Monday, April 30, 2012

What is happening at the Metro Council meeting on May 1?

 An appointment to the TLC, a couple sign bills and a Day of Prayer

You can get your own copy of the Metro council meeting agenda at this link: Metro Council Agenda.
From the agenda you can link to the analysis. Council meetings can be really, really boring if you don't know what the Council is voting on. With an agenda and an analysis, they are just really boring.

Below are the things that I think are worth being aware of that are on this agenda. Actually there is almost nothing of interest on the agenda. Unless some public hearing item has generated some local controversy, this ought to be a very short and very boring meetings.

The Council will vote on the reappointment of Mr. Brian Winfrey to the Transportation Licensing Commission for a term expiring April 30, 2014. This scandal-ridden department has been guilty of having inspectors impersonate police officers, extortion, intimidation, slow-walking and resisting approving application for competitors to established cab companies.

I don't know Mr. Winfrey, but I would prefer that anyone currently serving on this commission be replaced. There should be a house cleaning. The Commission is supposed to govern the agency. Anyone appointed to the board should have to convince the Council they support the rule of law, legal behavior on the part of employees of the department, competition, disapproval of favoritism and should convince the Council that they will aggressively work to correct the problems at this agency. The appointee should be made to clarify his position on these issues. If not, the Council should not approve.

The approval of the Mayor's appointees to boards and commissions does not have to be unanimous. The council should take their responsibility seriously. The council has little power: passing a budget and appropriating money is one power; confirming appointees is another. To learn more about the problems at TLC click here.

There are a couple sign bills on public hearing and there are always people who have an interest in sign bills. BILL NO. BL2012-107 would require replacement panels in multi-tenant signs to be consistent with the other signage on the property and BILL NO. BL2012-109 adds requirements in the conversion of nonconforming static billboards to tri-face billboards. These bills have been pending and deferred for some time.

 BILL NO. BL2012-134 extends the boundaries of the Belmont-Hillsboro Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District. If I understand this, what it would do is prohibit the tearing down of existing homes and building McMansions. It is an effort to preserve the character of the neighborhood. It is not as stringent as historic zoning.

There are some other bills on public hearing that would probably interest no one except the people in the immediate area.

On the consent agenda is RESOLUTION NO. RS2012-237 which recognizes May 3, 2012, as a National Day of Prayer.

Here is the copy of the resolution:
A resolution recognizing May 3, 2012, as National Day of Prayer.
WHEREAS, May 3, 2012, is our 61st Annual National Day of Prayer; and

WHEREAS, the religious freedom guaranteed us by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution has made our land a beacon for people who seek freedom to worship GOD according to their conscience; and

WHEREAS, Americans of every race, background and creed come together in their places of worship, homes and work places to pray for guidance, wisdom and courage; and

WHEREAS, just as we rely on prayer for courage, hope and renewal in our private lives, so too do we turn to prayer at times of joy, crises, economic uncertainty and tragedy in our public life as a Nation, State and a City; and

WHEREAS, Congress, by Public Law 100-307, has called on our citizens to reaffirm the role of prayer in our society by recognizing annually a “National Day of Prayer” and many of our Nation’s Presidents have asked us repeatedly to pray for our Nation; and

WHEREAS, at this time in our history, we are mindful of the heroic men and women serving in our Armed Forces, especially those serving abroad and pray for their safety, for the recovery of the wounded, and for the peace we all seek and their families; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council recognizes the 61st Annual National Day of Prayer May 3, 2012, and encourage all residents to pray and give thanks for the rich blessing of our City, State and our Nation.


Section 1. The Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as recognizing May 3, 2012, as National Day of Prayer.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.
I assume officially recognizing a day of prayer is not a violation of church and state and no one objects. Thank God.

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Fairgounds; We Lost The Battle, But The War Goes On.!

We Lost The Battle, But The War Goes On.!

From Fairgrounds Heritage Preservation Group

Sure enough, the special interests prevailed in the state Senate, as they passed legislation to give the State Fair to a new State Commission.

