Mayor Requests Funding For City, County Upgrades

Posted at 3:50 PM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 16:50:20-04

Mayor Megan Barry filed a funding request with Metro Council for more than $26 million for upgrades to key projects like public safety, public health and even Nashville Public Libraries.

Barry requested a 4 percent reserve fund Monday.

“These investments will go a long way towards promoting public health and safety while improving the overall quality of life for residents in Nashville,” said Mayor Megan Barry. “Our Metro employees are working very hard to serve the residents of Nashville and keep up with the rapid growth of our city, and we need to ensure they have the equipment and facilities necessary to do their jobs well.”

The funds requested for public safety included phase 1 of in-car computer upgrades for police officers, which are necessary to support the body worn cameras which were funded in Mayor Barry’s FY2018 Capital Spending Plan.

Other upgrades included radio and server equipment, replacement vehicles for police and fire, as well as maintenance and equipment for fire halls and fire fighters.

Upgrades to public heath for Davidson County included $1 million for renovations, repairs, and new equipment at Nashville General Hospital, $1 million for maintenance at the Knowles Assisted Living Facility and the Nashville Community Care & Rehabilitation Center at Bordeaux, as well as $100,000 for maintenance at the Woodbine Clinic.

The resolution also included $187,500 for the Metro Historical Commission to repair and erect historical markers throughout the city.

“Nashville is fortunate to have a rich history that has shaped the city we all love,” said Mayor Megan Barry. “With these funds, we will be able to truly honor that history by eliminating a ten-year backlog of historical markers in just one year.”

The Metro Charter allows the mayor to recommend the use of 4% reserve funds to buy needed equipment or pay for building repairs for Metro departments.

Director of Finance Memo To Council

Detailed Summary of Expenditures:

$41,7000 for the Davidson County Election Commission for equipment
$20,000 for the Department of Codes and Building Safety for computer equipment
$295,000 for the Department of Finance

  • Performance-based budgeting & community engagement tools
  • Metro-wide upgrades to credit card machines

$11,268,000 for the Department of General Services

  • Fleet replacement
  • New vehicles for Beer Board and Codes
  • Knowles / Bordeaux deferred maintenance, equipment and repairs
  • Woodbine Clinic deferred maintenance

$190,000 for the General Sessions Court for digital recording system for all courtrooms
$4,531,2000 for Information Technology Services

  • 800MHz radios and tower obstruction lighting
  • End-of-life replacements for telephones, network, server equipment
  • Portable radios for Police SID
  • 311 constituent response management system

$80,000 for Justice Integration Services for server replacements
$10,000 for the Metro Beer Permit Board for office and computer equipment
$116,000 for the Metro Council Office for a digital recording system for committee rooms
$190,500 for the Metro Historical Commission to purchase/replace historical markers and computers for new staff
$4,000,000 for the Metro Nashville Police Department for phase 1 of vehicle laptop and printer upgrades needed to support body worn cameras.
$1,000,000 for the Public Works Department for miscellaneous equipment
$50,000 for the Metro Planning Department for technological equipment
$500,000 for the Nashville Fire Department

  • Maintenance and repairs on Fire facilities
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Personal safety equipment and supplies

$1,000,000 for Nashville General Hospital for renovations, repairs and equipment
$1,000,000 for Nashville Public Library for books, periodicals, and library materials
$104,000 for the Office of the Trustee for office equipment and E-Gov system upgrades
$500,000 for the Metro Development and Housing Agency to go toward the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, whose building is owned by the city.
$1,250,000 for the Parks and Recreation Department 

  • Consolidated maintenance throughout the park system
  • Metro-wide camera equipment, new and repair
  • Red Caboose Park playground equipment