Brentwood Update — Greenway Trail, Battle of the Badges, Sewer Detail, and more

Thank you for all your support during the Brentwood City Commission election this year!  My work as City Commissioner is challenging, but I enjoy it and I am learning a lot about our city.

As part of my work, I will periodically send emails and post information about what I see going on. I welcome feedback, and appreciate your perspective if you don’t mind responding.


  • As City Commissioner, I have a seat on the Parks Board, Tree Board and the Brentwood 50th Anniversary Committee.  If you need to contact me about the commission or any of these boards, my commission phone is 615-917-1384 and my email is

  • Construction of Phase 1 of Brentwood’s new Greenway Trail connecting Powell Park to Maryland Way Park is really coming along!

      • Thank you to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Ad-Hoc Advisory Committee for all your work, and for recommending this multi-use trail after considerable research and study.
      • Thanks too to Bike Walk Brentwood for your continuing work for our city.
      • I want to be sure we remember all the work that went into this project, including the 1997 Brentwood City Commission that set this land aside, the 2017 Brentwood City Commission that amended the special restrictions to allow for this improvement to our trail system, and last year’s commission for approving the budget.  I’m glad I got to be here to approve the final construction and see this come to life after all the hard work by those who came before me.
  • Our annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive is this week — Aug 21 from noon to 6PM and Aug 22 from 6AM to 6PM at Brentwood Library.  Brentwood Police, Brentwood Fire & Rescue, and Williamson County Sheriff’s Office are competing for “the prize.”  To register, please visit and enter sponsor code: brentwoodbattleofthebadges.
  • Tennessee Soccer Club is using Crockett Park fields for their Fall Battleground Tournament to be held September 13, 14, and 15.  More information and team signup can be found at—events/battleground-t-o-c.
  • The Friend Foundation will hold their 2019 UpStander 5k, hosted by “Friends to the Rescue”, on Sunday, September 29th.
  • Metro Nashville has started work on improvements to Edmondson Pike near Brentwood.  If you travel Edmondson Pike, be aware of the construction and impact, including detours.  More information can be found at

As you may have heard, the climax of Brentwood’s 50th Anniversary Celebration is coming up on October 10, with The Rendezvous at Ravenswood.

The event features live music by Tyrone Smith and the highly energetic 12-piece band “Super T”, dancing, and dinner by Dream Events and Catering featuring an array of gourmet food and Ravenswood Mansion specific desserts such as:

  • Emmeline’s Dream,
  • Lucy’s Lavender Lemon Curd Tartelettes, and
  • Marcella’s Maple Whiskey Blondie Bar

Tickets for the Rendezvous at Ravenswood are $125 and will go on sale Saturday, August 24th at 10AM. They will be available for purchase online at and in person at Brentwood City Hall, located at 5211 Maryland Way, from 10AM-noon. Cash and checks will be accepted at City Hall. Credit cards are accepted online.

Technical Data & Info
Maintaining the infrastructure of Brentwood is an important job of the City Commission, and our Water and Sewer Department is a big part of that.  Here are some things you may know, but that I’ve learned during my first few months on the commission:

  • Why doesn’t Brentwood have its own sewage plant?  About 30 years ago, the EPA issued an order that required Brentwood to abandon its sewage treatment plant located at Deerwood Park and connect to Metro.
  • Do other cities operate without a sewage treatment plant?  Several other cities, including Belle Meade, Lavergne, and Goodlettsville are wholesale customers of Metro and operate under the same agreement.
  • Can Metro just “end” our contract and refuse to treat our sewage?  No.
  • Why not?  In addition to legal reasons, Metro has a more practical reason to maintain our connection even without the EPA order.  Part of their sewage from north of OHB is actually transported through our system before going back into their system through the Brentwood pump station.  Therefore, if they ever did cut us off, they would have to redesign and construct new sewer service transmission lines for a portion of their own service area.
  • Brentwood is planning to build a large sewage storage tank.  Is this because we have built too many homes and hotels?  The planned storage tank is needed because of stormwater (rain) that gets into our system during wet weather.  This tank gives Brentwood the ability to handle peaks in rainy weather without having any sort of overflow at the pump station. The stormwater and sewage stored in the tank will then be pumped out during off-peak times.
  • Does Brentwood have a long-term master plan for the Water and Sewer System? Yes.  You can find it and a lot more here:


·       Full City of Brentwood Calendar:

Thank you again for all your support!


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

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