March 11, 2010
Jamie brought in copies of some literature she and Angela have been working on to promote RUN. All seemed to like it except some of the boundaries lines were wrong. Clever use of RUN (are you in) I thought.
We talked a bit about litter pick up. The next 51st Ave cleanup is set for the first week in April. Scott said other areas need attention like the James Ave. bridge. Update--It seems the sheriff's department sent some community service out there as I saw two bags of trash I picked up and put in my curby. Cynthia asked about getting a dumpster for big items. At the beautification meeting, they said public works is one million dollars over budget due to the snowy weather. But we could still get one if we ask soon enough. We need to decide on a date and talk to Mr. Jackson and see if we can't get one.
Next up was Mathew Portell with Ride for Reading. He said he has a building on Alabama Ave the needs work and needs more books donated. He spoke about the needs for kids to read more especially in middle school. He plans on working with Bass and other area schools. Update-- I stopped by their building and while no one was there it was wide open. It is a mere skeleton of a building and needs lot of work to be of any use.
Buddy was asked about a couple of council issues. The Farmer's Market at Richland Park will be back but in a smaller form. Only produce is to be sold there, not hippy clothing and used books. The said the Maytown issue will come before council but will need a super majority to pass. He seemed to think that was unlikely although I don't recall him saying how he intended to vote. As almost everyone here is against I hope he will listen to the opinions of the voters.
The meeting ended early and we had to get out before 8:00.
February 22, 2010
Present: Councilman Buddy Baker, Audrey Baker, Cynthia Black, Angela Bryan (St. Luke's), Johnathan Carrera, BG Wadholm,Jamie Kunzmann,, Lamar and Mamie Throneberry, Scott Gillihan, and Melissa Gordon.
Cynthia called the meeting to order at 8:00. She introduced Melissa Gordon who will be taking Blaine's spot at NRC. Melissa asked what RUN did well last year and what was not so good. Scott said we got lots of information on emergency management but not well at improving our web site. Jamie said supporting the farmers market was a good thing. It was followed by a general discussion on tearing down the swimming pool to put in a garden. We all seemed to think it was a good idea.
BG and Jamie talked about how we could get more members. Cynthia remembered how Bernadette said she felt not welcomed when she started coming here and the whole image of RUN with neighborhood watch. We talked people for other parts of the world who have moved here and changed the face of the neighborhood. We talked about Light of the Nations as a way we could reach new members.
Buddy said the new police station has started work and should be open in 12-18 months. He as been working on the sound walls along the I-40 construction and a remote start law. He said no community centers would close out here despite trouble at the Parks Department. We would like more information on the new Police station and maybe we could get someone from metro to tell us more about it.
Angela talked about teaming up with the kids at Bass and other school to give the children something to do. We would also like some kind of clinic to aid the uninsured folks around here.
January 11, 2010
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Present: Councilman Buddy Baker, Audrey Baker, Cynthia Black, James Bradford, William Bradford, Angela Bryan (St. Luke’s), Johnathan Carrera, Brenda Hix, Tiffany Israel (NRC), Sean Siple, Lamar Throneberry, Mamie Throneberry.
In the absence of RUN leadership, the meeting began at 7:10 pm with Councilman Buddy Baker reporting on the newspaper report that West Park and McCabe Park Community Center’s will be closed. Councilman Baker will check on the validity of this report.
Councilman Baker reported that the full council will vote Tuesday, November 17 on the moving of West Precinct. Several individuals are still fighting the move to the former Ford Dealership.
Those who want to support the move should email the full council by using the address firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask them to please pass the resolution to move West Police Precinct to 5500 Charlotte Avenue. Those without email can call At-Large members or members who are against or undecided:
Tim Garrett-Home: (615) 859-1047; Cell: (615) 351-4175
Megan Berry--Phone: (615) 291-6737
Ronnie Steine-Work: (615) 862-6780 Home: (615) 385-9757
Jerry Maynard-(615) 862-6780
Charlie Tigard-Work Phone: 256-7146; Home Phone: 646-3295; Cell Phone: 243-3295
Emily Evans-Home Phone: (615) 356-6294
Bo Mitchell--Work Phone: (615) 477-6718
Jim Gotto-Home Phone: (615) 883-3087
Michael Craddock-Home Phone: (615) 226-0521
Councilman Baker continues to work on the sound wall to continue to Beacon Square and Charlotte Park.
