Tygard has his LED bill back to invade neighborhoods. Notice the bill has a new staff reviewer. Jennifer Regen has been replaced by Kathyrn Withers. We can only wonder why this is. On the staff report under Staff Recommendation there is only one sentence "Staff recommends approval." [p. 58] There is no reason why. The last staff report of this same bill stated that " the staff recommended disapproval of the bill as drafted because electronic signs would be permitted without adequately safeguarding neighborhoods.." Is the BZA now the safeguard? The citizens will once again have to attend a meeting during working hours to safeguard their neighborhoods and if Bell Newton's comments are correct great numbers of neighbors will make no difference in their decision. However, it did make a difference when neighbors and Bobby Joslin didn't want the bus station near their neighborhoods.
Has anyone questioned why neighbors and neighborhood organizations were not represented on the LED Task Force? Was Burkley Allen the only neighborhood representative that had ever really voiced her opinion before the task force was formed? Who else supposedly represented the resident citizen? Who picked them? Did neighborhood groups get to appoint a representative?
Those that Tygard did claim sit on the task force to represent neighborhoods, didn't they really have a vested interest in the signs for their employer? What about Mrs. Shepherd? Doesn't she work for the Catholic archdiocese? Don't the Catholic archdiocese have schools and churches in neighborhoods that might want a sign? Wasn't Burkley Allen the only person on the task force to vote no? Wasn't this task force set up by Tygard to rubber stamp his bill?
How does this bill really differ from the last one? If this bill passes doesn't it become harder for the average citizen to fight? Can Nashville Publc Schools afford these signs? Is this bill being passed for private schools and churches, and of course Bobby Joslin?
Ever see the sign at the church in Joslin's commercial? It was recently cited by Codes for being in violation of the law. So was the Donelson YMCA that recently gained approval for their sign through the BZA.
If you read the Planning Commission report you will find that Sam Coleman has a bill that would allow cell towers in neighborhoods. Now we can be cooked with radiation while we watch the LED sign messages change at night.
Sunday, June 07, 2009
An anonymous Enclave reader observes and opines: