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Town Manager Weekly Update - Friday, September 17, 2021 

Fire Department

Three volunteers participated in the Williamson County training weekend. Nolensville also provided a tanker both days for one of the classes.

Five of our volunteers participated in the 9/11 memorial stair climb in downtown Nashville on Saturday morning.

The department set up a booth at the Broken Wheel Festival. The department provided medical standby as well as providing fire safety tips and items for children.

The goal of the remembering the badges blood drive that Nolensville participated in last week was 2,977 units of blood. When the drive ended on Friday afternoon the total was 5,143 units which will be used to help save the lives of 15,429 patients.

The Brentwood City Commission passed the automatic agreement Monday night. Within the next few weeks Brentwood and Nolensville will be dispatched together to reported structure fires.

A joint meeting was conducted with the Brentwood battalion chiefs and the Nolensville captains to discuss the response capabilities and priorities of each agency.

Public Works Department

Public Works finished the installation of one flashing beacon for the crosswalk at NES this week and poured the concrete for the second beacon. Installation and activation is expected to be completed by the end of the week. 

The department assisted the Codes department in vehicle transportation for hazard light installation. 

The department performed an oil change on one Police vehicle and starter installations on two Police vehicles for a cost savings of approximately $1300 over dealership costs. 

Engineering Department

Joel Cook, GIS Coordinator & Engineering Assistant, attended a Floodplain Management Conference Monday and Tuesday. 

The department met with two development teams to discuss proposed developments and with a property owner to discuss stormwater maintenance needs. 

Building Codes Department

The department updated the webpage to improve homeowner’s ability to obtain their own permit.

The department updated the webpage so that contractors can view and download IRC checklist*

Permits issued September 1-16:

  • Total permits                     50
  • New single-family            10
  • Food truck                           1 (Nashville Chicken & Waffle)

Inspections completed September 1-14

  • Total inspections              128
  • Avg. per day                       12.8
  • % pass                                  70
  • % fail                                     9
  • % canceled, & etc.           21
  • Starts                                    11
  • C of O’s                                4

Click here for more information. :2018 International Residential Code Checklist

Upcoming Meetings:

Economic Development Advisory Committee, Thursday, September 23, 2021, 3:30 p.m.

Town Events Advisory Committee Special Meeting, Thursday, September 23, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

Town Commission Work Session, Monday, September 27, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

Planning Commission Special Meeting, Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

Historic Zoning Commission, Thursday, September 30, 2021, 3:00 p.m.



Nolensville Fire and Rescue Department “Remember the Badges” blood drive
Nolensville Blood drive1
The Town of Nolensville Fire and Rescue Department has partnered with the American Red Cross to organize a “Remember the Badges” blood drive on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 from 1:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Nolensville First United Methodist Church located at 7316 Nolensville Road. To schedule an appointment, please visit www.RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code: Nolensville

This blood drive is in honor of the 20th anniversary of September 11. Middle Tennessee badges, government agencies and local community sponsors are collaborating from April through Sept. 11 to collect 2,977 pints of blood, equaling the number of innocent lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.


Zoning Ordinance Update Kick-off

Nolensville Kick-Off Poster 12Aug2021

Please join us in person or online on Wednesday, August 31 at 6:00 p.m. for our Community Kick-off event for the Nolensville Zoning Ordinance Update process. You can attend the event in person at Town Hall or online via Zoom. This kick-off event will give the community the opportunity to engage with Town staff and the consultants. It will also provide an overview of the process, begin the discussion for the long-term vision of the Town, and answer any questions.
 
For more information and updates regarding the zoning rewrite, please click the following link https://zonenolensville.com/.

Nolensville Contracts with KCI for Major Thoroughfare Plan Update

MTP

Nolensville's Major Thoroughfare  Plan (MTP) provides a snapshot of the Town's transportation system, its needs, and plans for the future. Since the last MTP was updated in 2017, Nolensville's population has grown dramatically.

Nolensville has contracted with KCI for an updated Major Thoroughfare Plan. This plan update will reflect Nolensville's changing landscape and provide a vision for creating a dynamic, multimodal transportation system. 

