Monday, January 28, 2013

Public Meeting at Edmondson Pike Library on Proposed Improvements at top crash intersections Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Reminder: Metro Public Works will host an informal public meeting on Tuesday, January 29th, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Edmondson Pike Library to gather citizen input regarding proposed improvements at intersections throughout Davidson County determined to be high-crash locations.

A total of 27 intersections have been identified in MPW’s “Top Intersection Improvement Project” and will be presented, along with proposed enhancements, for public input and comments. The Top Intersection Project is intended to design and construct specific improvements to increase safety for both pedestrians and motorists. Since 2006, MPW has been working to analyze and address high crash locations, and has already completed upgrades at intersections where immediate improvements were recommended. Examples of enhancements proposed for the remaining intersections include rebuilding or updating existing traffic signals; updating or adding pedestrian facilities; installing turn lanes; and applying new pavement markings and additional warning signs. At the upcoming input meeting, the public will be able to view the project map and descriptions of the proposed enhancements at each intersection, and to make comments and ask questions.
More information about the Metro Top Intersection Improvements Project is available at

Top Intersection Meeting Display Presentation

National Day of Service in Nashville January 2013!

Enjoyed serving alongside Councillady Burkley M Allen, Archana Narsanna and others at one of our city's fire stations with Hands On Nashville MCC - MLK Day of Service - Neighbors please send any pictures you have to if you participated in our city's National Day of Service Activities January 2013
Visit the below link to view additional pictures

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Metro Schools shifts authority, resources to schools to accelerate improvement

Lead principals to expand to all schools over three years, central office to shrink 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 23, 2013) – Lead principals who oversee several schools in addition to their own will have an expanded role in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools under a new organizational plan Dr. Jesse Register, director of schools, shared in a public event today in the district’s central office. Each lead principal will work with five or six other principals in a network and will be responsible for increasing student achievement, evaluating principals and sharing effective practices across their network of schools.
Register also announced changes to his executive staff and promised changes to middle management through the end of June when the current fiscal year ends.
“The key element of the plan is to take to scale the position of lead principal over the next three years so we move resources and authority closer to students and accelerate achievement. This is a natural progression of the work we have been doing over the past few years, most recently with the Tribal Education Group consultants,” Register said. “With this approach, we will keep the most highly skilled principals in schools rather than promoting them out, expand their scope of influence to multiple schools and give them ongoing leadership training.”
Lead principals will be selected based on qualifying criteria that include test data, leadership skills and teacher input. Lead principals will have increased autonomy including final say on all staffing and the flexibility to organize instructional and support staff. They will also have school-based budgeting autonomy so funds can be used flexibly within fiscal guidelines.
There will be nine lead principals for the remainder of this school year, with 18 projected for 2013-14 when all high schools will be part of a lead principal network, 25 planned for 2014-15 with all middle schools participating, and 30 in 2015-16 with all elementary schools in networks.  Numbers may vary by one or two lead principals each year. As the lead principal ranks increase, the central office will shrink,
Register also announced his new executive leadership team to include Fred Carr, chief operating officer; Chris Henson, chief financial officer; Tony Majors, chief support services officer and Meredith Libbey, special assistant to the director for communications. Jay Steele will be part of the team in the newly-created position of chief academic officer as will Susan Thompson as the chief human capital officer.
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and philanthropist Steve Turner worked with Register to recruit Steele to Metro Schools from Florida in late 2009. During Steele’s tenure as associate superintendent for high schools, the district’s graduation rate has climbed steadily; the Academies of Nashville college and career readiness program has expanded to every zoned high school and earned national recognition for excellence. Steele has worked to increase academic rigor in high schools and has expanded the district’s Advanced Placement Scholars program, reinvigorated the International Baccalaureate Programme and launched the Cambridge University AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) program. The district is among Tennessee’s top 10 districts for ACT composite score growth for 2012 and over three years.
The exceptional education and English learner departments, under the continued leadership of Dr. Linda DePriest, and the iZone schools, under Alan Coverstone, will report to Jay Steele as will the executive officer for elementary schools, Brenda Steele. This ensures every student and every school will be part of a rigorous instructional continuum.
Thompson has responsibility for recruiting, retaining and developing teachers and staff and for human resources operations. A lifelong educator, she joined the district in 2012. She has experience as a teacher, school and central office administrator and national consultant. Most recently, she worked with low-performing schools across the state of Texas to increase student achievement. Thompson has made changes to the human capital function, formerly known as human resources:
Katie Cour has joined the district as the executive director of talent strategies from Education First Consulting where she was a senior consultant. Previously a senior legislative research analyst with the office of education accountability in the State of Tennessee’s comptroller’s office, she has additional experience working with nonprofit organizations.
Sheila Armstrong is promoted to the director of classification, compensation and human resource information systems. She joined the district in 2012 with more than 20 years’ experience in human resources, most recently with St. Thomas Hospital and Ascension Health Services.
Craig Ott is the executive director of human resources operations. Ott joined the district from Sumner County Schools in 2011 and has a wealth of experience in human resources in both education and corporate settings.
Dr. Lora Hall, most recently the associate superintendent for middle schools, will be the district’s university liaison with responsibility for working with higher education to develop effective teaching programs and new teachers with the goal of putting the best in Metro Schools’ classrooms.
“Susan Thompson has put together a first-rate team. Katie Cour has been a value consultant in our schools and we are delighted to have her expertise in house now. In their short time here, Sheila Armstrong and Craig Ott have already made important contributions. Dr. Lora Hall brings valuable experience as a teacher, principal and district leader to the university liaison role,” said Register. “She knows the district, what it takes to be an outstanding teacher and principal and will be a tremendous addition to our human capital team.”
Register also announced the district’s data resources have been brought together under the leadership of Fred Carr, chief operating officer.
“With this change we will have our data warehouse; research, assessment and evaluation; and technology support under one roof,” said Register. “Each of these functions has a strong leader—Laura Hansen, Dr. Paul Changas and John Williams, respectively–and supports student performance in multiple ways.”
Metro Schools’ strong relationships with Metro Police and other emergency personnel will be even stronger with a new director of security. The district plans to hire an experienced law enforcement professional who will ensure the district and emergency personnel have consistent approaches to security and emergency preparedness.
“School security and other student services departments have been re-aligned under Tony Majors to ensure they work more closely with principals and the security department,” said Register. “We will have effective interdepartmental collaboration to provide the social services our students’ needs in a secure setting.”
The changes announced today are effective immediately.

