro Council members signed a resolution asking the mayor to remove, Chief Steve Anderson as the Metro Nashville Police Department Chief of Police. In an article released by the Nashville Scene, the full resolution language was reported. The resolution cited the "Driving While Black" Report by Gideon's Army and that Chief Anderson did not fully address the report. Also, the resolution cited the overwhelming response from the citizens of Nashville by voting in favor of a Community Oversight Board by referendum, but Chief Anderson and MNPD did not work well with the Board.
  • On June 18, the mayor announced the retirement of Chief Anderson during a COVID-19 press conference. Chief Anderson was to remain as the Chief of Police until October.
  • On August 1, the infamous "Fashion House Party" took place. When interviewed by the Tennessean, the mayor's office said that this event was in clear violation of the public health order to wear a mask and socially distance. 
  • On August 5, MNPD arrested a man experiencing homelessness for not wearing a mask after increased scrutiny regarding the current mask mandate and photos of people not wearing masks on Broadway and posing with Metro Police. The mayor mentioned, prior to the arrest, that MNPD will strictly enforce the mask mandate on Broadway.
  • On August 6, in a tweet, the mayor announced that Chief Anderson will be resigning and that it was his "...final day in command..." It was also announced the MNPD Deputy Chief John Drake will take over as interim Chief of Police.
  • On August 14, the mayor announced a Police Commission that will be tasked with 1.) Aiding the city in finding a replacement for Anderson and 2.) helping to aid the city and the new Chief of Police in efforts to reform how policing is handled in Nashville. 

I hope this helps you catch up. We are now in the process of choosing a new Chief of Police. I have been in contact with the mayor's office and I'm working to make sure the voices in District 21 are heard and your thoughts will be seriously taken into consideration. Until we have a call scheduled with the mayor's office, please visit Hub Nashville to voice your thoughts.

Click Here to visit HUB Nashville!

Complete your Census Today!

District 21 in Nashville, our District, has one of the lowest Census response rates throughout the State of Tennessee. Please reach out to me if you'd like to help move the Census forward. Don't forget to complete your Census. You can visit 2020Census.Gov to complete it now. Davidson County currently has a response rate of, only, 59.8%, however, District 21 is closer to 30%. The Census is extremely important for our communities to receive much-needed investments. This helps funds to reach us from the federal government directly to your neighborhood. Williamson County (I'm not a fan of comparing ourselves to Williamson County) has a 75.6% response rate. When you are driving through the city on federal highways, think of the Census! If we need funds to increase lanes, fix that pothole, or add better signage and lights, the Census is what gives our representatives in the federal government to advocate for those needs.

Tornado Relief 

FEMA's grace period for tornado relief has Closed.  Please look at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and several organizations rooted in North Nashville that are helping with disaster and emergency relief. Here are a few that are working now... Gideon's Army, Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship (IMF), Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership, Inc. (J.U.M.P.), Lee Chapel AME Church, New Covenant Christian Church, Greater Heights Missionary Baptist Church, NAACP Nashville, Northwest Family YMCA, Catholic Charities of Tennessee - McGruder Family Resource Center, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University Foundation, Rebuilding Together Nashville, The Equity Alliance, and Urban League of Middle Tennessee. These organizations jumped in on the ground floor and have committed to working until individuals in our communities are back to whole and better. If you or someone you know need relief, of any kind, from the tornado, please reach out to one or several of these organizations to find the help you are looking for.

What to expect tonight:

We will be electing an individual to fill a vacancy on the Health Educational Facilities Board this evening. I nominated Ms. Malika Clinkscales to serve on the board. 

RS2020-480 - This resolution would only allow two charter amendments per term (4 years). The Charter is the basis of the law of the city; the sovereign power that our city is governed by. 

RS2020-481 - The State of Tennessee, Division of Elections is awarding a grant to Davidson County of $672,36.50 (no match required) to provide assistance with the 2020 election cycle during a global pandemic.

BL2020-401 - An ordinance being introduced tonight, to which I'm a proud co-sponsor. This ordinance would authorize subpoena power on behalf of the Community Oversight Board (COB). At the inception of the Community Oversight Board, the charter was amended to authorize the COB to issue subpoenas. The state restricted subpoena power from COBs throughout Tennessee, unless the local legislative body approves the power by a majority vote.

