If You Could Name Streets

I know there is no chance of this happening, but here’s what I’m thinking.

So we have streets named after the old TV show Dallas.  We have streets named after baseball players.  We want to attract young urban professionals, families, people who work for a living to our community, right?  What better people than engineers, for example?  What do engineers like to watch on TV?  Star Trek!  So if I could name streets to attract buyers, I’d set up a subdivision called (drumroll, please)…

The Federation

Then use the following street names:

  • Klingon Way
  • Romulan Road
  • Andorian Lane
  • Spock Street
  • Picard Place
  • Kirk Corner
  • Roddenberry Road
  • Majal Court
  • Darmok Drive
  • Tanegra Trail

Oh the possibilities are endless….

What would you name a subdivision and streets?

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Possibilities & Opportunities Through Grants

With the recent changes within our City leadership, I often think that we have more possibilities for LaVergne.  It would be wonderful to see positive change that directly involves and affects the community.  However, in a city government that may be lacking the resources, how can you develop and sustain any new projects?

Grant writing is the answer that could bring many wonderful programs and ideas to life for residents.  Although the criteria, competition, and limitation to grants can be a drawn-out process, there are many available that could build or sustain new programs.  I’m  certainly not a professional grant writer, but I have researched, applied and been provided several individual grants.  My email is always full of grant alerts from many different resources and I’m always looking these resources over to see what funds can be found.  Grants are  available – this is what started my wandering mind imagining what great possibilities we could have for LaVergne!  For example,

2011 RBFF National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative
RBFF’s National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative is offering education grants for 2011. Youth-focused boating, fishing and conservation organizations are encouraged to apply by the December 27, 2010 deadline.

Key requirements of RBFF’s grant application guidelines include introducing boating and fishing to minorities and under-served communities. Special consideration is given to programs that:

  • Offer multiple on-the-water learning opportunities.
  • Encourage long-term involvement of participants.
  • Foster multi-generational participation, e.g., engaging seniors as youth mentors.
  • Provide adequate screening, selection and training of staff, instructors and volunteers (including a criminal background check).
  • Promote conservation education and include at least one conservation experience that actively engages participants in a hands-on activity.
  • Provide inclusive programming.
  • Support existing RBFF partnerships

Best Buy Consumer Electronic Grants

What are the Best Buy Consumer Electronics Recycling Grants?
The Best Buy Consumer Electronics Recycling grants are designed to help provide more environmentally responsible electronics recycling opportunities for consumers across the country.

Who can apply for the Grants?

  • Best Buy grants are open to any group across the country planning to conduct an environmentally responsible consumer electronics recycling event.
  • Grants are designed to defray costs for events already planned and allow groups to do more with their budgets. Grants range from $500 – $1500 per event, depending on the size and scope of the events.
  • Priority is given to electronics recycling events, but other types of events that include electronics recycling are considered.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund Grant

Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) grants are awarded on a quarterly basis after a thorough and selective application process. The grants are, for example, for travel team expenses, field lighting, and international requests. The application evaluation process takes three-to-six months, which depends upon the date that the letter of inquiry is received.

    These are only a few of the grants available – there are many more.  I don’t know all the details; however, I wonder if any thoughts or ideas on the development of new programs are ever discussed at the City Committee meetings.  So tell me LaVergne, what brilliant ideas do you have or would like to see in our community?

    Seeking Applications for City Committees

    Do you have the expertise to serve on a City Board or Committee, or ever thought about it, LaVergne?   I do have to admit the thought has crossed my mind a time or two!  Well it’s time to get out and contribute to our great City. The following committees and boards have vacancies to fill, according to the information from last night’s Board workshop.

    Historical Preservation Advisory Committee

    LaVergne Housing Authority

    Library Board

    Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee

    Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals

    Beer Board

    Greenway Advisory Committee

    Local Emergency Planning Committee

    Senior Citizens Advisory Committee

    Stormwater Appeals and Advisory Board

    There’s a description of each Board/Committee available on the City website, along with the application and procedures.

    Transportation Planning Meeting

    I received this from the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.  FYI…

    Rutherford County Mayors to Host Community Conversation with Area Citizens on Landmark Regional Transportation Plan

    Rutherford County’s political leaders Mayors Bragg, Burgess, Dover, Erwin, & Tune in partnership with the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, invite their constituents to learn more about major regional transportation planning efforts and important changes to public policy therein, at a “Community Conversation” next week tomorrow. Members of the public will have the opportunity to hear an in-depth presentation and submit questions and comments on proposed infrastructure investments to support the overall livability, sustainability, prosperity and diversity of the region, as well as that of Rutherford County.

    WHO:  Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg, Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess, Smyrna Mayor Tony Dover, LaVergne Mayor Ronnie Erwin, Eagleville Mayor Sam Tune; city & county planners; transportation planning professionals with the Nashville Area MPO; Rutherford County citizens, business & community leaders; representative from the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee.

    WHAT:  Community Conversation led by local political leaders and planning experts on short, mid, long-term transportation improvements for both Rutherford County & the Middle Tennessee region as a whole.

    WHEN: Tues., Nov. 16th, 2010; 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    5:00-5:30 p.m. Open House with refreshments served; 2035 Plan visuals on display for public consumption and conversation with MPO planning staff.