On August 3, 2021, KCI hosted a Stakeholders outreach meeting. Please click the link to view the Presentation.

The Public Kick Off of the study will occur on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.  Please follow this link for more information regarding KCI and the Nolensville MTP Update Information and Timeline.


Nolensville Farmers Market celebrates National Farmers Market Week

Farmers Market     
On August 7, 2021 the Nolensville Farmers Market will join with farmers markets across America in celebrating National Farmers Market Week. America’s 8,600 farmer’s markets serve as vital civic, economic, and nutritional anchors in communities across America. Here in Nolensville, the farmers market has served the community since 2014, feeding our neighbors and even through the pandemic, shining a light on local supply chains.

The Nolensville Farmers Market would be honored if citizens would join them in welcoming neighbors to the market. The market is also excited for visitors to see how it continues to provide food access to consumers and a livelihood to farmers.

To learn more about the Nolensville Farmers Market, please visit the  Website or Facebook Page.


Little League

The Nolensville 12 & Under Little League All-Stars are the Tennessee State Champions and will be playing in the Southeast Regionals vying for a spot in the Little League World Series! You can CELEBRATE their accomplishment this season and CHEER THEM ON into the regionals by attending a parade in their honor on Sunday August 1st beginning at 3:00 PM. The parade route is Oldham Drive to Dortch Lane to Stonebrook Drive and then Nolensville Road to the ballpark.


How to Reduce Damage from Future Storms

 Many Tennesseans are in the process of repairing and rebuilding from damage caused by the severe storms and flooding that took place from March 25-April 3. FEMA mitigation experts encourage all who live in areas prone to high winds and flooding to make some fairly simple changes to their homes to reduce damage from future severe storms.

"It is safer, cheaper, and ultimately much easier to limit future destruction than to repair it afterward," said FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer Mira M. Shird. "And, the rebuilding phase of a disaster is the ideal time to consider ways to strengthen your home to protect people and property.”

Some techniques require licensed building professionals to design and install. Others can be implemented by do-it-yourself methods and don’t require permits. Before undertaking improvements, homeowners are advised to check with their local building officials about their plans.

Protect against flood damage
Contact local emergency management officials to find out what is the hundred-year floodplain in your area and make changes that limit a flood’s ability to damage a home.

  • Raise Electrical Boxes, Major Appliances, and HVAC components at least one-foot above the 100-year flood level.
    • Circuit Breaker Boxes - Short circuits in flooded systems pose a significant fire danger. The likelihood of a flooded electrical system can be reduced by raising all electrical components.
    • Appliances - Washers and dryers can be elevated with pressure-treated lumber, or moved to a higher floor; and
    • HVAC - Exterior HVAC equipment should be elevated by a professional contractor.
  • Anchor fuel tanks - When floodwaters move an unanchored tank, the supply line may tear. Additionally, filling and ventilation tubes need to be above flood level so that water cannot get inside the tank. Anchor inside and outside tanks with properly sized ground anchors. For safety's sake, consult local officials and building professionals about the best methods for anchoring fuel tanks.
  • Install sewer backflow valves - Flooding can cause sewer lines to back up into houses through drainpipes. Backflow valves are designed to block drainpipes temporarily and prevent flow into the house. Have a licensed plumber or contractor install the valves.

  • Buy Flood Insurance: Understanding your flood risk allows you to make informed decisions about protecting your family and property. Flood damage is not usually covered in homeowner multi-peril insurance policies. The most common way to insure against flood damage to your home and contents is with a separate flood insurance policy. You can learn more about flood insurance coverage and costs at https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program.

Reinforce Vulnerable Areas to Minimize Wind Damage
High winds are looking for cracks to penetrate a home, because once high winds get in even through what may seem to be small openings, they can do tremendous damage. Here are tips from FEMA experts on methods to limit high wind’s ability to trespass into a home.