BL2020-417 - This is a development in Midtown that will replace an adult entertainment venue for retail, apartments, and a hotel. we have been working on this since the end of last year and it's being introduced on first reading. I'm the sponsor of this bill. 

BL2020-420 - This legislation was inadvertently filed and I will be withdrawing the proposed ordinance this evening. 

BL2020-388 - This ordinance would not allow parking in the grass on personal property. You will also only be able to use 25% of your unimproved property (property that does not have a permitted building or structure) to park vehicles.

I'm sponsoring a BL2020-393 that is accepting new manholes and sewer main lines.

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 - Brandon.Taylor@Nashville.gov / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


There's a Council Meeting Tonight!

If you haven't had the chance to early vote, be sure to vote on Thursday, August 6! Click here to find your polling location. Remember to wear a mask to your polling locations, it is required to enter the polling area.

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. 

There's a public hearing tonight as well... Tune in to the meeting to call on any item to speak for or against the ordinance. 

COVID-19 Updates

To keep up-to-date on Metro's COVID-19 status, visit the Safer Nashville website. We are currently in a modified Phase II status. As for COVID-19 relief, two resolutions are sharing information on where dollars will possibly be spent. There has been a late file resolution from Council Members Johnston, Sepulveda, and Gamble, members of the COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee, proposing that the mayor and finance director allocate $10 Million in CARES Act (COVID Relief) funds to be distributed to rent and mortgage payments and utility payments for individuals. The resolution adds that the United Way should be the distribution point for said funds.  Below, I will discuss the second resolution, RS2020-459, in further detail. 

Complete your Census Today!

Don't forget to complete your Census. You can visit 2020Census.Gov to complete it now. Davidson County currently has a response rate of, only, 59.8%. The Census is extremely important for our communities to receive much-needed investments. This helps funds to reach us from the federal government directly to your neighborhood. Williamson County (I'm not a fan of comparing ourselves to Williamson County) has a 75.6% response rate. When you are driving through the city on federal highways, think of the Census! If we need funds to increase lanes, fix that pothole, or add better signage and lights, the Census is what gives our representatives in the federal government to advocate for those needs.

Tornado Relief 

FEMA's grace period for tornado relief has Closed.  Please look at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and several organizations rooted in North Nashville that are helping with disaster and emergency relief. Here are a few that are working now... Gideon's Army, Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship (IMF), Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership, Inc. (J.U.M.P.), Lee Chapel AME Church, New Covenant Christian Church, Greater Heights Missionary Baptist Church, NAACP Nashville, Northwest Family YMCA, Catholic Charities of Tennessee - McGruder Family Resource Center, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University Foundation, Rebuilding Together Nashville, The Equity Alliance, and Urban League of Middle Tennessee. These organizations jumped in on the ground floor and have committed to working until individuals in our communities are back to whole and better. If you or someone you know need relief, of any kind, from the tornado, please reach out to one or several of these organizations to find the help you are looking for.

What to expect tonight:

Substitute RS2020-431 - A resolution requesting the mayor to "work with" representatives Community Oversight Board, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, The Equity Alliance, Community Oversight Now, Metro Human Relations Commission, and the Fraternal Order of Police to select the next Cheif of Police. 

RS2020-459 - $1.244 Million of the Metro COVID-19 Pandemic Fund will go to various non-profits.

  • $275,000 to YWCA for shelter and domestic violence support services for those impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • $250,000 to In Full Motion, Inc. for mentoring, tutoring, ACT preparation, and afterschool and summer programs for at-risk youth impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • $200,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle TN to provide for food distribution for the benefit of those impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • $169,000 to Legal Aid Society of Middle TN & the Cumberlands for legal services and court advocacy for those impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • $125,000 to FiftyForward to provide meals, financial, and community support for older adults impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic in Davidson County
  • $100,000 to Sexual Assault Center to provide professional care services to sexual assault victim-survivors impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • $50,000 to Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) to ensure immigrant communities in Nashville have access to resources needed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • $50,000 to Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors to enhance public safety and trust between immigrant communities and local government to ensure access to resources needed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • $25,000 to Safety Net Consortium of Middle Tennessee to better facilitate healthcare coordination for low-income Nashvillians impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

RS2020-473 - Introduced by me, this resolution will recognize racism as a public health crisis and declaring a commitment to enact policies that unequivocally defend minorities and aim to eradicate the effects of systemic racism affecting black people and other minorities throughout Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County.

