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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.

Paving in the District:

I've received several calls and emails regarding the paving in the District. I've spoken with Public Works, and these projects are slated to be finished within the next month and a half. The paving that you see along Buchanan St, Arthur Ave, and Ed Temple Blvd will have bike lanes added... For you all that use Arthur often, I am sending an additional email detailing the layout of the street in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience with these projects. Please feel free to reach out with any additional questions.

Report Street Light Outages:

With Daylight Savings upon us, I wanted to share with you the best connect with NES to replace any street lights that are out in your neighborhood. First, you can call (311) from your home or mobile phone. (311) will connect you with our colleagues at HUB Nashville. Second, you can report a street light out on HUB Nashville's website or Smart Phone App. Lastly, visit the NES website for the fastest response. Be sure to write down the number on the yellow sign posted on the light post prior to reporting any outages.

Metro Water Report:

Last week, on Wednesday, the Budget and Finance Committee held a special meeting with Metro Water and the State of Tennessee's Comptroller in attendance. Scott Potter, Metro Water Directo, shared with the Council the state of Nashville's water services. Currently, Nashville has one of the lowest water rates in comparison to other peer cities. We have not had a water rate increase in 23 years, and the Metro Council will be voting on recommendations from our water department regarding a rate increase. Our Metro Water department is also in dire need of upgrades to maintain our systems, this was mentioned to previous mayoral administrations but never made to the Council body. Therefore, we are now at a critical juncture to increase the water rates to ensure that our water treatment, stormwater management, and infrastructure maintenance stays at a high-quality level.

Metro Nashville Budget:

As I mentioned, the State of Tennessee Comptroller joined the Budget and Finance Committee's special meeting to share with us the state of Metro's budget and finances. The message was clear and extremely eye-opening, Nashville needs to have a structurally balanced budget, which we do not have at the moment. Here are a few reasons we are in this situation. 1.) Metro has been spending more money in recent years. 2.) We have been using our savings to keep up with the increased expenses the city has incurred over time. With these increases and a lack of new revenue, Nashville has had to dive into savings over the past few years. 3.) Metro has borrowed more and more money, and now these bonds, obligations, and loan payments are due. By spending more and already depleting our savings, Metro now has a challenge in finding new revenue to pay down these loans, bonds, and other obligations. 4.) We have sold assets for one time (non-recurring) revenue. Yes, this will help with the interim, but has not been sustainable over time. 5.) We all see the growth and progressiveness of the city (especially downtown), so where is the money? Yes, we are receiving tax dollars from the tourism and boom in the city's core, but we have contracts for the bonds, loans, and other obligations that I mentioned earlier that these tax dollars are set aside for. This plan allows the city not to have any new debt for places such as the Music City Center, the dollars that come into the city, by law, are already set aside to pay for the building. 

The State of Tennesee has also been a part of the oversight of the Metro Budget. We have received fewer funds in the most recent years for our MNPS funding from the state. The loss of these funds have a direct effect on our budget, Metro must make up that difference for the success of our students and schools. Moving forward, we have a few bills that are coming to the Council body to help with these oversights. These bills will require the department heads of all metro divisions to provide a detailed, itemized budget for any capital expenses before they receive approval for funding. 

Click here to watch the special committee meeting to learn more about the water and budget conversations I've mentioned.

What to expect tonight:

  • Short Term Rentals (STRs) are still a hot topic in Nashville. We have a few bills on the agenda tonight that will be discussed:
    • 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.
    • BL2019 -78: This bill would require non-owner occupied STRs to have a minimum distance from schools, daycares, parks, and churches.
    • BL2019 - 79: This bill will require the owner of an owner-occupied STR to be onsite at all times and may not leave the property for more than 15 hours in a 24 hour time period.
  • The bill described below is in regards to the metro budget and water conversation in the text above.
    • BL2019 -77: Will require full cost itemizations of capital expenditures for all metro departments prior to the approval of requests

Dates to remember:

  • Thursday, November 21 - Olympic Park Community Meeting to discuss trash collection - St. Luke CME Church at 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 23 -I will host office hours from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    •  All timeslots are booked.
  • Thursday, November 28 - Thanksgiving, please enjoy your Thanksgiving with family and loved ones. If you are traveling, safe travels, and remember to take time to reflect on all you are thankful for. 
  • Monday, December 2 - Sylvan Summitt Community Meeting to discuss a rezoning application at  0 Trevor St. - 7:00 p.m. West Nashville Police precinct 
  • Tuesday, December 3 - Council Meeting  
  • 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
  • Saturday, December 7 - I will host office hours from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - A few timeslots are booked.
  • Thursday, December 12 - Community Meeting to discuss a proposed project at 2500 Heiman St. - 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church

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


Buchanan Street Paving Updates

I'm excited about the paving and infrastructure projects happening along Buchanan and Arthur Avenue. These projects will slow traffic, introduce bike lanes and make it safer for pedestrians to cross.  But this is just the beginning, both 28th Avenue and Monroe will be paved in the Spring of 2020. Visit the Planning Department's website for additional information. 

 

I'm receiving questions regarding when paving will be complete on Buchanan. The short answer is: it depends.The weather must be near 50 degrees to install the plastic thermal markings. Here is a VERY tentative timeline:

 

One Week: Paving Complete

Two Weeks: Temporary Markings

30 Days from Paving Completion: Permanent Striping, Bike Lane Painting and Pedestrian Island Installations 

45 Days: New Signage and Bike Lane Markers 

 

This is all weather dependent.  Please be prepared for delays and workers along Buchanan.


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

 


Brandon Taylor blog posts

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Brandon --

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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