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Donelson Council News – June 2016

Dear Friends,

Over the past nine months since taking office, I’ve been focused on setting a strategy to achieving the goals of my time in office – strengthening neighborhoods, improving community support of our schools, supporting non-profits and continued positive economic development.  I’m proud to report that a substantial element in the Mayor’s budget proposal helps us address all of those areas – a new library for Donelson and is something I’ve been working on and advocating for, so I’m very happy to see this.  Mayor Barry has proposed $6 million for the replacement of our Donelson branch, which was built in 1966 and is quite inefficient from an infrastructure perspective as well as size and layout to meet our needs.  Our current library is about 6,000 square feet.  A proposed new library could be about 20,000 square feet, so the current site is not very feasible for redevelopment.  In addition, as we all know, it can be a difficult location to enter and exit.  My vision is focused on renewal and investment around the Music City Star Donelson Station to create a walkable, mixed-use, transit-oriented town center for our community that offers more restaurants and retail options as well as green space.  A new library would serve as a perfect community center in the heart of Donelson that would help anchor this renewal.  I continue to work with the Mayor’s Office, our Metro Library Director Kent Oliver and Donelson Library Branch Manager Chris Morin on identifying a suitable location that can maximize this investment to help bring greater accessibility, use and expanded programming to better serve the current and future needs of our community.  Should the budget pass with the library funding included (I’m confident it will), there will be community input in this process and I’ll need your help to get the word out when there is a meeting scheduled.  It will probably happen in late Fall, so stay tuned.  As always, I welcome your input any time leading up to a community meeting.

Another significant budget item proposal is $8.1 million for the much needed renovation of Pennington Elementary.  For a full breakout of the proposed renovation items as well as the expansion already underway, visit the Schools News section below.

The full FY17 Recommended Budget Book as well as Mayor Barry’s State of Metro Address is online at the Citizen’s Guide to the Metro Budget.  For highlights of the proposed $2.087 billion budget, see Page 18 of the budget book for a letter from the Mayor with an overview.  Also, as mentioned in my last newsletter, the Mayor launched Public Investment Plan (PIP) proposals with many citizens and Metro departments engaged on a wide variety of topics ranging from increasing efficiencies, improved budgeting processes and bettering services across all of Metro government.  Not all PIP’s were able to be funded but I am proud that the group I was involved with regarding Animal Welfare will receive a proposed $100,000 for additional spay and neuter services.  Read about all the approved PIP’s here.

The Mayor has also launched a new interactive tool called “Balancing Act” that gives all of us an opportunity to better understand revenues and model where spending occurs.  Metro Council had our budget hearings.  The full Budget Hearing and Schedule we went through are posted on the Metro Council website and you can watch all budget hearings, PIP presentations and much more on Metro’s YouTube channel here.

Metro Water Services has released its 2016 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) as required by the TN Department of Environment and Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.   The report is available online here.  The CCR contains sampling data and confirms the safety and quality of the drinking water provided by Metro Water Services. The report also includes information regarding the water treatment process, sources of drinking water, the state of the Cumberland River as well as important telephone numbers.

Metro Parks & Recreation have begun their Master Plan update.  I serve as Vice Chair of the Parks, Libraries & Recreation Committee for Metro Council and we’ve been deep in discussions with our Metro Parks leadership on ensuring strong public engagement in this process.  There is much to include in the update since the last effort in 2008.  Our 600-acres regional park land for the eastern side of Davidson County in the bend of Stones River is one such major purchase that will be included in this process.  Visit the “Plan to Play” website here and take the initial survey as well as stay up to date on their social media sites listed on the website to plan on attending meetings and give input on the future of our great Metro Parks system throughout Davidson County.

Metro Parks Timeline

Best,

jeff-syracuse

 

 

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Donelson Business News – April 2016

Metro has expanded the Blighted Properties Small Business Incentive Program.  There are two programs – Fast Growing Business Employment Incentive and Property Investment Incentive.  These apply to a small corner portion of District 15 south of I-40 along Murfreesboro Pike.  If you are a business owner in this area or know someone who is, please contact me.  See below for more information and eligibility.  The link to apply is here.

Nashville Small Business Development Incentives 2016

Nashville Small Business Development Incentives 2016

Nashville will be the home of a new Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum opening in 2017 at Opry Mills.  Read more about it in this article from Music Row Magazine.

