The Term's Final Budget

 

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].

I hope you and your family enjoyed all of the Juneteenth Celebrations! Below is a great history of Juneteenth from the National Museum of African American History & Culture.

The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth!

Let's Continue the Work 

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Budget, Substitute, and Amendments

We will finalize the city budget this evening. This will be the final budget passed by this council, as the term ends in August.

The Budget Chair will introduce his substitute budget tonight, you can find it here on page 487 of the amendments packet. This is a normal process... Here's a quick reminder. The mayor has until the end of April to present the council with their budget. The council then has until the end of June to amend and pass a budget. If the council does not substitute or amend the mayor's budget, the mayor's budget will automatically go into law. The opportunity for the council to submit a substitute and amendments allows us to review the departments' wish lists and, most importantly, respond to the citizen's public hearing comments and outreach.

The chair's substitute has several changes in the budget, here are just a few areas:

  • There's an increase from 4% to 6% in the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for all Metro employees.
    • There was an ask for 7% increase, and there are a few amendments that are asking for the total 7% increase that will be presented by council members.
  • WeGo has an increase of nearly $400K 
    • There is also an allocation of nearly $3 Million for Better Bus program for capital
  • Metro Libraries will see an increase to $630K for a total of $42 Million

There are also a total of 23 amendments. These amendments will be presented following the adoption of the substitute budget. The amendments are in several areas, from budgeting dollars to buy the Morris Building, to a COLA increase, to Arts increases, to removal of SROs in MNPS schools, and many more. You can find the entire amendments packet here. I've been able to get this out much earlier than normal due to all of the additional links and reading I'm asking of you.

District 21 Public Safety Meeting

Tomorrow night at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. I am hosting a public safety community meeting. This is in response to the ongoing gun violence in the DB Todd and Buchanan corridor. Please join us at the North Police Precinct to hear how these issues are being addressed.

What's Happening tonight:  

Tonight's big topic is the budget. I shared a brief update of things to expect in the top of my message. This will take the bulk of the time tonight as we have a substitute and 23 amendments to debate.

BL2023-1867 A bill to be entitled: The Budget Ordinance of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee for Fiscal Year 2024

Dates To Remember:

  • District 21 Public Safety Meeting
    • Wednesday, June 21
    • 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • North 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

Best regards,

Brandon

 

 


We're Back!

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].

Let's Continue the Work 

I'm Running for Reelection to be your District 21 Councilman!

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Countywide Participatory Budgeting

Nashville has embarked on a citywide Participatory Budgeting program. What does that mean for you? It means the city’s checkbook is in your hands! $10 million of Nashville’s money has been set aside for projects that are nominated and voted on by Davison County residents. Anybody age 14 and older can suggest ideas – as many as you want! – and then vote on the finalists this fall. 

What kinds of ideas qualify? Just about anything you can dream up, as long as it serves a public use or purpose – meaning it delivers a direct, primary, concrete or quantifiable benefit to the people of Davidson County. Ideas that only benefit private individuals are not eligible.  

To learn more about the process and to submit ideas visit pb.Nashville.gov

City Budget Overview

The first noticeable difference with this year's proposed budget is a 26% increase. The city's budget generally sees only a 4% - 6% growth and we can expect that type of increase moving forward. 

This proposed budget also satisfies a fund balance policy, passed by the City Council, requiring Metro to have at least 2-months worth of operating budget expenses in our savings account and at least 50% of our annual budgeted debt. This was created to ensure that Metro will have at least 2-months of funding to fully operate the city's needs in case of a funding emergency or short fall. We have to make sure we're paying our bills!

The proposal funds MNPS with the largest budget in the School District's history. We essentially had to find ways to increase this budget due to a lack of any increase at all from the State. This required the city to be sure we do not have any funding short falls for schools. This budget will be able to fund 86,000+ students with roughly $15,000 per student.

Some of the increases that are proposed are:

  • 4% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Metro Employees
  • MNPS is budgeted to receive $55 Million for employee salaries
  • MNPS will receive an additional $100 Million for schools
  • WeGo will receive just under $10 Million
  • Barnes Fund to receive a little over $8 Million

Follow this link to the budget book.

Lastly, there is a Budget Public Hearing tonight. Residents can come to share their thoughts on the Metro Budget.

To follow along with the Council's work with the budget, you can follow this link, The Citizen's Guide to the Metro Budget.

