Taking the Next Steps!

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.

In our first 90 days, our goals are to:

  • Host a community meeting with neighbors - Held on October 17
  • Recruit a volunteer District 21 Council Advisory Committee - Working on this now...Stay tuned!
  • Prioritize visiting with Public Works to address much-needed upgrades and repairs in District 21 Infrastructure. - I've visited with Public Works and working with them on a few additional requests regarding infrastructure.
  • Visit with each MNPD precincts in the District - I've met with all three Commanders

What to expect tonight:

  • There is an election for a new MNPS School Board Member in District 7 that will replace an open seat after Mr. Will Pinkston's resignation in September. I am supporting Mrs. Freda Player-Peters as the new District 7 member. The difficult transition within our schools requires someone that is a bridge builder to help steer our students' futures in the right direction. Mrs. Player-Peters is an advocate for all of Nashville students and she will be a strong choice for District 7. 
  • We also have two additional elections tonight:
    • 1) The appointment of three vacancies on the Community Education Commission
    • 2) the appointment of three individuals for vacancies on the Industrial Development Board
  • Short Term Rentals (STR):
    • BL2019-6: This bill will penalize individuals operating an STR without a permit by making them wait one (1) calendar year if sited.
    •  BL2019-7: Currently, only one owner-occupied STR permit is allowed per lot. This bill will allow two home lots to have two separate permits.
  • There is a resolution to extend a grant for Mending Hearts, located in District 21, to provide affordable housing 

Dates to remember:

  • Saturday, November 23 -I will host office hours at Cafe Coco (210 Louise Ave) from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. I invite you to call or email me to schedule a time for a 30-minute conversation.
  • Thursday, December 5 - I will be hosting a listening session with the neighbors in the West End/Centennial Park area - Centennial Performing Arts Studio - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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


Our goals for District 21

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 for your electronic devices.

Today is the 15th Day as a member of Metro Council. Since the last newsletter, I’ve had the chance to visit with 2 of the 3 MNPD Precinct Commanders in the District. We discussed their plans for crime and public safety in our communities and the best ways residents can share their feedback with MNPD. I’ve also had the chance to attend three community meetings in the past two weeks, and lastly, I’ve met with public works and started the conversation regarding alley repairs, trash pickup, street repairs, and the status of the paving along several corridors in the District.

Throughout my first 90 days, my goals are to:

  • Host a community meeting with neighbors (Scheduled for October 17)
  • Recruit a volunteer District 21 Council Advisory Committee
  • Visit with Public Works in regards to much-needed upgrades and repairs in the District – Infrastructure was one of the priorities I heard from neighbors.
  • Visit with each MNPD precincts in the District (I’ve met with 2 of the 3)

We are moving closer to each goal every day.

What to expect tonight:

  • The council body will complete several confirmations for Metro committees and elect committee chairs and a President Pro Tempore.
  • We have a special resolution to authorize the employment of Jon Cooper (not the mayor) as the Special Counsel and Executive Director of the Council Office.
  • There’s a public comment period tonight. We also have two resolutions on public hearing.
  • CM Vercher has a resolution that the Emergency Communications Center adopts a policy that prevents 911 call takers from disregarding available GPS coordinates when responding to emergency calls.

Dates to remember:

  • Thursday, October 17 - I will host our first town hall meeting at Lee Chapel AME Church (1200 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd) beginning at 6:00 pm and ending at 7:30 pm - The meeting will be a chance for us to connect - I'm also inviting Metro Water and Public Works to share information with us.
  • Saturday, October 19 - Join me at Tennessee State University's Homecoming Parade! 
  • Saturday, October 26 -I will host office hours at Cafe Coco (210 Louise Ave) from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - feel free to connect with me for a 30-minute conversation. Call or email to schedule time to visit.
  • Wednesday, October 30 - Capital Improvements Budget requests are due - Please think of any improvements you would like to see in our District. This link will help guide your thoughts. It shares what projects are considered capital improvements in the city.

My communication style:

I welcome you to reach out to me and share any information. This will continue to help me understand the true needs of the residents. Email is possibly the best form of communication, but I welcome you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

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

Best regards,

Brandon


Let's get to work!