  • Strengthen Entry Doors and Windows - Install storm shutters over all exposed windows and glass surfaces. If replacing an entry door, use an approved, impact-tested door and install a dead bolt lock long enough to penetrate the 2X4 framing of the door. Also ensure the strike plate is installed with screws long enough to penetrate the door frame.
  • Fortify garage doors – Once wind gets through a garage door it can do tremendous damage to the whole house. A garage door can be reinforced by adding braces across the back of the door and by strengthening the glider wheel tracks. Modifications should usually be made a garage door expert. Consider purchasing a garage door built to withstand high winds.
  • Brace Gable End Walls - Anchor and brace the bottom of the gable end's triangular wall to the ceiling joists or ceiling framing. Strengthen the gable end wall studs and brace the top of the gable end wall by tying it to the rafters or tops of the trusses.
  • Keep Outdoor Gear from Becoming Windborne Missiles - Securely anchor all storage sheds and other outbuildings, either to a permanent foundation or with straps and ground anchors. Bolt outdoor furniture and barbecue grills to decks or patios, attach them to ground anchors with cables or chains. Secure trash cans with cables or chains attached to ground anchors or to wood posts firmly embedded in the ground.
  • Trees and Landscaping Tips – It is estimated that three-quarters of the damage done by trees in high winds could be avoided if trees had been properly cared for starting with planting. Plant trees at the correct depth by making sure the roots are at the soil surface. Trees planted too deep could snap off at the stem-girdled point during forceful winds. Avoid wounding trees by banging them with a lawn mower or cutting them with a weed trimmer. Wounds lead to decay, a condition that leads to storm-damaged trees. Prune trees to correct defects such as multiple leaders and weak branch attachments.

There is much more to know about strengthening a home and many resources on the FEMA.gov and Ready.gov websites. The fact sheet, Mitigation for Homeowners (fema.gov).

For more information on Tennessee’s disaster recovery, visit www.tn.gov/tema.html and www.fema.gov/disaster/4601. You may also follow FEMA on www.facebook.com/fema and Twitter @FEMARegion4


Does it Pay to Buy Flood Insurance?

As Tennesseans continue the often costly process of repairing and rebuilding after the storms and flooding that took place from March 25 to April 3, now is a good time for everyone to consider investing in flood insurance. It’s important to know that homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage from a natural disaster. Usually, the only way for homeowners, renters and businesses to be protected from the costs of floods is with a policy from the National Flood Insurance Program.  

“Experience teaches, but only if we pay attention,” said Myra M. Shird, FEMA’s federal coordinating officer for the affected areas in Tennessee. “Almost no one likes investing in insurance until they need it; then, people are very relieved they have coverage.”

Paying insurance premiums is almost always a less costly alternative than taking out a loan to repair flood damage. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary form of federal help following a federal disaster declaration. As of mid-June, 75 homeowners in the federally declared counties of Davidson, Williamson and Wilson, have taken out disaster loans from the SBA averaging $36,000 each. A flood insurance policy provides peace of mind and freedom from having to take on future debt.

The average annual cost of a flood insurance policy in Tennessee is $860 per year or about $70 a month. Policy rates vary based on what flood zone the home is in, age of the home, amount of coverage needed, and other factors. Even if your home is not in a designated high-risk area, it can still be flooded. Keep in mind, as many as one-fourth of all NFIP claims come from areas not designated as high risk.

The maximum coverage available for a residential building is $250,000 and $100,000 for contents. Non-residential (commercial) structures are eligible for maximum coverage of $500,000 on the building and $500,000 on contents. 

For additional information and to purchase an NFIP policy, contact your insurance agent today. You may also obtain comprehensive information on flood insurance on the floodsmart.gov website.

Homeowners and business owners are eligible to purchase flood insurance if their community is among the more than 20,000 communities participating in the NFIP. Participating communities agree to adopt and enforce floodplain management ordinances to reduce future flood damage.

For more information on Tennessee’s disaster recovery, visit www.tn.gov/tema.html and www.fema.gov/disaster/4601. You may also follow FEMA on www.facebook.com/fema and Twitter @FEMARegion4.


