Jeff Syracuse Metro Council District 15
Donelson Neighborhood News - October 2015
Several months ago, Jenny White, President of Lincoya Hills Neighborhood Association, asked me about what other neighborhoods were doing to engage neighbors, encourage participation in their neighborhood, etc. It sparked the idea of having a gathering of neighborhood leaders to share some learned best practices of communications, administration and support each other’s shared challenges. Our neighborhoods have a wide variety of organizational structures, from none at all, to communication methods of email or social media, new to established Neighborhood Watch’s, Neighborhood Associations and Home Owner’s Associations (this is a good link that contrasts the difference between a Neighborhood Association and an HOA). I have put together a breakfast coming up early next month at Two Rivers Mansion and reached out to all our neighborhood leaders inviting them to come. I hope each neighborhood leader leaves that gathering with new ideas and has successful networking with other Donelson neighborhood leaders. Finally, it will be a great way for me to say “Thank You” to those that spend their time and talents on behalf of their neighborhood. I look forward to sharing pictures and a report of how it went. Hopefully, it will lead to a regular beneficial gathering.
I was very happy to see a large turnout for the Neighborhood Watch meeting on September 29 organized by Pam Miller, President of River Glen and all of Pennington Bend. They were experiencing issues largely due to Theft from Vehicle crimes. Sgt Jeff White of the Hermitage Precinct spoke to the large group about crime prevention and answered many questions from neighbors. Thank you to Grace Church of the Nazarene for hosting, Pam for organizing and everyone who attended. I am always available and willing to help with Neighborhood Watch efforts if anyone needs assistance or advice.
Donelson’s own Fire Station 28 is selling shirts to the public to help fund the daily living costs at the station that are funded by each employee. Just stop by the station or at the Hip Donelson Community Farmer’s Market to buy them. They are $15 for short sleeve and $20 for long sleeve.
The Music City Star will run the Game Day Express for Titan’s home games for FREE for the first 650 ticket holders. This is made possible by a sponsorship from MillerCoors. Visit the Music City Star website for more info and to order tickets.
The Metro Nashville Police Department will hold their 9th Annual Talent Showcase and Silent Auction in Music Valley at the Nashville Palace Presented by Robert’s Western World. This event helps raise money that support local non-profits that serve families and children.
Keep up to date with the Nashville MTA/RTA Strategic Plan process nMotion2015. Their website has regular updates and the latest update shows possible transit improvements, including better support for the Music City Star and other possibilities we will have to consider.
The Neighborhoods Resource Center had their annual Neighborhoods Celebration. Donelson was well represented by Jim & Carolyn Leath on behalf of Donelson Hills and local band Pet Envy participated in the Band Challenge. It was great to have the Mayor come speak and share her vision for how the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods will work to engage neighbors and work to have more neighborhood representation on the Planning Commission in helping to guide their future.
There are new requirements for families that utilize the Low Income Energy Assistance Program. See the notice below for more information from the Metro Action Commission and also visit their website here.