Friday, April 26, 2013

Smith Springs Road Closure for Saturday April 27, 2013, Upcoming UDO Meeting for Murfreesboro Road, Budget, Schools on Smith Springs and more


SMITH SPRINGS ROAD CLOSURE UPDATE - SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013 EXPECT CLOSURE AND DELAYS
We have been advised by the contractor that they will work on Saturday, April 27th.    This should put them through the intersection of Old Smith Springs Road and Smith Springs Road.

Sue Amos
Director's Office
Metro Water Services
1600 Second Avenue North
Nashville, TN  37208
(O) 615.862.4552
(C) 615.830.1735
(F) 615.862-4929
http://www.district29community.blogspot.com/2013/04/smith-springs-road-closure-for-second.html


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Below is a picture at the Corps of Engineers stakeholders meeting held April 19 with Metro Nashville Police Department Precinct Sgt. White and District 29 Priest Lake Neighborhood Association leader Steve Cardin where we shared ideas for enhancements along Smith Springs Road and Anderson Road.  We are pictured with Corps of Engineers Todd Yann (in the middle in between Sgt. White and me).


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Please join your neighbors as Southeast Nashville's first Art project is dedicated
Michael Allison’s Liquid 615
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Thank you to everyone who came out to our area's Fifth Third Community Appreciation Day last Saturday after our cleanup.  It was a tremendous success because of you.  Pictures coming soon also from our successful cleanup.  
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NASHBORO PARCELS AUCTION
I attended the recent auction with neighbors and the auction was not opened by the auctioneer due to only 2 bidders being present.....one of which was our very own Attorney David Waynick.  Vastland remains the owner of these parcels.  



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METRO NASHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS SHARES INFORMATION FROM QUESTIONS SUBMITTED BY THE COMMUNITY AT THE MOST RECENT COMMUNITY MEETING REGARDING THE PROPOSED SCHOOLS TO BE LOCATED ON SMITH SPRINGS ROAD

Status update from Metro Nashville Public Schools Leadership. These are the responses to the questions submitted at the recent public meeting that was held at Priest Lake Community Baptist Church.  Thank you.
Click on the below link to read all of the information:

http://mnpschildrenfirst.com/2013/04/23/rumor-control-antiochs-new-elementary-school-traffic/

Another posting from MNPS: 
And FYI: There is no truth to the rumor that we are competing with Metro Parks for the land on Smith Springs Road

http://mnpschildrenfirst.com/2013/04/24/rumor-control-neighborhood-impact-of-a-new-elementary-school-in-antioch/

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PLEASE ALSO CONTINUE TO CHECK OUR DISTRICT COMMUNITY BLOG WWW.DISTRICT29COMMUNITY.BLOGSPOT.COM for my office hours held every 4th Saturday (Reminder tomorrow Saturday, April 27 from 10-12 noon First Tennessee Bank Nashboro), upcoming community meetings and other information.  

NEXT BRUSH PICKUP - SAVE THE DATE
May 14, 2013
If you need to clear brush out before this date, you can also dispose of brush and other yard waste free of charge at:
If you have questions, please contact Customer Service at (615) 862-8750
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).

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UPCOMING METRO GOVERNMENT BUDGET HEARINGS WITH THE METRO COUNCIL - For Budget to be Approved June 2013





Thursday, April 18, 2013

Reminder: Reappraisal Meeting at South Police Precinct


Reminder tonight!
Antioch/Priest Lake/Southeast Nashville Regional Meeting – 2013 Property Reappraisal - Monday, April 15
Dear Antioch/ Priest Lake/ Southeast Nashville neighbors – The Davidson County Property Assessor’s office and Council members Duane Dominy, Karen Johnson, Jacobia Dowell, and Robert Duvall invite you to a special public meeting regarding the 2013 countywide property reappraisal from 6-8pm (presentation begins at 6:30p) Monday, April 15 at Lakeshore Christian Church, 5434 Bell Forge Lane East. If this date does not work with your schedule there is another opportunity to attend another meeting to be held at the South Police Precinct, 5101 Harding Place - 5:30-7:30pm, Thursday, April 18.  The Property Assessor’s office representative will present a 20-minute power point presentation with Q&A time to follow immediately. Please feel free to come and go as your schedule allows. The county undergoes a countywide property reappraisal every four years, as currently required by state law. Notices of updated property value information will be sent by mail to all Nashville property owners in April. For more information about the Property Assessor’s office, reappraisal, and appeals please see www.padctn.com or call 862-6080.

