October Update

October 1, 2017

HUB Nashville — Metro’s comprehensive new customer service system is live! Metro Council and Metro IT have worked for two years to create this one-stop shop that works by phone or online for neighbors to get questions answered and concerns reported. Phone access is simply 311, and online at This great new tool eliminates the need to know multiple Metro phone numbers and e-mail addresses to report Codes violations, missed recycling pick-ups, paving requests, etc. The site provides an option to get follow-up and resolution information and provides council members with a monthly report of what has been logged in.

Brush pick-up in HWEN began on October 6.

12th South water main replacement project continues with the storm water work in the alley north of Elmwood. Metro Water Services is making an adjustment to the depth of the storm water line in an effort to expedite the work. A pothole has formed on Beechwood at 15th, and the contractor will be investigating and repairing the area next week. The water main work will continue on Halcyon and Montrose. The paving on 10th is being scheduled by Public Works and was set to be milled October 10th. The current striping is temporary and will be replaced along with the asphalt along 10th.

Giant Yard Sale — Hillsboro High School is once again holding its giant yard sale on Saturday, October 21. There will be opportunities in the weekends before to drop off gently used items that you no longer need to clean out your house and benefit the school.

The BHN Annual meeting will be October 23 at Christ the King at 6pm. This is a great opportunity to hear about the accomplishments of the past year and the goals for the upcoming year.

Eakin Extravaganza and Auction — Eakin Elementary School hopes to receive donations from the community for auction items that serve the double purpose of increasing awareness of the offerings or our great local businesses. Any businesses that are particularly giving towards schools or that want to give more to the community should email Sarah Eaves.

Adopt A Drain — Fall is here, bringing lots of leaves and rain. It is important not to rake leaves into the street as they will clog the storm water system and cause flooding in streets and low places. Please compost leaves or place them in biodegradable bags and leave them on the curb for brush pick-up. Neighbors can also help preventing flooding by participating in Metro’s Adopt a Storm Drain program. Claim your own drain to keep free of sticks, leaves, and debris here.

STRP Update – The Metro Council voted to defer BL2017-608, the bill that would phase out non-owner occupied short term rentals in residential areas. The deferral is to allow the Ad Hoc committee appointed by the Vice-Mayor to complete its work of listening to the community and writing any appropriate legislation that would enhance the proposed legislation and protect it from possible preemption by the state. In the meantime, Metro has hired a software company, Host Compliance, to provide a 24/7 hotline to report problem properties. Host Compliance can be reached at (435) STR-HELP (787-4357) or online here. This will also soon be available on HUB Nashville and the 311 customer service number.

MLS Soccer Stadium — Metro has filed the first bill to start the process of preparing to build a professional MLS soccer stadium. The resolution would enable the financing primarily by $225 million in Industrial Revenue bonds, which would be paid back by proceeds from the stadium operation. Metro would be responsible only for $25 million for site improvements at the Fairground and potentially for up to $4 million per year in bond repayment if sales tax revenues from ticket and merchandise sales are below projections. I appreciate the effort that has gone into minimizing the risk to the city for this, and I am evaluating the economics to be comfortable that this is appropriate for Nashville. I’d love to hear what neighbors think about bringing major league soccer here.

I hope everyone’s fall is off to a good start, and I look forward to seeing many of you at the events listed above. Please let me know what is on your mind and how we can continue to make Nashville an even better place. You can contact me at 615-383-6604 or by e-mailing me at

Burkley Allen 
Metro Council 18th District

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