RS2020-474 -A resolution to encourage the Ringing of the Bells on August 18, 2020, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in conjunction with the opening of Votes for Women at the Nashville Public Library. 

BL2020-300 - On second reading tonight, this ordinance will require construction to be restricted from the hours of 7:00 pm to 7:00 am, changing the time of restriction from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am.   

BL2020-322 - An ordinance prohibiting the MNPD to hire officers that were previously fired or under investigation by another law enforcement agency for malfeasance or use of force. This bill would be added as law rather than an in-house policy of the police force. This bill is on Third and final reading tonight. 

BL2020-337 - This is a bill that would extend the contract with Gobbell Hays Partners to manage the Fairgrounds and Soccer Stadium area project. 

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 - Brandon.Taylor@Nashville.gov / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


Get in Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble

"Freedom is not a state; it's an act. It is not some enchanted garden perched high on a distant plateau where we can finally sit down and rest. Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society." - Congressman John Lewis

Thank you, Congressman John Lewis, for your leadership and a fearless attitude in your lifelong fight against racism. For your lifelong fight for equity and equality for all men, women, and children. For you always "Getting into Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble"... Thank you!

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. 

Trash Collection

I have received several communications from you regarding trash collection. Over the past month or so, many residents throughout the entire city, have received poor service regarding our trash collection. If you haven't heard from me directly, I want you to know that I, along with my colleagues on the Metro Council, am working to correct this situation. The company that manages this contract is Red River Service Corporation. The Metro Council has filed a Resolution (RS2020-455) requesting the Director of Public Works and the Department of Law to declare Red River Service Corporation and Red River Waste Solutions, LP to be in breach of contract, to rebid Red River’s contracts for waste collection, and to include stronger enforcement and penalty provisions as part of the Request for Proposals and resulting contract(s). I apologize for any inconvenience in your day-to-day activities. Thank you for reaching out and letting me know your concerns. I will continue to update you all as we move forward.

Metro Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program

The neighborhood traffic calming application period will be open from Monday, July 6, 2020, through Friday, July 24, 2020. In order to effectively deploy resources and provide a fair evaluation process, applications for traffic calming are only reviewed during specific time frames. While still accepting applications this summer, evaluation and selection of neighborhoods may be placed on hold until traffic patterns normalize and we can safely gather for public meetings.

Click here to be directed to the application. 

Tornado Relief 

FEMA's grace period for tornado relief has Closed.  Please look at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and several organizations rooted in North Nashville that are helping with disaster and emergency relief. Here are a few that are working now... Gideon's Army, Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship (IMF), Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership, Inc. (J.U.M.P.), Lee Chapel AME Church, New Covenant Christian Church, Greater Heights Missionary Baptist Church, NAACP Nashville, Northwest Family YMCA, Catholic Charities of Tennessee - McGruder Family Resource Center, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University Foundation, Rebuilding Together Nashville, The Equity Alliance, and Urban League of Middle Tennessee. These organizations jumped in on the ground floor and have committed to working until individuals in our communities are back to whole and better. If you or someone you know are in need of relief, of any kind, from the tornado, please reach out to one or several of these organizations to find the help you are looking for.

What to expect tonight:

In early June, we lost a public school champion in Ms. Anna Shepherd. She was the MNPS School Board Chair and served as the School Board Member for District 4 - Donelson, Hermitage, and Old Hickory areas. Tonight we are electing to appoint a new school board member to complete the current term.

RS2020-440 State of Tennessee General Assembly adopted Public Chapter 760 wherein a direct appropriation grant in the amount of $10,000,000 was made to The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County to provide funds for one-time expenses for information technology hardware upgrades, capital maintenance, utility system upgrades, road projects, public safety, and COVID-19 response, offsetting the loss of local revenues or supplementing local revenue.