Disaster Unemployment and Free Legal Advice for Losses from Spring Storms
Disaster unemployment benefits and free legal assistance are two programs offered by FEMA and partners to assist disaster survivors with losses from storms in Davidson, Williamson and Wilson counties from March 25 through April 3, 2021.  

Federally supported disaster unemployment insurance is available for those who lost work due to the storms and who are not eligible for regular state unemployment benefits. This enables those who are self-employed to recover more quickly from their disaster losses. Workers whose employment was impacted by storms in Davidson, Williamson, and Wilson counties can apply online for DUA through www.Jobs4TN.gov. They can also call 1-877-813-0950 to apply by phone.

Residents with legal issues as a result of the storms may call 1-844-HELP4TN (1-844-435-7486). Callers may get information about contracts for repair or rebuilding, landlord/tenant issues, replacement of documents and other disaster-related questions. Callers should leave a voicemail message at the hotline and an attorney will return the call.

Attorneys are also available to answer questions online at https://tn.freelegalanswers.org/. Additionally, survivors can access information about their rights and resources, including links to upcoming legal clinics, FEMA information, and local resources at https://www.help4tn.org/. Disaster legal services are authorized by FEMA in cooperation with the Tennessee Bar Association and the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services.

Survivors in Davidson, Williamson or Wilson counties who have not already done so should apply now for FEMA assistance using one of these three options:

  • Visit DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Download FEMA’s mobile app for a smartphone or tablet. For more information, go to fema.gov/mobile-app.
  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available, and lines are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should provide FEMA with their specific phone number assigned to that service.

For more information on Tennessee’s disaster recovery, visit www.tn.gov/tema.html and www.fema.gov/disaster/4601. You may also follow FEMA on www.facebook.com/fema and Twitter @FEMARegion4.


Williamson County Health Department Moving Vaccine Distribution Out of the Williamson County Agricultural Center
Beginning Thursday, July 1st, the Williamson County Health Department will move vaccine operations from the Williamson County Agricultural Center to 1405-A Brookwood Avenue. The new vaccine site is located behind the health department’s Franklin Clinic and adjacent to the county’s administrative complex. Vaccinations will be available from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm for appointments and walk-ins.

For further information about hours of operations, please visit http://www.williamsonready.org/341/Health-Department-Vaccine-Distribution

Tennesseans age 12 and up are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals seeking a COVID-19 vaccine may schedule an appointment at vaccinate.tn.gov or search vaccinefinder.org to find a local vaccine provider in Williamson or surrounding counties.


 Over $2.8 Million in Federal Assistance Awarded to Tennessee Residents after Spring Storms

Over $2.8 million in federal assistance has been awarded for homeowners and renters in Davidson, Williamson and Wilson counties to help them recover from the storms, tornadoes and flooding that took place from March 25 through April 3. The deadline to apply for federal disaster assistance is Wednesday, July 7.

The federal declaration on May 8 allows those affected by the spring storms in the designated counties to apply for disaster assistance for temporary rental assistance and basic repairs to make homes safe, accessible and secure. Survivors may be eligible to receive assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from the storms. FEMA cannot duplicate benefits.

So far, over $880,000 in FEMA grants has been awarded to individuals and households and over $1.98 million in low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration were provided to homeowners and renters. Loans may also be available to businesses of all sizes and some nonprofit organizations to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance.

There are several ways to apply:

  • Download FEMA’s mobile app. For information, go to: gov/mobile-app.
  • Visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available, and lines are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should provide FEMA with their specific phone number assigned to that service.

For more information on an SBA loan, go to Disasterloan.sba.gov, call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or send an e-mail to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.

For more information on Tennessee’s disaster recovery, visit www.tn.gov/tema.html and www.fema.gov/disaster/4601. You may also follow FEMA on www.facebook.com/fema and Twitter @FEMARegion4.       


