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THE MAYOR

Transition won’t prevent service at the highest level

Our City Manager of almost four years, Amanda Deaton-Moyer, is leaving to accept a management position with the Metro Water Department. (See page 2.) Her knowledge, training, and skills, combined with her ever-present enthusiasm and good humor, will be missed. On behalf of the elected and appointed officials of Forest Hills I’d like to extend a special “Thank You” for a job well done and “Best Wishes” as she begins a new phase in her career.

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Changes, challenges leave their mark on the City

The City has seen its share of changes and challenges in 2016:

Elimination of the Hall Tax. After years of debate the Tennessee General Assembly finally pulled the trigger and voted to eliminate the Hall Tax by 2021. This means that about one half of the City’s revenues will disappear within the next five years.

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City’s Comprehensive Plan is a must-read

If preserving Forest Hills’ natural resources and open spaces is your passion, if ensuring that Forest Hills remains a single-family, residential community gets your heart racing, then the City’s Comprehensive Plan is a must-read.

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Take steps to ensure a safe holiday season

Last season City Hall received over a dozen reports of packages taken from mailboxes or front porches, and car break-ins seem to increase as cars are left unlocked at parties, shopping trips, and short errands.

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Comprehensive plan sets forth vision

Adopted in 2010, the Forest Hills Comprehensive Plan is the foundation for our zoning, subdivision and other regulations. The vision it sets out is a guide for decisions made by the City’s administrative staff and various boards and commissions.

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Satellites need support from next Nashville mayor

On August 6 the Nashville mayoral election will take place. With seven viable candidates it’s a crowded field and, as of this writing, there doesn’t seem to be a clear frontrunner.

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Talk of tax repeal comes every spring

It’s almost spring again, and with it comes the annual blooming of daffodils at the Harding Place intersection, the budding of cherry trees along Hillsboro Pike . . . and the recurring talk of repealing the Hall Tax from Capitol Hill.

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It’s time to review how far we’ve come 12.18.14

At the end of a year we all take time to reflect a bit on the past and look ahead to the future.

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Commissioners vote to extend bike path 08.27.13

At its June 2013 meeting the Board of Commissioners voted to extend the City’s bike path along Granny White Pike from Robert E. Lee to Otter Creek Road.

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City helps fund Percy Priest playground 05.21.13

At its March meeting the Board of Commissioners agreed to a request from the Percy Priest Elementary School PTO to fund $50,000 of the school’s $150,000 playground renovation.

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2011 was a busy year for Forest Hills 12.08.11

The past year has been a busy one for the City of Forest Hills. Some activities—the construction of a new City Hall for example—are highly visible.

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THE VICE MAYOR

Update on Bethel commercial building

You may have noticed the construction on the Bethel World Outreach Church campus at the intersection of Granny White Pike and Old Hickory Boulevard. The Church applied for and received the permits for an expansion of its main facility.

What you may not have known is that on March 25, the City of Forest Hills became aware that Bethel had requested an additional special permit to build a three-story, 36,000 square foot office building on the Granny White side of their campus right across from Forest Hills residents’ homes and 45 feet off the property line of Dorset Park.

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Kellytown board makes slow, careful progress

We are pleased to report continued progress on the Kellytown effort. On March 3, the Metro Parks board formally approved the establishment of Friends of Kellytown as a volunteer support group for Metro Parks.

On March 25, the Friends board met at Primm Park in Brentwood. Both Brentwood Mayor Betsy Crossley and former state archaeologist Nick Fielder were kind enough to let our group meet with them on the site and give us a tour. Primm Park is similar in many ways to the Kellytown site in that it was inhabited by Mississippian period Native Americans. The site also houses the beautifully restored Boiling Spring Academy dating back to 1832.

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COMMISSIONER

City seeks to improve Richland water quality

The hills of our City hold the distinction of being part of the headwaters of five different streams that flow though the greater Nashville area: Richland Creek, Chickering Branch, Belle Meade Branch, Sugartree Creek, and West Fork of Browns Creek. Additionally, our hills feed two other streams flowing through our borders: Otter Creek, and another unnamed tributary to the Little Harpeth River. All of these waterways, like all streams around Nashville, are part of the Cumberland River watershed.

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Percy Priest project led Trost to leadership

Forest Hills commissioner Henry Trost was a familiar face around Percy Priest Elementary for many years.

“With three daughters—now a senior, a sophomore, and a sixth grader—all of whom attended PPE, my wife Lynne and I were parents there for 11 years,” Henry said. In fact, Trost credits volunteer work at the school with his getting involved with the City of Forest Hills.