RS2020-442 - A resolution amending certain provisions of Substitute Resolution RS2017-910 relating to the construction, improvement, and maintenance of a Major League Soccer stadium and further amending the ground lease between The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by and through the Board of Fair Commissioners, and Nashville Soccer Holdings Development, LLC for the construction of a mixed-use development at the Fairgrounds Nashville.

RS2020-453 - This resolution is asking the mayor and finance director to consider revising the tax levy due to the revenue report filing. The revenue in the city does not have as great of a loss as we forecasted, and this resolution would ask for the tax levy ordinance to be revisited.

RS2020-456 - A resolution condemning the practice of increasing tenant rents as a result of the recently-enacted property tax increase over and above the apportioned amount of taxes for that particular rental unit.

BL2020-235 - This is an ordinance that will increase permit fees for Special Events. It will also change the amount per permit depending on an attendance scale. For instance, currently, an expected permitted crowd in downtown Nashville of more than 500 attendees cost $100 (NFL Draft). This bill would require an event expecting 500 or more attendees to pay $2,300 for a permit. Again, the cost will be on a scale based on the number of expected attendees.

BL2020-329 - An ordinance amending Chapter 2.44 of the Metropolitan Code to prohibit the use of chemical weapons such as tear gas by law enforcement officers within the area of the Metropolitan Government. I believe this legislation will be withdrawn by the sponsor.

There are also several Bills on Second Reading regarding sanitary sewer mains and alleys.

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 - Brandon.Taylor@Nashville.gov / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


3rd Quarter of 2020 - Whew!

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. 

This has been an extremely unprecedented and busy year... Thank you for bearing with me as we navigate all that has been thrown our way. During the last meeting, the Council voted to approve the budget proposed by CM Mendes - a $1.06 tax increase. You can visit the property accessor's site to find your current assessed value and visit the Trustee's office site to calculate your property taxes. 

I voted yes for CM Mendes' budget, the one that passed. As I mentioned in our last talk, the budget would definitely have a tax increase. We had a total of six proposals, 1.) the mayor's budget, 2.) CM Mendes' budget one, 3.) CM Mendes' budget two, 4.) CM O'Connel's budget, 5.) CM Glover's budget, 6.) CM Benedict's budget, which all included a tax increase. By the time we made it to the final budget hearing, there were only three budgets in play that we could vote to accept, the mayor's, CM Mendes budget two, and CM Glover's budget. The budget I chose CM Mendes' budget due to funds flowing to areas of need such as parks, education, healthcare, and community assistance programs. 

District 21 Capital Improvements

One of the areas I have been focused on in our district is capital improvements. Some of you may have seen a few of the improvements in your community recently... new/updated sidewalks, bike lanes, new pavement, park updates... and a few of you are wondering where is this happening because you don't see it in your respective neighborhoods. I want you to know, I have received your thoughts and I am working to add these improvements throughout the entire District. For instance, during the budgeting process, our District was approved for several paving upgrades. 

Here is a list of Summer 2020 paving projects...

  • 28th Ave N - from Charlotte to Jefferson St.
  • 19th Ave N - from Jo Johnston Ave to Cartwright St
  • 34th Ave N - from Clifton Ave to Indiana Ave
  • Cartwright St - from 19th Ave N to the Dead End
  • Indiana Ave - from 32nd Ave N to 34th Ave N
  • Torbett St - from 32nd Ave N to 34th Ave N

Tornado Relief 

FEMA has included a grace period for registration for the March 3rd tornado. You can call them at 1(800)-621-3362 or visit Fema.Gov. Also, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and several organizations rooted in North Nashville are helping with disaster and emergency relief from organizations that have received funds. Here are a few that are working now... Gideon's Army, Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship (IMF), Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership, Inc. (J.U.M.P.), Lee Chapel AME Church, New Covenant Christian Church, Greater Heights Missionary Baptist Church, NAACP Nashville, Northwest Family YMCA, Catholic Charities of Tennessee - McGruder Family Resource Center, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University Foundation, Rebuilding Together Nashville, The Equity Alliance, and Urban League of Middle Tennessee. These organizations jumped in on the ground floor and have committed to working until individuals in our communities are back to whole and better. If you or someone you know are in need of relief, of any kind, from the tornado, please reach out to one or several of these organizations to find the help you are looking for.