Correspondence from Property Assessor George Rooker
Re: Countywide property reappraisal

Dear Friends:
As you are probably aware, Davidson County is going through a property reappraisal. I appreciate the many questions that you may have about this process. I am very interested in answering your questions thoroughly and listening to your concerns carefully.

Notice mailing dates, online property information, general information about appeals: Our office will mail property reappraisal notices to all Nashville property owners from April 12-26. Online property data information will update in April as well. We encourage all owners to go to our website and check your property data information sheet once you receive your reappraisal notice by mail. We also encourage you to use our new online technical tools to learn more about the information we use to determine the value of your property. The informal appeals process will be held April 15 thru May 17, followed by formal appeals to the Metropolitan Board of Equalization from May 20 thru June 21. To see your property data information sheet or for more information on the reappraisal and appeals processes and schedules – please see www.padctn.com or call anytime for assistance - 862-6080.

New technologies, streamlined appeals: This year our office has developed and launched new technologies to better serve the public and to increase our efficiency. We first launched a website with a property database system allowing anyone to search and study Nashville property data back in 2001. Then, in 2005, we launched our first online appeals system – the initial step in appealing your appraisal, available directly via the internet or by calling this office to receive service from a staff member. And now, in 2013, we have upgraded our technology further and we now offer a streamlined online property data research tool known as - Comper Sales Search. Additionally, we have an improved Online Resolution Center – the first step in appealing your reappraisal. Lastly, we’ve also added a state-of-the-art online analytics tool – which allows both the staff and the public to study and compare public data of all kinds from many government sources plotted on a map to be studied in geographic terms – by council district, zip code, neighborhood, or even by your own “drawn” parameters. These tools, working in tandem, will help everyone understand property values more accurately. As always – our doors are open to anyone who wishes to call or visit this office for staff assistance. These technologies are options in addition to our traditional level of service.


Here are important broad facts about the countywide reappraisal process:
·         Why does the Property Assessor’s office reappraise properties? To restore fairness. Reappraisal is necessary to restore equity because the values of property change over time, but not uniformly across a county.

·         Why do we have a property tax? The property tax funds about half of the city’s annual budget, which pays for services - fire and police protection, public schools, parks, corrections, libraries, public works, public health services, trash collection, and so on.

·         What government office handles what responsibilities in this process? The Property Assessor’s office evaluates and estimates property values periodically based on sales data. We then use cost, market, and income approaches in compliance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, policies of the International Association of Assessing Officers, and the rules of the State Board of Equalization to estimate the value of property. The Davidson County Trustee calculates property tax bills and collects taxes annually. The Mayor’s office determines the city’s annual budget and proposes a tax rate. The Metro Council analyzes and adopts the annual budget and tax rate.

·         How do you determine my property’s value? Much like when you bought your property, we conduct an appraisal - which means we visit every property in the county to determine if and how the property has changed (or not). Then we compare each property in the area to similar properties in the same area that sold near January 1, 2013 and we build value models using sales data.

·         I know my property value has fallen/ risen… The reappraisal process happens every four years. The last reappraisal was done in 2009. Data show us that values have increased for some properties, remained stable for others, and others have lost value since 2009. At the end of the day, commercial property values overall have increased – some significantly, while residential values vary widely - producing a slight net gain for the county as a whole since 2009.

·         The county may not make a “profit” from the reappraisal process. If the appraisals for the entire county show an increase in overall property values, the property tax rate (the multiplier) is reduced to neutralize the gain and is known as the certified tax rate – as required by state law The discussion about the property tax rate continues from there. The Property Assessor’s office does not determine the final tax rate.

·         My reappraisal seems wrong… We want to set your property value correctly and fairly. We encourage you to check our work and inform us of any errors about your property’s characteristics (square footage, for example). Please see your property data sheet on our website – www.padctn.com - to view specific information about your property, and to see information about the process for informal review and appeals.



Sincerely,

George Rooker
Davidson County Assessor of Property
615-862-6080
www.padctn.com
Mailing address: P.O. Box 196305
Nashville, TN 37219-6305      
Physical Address:  700 2nd Ave S, Suite 210, Nashville, TN 37210
8am – 4:30pm, Monday thru Friday

Monday, April 8, 2013

REMINDER: NashvilleNext Speakers' Series-April 8: "Creating Livable and Healthy Communities through Retrofitting Suburbia"

