Brentwood 2024 — How Do You Think We Should Wisely Spend Tax Dollars?

Wishing you a meaningful Martin Luther King Jr. Day as we honor his legacy.  I hope you are warm & safe during this winter weather, had a fantastic holiday season and enjoyed time with friends and family. As we move into the new year, it signals the start of our City Budget and Capital Spending process.  Brentwood Commissioners collaborate with City…

The Holiday Season in Brentwood and opportunity to improve Old Smyrna Road

I’ll start out by wishing you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a Joyous Holiday Season!  In Brentwood, there is plenty of holiday cheer to go around, and we have much to be thankful for as we move from Thanksgiving to Christmas. One of my favorite traditions is the lighting of the Christmas Tree at Brentwood library.  This year…

Brentwood Tennis, Pickleball, Parks, And Walkability — October 9 2023

First and foremost, I want to say thank you for all the encouraging emails, calls, and texts.  My letter about the squandered opportunity to partner with Williamson County was hard to write and send, but I felt like if I didn’t say something, I would be part of the problem.  I’m going to follow up on that as well as…

Brentwood Squanders Racquet Collaboration With Williamson County

Whether you see it as a deliberate move or as poor decision making, four of your elected Brentwood Commissioners squandered the opportunity to do a $10-12 million indoor tennis & pickleball facility as a 50/50 partnership with Williamson County.  This was worth more than $5 million to the Citizens of Brentwood.  In the past I have not criticized fellow commissioners…

Indoor Tennis/Pickleball Facility On “Pause” For Review, Franklin Road, Wilson Pike, And Other Brentwood News

June is one of my favorite times of year in Brentwood, with the summer concert series in full swing and the worst of the heat and humidity still weeks away (I hope). First and foremost, I’d like to thank all the people who came out and voted in the election this spring.  Voting in an uncontested election is not at…

What Makes Brentwood “Brentwood”? Election Day Thoughts

Tomorrow (May 2nd) is election day for Brentwood’s City Commission, and as I ask to serve another term, it is also an opportunity to reflect on what makes Brentwood “Brentwood.” Growing up here, it seemed obvious.  Brentwood is that area between Franklin and Nashville that seemed to have the “best of both worlds”.  Even in the early 1980’s when Brentwood…

Tennis, Roads, Parks and People — March 2023 Budget Update From Vice Mayor Nelson Andrews

March – can you believe it? It feels like I ran right past the first of the year, and things are moving quickly everywhere I look. Wasn’t it just days ago we were making a New Year’s resolution, and now we are here giving something up for lent. As a commissioner, it also means: The May 2nd election is getting…

Brentwood Holiday Events, Year-End News & Comments From Vice Mayor Nelson Andrews

Before anything else, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a Joyous Holiday Season. As the end of my first term as Vice Mayor and Brentwood City Commissioner approaches, I will say it has been a remarkable experience. This newsletter is longer than I prefer, but with two Brentwood elections happening these next 6…

Remembering Commissioners Smithson, Chalfant and the Way Forward

Since my last newsletter, we have lost two remarkable public servants with the passing of Regina Smithson and Bert Chalfant. I am profoundly grateful to have had the pleasure of knowing both, and will miss them each. There is no “replacing” Commissioner Smithson, but as a commission we are tasked with finding someone to fill the unexpired remainder of her…

Brentwood Budget And Update From Commissioner Nelson Andrews

I hope this finds you well and having a great start on your summer! This time of year we do Brentwood’s budget, and I spend a lot of time thinking about how we consistently deliver important services in addition to things we love such as parks and our beloved library. In addition to daily operations, we are called to think…