What to expect tonight:

RS2020-407 - This is a resolution approving to receive a grant from the State of Tennessee for $1,870,794.01. This grant is from federal CARES ACT (COVID-19 Relief) that will fund the Metropolitan Action Commission, to address community needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

RS2020-410 - This resolution is approving and accepting a grant from the State of Tennessee from the CARES ACT that will provide WiFi access in local libraries across the county.

RS2020-412 - A resolution accepting a donation of 15,000 N95 masks for use by first responders and healthcare workers during the Coronavirus Pandemic from Home Depot to the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by and through the Office of Emergency Management, for the use and benefit of Metropolitan Government departments.

RS2020-430 - A resolution recognizing the late Anna Jenesse Shepherd for her service to Nashville.

RS2020-431 - A resolution requesting Mayor John Cooper to include a representative from the Community Oversight Board, a representative from community organizations and advocacy groups, and a representative from the Fraternal Order of Police on a committee to select the next Chief of Police.

BL2020-148 - This ordinance would remove Metro from any contracts with private prison operators.

Substitute BL2019-48 - The bill would permit limited home-based businesses throughout the metropolitan area. 

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 - Brandon.Taylor@Nashville.gov / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


Voting on the Budget Tonight

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. 

Council votes on the Budget Tonight

Tonight, we will vote on a budget that WILL raise your taxes... I want to be honest and upfront about this. The question that the council will answer, is how much will the tax increase be. As we've discussed over the last several weeks, there were 6 total budget proposals for consideration. Each one proposed some sort of tax increases. The mayor proposed a $1.00 increase, CM Mendes, Budget and Finance Chair, proposed a $1.06 and a $1.00 increase. (Side note* The mayor and budget chair, by charter, propose the only budgets that can be amended by the council.) CM Benedict proposed a $1.16 increase in her budget, but she has now formally withdrawn her budget from consideration. CM O'Connell and CM Glover have tried to find ways to lessen the increase, yet still, they both have increases proposed at $0.37 and at $0.68 (with an additional wheel tax increase to balance his proposed budget - this makes total spending for a family with two cars a bit more than the proposed budget by the mayor). Again, as you can see, each budget will offer a tax increase of some sort. 

Yesterday, the budget and finance committee met to review 153 pages of amendments to the proposed budget. Click here if you are interested in reviewing the amendments. We will be discussing these as a full council body tonight. Let me know what your thoughts are.

As of now, it seems that the mayor's budget and the $1.06 substitute budget from CM Mendes will be the budgets that are highly considered. CM O'Connell's budget will have to be approved by Metro Finance department to be structurally balanced, if it's not approved, it will be removed from consideration. CM Glover's substitute needs a wheel tax to pass before it will be balanced. BL2020-299 is the ordinance that must be passed to implement CM Glover's budget and is on third reading tonight.

Moreover, we will vote on a budget tonight that will be in place for the 20-21 fiscal year. I will be casting my vote for the budget the best fit the needs for all of District 21.

Tornado Relief 

FEMA has included a grace period for registration for the March 3rd tornado. You can call them at 1(800)-621-3362 or visit Fema.Gov. Also, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and several organizations rooted in North Nashville are helping with disaster and emergency relief from organizations that have received funds. Here are a few that are working now... Gideon's Army, Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship (IMF), Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership, Inc. (J.U.M.P.), Lee Chapel AME Church, New Covenant Christian Church, Greater Heights Missionary Baptist Church, NAACP Nashville, Northwest Family YMCA, Catholic Charities of Tennessee - McGruder Family Resource Center, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University Foundation, Rebuilding Together Nashville, The Equity Alliance, and Urban League of Middle Tennessee. These organizations jumped in on the ground floor and have committed to working until individuals in our communities are back to whole and better. If you or someone you know are in need of relief, of any kind, from the tornado, please reach out to one or several of these organizations to find the help you are looking for.