State District 19 Town Halls

What's Happening tonight:  

We do not have a busy calendar this week. There are a few commission elections, a public comment period that requires a previous sign up and several resolutions that will keep the business of Metro moving forward. CM Murphy has a zoning ordinance that has been discussed in length with residents and CMs in this area and I believe we'll see more discussion in the meeting this evening - this may be the largest item on the agenda... BL2023-1829

BL2023-1867 A bill to be entitled: The Budget Ordinance of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee for Fiscal Year 2024

RS2023-2187 - A resolution urging the Mayor's Office, the Metro Health Department, Metro Homeless Impact Division, and Metro Social Services to evaluate housing pods purchased with COVID-19 Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) grant funds and create an action plan for their use.

RS2023-2214 - A resolution supporting a permanent public art lighting installation in North Nashville and approving an application for a license agreement between the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, acting by and through the Nashville Department of Transportation and Multimodal Infrastructure ("NDOT") and the State of Tennessee ("the State"), acting by and through the Tennessee Department of Transportation ("TDOT"), relating to the use of certain space on Arthur Avenue under the I-40/I-65 bridge for the permanent public art lighting installation ("the Project').

Dates To Remember:

  • State District 19 Town Hall w/ Senator Charlane Oliver
    • Monday, June 12
    • 6pm
    • Lee Chapel AME Church | 1200 Dr. DB Todd Jr. Blvd

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


Balanced Budget Kickoff!

 

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].

Let's Continue the Work 

I'm Running for Reelection to be your District 21 Councilman!

We are kicking-off our campaign and want you to join us! On Thursday, May 25, I will be hosting my campaign kickoff at Bag Lady's Fry Joint located at 1402 Buchanan St. starting at 6pm. 

I'm excited to formally announce my candidacy for reelection and, more importantly, I'm excited to continue the work that we started a little over 4-years ago. We set out to build a stronger, healthier, and more vibrant community for all neighbors in District 21 - From West End to Bordeaux and from Midtown to North Nashville! Over the years, we have faced a pandemic, a devastating tornado, a bombing and much more. However, we have seen many accomplishments with traffic calming, transit, and infrastructure investments. A decrease in violent crimes, we've had a very intentional path to smart growth and development, and saw an increased budget to maintain the high level of illegal dumping. 

Let's continue the work, together!

  • Campaign Kickoff
  • Thursday, May 25
  • Bag Lady's Fry Joint
  • 1402 Buchanan St.
  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Click Here to Register For Councilman Taylor's Reelection Kickoff!

Support my Reelection - Donate Here 

Your Budget, Your Choice! - Countywide Participatory Budgeting

Nashville has embarked on a citywide Participatory Budgeting program. What does that mean for you? It means the city’s checkbook is in your hands! $10 million of Nashville’s money has been set aside for projects that are nominated and voted on by Davison County residents. Anybody age 14 and older can suggest ideas – as many as you want! – and then vote on the finalists this fall. 

What kinds of ideas qualify? Just about anything you can dream up, as long as it serves a public use or purpose – meaning it delivers a direct, primary, concrete or quantifiable benefit to the people of Davidson County. Ideas that only benefit private individuals are not eligible.  

To learn more about the process and to submit ideas visit pb.Nashville.gov

The Budget is Here!

In my last newsletter, I shared with you that budget season is upon us. We received our 503 page budget books yesterday and I'm working through the line items and will share with you the findings in the upcoming weeks. A preliminary view shows that the budget is fair and meets a few needs throughout the county, however, there are a few dollars that could possibly be reallocated. I'm interested in the budget hearings to learn in more detail how the departments are planning to spend their budgets and how that spending will impact District 21.

Below you will find the budget hearing dates. These hearings will start tomorrow and end in a week on Wednesday, May 24. You can join us in the council chambers or watch on any of the MNN streaming services and Channel 3.

Follow this link to the budget book.

To follow along with the Council's work with the budget, you can follow this link, The Citizen's Guide to the Metro Budget.

 

What's Happening tonight:  

We do not have a busy calendar this week. There are a few commission elections, a public comment period that requires a previous sign up and several resolutions that will keep the business of Metro moving forward. CM Murphy has a zoning ordinance that has been discussed in length with residents and CMs in this area and I believe we'll see more discussion in the meeting this evening - this may be the largest item on the agenda... BL2023-1829

BL2023-1829 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from MUL to SP zoning for property located at 4500 Harding Pike, southwest of the corner of White Bridge Pike and Harding Pike

RS2023-2184 A resolution accepting a donation from 19th Church Street, LLC in the amount of $214,000 as a contribution towards infrastructure improvements at the intersection of 19th Avenue and Church Street.

