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Substitute Resolution RS2020-288

A Resolution honoring the response of the Nashville Electric Service, Metropolitan Water Services Department,  Metropolitan Public Works Department, and Metropolitan Department of Codes Administration after the March 3, 2020 tornado.

WHEREAS, on March 3, 2020, a severe storm brought multiple tornados to the Middle Tennessee region, killing two individuals in Davidson County and many more in other counties; and

WHEREAS, the tornados left a path of devastation through the region, damaging or destroying thousands of homes and businesses; and

WHEREAS, the tornados knocked out power across Davidson County, with approximately 50,000 Nashville residents without power at the peak outage. After the tornado, over 900 power poles were broken and Nashville Electric Service (NES) crews worked around the clock to restore power to Nashvillians as quickly as possible; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, NES announced that power had been restored to nearly all customers, with the exception of some residences and businesses that require detailed work due to extensive damage caused by the tornado; and

WHEREAS, in addition to this work to restore power, NES announced that it would temporarily suspend disconnections for non-payment in response to the tornado’s impact on the Nashville community; and

WHEREAS, further, NES announced it would waive installation and connection fees for customers who require new service installation, it would not charge deposit fees or connection fees for a certain period of time for displaced customers needing service at a new location, and that certain late fees would be reversed for impacted customers; and

WHEREAS, crews from the Metropolitan Public Works Department (Public Works) worked diligently to repair infrastructure and clean up debris left by the tornado, including organization of curbside debris pickup; and

WHEREAS, Public Works crews also focused on clearing the right-of-way, making roads passable, and offering assistance with the closing and reopening of roads; and

WHEREAS, many of these Public Works employees worked twelve hour shifts to make sure necessary work was completed; and

WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Water Services Department (MWS) also maintained water quality and service throughout the tornado, even though several MWS facilities were without power and operated on generators; and

WHEREAS, in the aftermath of the storms, MWS also suspended late fees and water service disconnection to MWS customers; and

WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Department of Codes Administration (Codes) worked to inspect all buildings damaged by the tornados, with Codes’ 65 inspectors examining over 1,000 buildings; and

WHEREAS, Codes has also worked to expedite applications for storm-damaged properties and helped to educate the public about what types of damage will require a building permit; and

WHEREAS, the hard work and dedication of NES, Public Works, and MWS, and Codes employees in the wake of the March 3 tornado to restore Nashville after the extensive damage and protect those who need financial assistance during this difficult time deserves recognition from the Metropolitan Council.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. The Metropolitan County Council hereby goes on record as honoring the response of the Nashville Electric Service, Metropolitan Department of Public Works, and Metropolitan Water Services Department, and Metropolitan Department of Codes Administration after the March 3, 2020 tornado.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Joy Styles, Courtney Johnston, Kyonzté Toombs, Ginny Welsch, Nancy VanReece, Bob Nash, Russ Pulley, Zachary Young, Erin Evans, Robert Swope, John Rutherford, Tanaka Vercher, Tonya Hancock, Colby Sledge, Brandon Taylor, Jeff Syracuse, Jennifer Gamble, Emily Benedict, Gloria Hausser, Burkley Allen, Russ Bradford, Sean Parker, Zulfat Suara

Legislative History

Adopted and PassedApril 21, 2020

ApprovedApril 22, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 04/24/2020 3:44 PM