The Metro Council deferred voting on a bill  Tuesday night that would compensate operators of car washes and plant nurseries who lost business when they were forced to shut down for 30 days during May’s flood.
Instead, the plan is for car wash owners to meet with Mayor Karl Dean and his administration to discuss financial losses accrued by those businesses when they were ordered to temporarily shut down while one of Nashville’s water treatment plants was out of service.
“The car wash owners have expressed dismay that they’ve been unable to meet with the administration and talk with them about this issue and their concerns, and see if they can be addressed more expeditiously, and without a council ordinance,” said Councilwoman Emily Evans, one of the bill’s sponsors.
Evans said she would consider bringing the ordinance back before the council if the mayor’s office and car wash owners don’t work something out.
The bill, deferred on the second of three council readings, would offer financial aid to around 35 car washes and plant nurseries through credits on their water bills.
Under the proposal, no company would receive more than $30,000 in compensation. The plan would take approximately $200,000 out of Metro’s general fund.
• The Metro Council pushed forward Dean’s plan to redirect a portion of revenue collected from the city’s hotel taxes to repair $20 million in flood-related damages to Gaylord Opryland’s Grand Ole Opry House.
The bill, which cleared the second of three votes last night, addresses a portion of the city’s hotel taxes the council had already earmarked for Gaylord in 2007, revenue collected through Gaylord’s tourism development zone.
Originally, the company was to use the tax collections for the expansion of its convention center, but the project is currently on hold. Under the proposal, tax revenue would be reallocated over the next 15 years to pay for repairs to the Opry House.
The ordinance is scheduled to go before the council on third and final reading on Aug. 17.