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DEC 2017 THE YEAR 2017, as with most years, has had its share of changes and challenges:

Personnel: In March our City Manager of four years left to accept a position with Metro Water Services. Replacing someone with experience and institutional knowledge is always a challenge, but the City was fortunate to fill the vacancy by May 1 with the hiring of Amanda Rhinehart.

Help ensure a tranquil summer in the City

SEPT 2017 Summer is a lovely time to live in Forest Hills. The trees are fully leafed out and landscaping is at its best. The longer daylight hours offer more time to be outside playing with the kids or relaxing on the patio. Unfortunately, the increased opportunity to be outside can bring its own sources of irritation.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.



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.


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.”



Metro planning now more strategic

DEC 2017 The year 2017 has been especially busy in Metro Government as Nashville grows by upwards of 80 new residents a day and builds to accommodate that growth.

This summer the Metro Council’s operating budget process was improved in some ways and diminished in others—I was the lone “no” vote on the operating budget because I know we can and should do better. I am pleased that with effort and intention, our capital improvements budgeting process is evolving from the “wish list” of yore to a better strategic planning document.

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!

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.



Parking restrictions ensure safety

DEC 2017 As 2017 comes to a close, we would like to take the opportunity to offer a few guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety during festivities.

Parking. With holidays coming up, remember that our parking policy applies to residents as well as contractors/service personnel. Emergency vehicles must be able to navigate through our streets.

Parking or stopping on City roads, streets, or rights-of-way is prohibited in these cases:

Noise abatement in the City

SEPT 2017 In addition to being just generally annoying, excessive noise can be harmful to the health and welfare of citizens. Title 11, Chapter 3 of the City of Forest Hills Municipal Code prohibits unreasonably loud, disturbing, and unnecessary noise within City limits. Unless the complaint is stemming from the following enumerated sources, the City of Forest Hills is limited in the actions that can be taken to mitigate the situation.