One huge reason that Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors recently appointed a sign task force was because of the controversy stirred up by Charlie Tygard's attempt to allow various non-profits in neighborhood areas to have distracting business-type LED signs.
One of the things the task force should look into--beyond the visually disruptive and potentially collision-causing hazards of large LED billboards anywhere in Nashville--is the possible carcinogenic effects of the main element of light-emitting diodes, gallium arsenide.
Did you notice the co-chair of the LED task force? Her name is Jane Alvis and she is a registered lobbyist for Lamar Advertising. Looks like Dianne Neighbors is putting the fox in charge of the hen house. I am still looking to see if Bobby Joslin is on the list.ReplyDelete
Why was Larry McWhirter, former Donelson councilman, named to the task force? Nobody has seen or heard from him since he left office in the early 1990's. Appointing a person who has not been active with community issues in almost 15 years seems suspicious. We might need to go back and check his old campaign financial disclosures as well as his voting record. Could there be a leftover payback for a supporter in the mix?
Neighbors is just doing what Tygard, Joslin and the good ole boys are telling her to do.
If enough digging is done, we will discover that this task force is stacked in favor of the sign companies. Just another way to avoid the democratic process.
I agree with the previous commenter. This task force looks rather one-sided in favor of the business community. Where are the other task force members representing the residential part of the community?ReplyDelete
co-chair- Burkley Allen-Neighborhood leader
co-chair- Jane Alvis -Registered lobbyist Lamar Advertising
Dan Haskell -registered lobbyist, Greater Nashville Hotel and Lodging
Debby Dale Mason-Nashville Chamber of Commerce
Patricia Totty- Hadley Park Neighborhood
Anne Withers- ?
Chris Whitson- BZA, Belle Meade resident, doesn't even live in Nashville area governed by sign code
John Brittle- Real Estate
Bob Cooper- Metro lawyer for the Council
Stewart Clifton-Planning Commission
Terry Cobb- Head of Codes Department
Judge Dumas-Environmental Court, who will have to preside over codes violations in court
Larry McWhirter- Donelson councilman almost 20 years ago
Sonny West-well enough said here
All they are missing is Joslin and lawyer Tom White. Maybe they are controlling this committee by proxy.