RS2023-2159 - A resolution increasing the maximum income limit for eligibility in the Property Tax Freeze Program that provides financial assistance to low-income elderly residents of Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County beginning in Tax Year 2024.

Dates To Remember:

Reelection Campaign Kickoff

  • Thursday, May 25
  • Bag Lady's Fry Joint | 1402 Buchanan St.
  • 6pm - 8pm

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


FY24 Budget Season is Here!

 

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].

Let's Continue the Work 

I'm Running for Reelection to be your District 21 Councilman!

Support my Reelection - Donate Here 

The Budget is Here!

Last Thursday, the mayor held the State of Metro at James Lawson High School.

Feel free to view the State of Metro address by following this link. During the address, the mayor mentions a few areas his budget will focus on.

The budget process began yesterday, May 1, for the council. The mayors office and the Director of Finance shared a presentation with the budget and finance committee. The budget will be on first reading May 16. We will then host budget hearings with each department between May 17 -24. Second reading and public hearing for the budget on June 6. And finally, the budget should be approved by June 20, however, by Metro charter, we must have it completed by June 30. 

To follow along with the Council's work with the budget, you can follow this link, The Citizen's Guide to the Metro Budget.

What's Happening tonight:  

RS2023-2151 A resolution approving a participation agreement between the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, acting by and through the Metropolitan Department of Water and Sewerage Services, and GTOM West End, LLC, to provide improved public sanitary sewer service through the construction of an improved stormwater system

RS2023-2121 - A resolution requesting the Metropolitan Employee Benefit Board reevaluate its decision to offer a Group Medicare Advantage plan to Metropolitan Government pensioners as their only option.

RS2023-2134 - A resolution accepting an Economic Development Initiative, Community Project Funding grant from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the Metropolitan Government, acting by and through the Metropolitan Nashville Historical Commission, to provide funding for American Baptist College Historic Building Improvements and a Civil Rights Walking Tour.

RS2023-2142 - A resolution accepting a Where It Starts: Breaking Barriers to Business grant from Living Cities in partnership with Main Street America and the Truist Foundation to the Metropolitan Government, acting by and through the Metropolitan Finance Department, to strengthen the relationship between local government and commercial corridor business support organizations with the goal of fostering an equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem for business owners of color in Nashville and address systemic barriers for business owners of color during each stage of business development and growth.

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


Exhaustion, Pandemonium, Moral, Injunction

 

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].

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WE'RE STILL PRAYING

Exhaustion, Pandemonium, Moral, Injunction... These are some of the terms found in headlines over the past few weeks. This city has endured so much and yet, you keep fighting, we keep fighting, together! 

It's been a tough time, I know. Nevertheless, this city seems to always amaze me. Through so much pain and uncertainty, there is an unwavering belief in Nashville; there's a strength in this city like no other. I am extremely appreciative of that characteristic - Nashville Strong! I know you are exhausted and may want to stop fighting, but we cannot take a break right now... This is the time to continue to fight for this city, our children, and our future!

Titans Stadium Deal

Tonight, we will vote on the Titans Stadium contract. It's on second reading. There are an abundance of amendments to the bill. Last week, we were also on second reading with the Titans Stadium contract and we also had several amendments to the bill. One amendment was voted in favor and was added to the legislation. That amendment was presented by me, and it would change a simple $3.00 fee for every non-NFL event ticket sold to a percentage.

So, $3.00 became 3% - 10% escalating over time and capping at 10%. Also, any amount over the $3.00 within the percentage would come back to Metro Nashville's General Fund. It has been calculated that roughly $470 Million would be coming back to the city over the course of 30-years. Prior to this amendment, only $48 Million was coming back to the city in the Nashville Needs Fund, created by the Tennessee Titans.

Fast forward to today... Over the past week the Titans, the mayor, and their lobbyist have been working to tear down the amendment that will put hundreds of millions of dollars back into the hands of the residents. Council Member Pulley has written an amendment that would delete the entire passage of the amendment added in the last meeting (The Taylor Amendment). The mayor's office has pushed an amendment from Council Member Gamble that would lock the percentage in at 3% without any increase over the life of the contract, but the money would go into the Titans created account and not directly back to the city to manage.

The Tennessee Lookout did a great job communicating this in their article this week.

As I've mentioned, the breakdown of who pays for the stadium is a bit even for taxpayers that may not have the chance to enjoy this new venue...