Metro’s Planning Department has a great Parcel Viewer website as well as a Development Tracker website where you can view current ownership and zoning information and track developments as they move through the process.  I have a few rezoning processes happening.  They are:

  • 1620 and 1634 Lebanon Pike – We’re changing their zoning from CL to CS-A, which allows the owner a bit more flexibility in use of the property.  They don’t intend to redevelop.  It will likely be an Enterprise Truck Rental business once the zoning approval is complete.  No neighborhoods are impacted by this.
  • 720, 724 and 728 Ermac Drive.  This was already zoned to ORI some hears ago to permit a Candlewood Suites Hotel.  This is request to revise the preliminary plan for the Planned Unit Development.  It is scheduled to be heard at the Planning Commission on April 28th.  This project has my support and is a good development adding to the hotel options in the Century City area.
  • 2535 Perimeter Place.  This already passed Planning Commission and is headed to Council.  This is also a good development in the Century City area adding to the hotel options in the area.

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Donelson School News – April 2016

McGavock Elementary will celebrate their 60th Anniversary on Sunday, April 24th from 2-4pm.  I’m honored to read a proclamation in honor of the event.  All of the community is invited to help them celebrate this milestone birthday.

Vince Gill and Keith Urban’s annual All for the Hall benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Tuesday, April 12th featured McGavock High School students, who wrote with hit songwriters Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr.  They performed their song “Limited Time Offer”.  Read more about it and watch a video of them writing the song in an article here from The Tennessean.

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Donelson Non-Profit News April 2016

The inaugural Donnie Whitworth Memorial C.A.N.S. (Challenged Adults Needing Support) Walk-Push-Run event will be September 24th at Two Rivers Park.  A group project of a team in Leadership Donelson-Hermitage’s Class of 2016 is organizing a kick-off event on Wednesday, April 27th from 6-8pm at The Larry Keaton Theater with light hors d’oeuvres and wine.  It’s a free event, so come out and hear what this walk is all about, share your favorite memories of Donnie and get excited about raising money that will benefit The Shelby Foundation, a Donelson-based non-profit organization dedicated to making the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities better.

The Hip Donelson Farmer’s Market kicks off the sixth season on Friday, May 6th!  It promises to be another great season of healthy food, wonderful vendors, music and much more.  It runs every Friday from May – October 4-7pm.

The Tennessee Songwriters Association International will host their 2016 Taste of TSAI Sidewalk Party on Saturday, April 23rd from 5-9pm.  Live music, food, vendors, door prizes and more.  See poster below for details.

2016 Taste Of TSAI Sidewalk Party

Congratulations to The Donelson Gateway Project for securing assistance via a Metro Beautification grant for 45 trees that were planted on DGP sites, as well as other areas around Donelson.  Visit DGP’s website here for a few pictures.  There will also be a clean-up of all sites on Saturday, April 16th at 9am.  Head to one of the main sites and pitch in to help keep Donelson looking great!

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Donelson Neighborhood News – April 2016

There are three sidewalk projects coming to the heart of Donelson.  A community meeting was held last Fall about the project to connect Stanford Montessori to our Donelson Library.  Two other projects that are coming will be on Lebanon Pike connecting Bluefields Avenue to Graylynn Drive and one on JB Estille Drive connecting Lebanon Pike and Old Lebanon Pike.  Come learn more about these projects at a Community Meeting on Tuesday, April 26th at 6:30pm at Donelson Church of Christ in the chapel.  Thank you DCoC for hosting us!

The Nashville Civic Design Center and Transit Now Nashville are hosting a Ticket To Ride event on the Music City Star on Wednesday, April 20th, riding from downtown to Donelson on the 5:45pm train.  We will then walk up to Phat Bites for an event to promote transit and Downtown Donelson’s future.  See flyer below for details.

Music City Start Ticket To Ride

The Music City Star will again take runners and attendees to the St.  Jude Rock ‘n Roll Nashville Marathon on April 30th thanks to Premier Orthopedics and Wilson County government.  Get tickets here.  See poster below for details.

