Brentwood Update from Commissioner Nelson Andrews – focus on Parks, Bike Lanes, and news

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity at the City of Brentwood, with some remarkable developments for our Park System, resounding praise of our Water and Sewer department by Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Chief Engineer George Garden, and the opportunity to review some alternatives for extending our bike lanes down Granny White Pike.

As always, your perspective and comments are very important to me, and I want to encourage you to contact me at either if it’s not “on fire” and 615-917-1384 (voice or text) if it is.


Progress towards a new Brentwood City Park on Old Smyrna Road

  • Mayor Little and City Commissioners are discussing the idea of purchasing 52 acres of land on Old Smyrna Road that could one day become a park for the more than 1,900 homes and residents in the northern section of Brentwood.
  • The land located at 9135 Old Smyrna Road is currently owned by Lucy and Wilbur Sensing who currently operate the property as the farm known as Windy Hill.
  • You can find more detail by clicking here for the City of Brentwood website, and on this article in this Williamson Home Page.

Brentwood received high praise from George Garden, TDEC Chief Engineer, during a joint City Commission/Planning Commission Session on Sewers 

  • On January 30, the Brentwood City Commission and Planning Commission held a joint session on Brentwood’s Sewer System.
  • Our goal was to review Brentwood’s Sewer Master Plan, Hydraulic Model, Capacity Requirements, and our long-term sewer rehabilitation program.
  • George Garden, Chief Engineer, Division of Water Resources, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, had high praise for Brentwood.  His comments included:
    • Brentwood has done the best sewer rehabilitation in the state.
    • He is pleased that they know exactly what we do here in Brentwood because it is all well documented.
    • Brentwood is at the top of the list of communities in removing infiltration and inflow, and he feels like Brentwood is doing it very efficiently.
  • I walked out feeling this session thoroughly debunked inaccurate claims circulated by some about Brentwood having a “sewer crisis”.
  • At the February 10th meeting of the Brentwood City Commission, your commission unanimously authorized the city staff to move forward with the acquisition of land and easements for the Brentwood Pump Station Storage Facility Project.  This water storage facility has been in the capital improvement plan for several years and is part of our water and sewer master plan.  You can learn more by using this link to pull up the video of the Feb 10 City Commission meeting and viewing the discussion starting at time index 35:30.  
  • You can find a full copy of Brentwood’s sewer master plan using this link.

Brentwood Considers adding Bike Lanes to Granny White Pike during upcoming road resurfacing

  • Brentwood is considering adding bicycle lanes to Granny White Pike when the road is resurfaced later this year.
  • The proposed bike lanes are intended to connect the trails at Powell Park to the neighborhoods along Granny White as well as Brentwood Academy, Brentwood Middle, Granny White Park, and Brentwood High School.
  • A Public Meeting with project details will be held in the City Hall Annex Room on February 20th from 6pm-8pm, open house format.
  • You can find more information below and by using this link.

Brentwood Library Harry Potter Alliance Yule Ball and Tri-Band Tournament

  • The 4th Annual Yule Ball had approximately 130 attendees and raised $1,200 for Gentry’s Education Foundation, which provides one-on-one tutoring for at-risk elementary students.
  • The Yule Ball is hosted by the Chamber of Knowledge in partnership with the John P. Holt Brentwood Library.
  • Teen leaders are Sydney Dooley-Smith, President; Lucy Duddy, Vice President; Grace Dawson, Secretary; and Regan Enderle, Social Media Chair.

  • The Tri-Band Tournament was the centerpiece of the evening! All three entries were fantastic and showcased the abundance of talent in our local teens! Congratulations to the Tri-Band Tournament winners:
    • 3rd Place: Buchanan Street Blues
    • 2nd Place: Ali Mullendore
    • 1st Place: Full Stack
  • Full Stack is comprised of Andrew Byers, Sam Dixon, Riley Trauscht, and Jake Rosen. They will be the opening act at the May 31st Summer Concert in Crockett Park.
  • You can find full coverage of this fantastic event using this link.

Williamson County Schools posted a recently updated Five (5) Year Capital Plan

  • Highlights include:
    • A new building for Brentwood Middle – projected completion Fall 2023.
    • Money for a new high school in West/Northwest Williamson County – projected completion Fall 2025.
    • A 22-classroom addition and cafeteria expansion at Ravenwood – projected completion Fall 2022.
    • Ravenwood High Football Field Synthetic Turf – projected completion Fall 2021.
    • Note: Brentwood High School renovations are already funded and not on this list for future funding.
  • You can find the entire capital plan using this link.
  • There is a lot of good information about our county school system at  If you are looking for more information on topics like the funding, click on “Departments”,  “Budget and Finance”, and  “WCS Open Finance”.
  • Thank you to school board representatives Sheila Cleveland for her help tracking down this information and Jay Galbreath for his consistent help and support.
Welcome to our recently appointed members of the Brentwood Tree Board
  • Dane Andersen (new)
  • Brian Evans (new)
  • Robbie Hayes (returning)
  • Lynn Tucker (returning)
  • Thank you to our outgoing board members as well as to all those who have served on this important board in the past.
Welcome to our recently appointed members of the Brentwood Historic Commission
  • Anne Goad (returning)
  • Sherry Hammond (returning)
  • Ashley McAnulty (returning)
  • Tara Volpintesta (new)
  • Thank you to outgoing commission members for your service and to all who have served on this important board in previous years.  Your service is invaluable.