Applicant Withdraws Proposed Zone Change at Old Murfreesboro Road and Smith Springs Road, Info on upcoming community meetings

Thank you to everyone who attended the community meeting and submitted feedback.  All comments were shared with planning.  The applicant has withdrawn their application for the zone change.  As a result, you do not have to appear at tomorrow's Thursday January 24th Planning Commission meeting.

Project No.  Zone Change 2013Z-001PR-001
Council District 29 – Johnson  
School District 7 – Pinkston  
Requested by Galyon Northcutt Surveying, applicant, Mitchell Whitson, 
Staff Reviewer Cuthbertson 
Staff Recommendation Withdraw 
Rezone from OL and CS to IWD 
Zone Change 
A request to rezone from Office Limited (OL) and Commercial Service (CS) to Industrial 
Warehousing/Distribution (IWD) zoning property located at 1934 Old Murfreesboro Pike, 
approximately 150 feet north of Smith Springs Road (4.77 acres). 
The applicant has requested this application be withdrawn.


Meeting with Metro Police and Corps of Engineers

Thursday, February 21, 2013
6:30 pm
Smith Springs Church of Christ, 2783 Smith Springs Road

Senior Citizen's Tax Relief/Tax Freeze Application Meeting
Trustee's office staff will be on site to assist with filling out applications after a brief presentation
Saturday, March 2, 2013
11 am until 1 pm
Grand Dale Manor- more information to follow.  Should this information change, sufficient notice will be shared.

Office Hours - every 4th Saturday
January 26, 2013
10 am until 12:00 noon
First Tennessee Bank - Nashboro
2360 Murfreesboro Pike

 Proposed zone change to a car lot at old murfreesboro road and smith springs road from the below meeting was withdrawn by the applicant.  

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Community Meeting for Proposed Zoning Change at Old Murfreesboro Road for Thursday, January 17 at 6:30 pm Una Church of Christ

OL, Office Limited District. The OL district is designed for moderate intensity office development, being appropriate for areas where concentration of office and /or mixed commercial areas are intended. If warranted, this district may be employed as a land use transition between higher density residential areas and noncompatible commercial or industrial uses.
IWD, Industrial Warehousing/Distribution District. The IWD district implements those industrial policies of the general plan that provide opportunities for wholesaling, warehousing and bulk distribution uses. This district also may be used to implement major transportation policies of the general plan. By their nature, the principal uses of this district require relatively flat, large acreage tracts of land and may generate large volumes of heavy truck traffic, necessitating very good access to major arterial streets and the interstate system. Some businesses also may require direct rail or river access.

Above is the meeting notice for an upcoming community meeting (Thursday January 17 at Una Church of Christ 6:30 pm) regarding a proposed zone change to a car lot at old murfreesboro road and smith springs road.  

