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JULY 2016 NEWSLETTER
LETTER FROM ALLIANCE FOR GREEN HILLS
PRESIDENT, ED COLE


With the weather being hot and summer schedules being complex, our impatience with things like traffic and deadlines can reach the tipping point! As you read through this July newsletter from the Alliance for Green Hills, hopefully you will see that we are working together to move the tipping point of frustration to a tipping point of satisfaction! Our June Community Meeting provided an overview of the many Alliance initiatives currently underway. Our hard-working Board member, Elizabeth Miller, walked us through the plans for a Transportation Summit, our wayfinding initiative, a Green Hills Park Fall Festival, and other activities that you can find described in this newsletter. Also in the newsletter are details about how you can become involved in one or more of these activities. For example, by taking the transportation survey (its easy…just click the link) you can help us set the agenda for those topics that will receive attention at our Transportation Summit. If you want to help, or be a sponsor, at the Fall Festival, there is a link to sign-up. If you want information about voting in the upcoming primary and general elections, you will find it in the newsletter. And, happening very soon, you will find information about attending the event planned by the Cumberland River Compact. In short, there are many opportunities for you to both be informed about things going on across Green Hills and to be able to quickly connect for more information and involvement. 

While our mailing list for the Alliance is growing rapidly, we want to make sure that anyone and everyone with an interest in Green Hills receives this newsletter and other communications from the Alliance. Feel free to forward the newsletter and encourage others to join the exciting journey that is getting underway in Green Hills. Even though it is hot and calendars are complex, we want more and more people to find time in Green Hills to be satisfying, not frustrating! Happy summertime!

JUNE COMMUNITY MEETING RECAP

ALLIANCE FOR GREEN HILLS - MOVING FORWARD
Our June community meeting featured a discussion of our ongoing initiatives. If you have followed our organization, you know that we have a Foundation in place, which is a critical step for securing project funds to improve Green Hills. Through this Foundation, we can build partnerships to make changes sooner, rather than later! 

Over the past several months, the Alliance for Green Hills has carefully worked through a variety of proposals to address transportation and traffic, access to greenspace, and beautification. We are now working on the cost and logistical details for holiday traffic solutions during the Holidays in Green Hills, a wayfinding system for the "Green Hills Center" and a Green Hills directory to unify the community -- to name a few.  

We are also planning for a Transportation Summit, a fall festival and fundraiser, and much more. See details on these initiatives below. Stay connected through our website and Facebook page
WAYFINDING
A wayfinding system is about much more than getting from point A to point B. Thoughtful placement and design will lend cohesiveness and identity to the Green Hills Center - and beyond. We are working with Informing Design (designer of existing wayfinding schemes in Nashville). Phase 1 will include 6 pedestrian wayfinding signs. Contact us to get involved or to donate!
TRANSPORTATION MEETING
We are committed to gathering all stakeholders to the table to discuss what can be done to alleviate traffic issues on Hillsboro Pike. To accomplish this, we are assembling a panel of experts to outline our options. We want to hear from you! All survey results will be forwarded to the panel.
FESTIVAL AND FUNDRAISER
... AND A MOVIE
Join us at the Green Hills Park Festival and a Movie for local food and vendors, followed by a family-friendly movie under the stars. Interested in hosting a booth or serving as a sponsor? Click here to get started.
HOLIDAYS IN GREEN HILLS
We are working on a plan for the Holidays in Green Hills, tentatively set for December 16-17. The proposal includes decorations, a trolley circuit in the Green Hills Center, off-site employee parking, caroling - and more. We need sponsors and volunteers to make this the best it can be. Contact us today!
GREEN HILLS DIRECTORY
With your help, we have identified a need for a current, local, online directory app with shops, churches, community groups, hotels. A link to this directory could become part of our wayfinding program. Stay tuned!
SIGNS, SIGNS, SIGNS
Green Hills has no shortage of signs. If we plan to add to the sign-scape through wayfinding, we should be thoughtful about the over-abundance of existing signs. In addition, safety signs are critical to supporting multi-modal transportation. Know of a trouble spot for pedestrians or bikers? Know of a sign that is out-of-place, redundant or obsolete? Let us know here

BUDGET NEWS, ELECTIONS ON THE HORIZON

MESSAGES FROM METRO COUNCIL
Council Member Mina Johnson
  • Council Member Johnson commented on the Metro Budget process, noting that Metro Council approved an almost $2.1 billion operating budget and $475 million dollar capital improvements budget. The budget includes funding for the Hillsboro High School renovation. The tax rate will remain the same.
Council Member Russ Pulley
  • Council Member Pulley is consulting with Public Works to review the safety of intersections along Hillsboro Circle in Green Hills. He stated that this review is coming together quickly and he should have an update to share quite soon.
FROM LISA PIERCE OF THE NASHVILLE ELECTION COMMISSION
Click on the flyer above for the early voting schedule. Click on the flyer to the right to volunteer for August 4th and November 8th elections!
STAY INFORMED
 Sign up to receive newsletters from Metro by Department and District. Watch Metro proceedings on Channel 3 or via the live stream
FIND THE BEST VIEW
If you have trouble downloading or viewing this format of newsletter, try viewing it in your browser (see link at top, right corner of the newsletter).
THANK YOU to Lisa Blaustone at the Hampton Inn - Green Hills
for her hospitality in hosting our board and community meetings.