  • Titans will pay - $840 Million 
  • State of TN - $500 Million
  • City of Nashville - $760 Million

It remains that we as a city must have a return on our investment. You and your neighbors deserve that. We are in a hurry to get out of an extremely bad deal and not paying attention to a deal that is better, but not a deal that is best for all of Nashville

Click here to review the amendments for BL2023-1741 - Titans Stadium Deal.

Budget is around the Corner

Also, Metro's budget season starts May 1! Which is another reason the Titans Stadium deal is moving so quickly. We cannot discuss financial matters over a certain amount during budget season. If the Titans deal doesn't close by May 1, it will have to wait until July 1 to be picked back up.

What's Happening tonight:  

RS2023-2044 - A resolution creating a Nashville Needs Impact Fund to help provide resources to nonprofit entities serving Nashville and Davidson County and designating certain amounts thereto

RS2023-2124 A resolution honoring Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools' response to the Covenant School shooting on March 27, 2023, including the bus drivers who assisted with reunification efforts.

BL2023-1741 An ordinance authorizing the Metropolitan Government's execution and delivery of an intergovernmental project agreement with The Sports Authority of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County relating to the development and funding of a new, enclosed stadium; designating a geographic area within which 50% of state and local option sales taxes will be allocated to fund capital projects at the stadium or any onsite or offsite infrastructure necessary for the operation thereof; approving the issuance of one or more series of public facility revenue bonds by the Sports Authority to finance a portion of the costs related to the construction of the enclosed stadium; authorizing the use and pledge of certain of the Metropolitan Government's revenues as security for the bonds; authorizing the acquisition of the stadium campus from the Sports Authority and the lease of the new stadium site to the Sports Authority; authorizing the Metropolitan Government's execution and deliver

BL2023-1712 An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from IR, R6 and RM40 to SP on properties located at 2404, 2500, and 2518 W Heiman Street and W Heiman Street (unnumbered), approximately 198 feet east of W H Davis Drive, (11.68 acres), to permit 150 detached multi-family residential units and 4 attached multi-family residential units, all of which is described herein (Proposal No. 2022SP-062-001).

BL2023-1761 An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by applying a Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit Overlay District to various properties located north of Clifton Avenue and south of Jefferson Street zoned RS5; R6-A (106-63 acres), all of which is described herein (Proposal No. 2023DDU-001-001).

BL2023-1770 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from RS5 to R6-A zoning for property located at 913 33rd Avenue North, approximately 200 feet south of Clare Avenue (0.14 acres), all of which is described herein (Proposal No. 2023Z-016PR-001).

BL2023-1742 - An ordinance requiring the Metro Division of Housing to establish a public dashboard on how the city is addressing the issue of housing affordability in Nashville and Davidson County.

Dates to Remember

  • Community Meeting - Cumberland Gardens
    • Monday, May 1
    • 6pm
    • RE: Proposed 600 Unit Development on Clarksville Hwy near Ted Rhodes Golf Course
    • St. Luke CME Church | 2008 Ed Temple Blvd.

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


Today is the Day!

 

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].

Let's Continue the Work - I'm Running for Reelection to be your District 21 Councilman!

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TODAY IS THE DAY

As we've been discussing, the state legislature filed and passed a law that will limit all Metropolitan governments in the state of Tennessee to not allow more than 20 representatives (council members in our case). Nashville/Davidson County has 40 Council Members and is the only municipality in the state that this law will affect. This will require our city council to strip down to only 20 members leaving massive gaps in how you will be represented.

The city filed a lawsuit against the state of Tennessee that argues the unconstitutionality of this law. Today, this lawsuit will be heard by 3 justices from West, East, and Middle TN - none from Davidson County. 

What you can do: I wanted to get this out as early as possible... I generally carve out time to write my newsletter between my travel to the council office and our first committee meeting. However, I wanted you to plan to join us tonight. We are hosting a public hearing to allow for your voice to be heard on this matter. If you would like to address the council and share your thoughts on us going from 40 to 20 members or your thoughts on the maps that have been released by the planning department, please join us tonight at the council meeting.

RS2023-2062 - A resolution directing the Metropolitan Planning Department to prepare a Council redistricting plan consisting of 17 district councilmembers and 3 councilmembers at-large to comply with state law; requesting the Metropolitan Planning Commission to hold the necessary meeting(s) to approve the redistricting plan; and requesting the Vice Mayor to call any special Council meeting(s) that may be required to effectuate the redistricting plan.

TITANS NEW STADIUM DEAL

Another hot topic is the Titan's Stadium Deal... I've heard from a lot of you but not all of you, and I'd like to know your thoughts. Email me your thoughts at [email protected].

