Jeff Syracuse Metro Council District 15
Donelson Neighborhood News - February 2019
Gladys Arnold here in Donelson recently turned 102 and is the first recipient of a Centenarian Award given by newly created Davidson County chapter of The Century Club by Family Staffing Solutions. Gladys is a beloved member of FiftyForward Donelson Station. I was honored to present a proclamation to her from Mayor David Briley and celebrate her birthday with her.
I’m very happy to report that the Logue House at the corner of Lebanon Pike and Cottage Lane in Donelson Hills is receiving a Metro Historic Overlay that will protect it for generations to come. I was also able to secure a Metro Historic Marker and Mayor Briley and members of the Historic Commission joined us for a wonderful event to celebrate. Big hearted thanks goes to owner Gary Slattery who has been so supportive of protecting this property.
Our Hermitage Precinct is always looking for feedback from residents. Below is a Community Policing Survey you can use to provide feedback. Please send it to Sgt Jeff White at email@example.com or drop it by the precinct.
Mayor Briley has begun to attend neighborhood meetings to listen and get input from neighbors all across the county and recently he came to River Glen in the Pennington Bend area. I can’t thank our Mayor enough for the time spent listening and especially this neighborhood that is still struggling with some post-May 2010 flood issues. Our Mayor was genuine and very gracious in his desire to try and help. After he left, the meeting went on and I was then shocked and very moved to be presented by Coleen Sakamoto, a member of their HOA board, with this handmade lei made from flowers flown in from Hawaii where she is originally from as a thank you for representing them and trying to help with their ongoing issues as well. It’s extraordinary and I’ve never seen or smelled more beautiful flowers nor have I ever seen a true Hawaiian lei! It was a really thoughtful gesture and I’ll treasure it always.
Mayor Briley also recently visited the Maplecrest Neighborhood Association and listened and addressed issues as well as laid out his vision for the future.
Neighbors in the Sunset View neighborhood and close by have been experiencing quite a bit of disturbance by a group of car enthusiasts who were using Two Rivers Park’s Wave Country parking lot that steadily escalated way beyond just parking and showing off their cars. Donuts in the parking lot were loud and making the parking lot look awful. Videos online showed extremely loud cars with flames out the tailpipes. It is assumed this was also the staging ground for many motorcycles who have been racing on Briley Parkway. Thanks to the efforts by Metro Parks Police and Hermitage Precinct, this behavior was stopped. It’s not easy to catch these random pop-up events, so I worked with Metro Parks and they will be installing some additional elements to the parking lot to ensure there will be no after-hours access by groups like this. See image below for details on improvements coming to the Wave County parking lot. Through assistance by Metro PD, I also reached out to the leaders of this group and invited them to sit down and chat. Most involved are teens or in their early twenty’s. We met recently and we discussed the situation that while I don’t think they’re criminals, they can’t continue to operate this way if they want be a legitimate group, which they do indeed desire. We discussed the proper process for requesting use of a Metro Parks property and what activities would be allowed and not allowed. It seemed to be a productive time spent and my hope is that this year they will legitimatize their events. That said, they will no longer be able to access Two Rivers Park for this any longer.
I submitted a recommendation for modifying the speed limit on McGavock Pike from Lebanon Pike north to the RR tracks from 40 mph to 35 mph. It was approved and will be implemented soon.