Music City Star Marathon

The Bridging Two Rivers Project is a Metro Arts Commission funded artistic endeavor that wants your input.  J. Dante Bard and Troy Duff have hosted two community input sessions, one at Papa T’s BBQ and one recently at Phat Bites.  Come on out to the final opportunity to give input into the project on Saturday, May 7 at the Two Rivers Skate Park from 12-4pm.

Excellent work by Maplecrest neighbors beautifying the corner of Maplecrest Drive and Fairway Drive near Stanford Montessori.  This was a project they’ve been working on for over a year and it’s going to look even better in the years to come as the evergreens and crepe myrtles take root and grow.  Thanks  to Maplecrest Neighborhood Association Dal Ellington along with neighbor Marie Anderson who designed the landscaping.

Maplecrest Tree Planting Landscaping On Sunday

Maplecrest Tree Planting Landscaping

Many Spring Clean-Ups are happening.  On Saturday, April 16th, Richards & Richards at 1741 Elm Hill Pike is offering free shred-it and safe hard drive destruction form  9am – 1pm.  For more details, visit their website here.

There will be a Clean-Up of Elm Hill Pike and McGavock Pike on the morning of Saturday, April 23rd.  If you’re interested in being part of this team, contact District 15 Metro Beautification Commissioner at NFR1025@comcast.net.

Special thanks to these great neighbors for their advocacy and assistance with specific issues in the district:

  • Thanks to Lincoya Hills neighbor and Pennington Bend United Methodist member Wayne Dedmond for the excellent suggestion of better signage around the corner of Pennington Bend Rd near the church, an additional speed limit sign along with Concealed Driveway underneath will be installed in both directions to remind us of the sight-restricted turn and the need to slow down, especially with drivers entering and exiting the church driveway that is difficult to see.
  • District 15 Beautification Commissioner and Merry Oaks neighbor Naomi Regensburg noticed some using the flat area behind homes to drive into/out of the neighborhood from Atrium Way, so a 36-foot guardrail is being installed on the east side of Atrium Way to protect the neighborhood from this happening again.
  • Thanks to Jack Kirby for seeing that the Lock Two Park boat ramp was covered in mud and sand and boats were unable to launch from it.  I’ve asked Metro to perform the necessary maintenance as well as restripe the parking lot.

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Donelson Council News – April 2016

Dear Friends,

This may be my longest newsletter yet!  Lots of good things are in each section.  Be sure to visit the Neighborhood News section about an important Community Meeting on sidewalks coming to the heart of Donelson and a lot more important information on great neighbors doing good things for Donelson.

McGavock High School graduate and MTSU student Robert Bagwell contacted me to ask if he could feature me in a personal profile video project.  I was honored.  It turned out really nice and of course my favorite part is how Joey is featured.  Check it out here.  Another personal profile that Robert did featured Donelson’s own former MNPD Chief Joe Casey.  Check that out here.

Mayor Barry will deliver the State of Metro address on Friday, April 29th at 11:30am at the Ascend Amphitheater downtown.  The administration has requested everyone RSVP here to get a count of those attending.  McGavock High School Marching Band as well as other performances will occur as well.  The Mayor presents her budget proposal to Metro Council after the address.

The update to the Strategic Plan for Sidewalks & Bikeways is underway and I hope to have very strong participation amongst all Donelson neighbors and businesses!  It begins with a  where you can plot out needed sidewalk and bike lane projects and take a survey.  Please get involved, sign up for email updates, engage in social media and help bring strong advocacy for Donelson’s many needs for improved sidewalks and bike lanes.

A $35-40 million Metro Water project is coming.  This is a waterline redundancy project to ensure water supply and consistent water pressure for the eastern side of the county and has been in the long-term Metro Water needs for some time.  See the map below for the streets that will be impacted by construction.  District 14 Councilman Kevin Rhoten and I will be having a community meeting once the contractor has been selected.  Metro Water hopes to have a contractor by the end of this summer (which would mean work may begin in the Fall), but that has not yet been confirmed.  CM Rhoten and I will keep everyone informed as this progresses and when a community meeting will be taking place.

Metro-Water-Project

I’m very happy that my bills BL2016-117 and BL2016-132 to give better differentiation between a Financial Institution and Alternative Financial Services business as well as adding Flex Loans to the distance requirements passed third and final reading at the March 15th Council Meeting.  In regards to the situation of Tennessee Quick Cash, after they were denied by the Board of Zoning Appeals, their option was to appeal that decision in court.  They unfortunately decided to take that course of action.  I’m staying on top of this and hope that the courts will uphold the Board of Zoning Appeals denial of their desire to use the former Papa Murphy’s building as an Alternative Financial Services business.