TWO PLANNING PROCESSES, NEW SURVEYS

GET INVOLVED in the comprehensive, yearlong master planning process for Metro Parks and Recreation.

GET INVOLVED in upgrades to the Strategic Plan for Sidewalks and Bikeways with a robust public engagement process. 
METRO HORTICULTURIST, JENNIFER SMITH

THANK YOU to Jennifer Smith, Metro Horticulturist, for highlighting the importance of WalknBike at our Alliance for Green Hills June Community Meeting (see above for links to a new survey). 
Ms. Smith also announced that a Landscape and Urban Forestry Master Plan, along with the Technical Sidewalk Plan (under development), will form the basis for a street tree plan. In addition, two areas in Green Hills have benefited from partnerships with the Nashville Tree Foundation: the tree planting at Green Hills Park in partnership with Macy's (see our May newsletter for more details) and a revitalization on Abbott Martin and Cleghorn.  
Note: For those who are interested in protecting an older, significant tree, the Metro Tree Advisory Committee has "rediscovered" an ordinance to protect historic trees through a deed restriction. 

SNAPSHOT OF JULY EVENTS

JULY 9: "Restore Sugartree Creek" Meeting - GH Library
JULY 15: Early Voting Begins
JULY 15-16: Nashville Public Library Truth Booth
JULY 19: "Listen & Learn" Community Meeting with Dr. Shawn Joseph, MNPS - Hillsboro High School from 6pm to 8pm

*For meeting times and locations, click on links or see below. 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS - RESTORE SUGARTREE CREEK MEETING
SATURDAY, JULY 9 - STOP BY BETWEEN 10AM & 12PM
AT THE GREEN HILLS LIBRARY
The Alliance for Green Hills will NOT hold a community meeting in July. The next community meeting is scheduled for August 24, 2016. Dr. Shawn Joseph, Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools will be our featured speaker.

TWO PUBLIC MEETINGS

HEAR FROM DR. SHAWN JOSEPH, DIRECTOR OF METRO NASHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Dr. Shawn Joseph, Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools, will hold a community meeting at Hillsboro High School on July 19, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm. This is one in a series of meetings that are open to the public. As stated on the MNPS Children First website

"Through open dialogue and sincere interest in hearing what the community has to say, these sessions will help Dr. Joseph accomplish two central goals of his transition:

  • Learn more about the district and its needs
  • Incorporate input from families, staff and the community in the plan for moving the district forward"
RESTORE SUGARTREE CREEK
Meet at the Green Hills Library on Saturday, July 9th between 10am and noon for an informational meeting on The Cumberland River Compact's project to restore Sugartree Creek. The program format includes a short presentation at 10:00am followed by break-out sessions. CRC representatives will be available to answer questions and share details of the project till noon. Stop by anytime to learn how you or your organization can participate! Click on the flyer to enlarge. 
THANK YOU to Council Member Angie Henderson for alerting us to this exciting opportunity to improve Sugartree Creek. 

MORE COMMUNITY NEWS

THE GREEN HILLS ACTION PARTNERS
Congratulations to TGHAP for a successful Celebrate! Green Hills and Green Hills Historic Homecoming this June. For a video link to the Historic Homecoming presentation at the Green Hills Library, please click here
HILLSBORO HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS
Learn more about how you can support the Hillsboro High School Players. Click above to view the full flyer.
OUR VISION

UNIFY the neighborhood
CREATE beautiful, functional spaces
BUILD a better Green Hills for all


 
OUR FOCUS FOR 2016
 
EDUCATE our community
GATHER our resources
IMPROVE our transportation


Invest in the Alliance for Green Hills. Invest in a better Green Hills for all.
 

ALLIANCE FOR GREEN HILLS FOUNDATION


The Alliance for Green Hills Foundation was granted 501(c)(3) status in early March. This is an exciting step for our organization! Through this Foundation, we can do even more to realize our vision to BUILD A BETTER GREEN HILLS FOR ALL.  Please visit our website for more information about the Foundation and to learn about opportunities to invest in projects to improve our neighborhood. 
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