Tonight's Episode - Health Benefits, Capital Spending, and DADUs


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 is a lot to cover tonight... I'm not going to write a ton here, but I want you to please be thinking of those that are still recovering from a devastating tornado that took place a year from tomorrow last year.

As I mentioned, we will be discussing several highlighted topics tonight. In my "What's Happening Tonight" Section, please review the legislation we will be voting on, specifically the following items...

BL2021-620 - RS2021-757 - BL2020-387 

You may have seen these items on local news channels, but I'd like to encourage you to read through the legislation and analysis to get a clear understanding of what is being proposed.

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What I've Been Up To:

  • I hosted a call regarding License Plate Readers last week.. Please let me know if you would like a link to the recording of the meeting.
  • NES will be out to look at the lighting outages in the district tomorrow... If you know of any areas with lights out, please let me know by 4:00 pm tomorrow, 3.3.201.
  • ShotSpotter: I am still working to add ShotSpotter in areas with high gun violence throughout the District. Meeting with the Mayor on March 8 to discuss in further detail... Standby.
  • North Nashville fiber optic cable installation... I am working with Public Works and Codes to answer your questions regarding the fiber optic cable installation timeline for completing the work and restoring the sidewalks and other areas they've disrupted.
  • Exit/In: I'm introducing a resolution to celebrate Exit/In's 50th Anniversary.
  • This is a long-term vision - I am in conversations with a grocery store chain to find space in the District for a new location.

What's Happening Tonight

BL2020-526 - This is an ordinance to change the zoning from Industrial to Commercial along the 4000 Block of Walter S. Davis. This will be deferred to the first meeting in April to allow for more community input and discussion.

BL2020-578 - This is an ordinance to change the zoning for increased density in the ONE CITY development.

BL2021-620 -This ordinance creates a Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU) Overlay District in Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code. The proposed overlay would permit a detached, self-sufficient dwelling unit accessory to a principal structure. The overlay would permit DADUs within the boundary of the overlay, subject to existing standards for detached accessory dwelling units in Section 17.16.030.G of Title 17. These standards include requirements for, but not limited to, ownership, lot area, setbacks, bulk & massing, design, and access. This ordinance does not apply the overlay to any areas; it only creates the tool that can be utilized. The process to apply the overlay is the same process as a rezoning and is similar to the process for other overlays, such as contextual overlays and residential accessory structure overlays.

BL2021-636 -An ordinance changing a RS5 zoning to SP zoning. 

RS2020-649 - An agreement between the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and Metro Public Works for improvements on Jefferson Street. The agreement was initially approved pursuant to Resolution No. RS2008-245 and included a grant of $920,808 with a required match of $480,203 for intersection improvements on Jefferson Street. Resolution No. RS2013-745 approved the first amendment to this agreement, which extended the agreement to June 1, 2017, specifically identified the intersections on Jefferson Street at 28th Avenue/Ed Temple and 21st Avenue North to be improved, and better reflected TDOT's current fund descriptions. Resolution No. RS2017-708 approved the second amendment to the agreement, which extended the date for completion to June 1, 2019, based upon additional recommendations from a 2017 traffic study. Resolution No. RS2019-1624 approved a third amendment to extend the completion date of all phases of work to December 31, 2020.

RS2021-757 - Last week I discussed the proposed Capital Spending Plan from the mayor's office. This resolution, if passed, will authorize $474,610,000 in capital spending. Click here to see what is included in the proposed plan

RS2021-789 This resolution approves an application for a grant in the amount of $24,600 from the Tennessee Historical Commission to the Metro Historical Commission to fund a rural cemetery preservation plan. There are approximately 500 rural cemeteries in Davidson County, with over 12,000 tombstones. The preservation plan to be funded with this grant would update the survey information for each site and ascertain the maintenance needs. The study is to be completed by September 30, 2022. If awarded, there will be a required local match of $16,400.

BL2020-387 - This ordinance, as amended, amends Section 3.24.010 of the Metropolitan Code pertaining to health insurance benefits for councilmembers after they leave office. Section 3.24.010 currently allows councilmembers to participate in Metro's health insurance program under the same terms and conditions as are available to regular Metro employees. After leaving office, members who were participants in the health care plan are allowed to continue, provided they pay the full amount of the premium with no subsidy from Metro. However, the code allows members who hold office for eight years or more -- as well as members serving on or after August 31, 2007 that served part of one term and a full consecutive term -- to continue the health care plan, provided they pay the contribution rates equivalent to those paid by regular Metro employees (which is currently 25% of the insurance premium paid by the employee and 75% paid by Metro).

BL2020-553 This ordinance, as substituted, would require all assisted living services being provided to patients and residents at the J.B. Knowles Home Assisted Living Facility to be continued unless the elimination of such services is approved by the Metropolitan Council by a resolution receiving 21 affirmative votes, so long as there is a successful bidder pursuant to Metro’s public procurement process or a current qualified operator is willing to provide services in exchange for funding no greater than the most recent budgeted subsidy. Likewise, no wind down or other processes or preparations intended to prepare this facility for closure could occur until 30 days after the affirmative Council vote. The ordinance further provides that, while the Council intends the services provided by the facility to be continued with no subsidy, the Council intends to continue a subsidy sufficient to bring per-patient revenue for Davidson County residents living at Knowles Home in line with per-patient revenue at comparable non-profit assisted living facilities in Davidson County until a long term plan is reviewed and approved by the Council. The Knowles Home Assisted Living and Adult Day Services facility is currently operated by Anthemcare Tennessee LLC under a contract with Metro. The Anthemcare contract was entered into in June of 2018 for a two year period, but the contract was extended in 2020 for one year with a new expiration date of June 14, 2021.

Dates to remember:

  • No meetings scheduled at this moment... Stay tuned.

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,



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