March Update

March 1, 2016

Tulips at Cheekwood — The gardeners at Cheekwood have planted a variety called Colour Spectacle dedicated to District 18. Other districts also have their own special varieties. Take the opportunity to enjoy the emergence of Spring and the official District 18 tulip.

Street Sweeping Schedule — Metro Water Services has a regular schedule for cleaning streets to keep leaves and other debris from clogging the storm water system. Residents can increase the effectiveness of this by moving their cars off the street on sweeping days. The Street Sweeping Schedule is published monthly here.

Annual Preservation Awards — The Metro Historical Commission is now accepting nominations for the Annual Preservation Awards program. This award recognizes excellence in preservation of historic homes and other properties. The deadline is March 11 for this year’s Preservation Awards. Winners will be announced at our Awards Program on Wednesday, May 4 at the Downtown Nashville Library. The nomination form is found here.

Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic — The Metro Public Health Department is making a change to the annual rabies vaccination clinics. Metro Public Health Department will host a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic once a month at Metro Animal Care and Control from February-November in 2016. These will take place the third Saturday of each month. The monthly rabies clinics will replace the annual rabies clinics previously held each March at area Metro Schools and Metro Parks. The change to monthly vaccination clinics will allow community members more flexibility to obtain low-cost rabies vaccinations throughout the year. To minimize wait time pet owners should fill out the Rabies Information Form before attending a clinic. Forms are available here. The next clinic will be on March 19.

Metro Schools’ students will be in school on Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17 to make up for days lost due to winter weather in February, according to the recently updated district calendar. The Metro Schools district calendar included five built-in snow days in the 2015-2016 school year. Due to inclement weather, seven snow days have been used, and make-up days must be scheduled for the two additional snow days beyond the calendar allotment. Because March 16 and March 17 are now instructional days, the district’s Intersession is now only on Friday, March 18.

Brush Pick-up in BHN, 12th S, and Sunnyside on March 15 and in HWEN on March 22.

Nashville Reads — Neighbors are invited to join hosts Bob Berstein and Irma Paz for a Nashville Reads book discussion of The Color of Water at 6pm March 24 at Bongo Java on Belmont. This year’s book is the fascinating dual autobiography of Andrew McBride, a noted African American journalist/musician, and his Jewish mother. The story is told in alternating chapters from both points of view and offers wonderful insights into growing up with different types of discrimination and obstacles.

Update on Village 21, project at the corner of 21st and Wedgewood. The excavation is about 25% completed. The first level of drilling and blasting is completed and haul off is continuing. The next round of drilling and blasting should resume in the next two weeks. The contractor is estimating the excavation process would be completed by the end of April, then production would start on the Parking Garage. Jersey Barriers are placed around the site adjacent to the public’s area. The council members are working to get the sidewalks on 21st Avenue open again as soon as possible, but we are currently told it could be as late as June.

A 12th South water main replacement project will begin in April. This will proceed in phases, with the first phase including Linden, Elmwood, Beechwood, and Sweetbriar between Belmont and 12th S. This will involve temporary loss of parking on some streets. Metro Water will hold a community meeting in April to talk about the process and the schedule.

I am always eager to hear your concerns and suggestions. Please contact me at 615-383-6604 or burkley.allen@nashville.gov.

Regards,
Burkley Allen
Metro Council 18th District

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