Council votes down proposed East Nashville waste transfer station 37-1

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 10:41pm

A resolution supporting a proposed East Nashville waste transfer station was struck down by the Metro Council on Tuesday night by a 37-1 vote. And even though the decision wasn't contentious, opponents of the 100,000-square-foot waste warehouse packed the council chambers.

District 5 Councilman Scott Davis said the process had "a lot of sweat and a lot of tears and for some constituents, a lot of blood." The community opinion was "overwhelmingly clear" that district residents opposed the development of a garbage facility at 1000 Apex St., Davis said.

At-large Councilman Jerry Maynard was the lone dissenter, but he clarified his position on Tuesday night. Maynard said he simply believes a commercial entity was better than the crime that he claims currently occurs at the abandoned lot.

"I know the waste station is not the preferred business for that abandoned building," Maynard said. "I would ask that you would come together and say that the status quo for that site is unacceptable."

Maynard said he talked to two families who lived next to the proposed site — and they complained about crime and illegal dumping.

"Don't abandon those families that live across the street from this horrendous site that is a dump," Maynard said. "Work together with them."

The crowd at the chamber applauded when the council struck down the waste transfer station.

In other council actions:

  • The council approved a resolution asking Mayor Karl Dean to include the construction of a new high school in the Hermitage area in his capital spending plan for 2012-2013. Councilman Bruce Stanley harkened back to the days of Dupont High School in Old Hickory — and requested that a similar school be opened to "supplement the comprehensive curriculum at McGavock High School."
  • At-large Councilman Charlie Tygard asked that a bill requiring new Metro employees to live in Davidson County be tabled indefinitely to allow for more research. Tygard also presented his own research, which showed 46 percent of Metro employees who make between $60,000 and $70,000 live outside of the county. The bill is currently on second reading.

1 Comment on this post:

By: Ask01 on 7/4/12 at 10:01

From the article,

"The community opinion was "overwhelmingly clear" that district residents opposed..."

At least Metro Council listens to SOME citizens.

The majority of residents opposed the property tax, yet Metro Council 'bravely' defied those employing them to pass that bit of business.

Keep an eye on these people, fellow citizens, and when election time roll around, turn them out enmasse.

I will even help outside my district to drum up support to evict our current council.