MTA has made some changes to their bus system routing and availabilty.  A few positive schedule additions and changes have occurred to the #6 line on Lebanon Pike.  They are:

  • The routing to downtown has changed.Buses traveling to downtown on Broadway will turn right on 2nd Avenue, left on Union and right on 5th Avenue to Music City Central.
  • Service has been added on Saturdays from 6:30am to 7:15pm.
  • Saturday buses will depart from Bay 7 at Music City Central.
  • There are several time adjustments.  View the full map and schedule here.

Best,

jeff-syracuse

Donelson Council News April 2016, Jeff Syracuse, Jeff Syracuse, Metro Council District 15, Metro Council District 15

Frank Trew

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I first met Frank Trew at a meeting for The Donelson Gateway Project at the McDonald’s on McGavock Pike when we needed help with our website.  As I learned quickly after becoming good friends with Frank shortly thereafter, his skillset is widespread and he uses each one together to successfully serve his community in extraordinary ways.

Frank’s parents met as students at Lipscomb University.  Their first home was in the Maplecrest neighborhood and then picked the land in what became Lincoya Hills to build and design their home where several of their friends from Lipscomb had married and were moving to.  Frank recalls that many of them are still his friends and neighbors to this day.  Frank grew up in the home where he lives today with his husband Michael.  Frank went to nursery school at Lincoya Hills Baptist Church and kindergarten at Donelson Church of Christ.  His kindergarten teachers still attend Donelson Church of Christ and Frank sees them often.  He went on to Stanford Elementary School (now Stanford Montessori) and then Goodpasture Christian School thereafter.  Frank went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee Nashville Health Sciences and became a Paramedic, where he worked for Cheatham County for years.

In 1984, Frank and friend Ed Suey started Medi-Call Ambulance Service on Donelson Pike, where he served as Executive Director.  In that role, Frank expanded the company and his information technology skills by creating methodologies to bill insurance companies.  That led to Frank to found his own company in 1999, DataPlus, which helps physicians nationwide with analyzing their data.

Service to others is a natural part of who Frank is.  “I started out as a volunteer at Donelson Hospital in the Emergency Room when I was 17 years old,” Frank recalls. “I volunteered full time.  It was what really solidified my desire to get into emergency medicine.  I was allowed in the patient areas and moved up very quickly to patient care.  I remember those days extra fondly.”  After obtaining his Paramedic license, he became very active with the Davidson County Rescue Squad, an over 75-year old all-volunteer organization that provides search and rescue services in Nashville.  Frank also volunteered as a Paramedic at Hermitage Landing (now known as Nashville Shores).

When neighbors learned about a possible development next door, they gathered to discuss it.  That potential development didn’t go through, but the result of that meeting was to form a neighborhood association so that future issues of possible developments, Codes and other issues that impact neighborhoods in a collective way.  Their Neighborhood Watch formed as well and Lincoya Hills became a neighborhood that others looked up to for how neighbors came together for the greater good of all.  Frank later served for a time as President of the Lincoya Hills Neighborhood Association and remains a strong leader and advocate for his neighborhood.  Like all good neighborhood leaders, Frank brought his professional and personal skillset to work on behalf of Lincoya Hills.

Unbeknownst to each other at that time (and quite ironically with where we both are now), Frank and I didn’t think much of Facebook in the beginning.  Around the same time Andrew Bradley completed his service as President of Bluefields Neighborhood Association and founded Hip Donelson, I was reaching out to neighborhood leaders like he and Frank, both of whom I looked up to as neighborhoods from which I wanted Donelson Hills to emulate and learn.  I started to work with Andrew and learn about the benefits of the communication network that Facebook provides and how Hip Donelson was capitalizing on that.  After I joined Andrew in leading the growth of the page, I began to add neighborhood and community leaders to keep it growing.  Frank had the same realization that I had and soon after, he, Andrew and I began to meet regularly for lunch to talk more in-depth about Hip Donelson, what it was accomplishing and what the future could hold.  The three of us laugh when we recall how we thought it best to not have a large administrative effort or deal with money and keep it organic.  However, thanks to Frank’s leadership, Hip Donelson has been able to build an increasingly stronger organic network at the same time creating a bona fide non-profit organization that serves the community with success like no other.

