As we head out of spring and into the start of summer here in the Belle Meade Highlands, I would like to once again thank you for your membership renewal for this year. Our numbers have risen sharply and we have an in- flux of new members and fresh leadership on our board of directors and the various committees that help our organization flourish.
One of the main charges that I have set as a goal is the way we as members are able communicate and we have improved this by adding timely email blasts as well as the addition of a neighborhood Facebook page. If you are not yet a member of the Facebook group search “Belle Meade Highlands Neighborhood Association” once you are logged in and you will find us. We have also implemented changes on our website where you can pay for your annual mem- bership and fees for social events by using PayPal and the convenience of a credit card. We are trying to be as pro- gressive as possible and make things easy for you, our members.
Communication is vital when it comes to safety and unfortunately I have had to communicate the various car break-ins to you that some of us have experienced as of late. This seems to be cyclical and not a chronic issue but one that we must take seriously as a neighborhood and be very proactive about it. People are desperate in these still uncertain economic times and if they see an easy tar- get they will take advantage of it. Make sure your cars that are parked outside are locked and your garages/ storage areas are closed at night and secure. Report any suspicious activity to the Metro Police non- emergency hotline at 862-8600. Report any suspiciously parked vehi- cles or aggressive driving as well. Together, we can safe- guard our neighborhood by communicating and looking out for one another’s safety. Metro Police have been notified of these incidents. We will hopefully have an increased patrol presence, especially in the late evening hours.
Another issue that will involve a great deal of communication in the near future will be slowing down the vehicles that travel our streets. The Belle Meade Highlands have already been designated a traffic calming area by Metro. This was done 10 years ago. The time has come to give our neighborhood a voice in potential measures that will help alleviate the high levels of speeding that continue on a great number of our roads. We have been in discussions with Public Works and Councilman Carter Todd to give us options that can be presented to the neighborhood as a whole. This process is slow but it is long past due. Again, we will do all we can to keep you informed with this issue.
On the lighter side of news, I would like to encourage you to take part in the many fun activities that the social committee is planning this year! These are great ways to meet your neighbors and interact with one another. There are events planned for kids and adults this year so be on the lookout for details in the coming weeks and please plan to take part in the festivities.
I wish you and your family a safe and fun summer – See you around the neighborhood.