NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Megan Barry listens to community leaders, opposes relocation of the jail to Antioch and supports a flood protection system for Nashville:
“I believe that community members should be driving the discussion about the future of their neighborhoods.”
“I have heard loud and clear from residents in Southeast Nashville who are opposed to the relocation of the jail into their neighborhood. In addition, I have serious concerns about the ability for those who are served by the criminal justice system to access legal representation and transit if we were to move the jail from Downtown to Antioch.
“Last night, I joined my fellow councilmembers in signing on to an amendment that would take the proposed Southeast jail out of the Capital Improvement Budget. In addition, I heard serious concerns about the relocation of the police headquarters to Jefferson Street, and will be taking a closer look at that proposal over the next week.
“Last night, I also heard from the members of the downtown neighborhood who strongly support the proposed flood protection program. If we know that we can prevent a natural disaster from causing damage and devastation to our economy and to the lives of Nashvillians, we should absolutely take steps to do so. Over the past few weeks I’ve talked to experts about this plan, and I am convinced that this is the right thing for Nashville to do.
“Since I’ve served on the Council, Nashville has invested millions of dollars in West Nashville, Pennington Bend and Bordeaux for flood mitigation - but we need to do more, and as mayor, I will work with the Metro Water Department, Army Corps of Engineers and the Metro Council to move forward with more flood mitigation in every part of Davidson County.”