November UPDATE / 11.12.19

Notes from OUR First District 23 Partnership Council Meeting

Next Meeting: January, (day and time TBD)

We had a great turnout at Hillwood High School for our first District 23 | Partnership Council Meeting. Over 50 neighbors came together to discuss common concerns and interests—and to have a more prominent voice in decisions that impact our communities.

Welcome & Introductions | Thom Druffel

Our initial priorities and objectives for this Partnership Council:

  • Connecting the neighborhood associations within District 23 to share best practices and concerns. There is strength in numbers; by working together, we will have a more prominent voice in matters that impact our community.

  • Pursue a boardwalk connecting Hillwood HS and WM Pool & Tennis.

  • Complete “Radnor to River” trail project.

  • Pursue a dog park and playground equipment for the park at Carnavon & Hwy 70 – First, get neighborhood input.

  • Raise money for neighborhood improvements and charities through events like Parade of Homes. 12 South raised $20,000 from these events each year.

  • Create a District 23 Chamber of Commerce. Objective: to give district businesses a chance to network, advertise, and to support the district with funding for district improvements. Communities with strong chambers can accomplish more for their neighborhoods.

A REMINDER: You’ll want to be a part of this.

Please join us for our first

District 23 | Partnership Council Meeting

November 12th, at 6:30 p.m.

in the Hillwood High School Library.

Our neighborhoods have common concerns and interests. Coming together and sharing resources to address those concerns makes sense.


The Neighborhood Associations that currently make up the District 23 include: Belle Meade, Hill Place, Hillwood Neighborhood Association, Warner Park Highlands, Warner Park Neighborhood Association, West Meade Conservancy, West Meade Hills, West Meade Neighborhood Association, and West Meade Park Neighborhood Association.

TOGETHER, we can do great things.

Who buys a home in a neighborhood for commercial purposes?

Business in Home | Proposed Legislation BL2019-48 allows home-based businesses to legally operate in Nashville’s residential neighborhoods. Click and read the bill.


I do not support and will not vote for this bill. Here is why.


Enforcement is problematic—for two reasons.

  1. Metro does not have the resources to monitor and enforce complaints.

  2. The bill places the burden of reporting neighbors on you—which is not fair.


An increase in business activity in our residential neighborhoods will

  1. Create traffic and parking issues

  2. Generate business/commercial signage which will hurt the look and character of our streets

Residential neighborhoods are separate and distinct from commercial areas, AND they need to remain that way. Who buys a home in a neighborhood for business purposes?


5959 Sedberry Road will be closed for approximately 2 months for a culvert replacement and water main adjustment. Public notifications will be passed out to homeowners along the route as soon as the closure permit is issued. Schools and emergency services will be notified. Anticipated Road Closure: Nov. 21 through Jan. 21


Click and get a pdf of a detour map and project description/summary.

Stay in touch, please. 


My new contact info is:


Cell phone: 615-767-6458

If you have any information, announcements, or events you want to be shared, please send them to me.

Thanks, Thom 

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Thom Druffel | Metro Council | District 23   |   615.767.6458

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