This bill is on second reading. It does not have the option for a public hearing, therefore, the best way to let us know your thoughts regarding the Titans Stadium Deal is to email or call all council members on this matter. If passed on second reading tonight, there will be a third and final reading of this bill before passage into law.

BL2020-1741 An ordinance authorizing the Metropolitan Government's execution and delivery of an intergovernmental project agreement with The Sports Authority of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County relating to the development and funding of a new, enclosed stadium; designating a geographic area within which 50% of state and local option sales taxes will be allocated to fund capital projects at the stadium or any onsite or offsite infrastructure necessary for the operation thereof; approving the issuance of one or more series of public facility revenue bonds by the Sports Authority to finance a portion of the costs related to the construction of the enclosed stadium; authorizing the use and pledge of certain of the Metropolitan Government's revenues as security for the bonds; authorizing the acquisition of the stadium campus from the Sports Authority and the lease of the new stadium site to the Sports Authority

As the time goes on, there continues to be a lot to unpack. I mentioned the state earlier and will mention them again. There is another bill filed be state legislators to take control of Metro's Sports Authority which will give the control of Nashville's Sports Authority to the state. This would give the control of how the tax dollars are spent, in perpetuity/forever, to the state of Tennessee and not the city of Nashville.

The current financial obligations will breakdown to:

  • The State of Tennessee: $500 Million 
  • Tennessee Titans: $840 Million
  • Metro Nashville/Davidson County: $760 Million

This totals spending to be $2.1 Billion for the new stadium.

What's Happening tonight:  

BL2023-1712&1713 An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from IR, R6 and RM40 to SP on properties located at 2404, 2500, and 2518 W Heiman Street and W Heiman Street

There is a substitute to this item. The substitute will remove 26 Units for a total 154 units (150 single family detached homes and 4 attached townhomes). We will also add a voluntary donation and a voluntary action to fund building of restrooms in Fisk Park.

BL2023-1761 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by applying a Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit Overlay District to various properties located north of Clifton Avenue and south of Jefferson Street zoned RS5; R6-A

BL2023-1770 An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from RS5 to R6-A zoning for property located at 913 33rd Avenue North, approximately 200 feet south of Clare Avenue

BL2023-1835 -  An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from CN to RM15-NS for property located at 2014 24th Avenue North, southeast of the intersection of Clarksville Pike and 24th Avenue North (0.19 acres), all of which is described herein (Proposal No. 2023Z-022PR-001).

Dates to Remember

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


Network with Neighbors

 

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].

Let's Continue the Work - I'm Running for Reelection to be your District 21 Councilman!

Support my Reelection - Donate Here 

Neighbor 2 Neighbor Hosts C4N Nashville: Click here to learn more!

Saturday, April 1, 2023 | Music City Center | 8:00 am - 2:30

Conference for Neighborhoods (C4N Nashville) is a one-day training and networking event for anybody who cares about neighborhoods. Whether you’ve been engaged in your neighborhood for years, or just beginning, this conference is for you. This is a great opportunity for residents to learn and network from neighboring communities.

The Conference will highlight the following areas:

  • Nurturing a Neighborhood Culture of Engaged Residents
  • Creating a Neighborhood Safety Campaign
  • Our Inadequate Infrastructure: Challenges, Possibilities, and Best Practices
  • A Neighborhood-Based Approach to Homelessness
  • The Big Green Umbrella: Ways to "Green" Your Neighborhood
  • A Conversation with Planning Commission Chair Greg Adkins
  • More Than Pouring Concrete: Addressing the Issues and Challenges of Sidewalks
  • Affordable Housing: Who, What, Where, When, and Why
  • Digging into the History of your Neighborhood
  • Transit: Building a System that Works for Our Neighborhoods
  • Mayoral Candidate Forum

Nashville's Lawsuit Against the Sate of Tennessee

As you've probably heard, the State Legislature passed a bill that would decrease the size of the Nashville Davidson County Metropolitan Council by half! This would require Nashville to have new lines drawn by May 1. 

Metro filed a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the downsizing. The lawsuit argue a few points; the legislation is not lawful due to "Home Rule" being that Nashville will be the only local municipality impacted by this change and that this is unconstitutional due to the fact the the voters of the city did not make this choice at the polls. The Tennessean has a great article that describes these items in a bit more detail.

Where are we now? Well, the lawsuit will be heard by three Justices throughout the state, Middle. East, and West Tennessee will be hearing this injunction. This was a new law created just before the downsizing law: If any municipality sues the state, they would have to come before three judges throughout the State. These judges have been appointed by the Governor and a Davidson County judge shall not be able to preside over these hearings. This case will be heard next week, and we may have a response as soon as next Wednesday.