Ellen Dunham-Jones, professor of architecture at Georgia Tech, will speak at 5:30 pm Monday, April 8, in Laskey Hall at Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1008 19th Avenue South.
Reminder: If your schedule can accommodate or if you know someone who can attend this session with NASHVILLENEXT, please try to attend. I was able to attend this session with alot of Metro Council members early this morning and the information is extremely helpful for suburban area's like ours. 
"Retrofitting Suburbia"
How can we make fading suburbs more livable and sustainable? Ellen Dunham-Jones, professor of architecture at Georgia Tech, will discuss some of the possibilities at 5:30 pm Monday, April 8, in Laskey Hall at Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1008 19th Avenue South.
This will be the fifth of seven scheduled events in the NashvilleNext Speaker Series; NashvilleNext is a community-driven process toward a new countywide plan which will guide growth, development, and preservation through 2040.
http://www.nashville.gov/Government/NashvilleNext/Speakers-Series.aspx

Friday, April 5, 2013

Latest Metro Council District 29 Email - Metro@50, Smith Springs Rd Closure, CNAP, Reappraisal Mtg, Community Mtgs & more

Click on link to view the latest information on upcoming community meetings and more

http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1b732a1a622d8744a0dfff659&id=365889f6cb

Metro will test upgraded tornado sirens tomorrow
Metro's Office of Emergency Management will sound all 93 of their tornado sirens at noon on Saturday, April 6; they're testing some upgrades and expansions to the system which will include 70 new sirens with a new sound. The older ones are mainly around downtown and the center of the county.

Antioch/Priest Lake/Southeast Nashville Regional Meetings regarding the 2013 Property Reappraisal

Antioch/Priest Lake/Southeast Nashville Regional Meeting – 2013 Property Reappraisal - Monday, April 15
Dear Antioch/ Priest Lake/ Southeast Nashville neighbors – The Davidson County Property Assessor’s office and Council members Duane Dominy, Karen Johnson, Jacobia Dowell, and Robert Duvall invite you to a special public meeting regarding the 2013 countywide property reappraisal from 6-8pm (presentation begins at 6:30p) Monday, April 15 at Lakeshore Christian Church, 5434 Bell Forge Lane East. If this date does not work with your schedule there is another opportunity to attend another meeting to be held at the South Police Precinct, 5101 Harding Place - 5:30-7:30pm, Thursday, April 18. The Property Assessor’s office representative will present a 20-minute power point presentation with Q&A time to follow immediately. Please feel free to come and go as your schedule allows. The county undergoes a countywide property reappraisal every four years, as currently required by state law. Notices of updated property value information will be sent by mail to all Nashville property owners in April. For more information about the Property Assessor’s office, reappraisal, and appeals please see www.padctn.com or call 862-6080.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

SMITH SPRINGS ROAD CLOSURE FOR SECOND PHASE WATER PROJECT PLANNED FOR THE AREA OF SMITH SPRINGS ROAD FROM ANDERSON TO BELL ROAD BEGINNING APRIL 15, 2013! Please plan to start using the detour routes planned

Smith Springs Water Main Replacement Project
11-WG-78
This project is scheduled to commence on April 15, 2013 and will take approximately 4 months to complete (barring any unforeseen circumstances and / or weather). Metro Water Service’s contractor will work diligently to minimize disruption as much as possible to the area while protecting the environment. Traffic control will include a combination of flagging, police officers, project signs, message boards and detours as required by the Department of Public Works. 
The Smith Springs water main replacement project is a capital improvement project funded by Metro Water Services. This project will replace approximately 5,500 feet of old 8 inch cast iron water main with a new 12 inch ductile iron main including appurtenances such as valves, fire hydrants, water services, etc. The limits of the project are shown below.
The old 8 inch main is part of an older utility district that Metro Water Services acquired decades ago. This main has experienced 21 breaks in the past 15 years with over a half of them (12 breaks) occurring in the past 5 years. This project will complete an improved 12 inch water main distribution loop throughout the local area, replacing the last segment of older 8 inch main still in service. Replacement of this main will not only provide more reliable water service for the local area but will also enhance fire protection. Five hydrants will be installed in this project. One is a replacement hydrant and four are new hydrants.

SMITH SPRINGS ROAD CLOSURE FOR SECOND PHASE WATER PROJECT PLANNED FOR THE AREA OF SMITH SPRINGS ROAD FROM ANDERSON TO BELL ROAD BEGINNING APRIL 15, 2013!  Please plan to start using the detour routes planned and add this extra time to your schedule for rush hour times.
Detour Route Below



Community Meeting regarding property next to Salt Bin off Smith Springs Road, Tuesday April 9, 2013 at 6:30 pm, Una Church of Christ, 1917 Old Murfreesboro Road