Metro Council met Tuesday night for its second meeting of the month. An agenda is published prior to each meeting and can be found on Metro's website. Here are three things that happened at last night's meeting you should know about:
1. Council asks Metro to not invest in for-profit prisons
Metro Council passed a resolution Tuesday that asks the city to stop investing money from its employee pension fund into private prisons. Councilwoman Erica Gilmore, who sponsored the resolution, says Metro has nearly $1 million invested in CoreCivic, a for-profit prison headquartered in Nashville.
The resolution passed 20-3.
2. Residents can now address the council before certain meetings
Beginning at Tuesday's meeting, Nashville residents are now able to speak on a topic of their choosing for two minutes prior to the second meeting of the month. However, with that also comes several rules, including the following stipulations:
- Residents may sign up to speak once every 90 days. If you fail to appear and check in, you will forfeit your opportunity for the next 90 days.
- Registration must be received no later than the close of business the Thursday prior to the scheduled second Tuesday meeting.
- Speakers must check in from 5:45-6:15 p.m. on the second floor of the courthouse.
See a full set of rules here.
3. Plans scrapped for food waste recycling facility
The council removed legislation that would move forward with plans for a food waste facility. The center was proposed for a plot of land in the northwest part of the county at 4648 Ashland City Highway.
The proposed facility was introduced by nonprofit Resource Capture and would operate by accepting up to 30 tons of food waste per day for handling, processing and storage. It was overwhelmingly opposed by residents in the district, according to newly elected District 1 Councilman Johnathan Hall.
You can find the full piece of legislation, which was on third reading and withdrawn Hall, here. Below is a map courtesy of Metro of recycling centers, with East and Omohundro accepting compostable items food waste.
The council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the David Scobey Council Chambers at the Metro Courthouse. The courthouse is located at 1 Public Square in Nashville.