While it means that our Fair Board has lost the authority over the State Fair, they still have authority over the Fairgrounds itself, and so the property remains under their control, as does the flea market, race track, and all other activities at the historic location. 

But the battle for the property will continue, and we're sure that there will be those who say that now that we do not control the State Fair here in Davidson County that we no longer need the Fairgrounds.

But that is not true. We still have the economic impact of the Fairgrounds events in our county. Since the start of outsourcing the State Fair, the Fair itself has only contributed about $100,000 annually to the Fair Board's funds, an amount that can easily be made up in other ways. And should the State lease the Fairgrounds for the State Fair, which they have said they will do, we will still have the income provided by that.

We have talked some with the new Fair Board chairman, Ned Horton, and he sounds as if he will be someone who will work to improve and expand the Fairgrounds, unlike previous boards. We can still make this the largest expo center in the region, and there are many events and activities that could be held there that are as yet untapped. And if they decide to take the Fair elsewhere, well, we can have a great Davidson County Fair on our Fairgrounds!

So for now we need to:
  • make sure that Metro Council allocates the requested funds for the Fairgrounds budget. This is the first time in 106 years that the Fairgrounds has asked assistance from Metro, and it's requested the modest amount of $250,000 to help kickstart a new revival at the Fairgrounds. This is peanuts compared to what Metro borrowed from the Fairgrounds to secure the Titans, and a drop in the bucket compared to the millions that they still pay out annually to both the Preds and Titians.
  • be on the lookout for, and be sure that any attempt to sell, transfer, or divest the county of the Fairgrounds is met by a solid wall of opposition. And the same for development of the property for "mixed use."
  • support the events at the Fairgrounds, whether it's the racetrack, fleamarket, or any of the many events held there. Keeping up attendance and economic impact is important!
  • if you are a member any organization who sponsors events that could fit into the Fairgrounds, urge them to hold their event on the property. And if you're not a member of one, but you know of any specific organizations to suggest, please bring them to our attention.
  • if you are a member of, or know of any organization who could help with projects at the Fairgrounds, please let us know that as well. We're talking about landscaping, painting, putting wiring underground, grading/removing asphalt-- anything that would help make the property more attractive.
  • should the State Fair decide to move, demand that a Davidson County Fair replace it!
Certainly this list will grow as time goes by.

Remember, this is "the people's convention center" and if we're going to retain and rebuild this historic facility it will take all of us working for the future. 

And finally, a tremendous "THANK YOU" to everyone who called, wrote, or came down to "the hill" trying to help stop this legislation. Especially Terri Baer, our "representative" on the hill for this effort. At one point the Senate was getting a call or email every three minutes in opposition to this legislation. It's not your fault that the elected representatives of the people caved in to special interests instead of listening to the ones who voted them into office. But I hope you will all remember this when it's time to vote again!

Together, we CAN make a difference.

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Occupy Nashville planning May Day march

Occupy Nashville is planning a day of protest, teach-ins, and marches tomorrow, which is May 1. May 1st, as you probably know, is the International Workers' Day and a day which has always been important to Communist and other left wing movements. It was an official holiday in countries such as the People's Republic of China, Cuba and the former Soviet Union. Is is a favorite day for left-wing protest in America and around the world. 

Since the Occupy movement has fallen apart and pretty much ended with the pitiful remnant of losers turning on each other, and since the Occupy  May Day rallies across the Nation have not been given much publicity, I am expecting that, for the most part, they will be a big flop. Maybe in Seattle and New York and a few other places, they will be able to generate a crowd and wreck a little havoc, but I doubt Nashville's rally will turn into a violent rampage.

I am hesitant to even mention the event, not wanting to give Occupy any publicity.  I hope the TV stations fail to cover their publicity-seeking event. If anyone wants to know more about what Occupy Nashville has planned, you can follow this link

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Campus Anti-Semitism event, tonight, Gordon JCC

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