Brentwood Update for October — Rendezvous at Ravenswood, Public Safety Day, and the Environment

This past month, our environment has been making headlines even more than usual.  While the press writes mostly about the global situation, I want to take this opportunity to talk about what we are doing here in Brentwood Tennessee.  But first, some news:


National Leaders to Attend Rendezvous at Ravenswood this Thursday – October 10

  • Senator Marsha Blackburn and Congressman Mark Green are both attending along with many other state, county, and city leaders.
  • Congressman Mark Green will present a proclamation to Brentwood celebrating 50 years.
  • There are still a few tickets available at a cost of $125, which includes:
    • Live music by Tyrone Smith and the highly energetic 12-piece band “Super T”
    • Dinner by Dream Events and Catering
    • A “Brentwood 50th Anniversary Signature Drink” by Pennington Distillery
    • Whisky tasting by Master Distiller Carter Collins
    • Remaining tickets are available both at the City of Brentwood offices and on the Brentwood 50th Anniversary website —
  • All proceeds go towards a City of Brentwood 50th Anniversary community improvement project to benefit our citizens for decades to come.  More on this later.
  • Additional details can be found at and

Brentwood’s Public Safety Day reminds us that home Sprinkler Systems can save lives through a dramatic demonstration:

  • On Saturday, September 28th, Brentwood Fire and Rescue demonstrated how a fire can spread in a home — click image for the video:
  • They also showed the difference a home sprinkler system can make — click image for video:

Brentwood City Commission Votes to Ban Commercial Scooters

  • This ban only affects dockless small vehicles made available for short-term rental.
  • It does not affect privately owned scooters or other personal vehicles.
  • If at some future time, a transportation solution becomes available that citizens feel would benefit our community, this regulation can be revisited.
  • More information can be found at

City of Brentwood Finance Department receives another GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence

Brentwood Earns Two National Communication Awards

Another reminder — the Census has started

  • Census workers are currently verifying addresses and will be in neighborhoods soon.
  • If you have questions, you can call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.


October 10 – The Rendezvous at Ravenwood Gala

 October 21 – “Ravenwood Raptor Classic” Golf Tournament

Technical Data and Information – focus on our Trees and Environment:

Emerald Ash Borer  — an urgent threat to some of our most valuable trees:


Brentwood’s Tree Canopy – compiled from staff reports and research:

  • The City of Brentwood periodically does a study of our tree canopy to see how we are doing with our trees and general environment. Our most recent formal study is from August 2013.
  • Using maps for 1997 and again from 2010, this report shows that Brentwood had maintained a stable tree canopy during this period at 39 percent.
  • Notes from our Park’s Department indicate that in most comparable communities, the coverage was around 33 percent, so we are above average.
  • Our impervious surface percent in 2010 was 18.9 percent compared to 14.4 percent in 1997. The 1997 percentage was probably due to the amount of farmland in Brentwood at that time.  Our impervious surface area rose 4.2 % during the years between 1997 and 2010, which tells us that about 1,110 acres were paved during that time.
  • There was a very slight increase in canopy during these 13 years basically equating to a stable canopy.
  • Overall, with increased growth, this report shows that Brentwood has been good stewards of the environment, balancing growth with maintaining its natural resources.
  • You can find a full copy of our most recent tree canopy study at
  • A special thanks to Erin Kiney at our Parks Department for tracking down this data and lending her expertise.

Environmental Advisory Board:

Biking and Walking in Brentwood

  • Brentwood has an active community of citizens encouraging biking and walking around our town.
  • The City of Brentwood Bicycle and Pedestrian Ad Hoc Committee commissioned and published a report on the state of our city and opportunities to improve and expand our bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs.  You can find that report at
  • An outcome of this committee’s work is the new Greenway Trail helping connect Powell Park to Maryland Way park near Maryland Farms.  It is well under way and should be finished by Halloween.
  • Bike Walk Brentwood is the local chapter of Bike Walk Tennessee, and they frequently organize events like last week’s “Bike to School” day.  You can find more information on Bike Walk Brentwood at

Brentwood Green Space


There are many, many other groups active in our community, and I can’t possibly recognize them all.  In addition to the above, we have:


Thank you again for all your support!


Nelson Andrews
Brentwood City Commissioner
“From Brentwood, For Brentwood”

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