Hip Donelson can point to great organically led successes, be it Hip D Lost & Found Pets or Donelson Neighborhood Watch Network.  The Hip Donelson Community Farmer’s Market is one success that is recognized all over the State of Tennessee.  It began as a conversation on Hip Donelson about what amenities neighbors wanted to see in Donelson.  Two big topics were the Farmer’s Market and a Community Garden.  The first meeting Hip Donelson led to work on both of these topics was held at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church on Fairway Drive.  We split into two teams with Frank leading the effort to create a Farmer’s Market and Lincoya Hills neighbor Jan King leading the effort that created the Donelson Community Gardens down near Heartland Towers.

As another great example of how Frank utilized all his various skillsets in the effort to create a Farmer’s Market for the community, no one in the original group that met had ever worked in a Farmer’s Market, but Frank was able to coalesce the passions and skills of those involved in the early days to create the foundation for what has become one of the most successful markets in Middle Tennessee.  More than 200,000 visitors attended since the Hip Donelson Community Farmer’s Market and vendors have sold more than $1 million in produce and products since its beginning in 2012.  In addition, Hip Donelson was the first market to partner with Piedmont Natural Gas in offering double-SNAP benefits to provide healthy food for at-risk school kids and families in need.

Frank went on to become a founding member of the Tennessee State Farmer’s Market Association and was recently elected the President of the organization.  They have a vision of creating a fully covered market area so the weather does not as directly interfere with market operations.  The 2016 season begins Friday, May 6, 2016, so stay tuned for another great year for our community’s Farmers Market.

Originally created as a 501c6 non-profit organization, Frank and the board worked hard to transition the organization to a 501c3 non-profit, which means individual donations are tax-deductible, giving more neighbors the opportunity to support the organization in its effort to give back to the community’s schools and non-profit organizations.  Hip Donelson recently had their annual day-long visioning meeting and the question Frank asked the board is to envision where the organization will be in 2018 and if money were no object, what that vision entails.  The board adopted a vision of working towards having its own building with an indoor Farmer’s market, meeting rooms, offices, event space and an area for the Hip D Lost & Found Pets program for medical care and boarding.  It is an incredible testament to the leadership of Frank and the Board of Directors at Hip Donelson that the organization has come so far and it truly sets the bar in Nashville for what putting service to others before self can do for community.

Frank serves in many other ways as well.  He was appointed by Mayor Karl Dean to the Metro Human Relations Commission and now serves as the Chairman.  In addition, he brings his time and talents as a neighborhood leader to the broader Donelson-Hermitage-Old Hickory area as the member of the board of directors of the Neighborhoods Resource Center representing the area covered by the Metro Nashville Police Department’s Hermitage Precinct.

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Donelson Non-Profit News February 2016

The Friends of Two Rivers Mansion and the Metro Historic Commission selected Encore Interpretive Design to manage the master planning process for the Two Rivers Mansion, 1802 House and 14-acre property.  This is an exciting time for this historic crown jewel of Donelson.  The community is invited to a kick-off of the process on Wednesday, February 24th at 5:30pm at Two Rivers Mansion.  Come learn how you can be part of this process and what deliverables to expect.

The American Legion Post 88 has been working hard on a plan to beautify and enhance the War Memorial triangle site that has been there since 1970.  Thanks to an architect team at Lose & Associates for helping put the vision to paper.  We’ve now presented it to TDOT and are awaiting their assessment and approval, which I hope to receive so plantings could be done this Spring.

 

American Legion Post 88 Concept

As a graduate of Leadership Donelson-Hermitage, I can attest at the experience of being involved with the organization to be very fulfilling and a worthy investment.  As an alumnus, I have the opportunity to Chair the Government & Media Day for the prospective classes and I truly enjoy it.  The annual recruitment event, LeadUP, is coming Monday, March 7.  See flyer for details and to RSVP to come out to learn more about how this great organization can open up doors and create lifelong friends.

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Donelson Neighborhood News February 20016

Congratulations to Bluefield’s neighbor Lara Tucker, who was appointed by Mayor Barry to the Housing Trust Fund Commission.  Congrats as well to Natalie Corwin for being named one of the Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 for 2016.