Calendar:February 20, 2020 – Public Meeting on the Granny White Bike Lanes

  • The City of Brentwood will hold a public informational meeting on Thursday, February 20 to discuss the possibility of adding bike lanes along both sides of Granny White Pike.
  • The session will be held from 6-8pm in the Brentwood City Hall Annex Room using an “open house format”, so you can come whenever your schedule allows.
  • Please stop by to learn more and to share your perspective on the project.
  • More detail is below and online using this link.

February 27 – Brentwood History Bowl 

  • The Sarah Bayrd American History Bowl returns Thursday, February 27 at 7 p.m. at Brentwood City Hall.
  • Top students from local high schools compete for fabulous prizes.
  • Find more information on this History Bowl and Historic Commission using these links.
February 27-May 7 (Thursday nights) – Brentwood Citizens Fire Academy
February 28, 2020 – retirement party for Lexie, Brentwood K9 Officer
  • City Leaders, the department, friends, and her handler will celebrate the career of Brentwood Police K9 Officer Lexie, who retires from duty after 8-years of service (is that like 56 years to us?).
  • The community is invited to attend the event at Brentwood Library on the afternoon of February 28, 2020.  Festivities begin at 3:30 pm with a brief ceremony following at 4pm and wrapping up no later than 5
  • There will be a dog friendly smash cake and some surprises from community businesses.   We do ask that pets stay at home.
  • Now that she’s retired, Lexie will continue to live with Officer Holder and his family.
  • Officer Holder will continue his duties as a traffic reconstructionist with the Brentwood Police Department’s Directed Enforcement Team, and Lexie will be succeeded by K9 Officer Pax.
  • You can find more information at
March 5-May 14 (Thursday nights) – Brentwood Citizens Police Academy
April 4 – Arbor Day

This Month’s Focus: Bicycle Lanes and Working Towards an Interconnected Parks and Trails System

Our City of Brentwood is blessed to have a healthy and expanding system of parks and trails.  Over the years, we have made considerable progress towards interconnecting our parks and trails in a way that adds to their enjoyment.

You can get a feel for where we are in this process by using this link to pull up an interactive map of Brentwood’s current system.

The online map shows our parks in green, and our trail system in black.  You will probably notice that on the east side of I-65 we have a fair amount of continuous tails and connections to most parks, while the west side of I-65 looks more like islands.

Over time, the City of Brentwood has been working consistently with groups like Citizens for Brentwood Green Space and Bike Walk Brentwood to find opportunities to fill in gaps in the system and allow our city to become friendlier to bicycles and pedestrians.

With the upcoming resurfacing of Granny White Pike, the opportunity to add bike lanes has been brought before the Brentwood City Commission.  Granny White’s location makes it important to the trail system because of the two parks, three schools, and numerous neighborhoods and residences along this corridor.

We are considering three options:

  • Option 1 – Provides for four-foot-wide bike lanes with a three-foot-wide striped buffer area between the bike lane and the vehicle travel lane.  Vehicle travel lanes would be 11 feet wide.  This option would eliminate the center turn lane along most of the corridor, but left turn lanes would still be maintained at all intersections.  At the intersections where turn lanes are provided, the buffer area would be eliminated, and bike lanes would be reduced to three feet in width.
  • Option 2 – Provides for three-foot-wide bike lanes with no buffer area between the bike lane and the vehicle travel lane.  This option would keep the center turn lane and intersection turn lane but reduce the vehicle travel lane widths to ten feet.
  •  Option 3 – The third option would be to keep the road striping the same as it is today, with no bike lanes added.


If Option 1 is elected, a turn lane would still be used in areas of Granny White Pike near schools and neighborhoods.  The following picture illustrates how the bikes lanes would transition in these areas.  

Brentwood is holding an open house on February 20 as an informal and drop-in style meeting to review the proposed options and hear your thoughts on the plans.   The meeting will be from 6-8pm at Brentwood City Hall located at 5211 Maryland Way in the annex room on the second floor.  Residents are encouraged to drop in at their convenience and discuss the plan with City engineers, engineers from Kimley-Horn and other staff.  If you  cannot attend but have some thoughts on this, please email me at


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