“I first became aware of the workings of City Hall while helping the Percy Priest Elementary PTO raise money for a new library,” he said. Before that interaction, he said, “I hadn’t given much thought about it.”

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METRO COUNCIL

Trees, sidewalks, zoning top my agenda

While it seems that spring started in January this year, I am still looking forward to spring blooms and more time outside in beautiful District 34.

Over the past two years, I have enjoyed attending the City of Forest Hills Cultural and Natural Resource Committee events and am eagerly awaiting the Native Plants Class and Sale on April 1. Hope to see you there!

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Natural resources, taxes top citizen issues

This fall marks my first year in office on the Metro Council representing and serving District 34, which includes the entire City of Forest Hills. It has been a busy year legislatively. Most recently, bills addressing short-term rental properties, a new one-touch make-ready policy for broadband installation on utility poles, and the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana have fostered interesting discussions and new policies.

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THE CITY MANAGER

Farewell, my Forest Hills friends

As a mom of an eight-month-old, I’ve begun to think of myself as a connoisseur of children’s books. The one on my desk currently is Night-Night, Forest Friends. It seems appropriate as my time at ‘the Hills’ is sun-setting. It is with bitter sweetness that I leave the City of Forest Hills to go on to be assistant director for finance at Metro Water Services.

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Staying safe with Neighborhood Watch

Forest Hills boasts of some of the lowest crime rates in Nashville-Davidson County. We want each and every one of our neighbors to fully enjoy the benefits of living in a safe community. To that end, we’re beginning a City-Wide Neighborhood Watch effort.

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Hall Tax elimination has significant challenges

As many of you know, the Tennessee General Assembly passed a law abolishing the Hall Tax by 2021. While the bill does not specifically address how that will be done, it is the intent of the law that the tax will decrease by 1% each year until it is totally gone.

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Comprehensive Plan a map to vision of City

Recently, the Board of Commissioners made updates to the Zoning Code. Through this process, we experienced wonderful public participation.

Among other things, the ordinance gave examples of what type of uses were prohibited in Forest Hills. The example that caused the most questions was the prohibition of short-term rentals.

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Protect the night sky from light pollution

The night sky is a resource that we often take for granted. Just like our hills, streams, and forests, the night sky is a true asset of Forest Hills.

Our little city is far enough away to be predominantly shielded from the “skyglow” of downtown Nashville. Since homes are spread out and we have retained much of our wooded character, ambient lighting is generally at a minimum.

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Outage leads to better plan for solutions

I think some of you will remember (with ire) the great power outage of Memorial Day, 2015.

The sun was shining and all was well—a little hot, if memory serves me well. And then, no power until midnight or later for many. With little communication from NES on the holiday weekend, many of you called City Hall with questions and voiced complaints.

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Drainage policies keep Forest Hills flowing

When it rains, it pours. This spring, that cliché has been both literal and very real. During the month of April the City received approximately, 6.33 inches of rain. Normal rainfall for April is approximately 4.08 inches. While this may not seem like much, we received it very quickly over a matter of only a few days.

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Sign up now for Google Fiber access

Google Fiber is coming and it’s coming to Forest Hills, too. So what does it mean and why is it such a big deal? Why are your friends and neighbors forcing you immediately to sign up? (By the way if you haven’t signed up yet, use this link to do it now. Reading this article can wait!) Currently, area providers (AT&T, Comcast, and others) use cable or DSL lines to deliver your internet access.

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Know your neighbors to create safe, healthy community12.18.14

Do you know your neighbors? Do you know who lives behind you, beside you, and up your street? Do they have kids? Are they kids themselves? In this day and age, it has become easy to say “I value my privacy,” erect a hedge, and lose touch with those around you.

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Construction rules restrict hours 08.01.14

As you may have noticed, or in some cases experienced, all sorts of construction projects are underway in Forest Hills. In the past three months, the City has issued 41 permits.

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Follow progress on City projects with SeeClickFix mobile app 05.07.14

Here is a scenario. You call into City hall with a pretty routine complaint: there is a giant pothole in front of your driveway that you hit every day on your way to work. The City responds with something like, “We’ll look into that and get back to you.”

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Understanding your local tax environment 02.12.14

One of my favorite topics is taxes. This is not because they fund governments (and by extension, me), but because they vary so substantially from place to place.

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Zoning balances preservation, progress 12.05.13

As I am sure you will agree, Forest Hills is very special, with preserved character unlike any other place in Nashville. Your Commissioners and I take great pride in maintaining that character while also allowing for progress.

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Thanks for your warm welcome 08.27.13

First, I would like to thank all of the residents of Forest Hills for such a warm welcome. Everyone I have met has exuded a special love for their community and that is very refreshing.

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