    5:30-7:00 p.m.  Presentation of 2035 Regional Transportation Plan (major policy initiatives) to Rutherford Co. residents, with commentary from Mayors Bragg, Burgess, Dover, Erwin and Tune, followed by Q&A.

    WHERE: Smyrna City Hall, Council Chambers, 315 S. Lowry Street; Smyrna, Tenn. 37167

    WHY: Governed by mayors & county executives from five-plus Middle Tennessee counties, the Nashville Area MPO is currently finalizing a major update to its multi-billion dollar regional transportation plan that includes a vast scope of federally-funded transportation projects. The MPO sets aside money for projects that support significant policy initiatives such as mass transit including modernized options for Middle Tennessee such as streetcar or Bus Rapid Transit, as well as walkable/bikeable communities, and roadway technologies to keep people & goods moving through the region.

    The plan depicts an innovative vision for regional transportation, but must also establish a path to realistic financial feasibility. As fuel prices rise, and demand for energy independence scenarios continue, what happens in the transportation sector is critical to everything from regional quality-of-life, to business and job recruitment and retention. This region is also expected to grow by another one million people over the next two decades; the plan presented on Nov. 9th attempts to address how those people might commute or use our transportation system to carry out their daily activities.

    LaVergne Loses Head of Planning Commission

    From Alderwoman Mosley,

    This is a very sad day for all of La Vergne. The city has lost a wonderful friend and the Chairman of our Planning Commission. Mr. John Rutledge passed away yesterday. Mr. John donated many years to serving La Vergne and cared deeply for his city. Mrs. Rutledge is our director of Tax Collection in the city and recently went through back surgery. Please pass this on to our friends on This is La Vergne and please remember this wonderful family in your prayers.

    Important Public Hearing on City’s Overlay Districts

    I received this notice from the city planner recently and feel it’s VERY IMPORTANT for citizens to attend this public hearing.  Scheduled on Tuesday, April 6th at 6:30 p.m., the hearing will be at City Hall located at 5093 Murfreesboro Road in LaVergne.

    City Planner Grant Green said,

    Single family homes and anything that has already been approved are not included – they will still have the current requirements. These districts are up for 2nd and final reading on April 6th. The first reading passed unanimously.

    This is something we really want the public and property owners to be aware of, as it will affect any new construction or major additions done within these areas. Brick, stone, or stucco will required for a majority of the building exteriors, and underground utilities and decorative streetlights will be required. We are running a public notice on Channel 3, and several of us in our building have put in a lot of time sending out public notices to approximately 400 commercial and industrial property owners, as well as property along main routes.

    Here is the public notice.

    The City of La Vergne will be holding a Public Hearing regarding two proposed ordinances to create overlay districts. The Waldron\Murfreesboro Road Streetscape District is proposed to cover the parcels along and near Waldron and Murfreesboro Roads. Properties having commercial and industrial uses and zoning will have increased design standards when 1) a new structure is built (excluding accessory structures); or 2) there is a 50% or greater addition to an existing structure (e.g. adding 10,000 square feet to an existing 20,000 square foot building).

    The South Waldron Overlay District is proposed to cover the majority of the parcels south of I-24. This district has all the same requirements. Multi-family residential (condos, townhomes, apartments, etc.) will also be required to follow these increased standards for development. Single family residential structures are excluded.

    Within these overlay districts, new development or the stated major additions will be required to have exteriors comprised of 75% brick, stone, and\or stucco. In addition, decorative streetlights and underground utilities must be installed.

    For commercial developments that include approved pedestrian malls and public squares, a road impact fee credit of up to 75% may be requested. This is intended to act as an incentive to encourage pedestrian-friendly commercial growth that lessens the impact on local traffic.

    The meeting will be held at City Hall, located at 5093 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne, Tennessee, on Tuesday, April 6th. The public hearing will begin at approximately
    6:30 p.m.

    This notice is being sent to you as a property owner within one of the two districts to include you in the planning process. Although you are not required to attend, this meeting and the public hearing are the public’s opportunity to voice their opinion regarding this rezoning request. Any concerns or questions regarding the proposed ordinances should be emailed to ggreen@lavergne.org in order to be added to the public record.

    Underground utilities are a HUGE benefit to neighborhoods, just as brick and stone exteriors would be.  There have been concerns about the use of stucco in the past – usually because of bad installation – but when done correctly it’s one of the oldest ways to cover a dwelling (think the pyramids and structures in South and Central America).

    I (hopefully) have attached the PDF files of the overlay here.  You should be able to click the links to open and save to review on your own computer.

    Murfreesboro-Waldron Road Streetscape District

    South Waldron Overlay District

    Try to come to the meeting if you can.  It’s a very big deal!!

    A Rock Quarry?

    Instead of shutting down an illegal operation, our city officials will work around the problem to bring it into compliance according to the DNJ.

    The 30-acre site on the edge of the city limits — located just off Interstate 24 exit 66 near Blair Road — was originally zoned as I-2, which would allow for grading. But Duggin Construction crews have been sizing and selling rocks mined from the site, which would classify the area as a quarry.  The mayor and city officials didn’t know about the quarry operation until a News Channel 5 investigation this week proved otherwise.

    Is this where that big rock slide was that shut down I-24 several months ago?