Friday, January 4, 2013

District 29 Holiday Lights Winner, Live Christmas Tree Dropoff at Una Park, Upcoming Brush Pickup

Congratulations to David Satterfield for winning this year's Holiday Lights Contest for District 29!
District 29's Beautification Commissioner Karen VanCleave along with Public Works and other Beautification Commissioners submitted entries and helped with judging in each of the districts.

A resolution recognizing Mr. David M. Satterfield on his participation in the 2012 Ann Chapman Holiday Lights.
WHEREAS, Mr. David M. Satterfield of Antioch, was chosen as the District 29 winner of the 2012 Ann Chapman Holiday Lights competition; and
WHEREAS, the annual Holiday Lights competition was opened to all residents of Davidson County, with recognition given in each Metro Councilmanic district represented; and
WHEREAS, Mr. David M. Satterfield has been participating in the Ann Chapman Holiday Lights competition since 2006 and since then he was the district winner in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011; and
WHEREAS, his holiday display at 2928 Kinwood Drive showcased his creativity and holiday spirit; and
WHEREAS, residents are judged according to their designs, originality and use of environmental elements such as LED lighting, recycling and/or nature themes, or including recycled items in their display; and
WHEREAS, the Mayor, Metro Public Works, Metro Beautification & Environment Commission, Nashville Electric Service and NewsChannel 5 sponsored one of Nashville’s longest running holiday traditions, as 2012 was the 25th year of the contest; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council recognizes and congratulates Mr. David Satterfield on his winning holiday display and wish him a joyous and prosperous 2013.
Section 1. The Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as recognizing Mr. David M. Satterfield on his participation in the 2012 Ann Chapman Holiday Lights.
Section 2. The Metropolitan Council Office is directed to prepare a copy of this Resolution to be presented to Mr. David M. Satterfield.
Section 3. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.
Sponsored by: Karen Johnson
Live Christmas Trees can be dropped off at the following locations.  Please note that the Una Recreation location is here in District 29! Please share this information with neighbors. 
For the eighth consecutive year, Metro Public Works and Metro 
Parks and Recreation are partnering this holiday season to provide a convenient way for 
residents to recycle their live Christmas trees. 
Davidson County residents can bring their trees to one of 11 drop off sites, nine of 
which are inside Metro parks.  Public Works will collect the trees for mulching at the 
city’s Bordeaux Mulch Facility. All trees must be free of lights, ornaments, icicles, all 
tinsel and garland.  No flocked trees will be accepted.   
WHEN: December 27, 2012 to February 15, 2013
Recycling live Christmas trees into mulch, rather than dumping them in the trash, 
in an alley or along public roadways, keeps them out of landfills and helps save Metro the 
cost of disposal fees. Almost 18,000 Christmas trees are recycled each year through the 
drop-off program.
Natural brown mulch, made from Christmas trees and yard brush, is sold at the 
Bordeaux facility for eleven dollars a cubic yard.  The facility is open Monday-Saturday 
from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m.  (No mulch sales after 12 noon on Saturdays.) For more 
information, call 862-8640 or visit
Metro Nashville 2012 Christmas Tree Drop-Off Locations
Metro Park Locations:
Cane Ridge, 419 Battle Road
Cedar Hill, 860 Old Hickory Blvd.
Edwin Warner, 50 Vaughn Road
Elmington, 3531 West End Ave.
Joelton Community Park, 21 Joelton Community Center Road
Richland, 4601 Charlotte Pike
Sevier, corner of Clayton Ave and Granny White Pike, near picnic shelters
Two Rivers, 3150 McGavock Pike
Whitfield, Edmondson Pike @ Brewer Drive
Una Recreation Center, 136 Una Recreation Road
Former Lakewood City Hall Bldg, 3401 Old Hickory Blvd, Old Hickory (37138)
Metro Brush and Leaf Collection DOs and DON'Ts
Put brush out before the first day the trucks are scheduled to be in your Area.Do not stack brush against trees, fences, utility poles or other stationary objects.*
Place your brush where your garbage is collected – at the curb if your trash is collected there or in the alley if you have alley trash collection.Do not place brush, clippings and/or leaves where they can be washed into a storm sewer, catch basin or stream and clog up drainage systems.
Leaves and grass clippings can be put out with your limbs and other brush in brown paper bags ONLY. Plastic bags will not be accepted.Do not include limbs longer than 15 feet, or stumps with root balls and dirt.
All leaves and grass clippings MUST BE PLACED in BIODEGRADABLE PAPER BAGS for collection. Leaves or grass clippings placed in plastic bags will NOT BE picked up. Biodegradable Paper Lawn & Leaf bags can be purchased at your grocery or hardware store. The Omohundro Convenience Center also sells 30 gallon biodegradable paper Lawn & Leaf bags at Metro's cost ($3 for 5 bags).\