Tomorrow the Metro Council will be discussing, what I believe as premature, a bill that provides a recommendation for us to limit the council and choose the amount of districts and at-large members for a 20-member council. Review the agenda here.

I plan to keep you updated on this matter.

What's Happening tonight:  

RS2023-2032 -  A resolution requesting that the Metropolitan Department of Codes Administration revise its Landlord Registration Form to require a landlord to provide an acknowledgement the number of unrelated persons who may live together in a single dwelling unit.

RS2023-2070 - A resolution accepting an in-kind grant from the Centennial Park Conservancy to the Metropolitan Government, acting by and through the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation, to fund the purchase and installation of flooring in the Parthenon's offices.

RS2023-2081 - A resolution recognizing Lorenzo Washington's efforts and contributions to preserve the music legacies of North Nashville and Historic Jefferson Street.

BL2023-1729 and 1730 - BY RQUEST OF THE APPLICANT THIS BILL WILL BE WITHDRAWN: An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from R6 to SP zoning for property located at 1833 Ed Temple Boulevard

Dates to Remember

  • Centennial Park/Acklen Park Community Town Hall - Nashville's New Year's Eve Celebration
    • Thursday, March 30 
    • 6pm - 8pm
    • Metro Parks Headquarters |2565 Park Plaza

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


Portland, TN Making Nashville's Decisions

 

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].

Let's Continue the Work - I'm Running for Reelection to be your District 21 Councilman!

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Who Makes Decisions for Nashville?

In my last newsletter, I told you a about a few legislative items that has surfaced in the Tennessee State General Assembly. One of these items just passed the House Legislation last night and is heading on to the State Senate. This Bill is HB0048/SB0087, a bill that would decrease the Metro Council from 40 to 20 members. This Tennesseean article shares the details. We are closer to this becoming a reality. Who makes decisions for Nashville? I certainly believe it's the people in this city, not a state lawmaker from Portland, TN! This bill passed the house with a 72 - 25 vote. This is not good news for the city of Nashville. This gross overreach of government is only the tip of the iceberg and so much more will be coming. Every last one of these state legislative items have been introduced by lawmakers that do not live in Davidson County, yet they are creating legislation that impacts Davidson County directly, and only Davidson County That's why I ask the question, Who Makes Decisions for Nashville? - You know my answer - YOU DO!

Below is the slate of a few of the bills from the state legislator that impact Nashville...

HB0048/SB0087 - This bill will reduce the Metro Council - The current city Council has 40 members. We are the only Metropolitan Government in the state with a city of this size. Metropolitan governments are those that govern the entire county, not just the city. Other large city's in the state have city governments as well as county governments. For instance, Memphis has a city mayor and city council of 25 members, however, Shelby County also has a mayor and the municipalities within the county also have their own city governments.

HB0764/SB0591 - This bill would abolish Community Oversight Boards in the state of Tennessee. In November of 2018 Nashville voters overwhelmingly voted to install a Community Oversight Board in Davidson County. The state's bill would diminish the voters wants and remove the COB from the city's across Tennessee. 

HB1279/SB0648 - This bill would take state dollars away from the Music City Center and not allow for any excess dollars to be spent on Nashville's needs. We currently are using the overage of capital to fund items such as the Barnes Fund to add much needed affordable Housing in the city.

HB1372/SB1407 - (WITHDRAWN by the SPONSOR) This bill would rename the portion of the road known as "Rep. John Lewis Way" (Whom completed some of his collegiate studies in Nashville) in Davidson County located between Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd and James Robertson Parkway as "President Donald Trump Boulevard".

What I've been up to:

  • This week and over the weekend, I've been working to help families impacted by the most recent storms. If your power is out or you have debris blocking the right-away in your neighborhood, please let me know at [email protected].
  • I'm meeting with the Titans to schedule time for them to present and answer questions at a District 21 Town Hall.
  • Met with the Neighbors on Heiman St. to follow up on a three-year development conversation.
  • Lately, I've been driving around in my red Hyundai Sonata taking inventory of unpaved alleyways, street light outages, illegal dumping and litter, and a few other assessments. If any of these items are in your area, please let me know so I can add it to my list to share with the respective Metro departments.
  • I have been meeting with small groups of neighbors and sharing what's going on in Metro, let me know if this is of interest to you. We can host a small group at your house, apartment, or condo building.
  • Lastly, I have been randomly knocking on a few doors to hear what your direct issues are in the community, so If I stop by, please answer and let's have a conversation. If you are not home, I'll leave a business card on your door.

