A full agenda awaits Metro Council when they meet tonight for what may be a lengthy meeting.
The council will decide on third reading whether to follow the will of Councilman Buddy Baker and follow through on a controversial alley-abandonment proposed for the Nations Neighborhood of west Nashville.
Baker has said the abandonment is a way to get rid of an alley that has become a dumping ground for tires and other debris. Many neighbors, however, believe the abandonment is the first step in an overarching plan to bring industrial uses to property zoned for residential. More than 160 people have signed a petition urging Baker to withdraw the bill.
• For the second time in two months, the council will discuss a bill to abolish minimum distance requirements applied to restaurants looking to serve beer in residential areas.
A similar bill, sponsored by Councilman Jamie Hollin, was defeated on second reading in May. Hollin re-filed the bill, this time with a co-sponsor, fellow East Nashville Councilman Erik Cole. The revived bill is up for second reading at tonight’s meeting.
Metro, which regulates beer licensing, prohibits restaurants that are within 100 feet of residences from selling beer. Meanwhile, the sale of liquor, governed by the state, is not beholden to any distance restriction.
Under Hollin’s bill, as long as restaurant owners are issued a valid alcohol license by the state, they would be exempt from distance requirements for obtaining beer permits.