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Good Evening Chairman and Commissioners,   I represent Citizens for Old Natchez Trace and we have been receiving complaints about extremely heavy trucks frequenting this scenic, historic road.  We have in the past raised the question of weight limits for the ONT since its improvement with a sensitive template in 2014.  These very heavy vehicles add overwhelming stress to the new road bed and we would appreciate the Highway Department taking a look at weight limits for the ONT to protect and preserve it.  Weight limits will add more years to its life and enhance the experience and safety of travelers on foot, on bike and in vehicles as they travel the Trace.   It is said that repetition is the key to learning.  So I will say it again, residential growth does not pay for itself….taxpayers pay for it.  We recently had a property tax increase and are now being asked to vote for a sales tax increase to fund growth.  If growth is so good for us….why are our taxes rising?    The Homebuilders Association of Middle Tennessee has taken Williamson County to court in their efforts to refuse to pay the educational impact fee passed by this county commission to fund school costs.  It is the predatory residential developers who are reaping huge profits due to our excellent school system and yet they refuse to contribute to the funding of schools that county taxpayers must build for the people buying their houses.     This uncontrolled growth, which is the code of a cancer cell, is endangering what is left of our historic, scenic landscapes and rural roads.  I implore you, as elected officials, to adopt preservation and protection tools which are currently available to curtail this runaway growth train from completely consuming the intrinsic scenic, historic and…

  • Good Evening Chairman and Commissioners, I have some good news for one of our county’s scenic historic roads and  then I would like to opine on the bad news for our county’s treasured  rural roads.   This week and early next week the Old Town Historic Daffodil Project  with be planting 7000 historic daffodil bulbs along the frontage of Old  Town on both sides of the Old Natchez Trace.  The American Daffodil  Society has been very supportive of this project and some of its  members from numerous states have contributed bulbs to it.     There is an article in the…

  • Good Morning,   Stephens Valley is a controversial mega density residential subdivision being built on the endangered Natchez Trace Historic Rural Landscape as recognized by the Tennessee Preservation in 2016.    There has been and will continue to be persistent community push back to this subdivision.  Before you is a request for a storm water variance.  This request varies from the existing state storm water regulations of a ratio of 2:1 for drainage area to amount of pervious pavement and Metro’s 1:1 ratio and requests a 7:1 ratio.    SV wants to use pervious pavers in its alley ways.  I…

  • Good Evening Chairman and Commissioners,   I represent Citizens for Old Natchez Trace.  I am here tonight to request that the planned turn lane from Sneed Road onto the Old Natchez Trace be removed from the road improvements list that is required for the mega density Stephens Valley subdivision being built on the Natchez Trace Historic Rural Landscape. Our community is overwhelming pleased with the Williamson County School Board, who listened to citizens’ concerns, and made the decision to zone the students who aren’t even here yet to Fairview schools.  This will take a significant amount of traffic pressure off…

  • Good Evening, All, William Murtagh, the First Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places stated, “It has been said that, at its best, preservation engages the past…. in a conversation with the present…. over a mutual concern for the future.”   For years, Citizens for Old Natchez Trace have been advocating for the protection and preservation of the historic, scenic, culturally significant and environmentally sensitive resources of the landscape Stephens Valley is being built on.   History is one of the important subjects taught in the curriculum of studies in our schools.  Our county is blessed with a rich…

  • Good Evening, Chairman and Commissioners,   I realize you have some serious school funding issues before you which are the result of the extremely huge amount of growth continually being approved  in our county.  I think it is important to note that the 6 cities in the county are responsible for pulling 85% of the building permits….the rest are in the county.   Of concern to those of us in the Grassland area is the approval of the mega density Stephens Valley subdivision which currently has Grassland school zoning however there are no students in the subdivision yet.  Some county…

  • Good Evening Chairman and Commissioners, I am sure all of you know that Senator Douglas Henry passed away March 5th after an exemplary career of service to Tennessee in the state Senate.   A friend of his told me that someone once asked him how he wanted to be remembered …….and he simply said, “I just want TO BE remembered.”   So in his honor I would like to remember some of the things he did for Williamson County.  While he was not my senator, he was very influential and many causes were dear to his heart.  Years ago, after…

  • Good Evening Chairman and Commissioners,   I bring you good news this evening.  Mayor Anderson and the Highway Department are aware of the Old Town Historic Daffodil Project which has begun on the Old Natchez Trace.  Last Friday, we planted over 1200 historic daffodil transplants from Natchez Mississippi on our end of the Old Natchez Trace.  This fall more historic daffodil bulbs…these are bulbs formally registered with the Royal Horticultural Society or known in gardens prior to 1940……will be planted along the frontage of Old Town on both sides of the Old Natchez Trace.  These bright harbingers of spring are…

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