What's Happening tonight:  

BL2022-1570 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from RM20 to SP zoning for a portion of property located at 3138 and property at 3140 Parthenon Avenue

BL2022-1629 - An ordinance to authorize building material restrictions and requirements for BL2022-1570, a proposed Specific Plan Zoning District for a portion of property located at 3138 and property at 3140 Parthenon Avenue

BL2023-1684 - An ordinance authorizing the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by and through the Department of Parks and Recreation, to swap 3140 Parthenon Avenue

Bl2022-1471 An ordinance to amend Sections 16.24.030 and 17.04.060 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws to amend the definitions of "dwelling unit" and "family".

Dates to Remember

  • 42nd Ave N and Indiana St. Proposed Development - Community Meeting 
    • Tuesday, March 14
    • 6pm 
    • Dream Streets West | 520 39th Ave N
  • North Nashville Public Safety Community Meeting #2
    • Saturday, March 18
    • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    • North Nashville Police Precinct | 2231 26th Ave N
  • Centennial Park/Acklen Park Community Town Hall - Nashville's New Year's Eve Celebration
    • Thursday, March 30 
    • 6pm - 8pm
    • Metro Parks Headquarters |2565 Park Plaza

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


Budget Starts Tonight

 

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].

Let's Continue the Work - I'm Running for Reelection to be your District 21 Councilman!

I know I mentioned this in my last newsletter, but I want everyone to know! We have accomplished so much over these past few years and we have so much more work to do. Let's continue to move District 21 forward with strong representation, financial investments, and ongoing community engagement and communication!

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Budget Public Hearing

Nashville residents have requested to be able to speak to the council regarding the budget prior to the public hearings in June. Last year, we passed an ordinance to change our budget process and how we include the public during this process. This year, for the first time, we are hosting a Budget Public Hearing prior to any departments public hearings or well before we receive the mayor's budget.

If you would like to speak to the council regarding the Metro budget, you can join us tonight in the Council Chambers at 6:30pm.

Tennessee General Assembly Bills That Impact Nashville

You may have heard that the Tennessee General Assembly has filed a few ordinances the will directly impact Metro Nashville. I wanted to share a few items that are moving through committees and will be voted on during this legislative session...

HB0048/SB0087 - This bill will reduce the Metro Council - The current city Council has 40 members. We are the only Metropolitan Government in the state with a city of this size. Metropolitan governments are those that govern the entire county, not just the city. Other large city's in the state have city governments as well as county governments. For instance, Memphis has a city mayor and city council of 25 members, however, Shelby County also has a mayor and the municipalities within the county also have their own city governments.

HB0764/SB0591 - This bill would abolish Community Oversight Boards in the state of Tennessee. In November of 2018 Nashville voters overwhelmingly voted to install a Community Oversight Board in Davidson County. The state's bill would diminish the voters wants and remove the COB from the city's across Tennessee. 

HB1279/SB0648 - This bill would take state dollars away from the Music City Center and not allow for any excess dollars to be spent on Nashville's needs. We currently are using the overage of capital to fund items such as the Barnes Fund to add much needed affordable Housing in the city.

HB1372/SB1407 - This bill would rename the portion of the road known as "Rep. John Lewis Way" (Whom completed some of his collegiate studies in Nashville) in Davidson County located between Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Blvd and James Robertson Parkway as "President Donald Trump Boulevard".

Tennessee Stat University - State Rep. Harold Love, Jr. penned this message to his constituents. There has been misinformation floating around regarding TSU's status with the state. Read below for the correct information, coming directly from the Hill.

What's Happening tonight: 

Budget Public Hearing: If you have budget thoughts regarding the city's spending for our departments, you will have the opportunity to communicate that tonight.

BL2022-1570 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from RM20 to SP zoning for a portion of property located at 3138 and property at 3140 Parthenon Avenue

BL2022-1629 - An ordinance to authorize building material restrictions and requirements for BL2022-1570, a proposed Specific Plan Zoning District for a portion of property located at 3138 and property at 3140 Parthenon Avenue

BL2023-1684 - An ordinance authorizing the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by and through the Department of Parks and Recreation, to swap 3140 Parthenon Avenue

Bl2022-1471 An ordinance to amend Sections 16.24.030 and 17.04.060 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws to amend the definitions of "dwelling unit" and "family".

