There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 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].
A New Day for the Titans
Last week, I received several emails and phone calls from a community within the district concerned with a sewage leak. It turns out that a building in this community had an 18" sewage line that feeds into an 8" city sewer line. You add 10 additional inches of sewage and a week of rain, we will see these issues continue to arise. A few weeks ago, I touched on the county's woes with waste collection and how we are in a great need of equipment maintenance, personnel, and new equipment.
Fast forward to this week, The Titans are in conversation with the mayor to renovate or build a new stadium. The Tennessean reports that this could cost upwards of $600 Million to $2 Billion (or more) to achieve this goal. This may be the way to get the Titans to win a Super Bowl or at least host one, but is it the best use of city dollars?
Here is how the spending breaks down... The city and the Titans will partner to pay for this option. The city's plan, thus far (this will be a moving target for a while), will be to create revenue bonds that pay for the stadium and the build out of the east east bank. This means that the revenue generated from 50% of the taxes from the businesses, stadium, etc. in that area will pay for the stadium.
Unfortunately, the brand new revenue from the stadium and the resources surrounding it stays there, it doesn't flow into other communities such as District 21 communities. Therefore, as the District 21 Council Member, I am very hesitant to support this plan. As you know, I have been fighting for affordability in housing options, infrastructure investments (paved alleys, sidewalks, park updates, sewage lines, storm water relief, lighting, etc.), metro services personnel, and public safety measures. This new deal will not support any of these much needed items for our district. I can, however, support this new plan for a football stadium if, and only if, these needed investments in our district makes it to a passed city budget and/or capital spending plan, prior to passing spending for a new stadium. This means we have the dollars set aside to address your major concerns that I am peppered with from neighbors on a daily basis.
Stay tuned as this all unfolds, I plan to keep you up-to-date along the way.
To report potholes dial 3-1-1 or visit hub.nashville.gov. This is the quickest and most efficient way to escalate the maintenance of our roadways. If it is a State route, it may take more time to respond, TDOT will manage any State routes. NDOT will respond and send your request to TDOT directly.
What I've Been Up To
- I'm still working on a program with Westminster Homes and Rebuilding Together to help District 21 residents in need of renovations and upgrades to their homes. This project is in it's initial conversations, however, if you know a neighbor that is in need of renovations and upgrades, please reach out to me directly. We will be meeting to discuss how this will work and I will have information for you very soon.
- I hosted a meeting with the Centennial Park, Acklen Park, and OneCity communities last week. One of the major takeaways is that metro police will add additional presence from dusk to dawn (throughout the entire neighborhood, not just the park) when the park is closed. Also, metro parks will be renovating and re-programming the Pavilion at the corner of 28th and Poston. The Pavilion's new use will require permitted events only. If individuals are gathering at the Pavilion without a permitted reservation, they will be asked to leave the area. You will also see more speed enforcement along 31st Ave N between West End and Park Plaza. Speeding is one of the largest concerns of neighbors in this area, and we have asked Cmdr. Widener to evaluate a plan to reduce the speed.
- I am hosting a meeting on March 3 at the North Nashville Police Precinct at 6pm to discuss updates on the WEGO construction at 26th and Clarksville Hwy and the new tenants of Crestview Nursing home at 2030 25th Ave N. - Community Care Fellowship and Dream Street.
- Illegal Dumping Pilot: Today I had a ride along with the first director of NDOT and the bulk item pickup team. We are following up on March 14 to discuss more from our findings. We will then have a community meeting to share our plan to mitigate the illegal dumping problem within the District.
- We have recruited a new committee for the North Nashville/Bordeaux Participatory Budgeting process. This team will assemble within the next few months. Please be thinking of capital improvements you wish to see in your neighborhood. Once the committee begins, I will share the best way to communicate with them here.
What's Happening Tonight
The agenda does not have many big items on it tonight, which I've provided for you at the top of this note. Here are a few items I believe will be of interest to you.
H2. RS2022-xxxx - A lite filed resolution to create a pre-budget public comment period for Nashville residents to share their thoughts on the budget during the budget hearings. This would happen weeks prior to the public hearing for the budget when considered by the Metro Council.
91. BL2022-1114 - This ordinance will amend section 13.08.080 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws by adding a definition for the term Personally Identifiable Information (also referred to as “PII”). The term is referenced twice in the recently enacted License Plate Scanner ordinance (BL2021-961). The definition will apply to the broader code section on the deployment of surveillance or electronic data gathering devices.