Sean Siple thanked RUN and the community for its support to the West Nashville Farmer’s Market. The organization will go before the Parks Board next week for a review. Next year’s market will operate May-October and will possibly move behind the Tennis Court. Crafts will only be featured once a month.
An additional proposal is pending to turn the defunct public swimming pool into a teaching garden to be used by several schools including St. Ann’s, Cohn, Sylvan Park Elementary, Park Avenue Elementary to use for educating its students. If Good Food for Good People takes over the pool, Metro would not have to pay $75,000 to tear down the pool.
Sean also asked that RUN support his USDA application.
Tiffany Israel announced an upcoming meeting at West Nashville UMC on Tuesday, December 1. This meeting brings together several neighborhood associations, local businesses and the Metro Police.
Angela Bryan invited everyone to the Thanksgiving Lunch and Health Fair at St. Luke’s on Saturday, November 21 from 11 am to 2 pm.
There was a motion to cancel the December RUN meeting. The motion was seconded and approved by the group.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:10.
September 14, 2009
Billy called the meeting to order at 7:00. There were no old minutes because Scott missed the August meeting. Jamie said they talked about the fire on Morrow Road and moving the Police station to the old Ford dealer at 5500 Charlotte. Blaine passed around a petition on that subject. Norma reported that there was $759.03 in the treasury.
Brenda and B.G. invited everyone to the health fair and carnival on September 19th from 9:00-2:00 at the 61st Ave church. Scott asked if we could recruit a candidate to run against Buddy in the 2011 election. Everyone seemed to think it was a good idea, but Billy reminded us that in the RUN by laws, RUN could not endorse any candidate. Angela reminded us that St. Luke's had stimulus Money that could help folks with their house payments if they meet certain conditions.
Blaine and Brenda gave a recap of the meeting with the North precinct. Their will be another meeting with the Police Monday. The meeting was adjourned early so we could all catch the Titans game.
Submitted by Scott GillihanSeptember 13, 2009
River Music--Sorry I missed the August RUN meeting. I went to a concert downtown and when I bought the ticket I didn't realize it was on RUN night.
Digital Age--You may have noticed I have a proper email address now. I am also working on a MySpace and Facebook page. It's what all the kids are doing. It is all very strange to me so bear with me as I am dragged kicking and screaming into the the 21st century.
Gail Kerr--I hope y'all got a chance to read Gail Kerr's piece August 15 in the Tennessean. It was about the Metro law against discrimination of gays. Our councilman Buddy Baker was featured. Buddy and I have not agreed on every issue but he is right on this one.
Marketplace--I hope y'all have had to chance to visit the new farmer's market in Richland Park. I have been there the last two Saturdays and it seems to be thriving. If you haven't been there yet be sure to go before it gets too cold.
The Price of Freedom--I am sorry to hear about Cynthia's cousin who was wounded in the war.
Movin' the Cop Shop--I think it is a good idea to move the West precinct down to the old Ford dealer, but I do have two thoughts on the subject. First, I thought Metro was broke and are laying off employees. How can we afford to buy the land? But if the property is cheap enough it might be a good deal. Secondly, Richland Creek runs right by there and the Richland Creek people have talked about putting a pocket park in there. They want to extend the Richland Creek Greenway to Charlotte and eventually to West Park. Perhaps the two projects could be combined.
VFW recycles--In case you haven't heard, they have moved the recycling center from Wal-mart to the VFW another mile down the road. It's better than nothing I suppose but it's way out of the 20th district now. I take the recycles from work to the center at TSU, which is out of the way but a lot closer.