Slowly Rebuilding

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:00 pm… An agenda has been provided, and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected]

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

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

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

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

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

Complete your Census Today!

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

What to expect tonight:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dates to remember:

  • All in-person meetings (large/small groups or one-on-one) that I have scheduled are postponed in light of the increasing COVID-19 concerns and will not be rescheduled until further notice. 

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

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

Best regards,

Brandon

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