Thank you for the honor to serve you as your Metro Council Member.

Tonight, the 15th session of the Metropolitan County Council will open with our first meeting of this term, review the detailed agenda here.

On Saturday, the newly minted Metro Council, Vice Mayor, and Mayor were sworn into office. We pledged to put the people of our city first. I was reminded of the reason I ran for this seat; I wanted to make a difference in our communities and inform residents.

What to expect this term:

  • We haven't heard the last of the "Scooter" conversation. The Metro Council will continue to evaluate scooter companies and their operations throughout the city. 
  • This council body will be responsible for working with Mayor Cooper in regards to the city's budget. We will have several discussions in the coming year about the budget. As these talks continue, I will be mindful of the pressing budgetary needs in District 21 - capital improvements, teacher and first responders salaries, and MDHA services and resources (Affordable Housing, home repair programs, etc.).
  • With all the discussion about the budget, we are definitely going to revisit the tax conversation. If you recall, the last term ended with several lively discussions around the council increasing taxes or not... ultimately, the council voted to not increase the tax rate at the time. 
  • Zoning Legislation - This term will pick up where we left off in August. We will continue the record amount of rezoning legislation that will come before us. As your representative, I will be transparent and work directly with the community to solicit smart growth throughout the District. Please refer to the Metro Planning website to learn more about zoning.

Dates to remember:

  • Tuesday, October 15 - Capital Improvements Budget requests are due - Please think of any improvements you would like to see in our District. This link will help guide your thoughts. It shares what projects are considered capital improvements in the city.
  • Thursday, October 17 - I will host our first town hall meeting at Lee Chapel AME Church (1200 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Blvd) beginning at 6:00 pm and ending at 7:30 pm - The meeting will be a chance for us to connect - I'm also inviting Metro Water and Public Works to share information with us.
  • Saturday, October 19 - Join me at Tennessee State University's Homecoming Parade! 
  • Saturday, October 26 -I will host office hours at Cafe Coco (210 Louise Ave) from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - feel free to connect with me for a 30-minute conversation. Call or email to schedule time to visit.

My communication style:

I welcome you to reach out to me and share any information. This will continue to help me understand the true needs of the residents. Email is possibly the best form of communication, but I welcome you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

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

Thank you for all! I look forward to working with you this term.

Best regards,

Brandon

 


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At a recent community meeting, one of our neighbors shared a story about how their home had recently been hit multiple times by gun-fire – Sadly, this wasn’t the first time this has happened – they have over 17 bullet holes in their house (that they've counted)! Immediately our community rallied behind them and began to work with our police and local city government to get a camera placed on their street. 

We have to be intentional in addressing public safety in District 21 and throughout the city. We are building stronger relationships with the community and our police department; I realize that there is much work to do in this area, but there are practical solutions that are happening right now! The most useful tool that we have is our ability to work together. We have aopportunity to increase the safety of our neighborhoods with organizations that are already serving in our community.

Three organizations (one is moving their headquarters to District 21 soon) are working in our community to increase the public safety and find ways for individuals, especially youth, to have economic growth.

Dismas House – The mission of Dismas House is to bring about mutual reconciliation between former offenders and society through the development of a supportive community. With the highest incarceration rate in the country being in zip code 37208, recidivism is an important topic. Dismas offers opportunities for growth and training for former offenders by providing housing and basic needs, clinical support, and financial empowerment.

Gideon’s Army – Gideon’s Army uses restorative justice-based programs to build resilient kids and healthy communities. They meet kids where they are, in the schools and in their communities. Gideon’s Army provides in-school programming to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, as well as, being a powerful presence in our community.

McGruder Family Resource Center – The partners of McGruder FRC are committed to helping build strong families, eradicate multi-generational poverty and create environments of opportunity. They provide workforce development training for adults and youth through entrepreneurship, hospitality management, and culinary training courses.

Working together in unity to find solutions is the answer for not only for district 21 but for greater Nashville. Providing access and information for opportunities in our district will allow us to move forward – everyone – and grow our district with the community’s best interest at the forefront.

 

Upcoming community events:

 

Meet me at the polls: Vote Brandon Taylor for District 21 Metro Council.

Brandon

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