Dates to Remember

  • 2500 W. Heiman St. Proposed Development - Community Meeting - CONFIRMED
    • Monday, March 6
    • 6pm
    • Discussing the Street from Heiman to Ed Temple
    • Jefferson St. Baptist Church | 2708 Jefferson St.
  • 42nd Ave N and Indiana St. Proposed Development - Community Meeting 
    • Tuesday, March 14
    • 6pm 
    • Dream Streets West | 520 39th Ave N
  • North Nashville Public Safety Community Meeting #2
    • Saturday, March 18
    • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    • North Nashville Police Precinct | 2231 26th Ave N

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


Grammy Award Winning Aristocrat of Bands!

 

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].

Let's Continue the Work - I'm Running for Reelection to be your District 21 Councilman!

I know I mentioned this in my last newsletter, but I want everyone to know! We have accomplished so much over these past few years and we have so much more work to do. Let's continue to move District 21 forward with strong representation, financial investments, and ongoing community engagement and communication!

Support my Reelection - Donate Here 

Two Time Grammy Award Winning Tennessee Stat Aristocrat of Bands!

If you haven't heard, TSU's Aristocrat of Bands brought home two Grammy's this week. This is amazing. Our District 21 neighbors are the first ever Marching Band to win a Grammy. The 65th Annual Grammy Awards was hosted on Sunday, February 5 and TSU took home the award for Best Roots Gospel Album for their album “The Urban Hymnal” and took home a second award for Best Spoken Word Poetry Album for their feature on J. Ivy’s album “The Poet Who Sat By the Door.” 

This is a huge accomplishment. Please join me in congratulating Tennessee State University's Aristocrat of Bands on both their Grammy Award wins. Click here to listen to "The Urban Hymnal" on YouTube Music!

What I've Been Up To

  • As many of you know, the Piggly Wiggly on West End closed and the building was demolished. Since then, WeGo, MDHA, and I, along with the support of CM Burkley Allen, have worked to provide shuttles to the grocery store or food delivery for our neighbors in the Parthenon Towers. This is something that we could not continue to do. We have been brainstorming ways to connect the residents in this area with groceries, however, we have not found a long-term solution. I will be meeting with the property owner this week to recommend replacing the Piggly Wiggly with another grocery store.
  • WeGo has broken ground on their North Nashville Transit Center at the intersection of 26th Ave N and Clarksville Hwy. If you've been in the area lately, you've noticed them prepping the site for construction.
  • I've been working to add financial investments in the district for several years. One of the goals I had was to upgrade the Hadley Park Library. My goals is to increase the square footage and to build a first class technology hub. We are going to do just that. They Mayor's Capital Spending Plan has allotted dollars to begin the building planning (site planning, construction planning, cost of construction, and construction bidding process). This will make way for a 25,000 square foot, two-story Hadley Park Library. The next steps will be for us to engage the community through the process and then build the library. This will take a few years to complete, but I'm excited to see it coming to fruition.
  • Traffic Calming - We are finalizing the installation dates of several traffic calming projects throughout the district. 15th, 16th, 24th, 25th, 28th Avenues N, Jenkins St., and Clay St. will all be seeing upgrades and updates to slow the speed of traffic by the End of Summer. I've also been able to invest in  traffic calming on Clifton St. between 28th Ave N and 40th Ave N. If you are interested in applying for Traffic Calming in your area, please click on this link
  • I've scheduled a meeting with NDOT to discuss traffic patterns and speeding along 31st Ave N near Centennial Park. 

What's Happening tonight: 

Elections: We will fill two vacancies for the Community Oversight Board. There are 7 nominees.

BL2023-1712 & 1713 - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from IR, R6 and RM40 to SP on properties located at 2404, 2500, and 2518 W Heiman Street and W Heiman Street.

BL2023 -Late File - An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from R6 to SP zoning for property located at 1833 Ed Temple Boulevard, at the northwest corner of Ed Temple Boulevard and Buchanan Street.

BL2023-1684 - An ordinance authorizing the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by and through the Department of Parks and Recreation, to swap 3140 Parthenon Avenue (Parcel No. 10402004300) and a portion of 3138 Parthenon Avenue (Parcel No. 10402004200) for 3136 Parthenon Avenue (Parcel No. 10402004100) to allow for a future expansion of the Centennial dog park.

Bl2022-1471 An ordinance to amend Sections 16.24.030 and 17.04.060 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws to amend the definitions of "dwelling unit" and "family".

Dates to Remember

  • North Nashville Public Safety Community Meeting
    • Saturday, February 11
    • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    • North Nashville Police Precinct | 2231 26th Ave N

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