If searching for good seasonal or part-time work, Metro Parks is having a job fair on Saturday, February 20th at McCabe Golf Clubhouse.  See flyer below for more information.

 

Job Fair Release

Fraud and Identity Theft can be difficult crimes to solve.  Metro Police has a helpful letter that they send out when this crime is reported with good information about what to do.  See below.

MNPD Fraud Alert

The Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission and partners will hold the 2016 Old House Fair on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9am to 3pm at Sevier Park Community Center at 3021 Lealand Lane.  The Old House Fair is a free day-long festival featuring new ideas, practical advice, innovative materials, and quality services for homeowners. Learn more about sustainable and historic products and services, and gain tips for planning and executing your project.  Presentation topics include:

  • Enhancing energy efficiency
  • Maintaining and restoring old houses
  • How to hire a contractor
  • Choosing suitable materials
  • Identifying appropriate design elements for specific architectural styles and eras

Exhibitors will include companies, retailers, and artists experienced in working with homes of many ages and styles, from Antebellum to Mid-century Modern.  Feel free to bring your young preservationist along with you.  Volunteers from Historic Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum will host a variety of children’s activities.  For more information, visit www.oldhousefair.org.

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Council News – February 2016

Dear Friends,

This year is a big voting year for all levels – local, state and national.  The first is our presidential and county primary election on March 1st.  Early voting has already begun.  See the below flyer for the full schedule.Early Voting Schedule Davidson County Election Commision

As we all know, our housing market has soared to new heights with the growth occurring here in Nashville-Davidson County.  That growth and increase in property values will be evidenced in next year’s property reassessment.  In order to answer questions about this process and what to expect for our area, Property Assessor George Rooker and staff will be hosted by your Donelson-Hermitage-Old Hickory area Council Members at the Hermitage Precinct on Thursday, February 25th.  See flyer below for more details.

Property Assessor - Nashville On The Move

I’m happy to report the Board of Zoning Appeals denied the appeal for TN Quick Cash to use the former Papa Murphy’s building on January 21st.  Thanks to everyone who showed up, spoke and wrote the BZA in support of denying this appeal.  TN Quick Cash has 60-days from that hearing to litigate this issue.  I hope they do not choose that path and rather sell or find another business to lease the building that Donelson will be proud of and strongly support. 

I am very also thankful for the strong support I’ve received from the community and Council colleagues after introducing BL2016-117 which is my proposed ordinance to ensure this situation doesn’t happen again and protects the integrity of the distance requirements set forth in BL2014-908.  There are fundamentally two aspects to my proposed legislation – 1) Adding “Flex Loans” to the distance requirements, which was the crux of the issue with TN Quick Cash’s argument that they were a new offering and did not need to abide by the distance requirements.  2) To try and ensure this situation would not arise again, “Installment Loans” was also added.  “Installment Loan” is a broad term and could be misconstrued to believe the proposed legislation was focused beyond the Alternative Financial Services industry.  That is certainly not my intent.  Therefore, I’ve introduced BL2016-132 as a new proposed ordinance taking a different, yet more cohesive approach, utilizing an hours-of-operation distinction, which will more clearly differentiate other lending businesses from the AFS industry.  I will likely withdraw 117 if 132 moves forward.

Short Term Rentals has been an issue at Council recently and I’ve received a few questions about it.  The Metro Codes Administration website has excellent information about the process, requirements and limits.  Visit their website here for more information.

The Metropolitan Action Commission has already helped nearly 20% more customers with their utility payments since this time last year.  It is expected that the colder temperatures during the month of January may mean that even more families may need help.  In addition to the weekday hours, Metro Action will also be open every Saturday in the month of February to accept energy assistance applications from 10am until 2pm.  The agency is located in the Clifford Allen Building, located at 800 2nd Avenue North.  Parking is available on site.  The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a one-time energy assistance program that helps families with low incomes to meet their household energy costs.

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I am honored to have been asked by Mayor Barry and Interim Schools Director Chris Henson to serve on the Advisory Council of Music Makes Us.  I look forward to working to help make Nashville the leader in making music education the best anywhere in the country.  My first meeting with this great organization will be in March.

Best,

Jeff Syracuse, Metro Council District 15

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