The Metro Nashville Council has released their agenda for their February 1, 2022 meeting. $70 million dollars in taxpayer funds appropriations is on the agenda.
Other topics on the agenda include license plate readers, greenhouse gas reduction, zoning and more.
The issue of license plate readers looks to continue to be a contentious one, as it was at the last council meeting. BL2021-961, the ordinance creating a six month license plate reader pilot program, generated a lengthy discussion and a spirited debate. It originally had six proposed amendments. A late filed amendment was approved and two amendments were withdrawn. After a lengthy discussion, but it initially failed to achieve the required two-thirds vote to move to a vote on the legislation. After discussion was apparently exhausted, it wound up passing on the second reading by a vote of 22-11, with two abstentions.
This license plate reader ordinance will be up for the third reading final vote at the next council meeting and cannot be amended. If the last meeting was any indication, there will likely be more spirited discussion on this issue.
Another important issue that will be considered at the next meeting will be, RS2021-1303, a resolution, “requesting the COVID-19 Financial Oversight Committee to recommend to the Metropolitan Council the appropriation of not less than $70,000,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to be appropriated to the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development for economic development in disadvantaged communities, with particular emphasis on Bordeaux and North Nashville and for funding of the Nashville Small Business Recovery Fund.”
This resolution allocates $25 million a year for two years for “economic development in economically disadvantaged communities in Nashville.” $15 million is reserved for the economic development of Jefferson Street and $10 million is reserved for the North Nashville and Bordeaux community. It also provides $10 million a year for two years to the Nashville Small Business Recovery Program to “support local economic development by maintaining small business operations and creating/retaining employment in Metropolitan Nashville.”
The resolution is sponsored by councilmembers Kyonzte Toombs, Sharon Hurt, Brandon Taylor, and Jonathan Hall.
RS2022-1358, a resolution “adopting a Metropolitan Government community-wide target of an 80% reduction in annual greenhouse gas emissions from 2014 levels by 2050,” is also on the agenda for consideration. It is sponsored by councilmembers Zach Young, Tonya Hancock, and Russ Bradford.
Other issues on the agenda deal with zoning, zoning exemptions, further allocations of funds, contract approvals, and grant approvals.
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