April 28, 2008

RUN Meeting Minutes - April 2008

Attended by Blaine Ray, Angela Bryan, Dave Wascher, Ron Burch, Gina Ruff, Billy Walls, James and William Bradford, Audrey and Buddy Baker, BG Wadholm, Bernadette Ash, and Scott Gillihan.

Billy called the meeting to order at 7:00 and set out notebooks for anyone who wanted to help with the bylaws and other committees to help RUN. He also informed the group about the new mailbox by Taco Bell on Charlotte Pike, thanking everyone for their phone calls.

Scott announced that the spring cleanup of 51st Ave. would be Saturday, April 12th. He also shared photos of construction waste near Richland Creek Update: there will be a cleanup of Richland Creek May 29th. More information later.

Bernadette Ash was nominated to the RUN Steering Committee. There will be a meeting of the committee Tuesday, April 29 at St. Luke’s.

Blaine shared results of the poll of neighborhood concerns in which “better relations with the police” and “curbing youth crime” seemed to be the most popular. Angela talked about her meeting with the police and neighborhood watches. Blaine was asked to provide RUN with updated crime information. Bernadette talked about a recent shooting on Michigan Ave and BG talked about cars getting broken into on Pennsylvania Ave. Crime will be the focus of the next RUN meeting.

Angela said there will be a “schools out” festival at St Luke’s on June 7th. BG and Brenda announced the date for the Light in the Nations Block Party / Health Fair: Saturday, September 20.

Councilman Baker noted that there was core drilling for a sound wall along Synder and Westboro. Toward the close of the meeting, Ron and Councilman Baker talked about the Public Works Department and waste disposal in Metro Government.

The meeting ended at 8:00.

April 9, 2008

Issue Prioritization 2008

In March, residents who have attended 4 or more RUN meetings during the past 12 months were asked to rank the issues that they want to work on most during the upcoming year.

Here were the top vote-getters:

1. Improve RUN's Relationship with the Police.
2. Make Parks, Playgrounds, Etc. Safe for Youth .
3. (tie) Public Transportation - Improve West Nashville Bus Route .
3. (tie) Address Concerns Regarding Traffic, Semi-Trucks, Etc.
5. (tie) Improve 51st Avenue / Improve Neighborhood Entrance from I-40 .
5. (tie) Create a Disaster Plan for West Nashville.
7. Dumping - Deal with Illegal Dumping / Get "No Dumping" Signs for RUN.
8. Richland Creek Cleanup
9 Strengthen Relationship with Local Businesses.
10. Street / Alley Cleanup

RUN Meeting Minutes – March 13, 2008

Attended by Blaine Ray, Scott Gillihan, Mamie and Lamar Thronebury, William Bradford, James Bradford, Councilman Buddy Baker, Audrey Baker, Dave Wascher, Angela Bryan, Bernadette Ash, Gina Ruff, Cynthia Black, Norma Hand, Billy Walls, Brenda Hix, and BG Wadholm


Billy called the meeting to order and the minutes to the February were approved save for the Night Out Against Crime section. The group decided to hold the 2008 NOAC event at St. John’s Church while Charlotte Park will hold their event at Nashville West. Billy, Angela, Scott, Norma, and Gina volunteered for the NOAC committee.

Proposed bylaw changes were discussed briefly and then tabled.

Norma announced that $405.55 was available in the treasury.


Billy and Gina talked about producing a newsletter although distribution is still a problem. Billy said there will be more emergency training offered by the American Red Cross this summer.

We discussed the Bells Bend meeting and found out that 75 citizens signed a petition opposing the development; 0 citizens signed a petition supporting it. Audrey informed us about the Overlook at Nashville West, which will have two new hotels where the Howard Johnson once stood.

We next discussed the moving of houses to Deal Ave like they did on 61st Ave. Blaine provided site plans for the structures to the rest of the group. Most of the attendees agreed they liked the houses but Mamie and others voiced concerns about putting two houses on one lot so long as they are connected.

Mail drop box - Billy asked everyone to call Walter at 383-2056 to get a mail drop box in Charlotte Park. Norma announced that the HG Hills store is closing April 5.

Bernadette said that the potholes and crosswalk at Richland Head Start had been fixed. Good job, but nobody could get a hold of Benny Word at Metro Public Works regarding speeding on Morrow Road. Buddy said he is working on cameras at West Park and Charlotte Park to cut down on crime. Audrey asked everyone to remember Sylvester Henkel and family in their prayers.

Scott reminded everyone the 51st Ave clean up is April 12. He also asked for help cleaning up construction dumping along Richland Creek. The last bit of good news was about former RUN president Cynthia Black being nominated for the Stroble award for volunteers by St. Luke’s. Good luck Cynthia, we know you deserve it.

The meeting ended before 8:00.