What to expect tonight:

RS2020-388- One of the recommendations from the 37208 committee was to evaluate the fines and fees structure of Metro's criminal justice system to understand its impact on residents, the cost to the city, and opportunities for reform. This resolution asks the mayor to continue the study regarding the reduction or elimination of the Metropolitan Government’s reliance on fines and fees collected by or through the criminal justice system and make such a study available as a publicly accessible document.

RS2020-391 - The Hale family has given back to Nashville for years. This resolution is to honor the life and memory of Tia Barbour-Hale and to recognize her contributions to Nashville.

RS2020-393 - This resolution recognizes the month of June as Pride Month in Nashville. This resolution comes on the heels of the announcement yesterday regarding the Supreme Courts' decision on LGBTQ rights in the workplace.

BL2020-286 - This is the mayors budget... We will be discussing the budget with substitutes I described earlier and the amendments to the mayor's budget or any of the substitute budgets.

BL2020-323 - CM Sledge's ordinance models the "8 Can't Wait" recommendations. These recommendations have been adopted by MNPD.

BL2020-235 - Simply, this bill will increase Special Event fees. 

BL2020-300 - Will add more structure around the time of day construction can take place. This ordinance will only allow construction between 7:00 am - 7:00 pm.

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 - Brandon.Taylor@Nashville.gov / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


Meeting Re(Adjourned)

There is a Special Adjourned Metro Council Meeting tonight… An agenda has been provided, and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. 

The work continues

What a week we've had... Last week, we held our regularly scheduled meeting which did not adjourn until 5:15 AM the next morning. We are not planning to be that late tonight. 

Below, I want to share 6 quick points...

  1. The budget (which we've discussed in detail) will be on 3rd and final reading next week June 16.
  2. Nashville will begin full deployment of Body-Worn Cameras for Metro Police Department.
  3. The mayor has delayed proceeding from Phase 2 - Phase 3 of the COVID-19 reopening plan due to an increase in cases throughout the county. Remember to be safe, wash your hands.
  4. I will not be entertaining any new requests for rezones until we have spent time in Phase 4 (final phase) of the city's reopening plan.
  5. Metro Schools have a framework for reopening in place. This is a 3 tiered situational approach. Also, the city has purchased 90,000 netbooks and computers for students in need to allow for home learning.
  6. I will continue to fight against racial injustices. 

Tornado Relief 

FEMA has included a grace period for registration for the March 3rd tornado. You can call them at 1(800)-621-3362 or visit Fema.Gov. Also, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and several organizations rooted in North Nashville are helping with disaster and emergency relief from organizations that have received funds. Here are a few that are working now... Gideon's Army, Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship (IMF), Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership, Inc. (J.U.M.P.), Lee Chapel AME Church, New Covenant Christian Church, Greater Heights Missionary Baptist Church, NAACP Nashville, Northwest Family YMCA, Catholic Charities of Tennessee - McGruder Family Resource Center, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University Foundation, Rebuilding Together Nashville, The Equity Alliance, and Urban League of Middle Tennessee. These organizations jumped in on the ground floor and have committed to working until individuals in our communities are back to whole and better. If you or someone you know are in need of relief, of any kind, from the tornado, please reach out to one or several of these organizations to find the help you are looking for.

What to expect tonight:

BL2019-8 - This bill is on public hearing if you are interested in speaking for or against this bill be sure to call in while it's being heard during tonight's meeting. This bill, if passed, would call for sidewalk allocations in the sidewalk fund will stay in the District where construction is happening to be spent throughout the district.

BL2020-277 - This bill proposes the opportunity for non-conforming properties damaged in the March 3 tornado to be rebuilt as it once stood.

BL2020-299 - This bill will raise the license tax... for renewing and receiving your license plate. $66 to $116 and $55 to $80.

 

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 - Brandon.Taylor@Nashville.gov / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


Black Lives and Budgets Matter

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight… An agenda has been provided, and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. 

Black Lives do, indeed, matter!

