METRO COUNCIL UPDATE

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Allen, Burkley (Council Member)

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METRO COUNCIL UPDATE 

July 2021 

EVENTS 

Nashville will celebrate our return to normal with a bigger than ever 4th of July celebration downtown.  The music line-up includes Brad Paisley and the Nashville Symphony, and the fireworks display will be one of the biggest in the county.  Everything is free and open to the public.  Concerts will be at First and Broadway and Ascend Ampitheater. Some streets will be closed to traffic, but MTA will be providing convenient transportation to and from downtown. All routes will operate on a Sunday/Holiday schedule. Service on select routes will be extended to get customers home after the fireworks. Rides will be free from 4 p.m. until the end of service. MTA information is available at  https://www.nashvillemta.org/pdf/fn1028.pdf 

 

The Event site open from 12-10 pm.  Here’s the schedule: 

Main Show at Broadway Stage at 1st and Broadway                     4-4:50 pm  

DJ Robert Luke                                                                               4:50-5pm 

Main show opens with a welcome from Emcee Storme Warren, remarks from Mayor John Cooper, Color Guard and National Anthem from Jason Eskridge 

Operation Song                                                                                5:05-5:35pm  

Priscilla Block                                                                                   5:35-5:50pm 

Regi Wooten and Friends                                                                6:35-6:55pm 

Lilly Hiatt                                                                                          7:40-8:05pm 

Brad Paisley  at Ascend Amphitheater (Gates open at 4 pm)   

 Nashville Symphony    with Fireworks                                            9:30-10pm 

 

Additionally, multi-platinum entertainer Chris Young has announced a free, live performance on Monday, July 5th at 7pm, on the same Broadway stage as the July 4th concerts. All event details and information can be found at visitmusiccity.com/july4th. 

 

Trash and recycling will be on the holiday schedule the first full week of July.  Everything will be shifted one day because of the Independence Day Holiday on Monday. 

 

 Homeowners and renters in Davidson, Williamson and Wilson counties with uninsured damage or losses from the March 25 – April 3 storms have only a few days left to apply to FEMA for federal disaster assistance and to the U.S. Small Business Administration for low interest disaster loans.  The deadline for both is Wednesday, July 7, 2021.  Those who still have not registered with FEMA can do so at DisasterAssistance.gov or by downloading fema.gov/mobile-app. Or you can call the disaster assistance helpline: 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Please note that helpline will be closed on Sunday, July 4 and Monday, July 5. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, July 6.  Lines are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time. Operators are multilingual and those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service. If you need accommodations for language or a disability, let the operator know. 

To apply for a disaster loan, you can go to https://DisasterLoanAssistance.sba.gov/ela/s/. You may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center. The center is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time, seven days a week. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call 800-877-8339.  The SBA CSC will be open Saturday and Sunday, but please note that it will be closed on Monday, July 5th. It will resume normal operations on Tuesday July 6th. The Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center/Business Recovery Center (VDLOC/VBRC) is open: Monday - Sunday (7 days/week) Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Eastern Time) 

There is no obligation to take an SBA disaster home loan or cost to apply. Residents that are declined for an SBA loan will be referred to FEMA for grant consideration. 

Survivors with insurance should also apply to FEMA, as they may be eligible for grants to help with disaster-related expenses their insurance doesn’t cover. FEMA cannot duplicate benefits.  For more information on Tennessee’s disaster recovery, visit www.tn.gov/tema.html and www.fema.gov/disaster/4601. You may also follow FEMA on www.facebook.com/fema and Twitter @FEMARegion4. 

 

 

Neighbor 2 Neighbor is sponsoring on-going topics of neighborhood interest. 

 

Thursday, July 8, 2021 

What is Conservatorship and Does My Neighbor Need it? 

 

Thursday, July 15, 2021 

The Power of a Neighborhood Newsletter 

 

Thursday, July 22, 2021 

Getting Ready for National Night Out Against Crime 

 

Thursday, July 29, 2021 

Preventing Sewer Clogs and Overflows in Our Neighborhoods 

Sign up at https://www.n2n.solutions/  

  

The Eviction Moratorium has been extended by the CDC until July 30.  Renters and landlords can both apply for rental assistance grants through the Metro Action Commission (MAC)   that can make up as much as 12 months of rental payments in arrears.  Information is available at https://www.nashville.gov/Metro-Action-Commission.aspx. 

