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Re: “The Argument Karl Dean Isn't Making For Bus Rapid Transit

Good Morning, I am a native Nashvillian, and I have been involved in politics since my senior year in high school in 1976. I have seen many Mayors come and go. Some had some great ideas and some had some bad ideas. The AMP project wins first prize in my book as the worst conceived, not well thought out project that has ever been presented to the citizens of Metro Nashville. This is not mass transit, It is a cross town bus at best!!!!!!! And it is going to run right where existing bus routes already run each day. But with very limited stops, It would be less appealing for riders. The idea of the AMP project being the spine of mass transit never surfaced until I asked Mayor Karl Dwan at a First Tuesday lunch meeting last fall : Mayor Dean, You say the AMP is the foundation of our future mass transit system here, With that said, If I was building the foundation of a new house, I would have a set of plans that showed how the house would look when it was finished. So Mayor Dean, Could you please share with us those plans and tell us how the finished product will look just like a set of plans for a new house would look. He had no answer!!!!!! I have a room full of witnesses to that event. Then in a couple of months, Up poped a map with all kinds of colored lines on it showing how all these lines connect to the AMP. When the opposition to the AMP pointed out that the orginal study about the AMP which was done by a nationally known firm, Parsons-Brinkerhoff showed that the day the AMP project is completed and the first bus runs, The automobile traffic travel times for West End Avenue and Broadway will double using that same roadway. Now Parsons-Brinkerhoff is a nationally known company. What did Metro Nashville do?? The quickly hired a local, well connected to Mayor Dean consultant called RPM to dispute the automobile travel times. And the opposition to the AMP only got an executive summary of the orginial Parsons-Brinkerhoff study. And the opposition to the AMP ONLY GOT THAT AFTER FILING A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT with the Federal Government. The full study has never been seen by the public and the Metro Nashville taxpayers cost for that study was over 1-million dollars. Nashville citizens deserve to see the whole study. I would suspect there are many more negative points about this project in the full study and I would urge The Nashville Scene editors and reporters including Mr. Haile to go after this full study by Parsons-Brinkerhoff. This project is a sales job to the public and nothing more. This project would not even be considered if it did not have the 75 million dollar federal grant attached to it. Mayor Dean wants that free federal money. Somehow when our federal taxes go to Washington, DC and come back to local governments as grants, It is like manna from heaven. BUT IT IS STILL TAXPAYERS MONEY. PLEASE DO NOT WASTE IT ON STUPID PROJECTS. So you can easily tell I am opposed to the AMP project. Please as taxpayers lets come together and stop this project and then truly address mass transit. If you agree with me, Go to StopAMP.org and join our fight against the AMP project.

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Posted by saveourfairgroundsdirector on 02/27/2014 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Squabbling again erupts over the operation of Tennessee's state fair

As the Director of Save Our Fairgrounds, I want the readers here to know that we have one goal and that is to Save Our Tennessee State Fairgrounds that is owned and managed by the Metro Nashville Government. After a long battle with Mayor Karl Dean and his administration, who tried to close and demolish for redevelopment the entire Tennessee State Fairgrounds, We now know without another county wide referendum passing by the voters to change what happens at or to the Fairgrounds, The Fairgrounds is untouchable by the Mayor or City Council. So now going forward the Save Our Fairgrounds Organization is committed to making the property and the Fair the best they both can be. In doing that we must point out that The organization picked by the Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission is not even paying the cost to the Metro Nashville owned Fairgrounds for the operations of the Tennessee State Fair. That means the taxpayers of Metro Nashville are picking up those costs of a private non-profit organization hand picked by 4 of their founding board members who now sit on the 9-member State Fair Commission appointed by the Governor. I would also like to point out at this point that there are no members of the Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission from west of Nashville all the way to the Mississippi River. No members from East of Knoxville to the Virginia border and no members from the Southeast part of the State. This is an all white good old boys club with one white female member and no minority members at all. So is this truly a state wide all inclusive Commission as it should be or a group of special interests pushing their agenda toward their own organization that 4 Tennessee Fair Commissioners help to form and the same group help write and pass the State Law creating the Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission and using that law to take control of the Tennessee State Fair from the Metro Nashville Fair Board who still owns and operates the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. So I call on the Governor to suspend this Request for Proposal issued by his appointed Tennessee State Fair Commission until after the Holiday Season and before the RFP is reissued that the Governor add more members to this Commission that will make the Commission more representative of the entire state and more diverse to represent all citizens of Tennessee. I also call on the new Chairman of the Tennessee State Fair Commission, Mr. Bo Roberts to help the Governor expedite this suspension of the Request For Proposals to Operate the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Tennessee State Fair and to then ensure that all proposals submitted by all organizations wanting to operate the State Fair be given a full and fair examination before an operator is chosen to receive a 5-year contract to operate the Tennessee State Fair. The future of the State Fair rides on this decision. In addition we purpose that who ever is awarded the contract to operate the State Fair that their be a concurrent contract between The Tennessee State Fair Commission and the Metro Nashville Fair Board that commits the State of Tennessee to pay Metro Nashville the sum of $300,000.00 per year to lease the State Fairgrounds for 24 days in September for the set up, operation and tear down of a Tennessee State Fair. The above comments will be forwarded in the form of a letter today to the Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker Beth Harwell, All members of the Tennessee General Assembly, Member of the Tennessee State Fair and Exposition Commission, Mayor Karl Dean, Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors and all Members of the Metropolitan Nashville City Council and the Metropolitan Nashville Fair Board. It is imperative that action is taken immediately to suspend the Request For Proposal that is due tomorrow and reschedule it for the first 45 days in January. Thank You for taking the time to read my comments and I look forward to reading other comments from readers of The Scene. Rick Williams, Director of Save Our Fairgrounds. My E-Mail Address: rickhwilliams@gmail.com
Snail Mail: Post Office Box 291202, Nashville, TN. 37229. Cell Phone Number: ( 615 ) 305-7219.

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Posted by saveourfairgroundsdirector on 12/12/2013 at 8:28 AM

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