The proposed ordinance defines the term to mean: “any representation of information that permits the identity of an individual to whom the information applies to be reasonably inferred by either direct or indirect means. Further, PII is defined as information: (i) that directly identifies an individual (e.g., name, address, social security number or other identifying number or code, telephone number, email address, etc.) or (ii) by which any governmental department or agency intends to identify specific individuals in conjunction with other data elements, i.e., indirect identification. (These data elements may include a combination of gender, race, birth date, and other descriptors). Additionally, information permitting the physical or online contacting of a specific individual is the same as personally identifiable information. This definition includes information that is maintained in either paper, electronic or other media.”
BL2021-961, adopted on February 1, 2022, prohibits any LPR data retained by the Metropolitan Government from containing PII. Further, BL2021-961 requires MNPD to submit an annual report of the collected data to the Council which will contain voluntarily provided race data but prohibits all other PII from being included in the annual report.
92. BL2022-1115 - **This ordinance, if enacted, will violate state law: Title 7, Chapter 68, Part 101, et seq., of the Tennessee Code Annotated (the “Act”).**
A court will likely find that this ordinance violates the Act-which prohibits a local governmental entity from adopting a “sanctuary policy”-because the ordinance would prohibit a department from using the LPR system/information to assist federal officials with immigration compliance. Section 1 of the ordinance explicitly contravenes the Act. The Act provides that “No local governmental entity or official shall adopt or enact a sanctuary policy.” A “sanctuary policy” is defined as one that, among other things, “limits or prohibits any local governmental entity or official from communicating or cooperating with federal agencies or officials to verify or report the immigration status of any alien.” Section 1, as proposed, would be an express adoption of a sanctuary policy as defined by the Act because it proposes to prohibit any department within the Metropolitan Government from utilizing the LPR system or collected information to cooperate with federal officials in connection with immigration laws of the United States.
Section 2 of the proposed ordinance prohibits the Metropolitan Government from utilizing, in conjunction with LPR, a “hot list” that is related to federal immigration enforcement, including lists created by, provided by, or containing information from ICE. While Section 2 of the proposed ordinance is not as explicit in its contravention of the Act, it is outside the spirit of the Act’s goals of encouraging expansive cooperation with federal officials regarding immigration laws. It is less likely that a court would find that Section 2 of the proposed ordinance violates the Act.
If enacted, the Metropolitan Government will be ineligible to enter into any grant contract with the state department of economic and community development until the policy is repealed. Further, state law authorizes residents to bring a complaint in Chancery Court alleging that the ordinance violates the Act. If a court determines that the Metropolitan Council has adopted a sanctuary policy, it can order that the Metropolitan Government comply with the Act, enjoin the Metropolitan Government from further interference with the Act, and take other necessary action to ensure compliance.
93. BL2022-1116 - This proposed ordinance amends the newly enacted Metropolitan Code of Laws sections 13.08.080G(3)(f) and 13.08.080G(5)(e) to include the Executive Director of the Community Oversight Board. The recently enacted BL2021-961 created section 13.08.080G(3)(f) of the Metropolitan Code providing that the District Attorney and the Public Defender may investigate complaints of misuse of LPR, examine and audit LPRs and LPR data files or record, and if either believes that LPRs have been used in violation of the code section, they may request that Council suspend the use of LPR. The proposed ordinance will add the Executive Director of the Community Oversight Board as an entity entitled to take specific investigative and examination actions related to in addition to the District Attorney and the Public Defender.
BL2021-961 also created section 13.08.080G(5)(e) of the Metropolitan Code providing that the District Attorney, the Public Defender, and the Chair of the Community Oversight Board shall have access to the MNPD audit trail. The proposed ordinance will provide such access to the Executive Director, rather than the Chair, of the Community Oversight Board and expand the review to designees of the named entities. And, it will enlarge the scope of review to include audit working papers
Dates to Remember
Neighborhood Community Meeting – RE: Updates on G-Spot, Crestview Rehabilitation Center (2030 25th Ave N), and WEGO Transit Development
Thursday, March 3 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
North Nashville Police Precinct | 2231 26th Ave N
- Rezoning Community Meeting - RE: 2500 W Heiman St.
- Monday, March 14 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm
- Jefferson St. Missionary Baptist Church | 2708 Jefferson St.
- Buchanan St. Businesses and two Rezoning Requests - Community Meeting (We have invited Buchanan Street Business to discuss noise, parking, and litter concerns with residents in the area. We have also invited two organizations that would like to apply Neighborhood Landmark designations on two churches - one on 10th Ave N and Clay and the other at 14th Ave N and Buchanan)
- Thursday, March 17
- North Nashville Police Precinct | 2231 26th Ave N
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