Brush pick-up begins July 6 in Area 8 (Green Hills, Hillsboro West End, Belmont Hillsboro, Percy Warner, Devonshire), July 13 in Area 9 (Bellevue, West Meade, Hillwood, White Bridge, Cherokee Park, Richland West End, Sylvan Park, Sylvan Heights, Hadley, Fisk Watkins Park), July 26 in Area 10 (Whites Bend, Charlotte Park, Cockrill Bend, Nations, TSU, College Heights, Germantown, Buena Vista), and August 5 in Area11 (Joelton, Whites Creek, Marrowbone, Scottsboro, Bells Bend, Bordeaux, Haynes Heights, Haynes Manor).  Download the map and schedule at https://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/pw/docs/recycle/brush/BrushFlyer202122.pdf. 

 

ISSUES 

Metro Water Services still needs neighbors to Adopt a Storm Drain.   Keeping drains clear of sticks, leaves, and trash can help prevent flooding during big summer  thunderstorms.  To adopt a storm drain near you, visit https://www.nashville.gov/Water-Services/Community-Education/Volunteer.aspx 

 With summer comes an onslaught of mosquitoes, which are more than just a nuisance. Mosquitoes pose a serious health risk to our local communities. With many vector-borne diseases present in North America, it is important to limit mosquito populations with a fully integrated approach that includes public education. The most effective way to reduce mosquito populations is to consistently remove any standing water anywhere in your yard.  This can include birdbaths, empty buckets, toys.  Mosquitoes can reproduce in a surprisingly small amount of water, but denying them that tiny bit can stop the cycle. 

Metro Public Works is still offering information on How to Recycle Right.  The  Recycle Right Virtual Workshop is July 13.  Register at https://www.nashville.gov/News-Media/Calendar-of-Events/Event-Details/ID/15021/begin/7-13-2021/Recycle-Right-Lunch-n-Learn-Webinar.aspx . 

The Referendum Election July 27 has been cancelled but could be rescheduled to September 21.  The six items proposed would move Nashville toward a referendum style of government that would increase the number of elections held and would require citizens to vote on the certified tax rate, public land use, elected official benefits.  Some of these items are contrary to the state constitution so the lawyers and election officials are still working on being sure the results of an election can be enacted before we spend time and resources on the election. 

Nashville in January 2020 committed to achieving Vision Zero status, which means reducing traffic deaths for pedestrians to zero.   In 2020, a record 39 people died on Nashville streets while walking or riding bikes.  Many other cities have shown that better intersection design can dramatically reduce that number.  Nashville’s Vision Zero team – which will join the Nashville Department of Transportation (NDOT) in July – has spent a year analyzing local traffic incident data and working with community groups on an action plan.  That plan – which will include recommendations for short- and long-term safety improvements will also incorporate input from the Vision Zero community survey. The Vision Zero community survey takes five minutes or less to complete. To participate, go to hubNashville or visit Nashville’s Vision Zero webpage. The action plan is set for public release later this year.  In the meantime,  NDOT will expand safety improvements already being made across Davidson County, including: 

  • Projects at some of Nashville’s most dangerous spots, which Walk Bike Nashville first identified, and Mayor Cooper named as priority areas when he launched Nashville’s Vision Zero mandate   
  • Re-lamping, upgrades and new lighting projects at dangerous pedestrian crossings – 25 of which Metro Public Works, in partnership with Nashville Electric Service and Tennessee Department of Transportation, completed this spring 
  • Lowering the speed limit on neighborhood streets from 30 to 25 miles per hour to re-establish a safer baseline for motorists and create calmer, quieter streets for residents.  Neighbors who value safety on our local streets can serve as pace cars by observing the lowered speed limit and reminding cars behind them that slowing down saves lives. 

 

 

That’s the news for July.  I hope everyone has a great holiday.  Please let me know what issues are on your mind.  Contact me at 615-383-6604 or burkle...@nashville.gov. 




Burkley Allen
Metro Council At-Large

Council Committees - Affordable Housing - Past Chair
                               Budget and Finance
                               Planning - Past Chair
                               Public Works -  Recycling Sub-Committee Chair
Women's Caucus Chair
Greenways Commission 

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