Resource Centers Open this Weekend to Help Individuals with March Flood Recovery
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is announcing the opening of three, Multi-Agency Recovery Centers this weekend in Davidson, Williamson, and Wilson counties to help residents impacted from the March 2021 flooding find recovery assistance and resources.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration, and local agencies will be available at the MARCs to help individuals understand various disaster assistance programs, apply for disaster assistance, and find other programs where they may receive recovery help.

MARC locations and operational hours are as follows:

Davidson County: The Davidson County MARC will close Sat., May 29, through Mon., May 31, for Memorial Day.
Plaza Mariachi (Live Music Venue)
3955 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
Opens Sat., May 22, and closes Sun, June 6.

Hours of Operation:
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon. through Fri.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat. and Sun.

Wilson County: Opens Sat., May 22 and closes Fri., May 28, depending on need
Wilson County School Administrative Training Center
415 Harding Dr., Lebanon, TN 37087

Hours of Operation:
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily, and Sat. and Sun.

Williamson County: Opens Sat., May 22, and closes Fri. May 28, depending on need
Grassland Middle School
2390 Hillsboro Road, Franklin, TN 37069

Hours of Operation:
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily, and Sat. and Sun.

The federal government granted a Major Disaster Declaration for Tennessee on May 8, 2021, for impacts from the severe storms and flooding from March 25, to April 3, 2021.

The Major Disaster Declaration will provide 23 counties with assistance to repair and replace infrastructure, and for emergency response measures.

The Major Disaster Declaration is also providing direct assistance to impacted individuals and households in Davidson, Williamson, and Wilson counties.

Individuals in Davidson, Williamson, and Wilson Counties can apply for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program in the following ways:
1. Apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
2. Call the application phone number at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585), 6 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Central Time.

The severe weather across Tennessee in late March caused seven fatalities and disrupted power to 15,000 customers. Some areas of Middle Tennessee received between 7” and 9” of rainfall in a 24-hour-period, resulting in the worst flash flooding event since the Great Tennessee Flood of May 2010.

About the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency: TEMA’s mission is to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery from man-made, natural and technological hazards in a professional and efficient manner in concert with our stakeholders. Follow TEMA on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and, at www.tn.gov/tema.

 




Apply for Disaster

Williamson County will receive federal recovery assistance under a Major Disaster Declaration as a result of the severe weather and flooding that occurred across the state from March 25 through April 3, 2021.

The Major Disaster Declaration will provide FEMA’s Individual Assistance program to impacted Williamson County individuals and households. The Major Disaster Declaration also allows Williamson County jurisdictions to seek reimbursement through FEMA’s Public Assistance program for emergency response measures and the repair and replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and infrastructure.

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are also available to businesses and residents in Tennessee. Residents and Businesses in the declared area can now apply for low-interest disaster loans from the SBA. Williamson County is eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. The fact sheet can be found here

Applying does not guarantee that financial assistance will be provided.

Individuals can apply for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program in the following ways:

  • Apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov  
  • Call the application phone number at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585), 6 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Central Time
    • Multilingual operators are available.

Residents and Businesses can apply for SBA disaster loans in the following ways: 

FEMA may soon open a Disaster Recovery Center in Williamson County to provide in-person application assistance for those who need it. If and when the center is created, more information will be provided from Williamson County Emergency Management.

For more information on FEMA’s Individual Assistance program, visit: https://www.fema.gov/assistance/individual

Additional Information:

If you have insurance, you should file a claim with your insurance company immediately. FEMA assistance cannot aid with losses already covered by insurance.

Public Assistance provides supplemental federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and specific facilities of certain private nonprofit organizations. This assistance includes debris removal, repairs to publicly owned roads and bridges, water control facilities, buildings and equipment utilities, and the restoration of public parks. This type of federal assistance can provide 75% reimbursement of eligible expenses which can oftentimes eliminate the need to increase taxes or invoke rate hikes to successfully recover from the event.

Individual Assistance can provide supplemental assistance to disaster survivors for unmet needs caused by a disaster. Support may include assistance for temporary housing and housing repairs, critical disaster-related expenses, the replacement of essential personal property, and funding to local governments for related program services.