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Council Member Proposes Residential Caucus

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Metro council member has proposed a residential caucus to help the city address residents' concerns or questions.

With his drilling company around for nearly 30 years, Bruce Long knows what it takes to get to the bottom things.

"One of the problems we've had out here is the lack of water, specifically enough water to run a fire hydrant," said Long.

When Metro Water took ownership of the water supply to Bradau Road back in 1995, there was a two-inch water main, but the size of that water main has become a major problem for Long and other businesses owners on the road.

"Lack of water could control whether or not you are able to stay in business or be able to operate. I know there are businesses on this road that burned down and were not able to rebuild," said Long.

District 14 Metro Councilmember James Stanley has a plan he said will allow all concerns to be addressed, and addressed quickly.

"I would like all the metro council members to join this Residential Caucus and be one voice, one unified voice, when they direct these infrastructure needs to the department heads," said Stanley.

Made up of metro council members, the Residential Caucus would address issues across the city as one, not from different districts, which takes more time.

"The residential caucus could be the first step in making sure we get the appropriate services out to the citizens of metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County," said Stanley.

It's a plan that Long hopes won't take the next group more than 15 years to begin talks about a solution.

The Residential Caucus would meet four times a year to address issues.

The idea has been presented before the metro council, but was deferred until Councilman Stanley can speak with Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors about the process next week.


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