* Seniors: 2019
- Enhance access to needed services through community events, facilities, and other amenities tailored to our senior population
- Ensure local availability of healthcare providers and services
- Assure a safe and secure residential environment
- Understand the different priorities of our senior population and how best to a provide the resources necessary to transition into retirement and accommodate the changes inherent to a dynamic senior lifestyle
* Budget and Taxes 2019
- Maintain conservative financial practices that will appropriately fund our existing obligations while refining city amenities, services, and operations
- Oppose property tax increases
- Seek out alternative funding sources whenever and wherever possible
- Maintain a balanced budget that does not shift current debt burdens to the future
- Continually review city fee structures to ensure that our city service charges and assessments are equitable but supportive of any service allocations
* Infrastructure and City Services 2019
- Develop and maintain an infrastructure that adequately supports city growth both now and in the future – an infrastructure based on proactive, not reactive ideology
- Grow and maintain a professional public safety force founded in prevalent training, state-of-the-art resources, and a character based on responsiveness, respect, and service
- Continually monitor and remain ever-vigilant to local and regional crime trends and enact thoughtful preventative and perceptive policies as needed
* Transportation and Traffic (thoughts from my 2018 campaign for state representative)
- Every day, about 25 thousand residents commute not only from Williamson County to Davidson County but from Davidson to Williamson Counties as well.
- Over the next 10 years, it is predicted that an additional 25 thousand people will call Williamson County home and by 2040, our county population may exceed a half a million
- Traffic congestion and concerns will only become worse with the growth of our business and residential communities.
- We must continually explore new ways to alleviate traffic congestion.
- In the near future, new roads and roadway improvement projects must be planned to coincide with new growth.
- Some low cost programs that can be emphasized to help control congestion include increased carpooling, school bus ridership, and ridesharing.
- Partnering with businesses that may offer staggered or flexible work hours, may also help control traffic during peak hours.
- New mixed-use developments may further relieve some traffic congestion as residents can “live, work, and play” in a single environment.
- New traffic patterns and more turn lanes can also be used to increase traffic flow without significant costs.
- One innovative way to relieve traffic congestion on IS-65 is to modify current berm lanes to handle routine traffic during specific peak flow hours as traffic enters and exits the greater Nashville area. Safety ramps could be placed at predetermined intervals to permit emergency egress. Under this plan, an additional lane could be made available in short order at a reduced cost.
- New state-of-the-art traffic management technologies can also be installed and launched with regional coordination. These systems can reduce congestion by up to 20% through improved traffic flow patterns and better synchronization of traffic signals.
- At present, it is difficult to predict how far advancing technology will take us in the future. “Smart” cars and driverless mass transit vehicles may someday make even the most efficient traffic systems obsolete.
* Green Space and Parks 2019
- Protecting and preserving Brentwood’s natural resources and enhancing our existing park system to its maximum extent
- Growing our trail system whenever and wherever possible through enhanced connectivity along with deliberate greenway and trail extensions
* Zoning 2019
- Maintain 1-acre zoning requirements to protect and preserve Brentwood’s unique communal and residential identity
- Maintain 5% commercial zoning limits while balancing convenience, availability, and the pleasurable atmosphere that is the very essence of Brentwood
- Enhance Town Center and Hill Center amenities with a revitalized street scape that may include a Franklin Road overhead pedestrian walkway to seamlessly join those respective centers
* Ask and Innovate 2019
- Think outside the box by pressing local businesses to support the needs and desires of our citizens in return for commercial interests
- Maintain a receptive stance on community needs and how best to improve our city both now and in the future
- Challenge improprieties and shortcomings through remedy and reform