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New Term Begins, Election as President Pro Tempore, Community Meetings and More

Dear Friends –

Our second term began smoothly and as Mayor John Cooper’s administration takes shape, so does Metro Council as leadership roles have been assigned and elected as well as committee assignments have been made.  In addition to serving on the Budget & Finance Committee and continue serving on the Parks, Library & Arts Committee, I was also honored and humbled to be elected President Pro Tempore (“Pro Tem”) of Metro Council, which serves as the presiding officer should the Vice Mayor be unable to serve.

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First Term Legislation and Accomplishments (2015 – 2019)

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I’m proud to share some of my accomplishments while serving Donelson in my first term.

  • Continued my strong commitment and service to Donelson’s neighborhoods:

    • Led Donelson Neighborhood leader gatherings to report on district work and listen to neighborhood leaders.
    • Worked closely with 20+ neighborhoods and engage directly with their social media pages.
    • Actively engaged with our 15th District Beautification Commissioner Michele Mazzu in leading beautification efforts with The Donelson Gateway Project, Day of Trewth and multiple other initiatives.
    • Acted on a policy of always having neighborhood meetings before any zoning legislation is filed that would impact them.
    • Continued engagement with Hip Donelson and the Hip Donelson Community Farmer’s Market as volunteer.
    • Led the community in updating the Community Plan along Lebanon Pike from Spence Lane to Briley Parkway to prepare for growth and development.
    • Led the Pennington Bend neighbors and Opry / Music Valley area businesses in improving Holiday traffic both short term and with long term infrastructure needs.
    • Engaged Metro Parks & Recreation to submit a Capital Improvement Budget request to fund a Master Plan for the historic preservation and future development of Lock Two Park.
    • Worked closely with River Glen Home Owners Association to address post-May 2010 flood issues and their infrastructure needs.
    • Worked with Metro Arts and Parks & Recreation to engage local artists to create the “Bridging Two Rivers” murals along the Stones River Greenway at the entrance to the tunnel under Briley Parkway.

  • Worked with Holladay Properties leading to acquisition of Donelson Plaza and collaborated to put together vision for its revitalization to include $15 million new Donelson Branch Library and $4 million for associated infrastructure to improve road network and add sidewalks. Click here.

  • Sponsored legislation and worked with property owners in the district to support them in bringing new, vibrant businesses to the community, including:

Co-sponsored a resolution welcoming and honoring the Most Reverend J. Mark Spalding as the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Nashville

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