Just think if we did not have cell phone footage today... For years injustices in America have been overlooked, overshadowed, and just blatantly covered up. Over the past several years, injustices on people of color have played out in the media via phone footage, body cameras, and other video-recording devices. George Floyd was killed in my old neighborhood in Minneapolis. This was the neighborhood where I often walked, ran, and biked. The neighborhood where I would try to "beat the yellow light" to get to work on time during busy mornings. A neighborhood I thought was safe. Unfortunately, the safety I thought was there, was not. 

You see, there are many situations where I could have been George Floyd, Tamir Rice, or Ahmaud Aubry. Where people saw me a threat simply because I am Black

The message in all of this is simple... I MATTER! I know that many of you are weary and just as tired as I am. You may be wondering what you can do to make a change.  If not, I hope you can find it, we need everyone in this fight.

I implore you to keep the passion for change beyond the next few weeks and months. So often, the hurt of these tragedies fades... at least until the next time. But if we want change, true change, that cannot happen. We all have to do our part, no matter how big or small. There is a poem, "The Race", that tells us no matter if you when or lose, you only really lose if you do not try.

The Budget is Here

We will be discussing the proposed budgets tonight. We've been having this conversation for quite some time now, and we are nearing the final decision on what Nashville's budget will look like next fiscal year. I explained that there are five proposed budgets that we will be considering. As of today, there are six, but we may dwindle back down to five as CM Benedict may withdraw her substitute budget. CM Mendes has introduced two budgets, one that would have a similar $1.00 proposed tax increase such as the mayors, but with different spending. The second proposes a $1.06 tax rate increase. Click here to see the difference in approach that CM Mendes is using for his two budget options. 

We also have CM O'Connell's proposal to increase taxes by $0.37. Again, his budget cites federal government assistance that will have to be secured to enact his budget. I presume, he will share more information with us tonight.

CM Glover also has a proposed budget. I don't know much about it, however, he has mentioned multiple times that he will be cutting spending. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how this will affect the current services (and many may think the lack thereof) that we are receiving now.

This may help you understand some of the decision making as we move forward through the process to our final vote on June 16. We have a choice to choose a substitute, either CMs Glover, O'Connell, Benedict, and the two from CM Mendes. However, we can only amend, make changes by law, to Mayor Cooper's current proposed budget, or to either option 1 or 2 from CM Mendes. The only amenable budgets are the Budget and Finance Chair or the mayors budget. I hope this helps you as we continue to walk (slowly) to the finish line.

I know that you have heard a lot about the proposed tax increases being due to the tornado and Covid-19 pandemic, but keep in mind the city was in need of an increase prior to these two disasters. Therefore, I strongly believe all substitutes will have an increase in the tax rate. As of now, each one that I know the most about will have a tax increase.

I will be encouraging my colleagues to choose a budget that will add investments directly in District 21 and nearby areas. Also, a budget that will help teachers and other MNPS employees. The Minority Caucus will be working to invest in the Community Oversight Board and activating MNPD body-worn cameras and using COVID-19 dollars to be spent directly with Nashvillians other than paying city expenses.

Tornado Relief 

FEMA has included a grace period for registration for the March 3rd tornado. You can call them at 1(800)-621-3362 or visit Fema.Gov. Also, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and several organizations rooted in North Nashville are helping with disaster and emergency relief from organizations that have received funds. Here are a few that are working now... Gideon's Army, Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship (IMF), Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership, Inc. (J.U.M.P.), Lee Chapel AME Church, New Covenant Christian Church, Greater Heights Missionary Baptist Church, NAACP Nashville, Northwest Family YMCA, Catholic Charities of Tennessee - McGruder Family Resource Center, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University Foundation, Rebuilding Together Nashville, The Equity Alliance, and Urban League of Middle Tennessee. These organizations jumped in on the ground floor and have committed to working until individuals in our communities are back to whole and better. If you or someone you know are in need of relief, of any kind, from the tornado, please reach out to one or several of these organizations to find the help you are looking for.

What to expect tonight: (Not much here other than budget)

BL2020-298 - The capital improvements budget will be on second reading and will have a public hearing.

BL2020-286 - This is essentially the initiation of the city budget. It's on public hearing tonight as well.