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City History Timeline

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The following is a chronological list of significant events in the growth and development of the Brentwood community and the City of Brentwood.  Please use the bookmarks below to help you navigate through this page:

1960          1970          1980          1990          2000      2010

  • Population 1,065
  • The initial residential development of Brentwood started in the early 1960’s; prior to 1960 Brentwood was mostly large farms; development was slow due to a lack of reliable and secure source of water
  • Brentwood Estates (off Wilson Pike) was first subdivision with water provided by wells
  • Jack Corn, Eddie Arnold, etc. started the privately owned Brentwood Water Co.; used water from the springs at Meadowlake; when this was no longer sufficient they obtained water from Harpeth Valley Utility District


  • Iroquois Estate and Meadowlake were the first subdivisions to use the private water company


  • I-65 constructed through Brentwood


  • Housing started to boom (with interstate accessibility to Nashville, safe water supply, large lots, and open country feel)
  • Brentwood Incorporated as City
  • Reasons for incorporation were: to gain better control over land use decisions from Williamson County; better accountability from local government; eliminate possibility of annexation by other municipality; take more pride in community; better roads; etc.
  • April 15 - incorporation; May 15 - election of commissioners; John Sloan, Jr., Emery Pewitt, Mayor; Bob Robinson, Vice-Mayor
  • Brentwood Academy founded (private)
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  • Population 3,378; households 958
  • Moores Lane & I-65 interchange constructed
  • First policeman (Chief Howard Buttrey) and creation of police department
  • Maryland Farms zoning controversy and future development plan
  • Commission expanded from three to five commissioners
  • Sewer grant-treatment plant and pumping station built on Little Harpeth River (present site of Deerwood Park); originally handled business district and two existing subdivisions
  • City’s one-acre density ordinance adopted for residential development (originally came from septic tank regulations)
  • City employed 15 people
  • Construction began on Maryland Farms Office Park
  • First bond issued for road improvements ($1.5 million)
  • City road miles 64.13
  • Moores Lane Sewerage Co., privately owned sewer company, started by Bill Wills, Reese Smith, Jr. and J.W. Cross to encourage development in Moores Lane area
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  • Population 9,431; households 2,761 
  • City Hall moved from Pewitt Drive (present China Hut restaurant) to 116 Wilson Pike (present Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant)
  • Franklin Road widened (Old Hickory to South Central Bell)
  • Brentwood Water Co. acquired by City to make system more reliable and to better control growth
  • Brentwood Place opens
  • Brentwood High School established
  • Passed ordinance that all new subdivisions had to be sewered
  • Maryland Way connected to Franklin Road
  • EPA forces sewer plant on Little Harpeth River to be closed; requiring the city to connect with Nashville sewer
  • City bought Buchanan House on Franklin Road across from Brentwood Place Shopping Center for Library (4 acres-$200,000)
  • Brentwood Library became independent of county library system (city took over control of library)
  • Frank Clifton was hired as Brentwood’s city manager (Brentwood had 11 city managers in 15 years)
  • Church Street from Franklin Road to Wilson Pike Circle was widened to four lanes
  • Began upgrading and expansion of water and sewer department to address sewer and water shortage and to improve fire protection; including computers, automotive meter reading and billing system, started program to increase fire hydrants from 24 to 1000
  • Mall wars at Moores Lane controversy begins
  • City had 60 employees
  • Municipal fire department formed (replacing private department)
  • Fire Station No. 2 constructed on Wilson Pike south of Concord Road
  • Referendum to change form of government (fails)
  • Additional tap to Metro to insure adequate water supply
  • Maryland Farms contributed to City: library, park and city hall land
  • Granny White Park property bought from State of Tennessee for $500,000
  • New library built on Maryland Way
  • New Municipal Center built on Maryland Way
  • First summer in Brentwood history that there was no shortage of water (larger pump station; larger pipe to Harpeth Valley; more and larger storage tanks)
  • Improvements to Church Street from Wilson Pike Circle east to city limits constructed (old Hardscuffle Road)
  • Franklin Road, Concord Road widened; I-65 Concord interchange constructed
  • Old Hickory Blvd at I-65 interchange redesigned
  • Stricter signage regulations
  • Police Department received national accreditation (2nd in Tennessee)
  • Crockett Elementary School construction begun
  • Established Historic Preservation Board
  • Sewer completed in Brentwood Estates – 86 homes
  • First woman elected to the City Commission – Betty Reagan
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  • Population 16,392; households 5,289 
  • Michael Walker hired as City Manager; May 9, 1990
  • Crockett Road bridge constructed
  • Green Hills Blvd. between Concord/Crockett Road constructed
  • Granny White Pike widened to three lanes
  • Mallory Lane widened by developer
  • Moores Lane at interchange widened by developer
  • Cool Springs Galleria Mall opened
  • Crockett Park acquired (160 acres-$1,100,000)
  • Deerwood Nature Park & Arboretum started with help of Rotary Club at old sewer plant on Little Harpeth River
  • Granny White Park completed
  • Bond rating for city upgraded from “A” to “A1”
  • Sewer completed on General MacArthur Drive – 71 homes
  • Municipal Service Center/Fire Station No. 3 opened on Gen. George Patton Drive
  • Murray Lane widened (boulevard effect to save trees and historic wall)
  • I-65 widening from Harding Place to Concord Road started
  • Crockett Park construction begun
  • City began 10 year sewer plan to sewer 1,800 original homes
  • City road miles 146.12
  • Crockett Park Phase I completed
  • Signalization of Concord Road/Wilson Pike intersection
  • Brentwood Community Playground built
  • Computerization of Brentwood Library
  • Reconstruction of Brentwood Place begun
  • Design agreement with state to widen Moore’s Lane from Mallory Lane to Franklin Road (state will pay 50%)
  • Donation of two historic homes to City and moved to Crockett Park: Cool Springs House & Gatlin Log House
  • First bikeway network in Middle Tennessee
  • No city tax increase (third year in a row)
  • City won international honor for citizen involvement in the Crockett Park Master Plan
  • Brentwood closes roads leading from Moores Lane to Franklin in anticipation of major development bordering Brentwood
  • Record year for City housing starts – 351
  • Sewer completed in Carondelet, part of River Oaks, Wildwood, Laurelwood, and Stuart Lane – 346 homes
  • Population 19,317
  • City celebrates 25th birthday
  • Primus announced plans to relocate to site adjacent to Brentwood if North Carothers Road is opened at Brentwood/Franklin border; Governor asks Brentwood to open road; State agrees to fund $10 million road improvement for Brentwood; Brentwood wins concessions from developers to limit development adjacent to Brentwood
  • Rezoning approved for development of Westgate office-retail complex north of Moores Lane; first time for developer, residents and City to negotiate special restrictions on use of property
  • $260,000 federal grant approved for bikeway from Crockett Park to Brenthaven
  • Woodland Middle School opened
  • No city tax increase (fourth year in a row)
  • Three new anchor stores for Brentwood Place - Office Depot, Steinmart, T J Maxx
  • Maryland Farms additions begin - Quorum, Liberty HealthCare, BellSouth Mobility, Gateway office building
  • City’s bond rating upgraded to “AA”
  • Sewer completed in Brenthaven North – 457 homes
  • State-of-the-art outdoor amphitheater opened in Crockett Park
  • Acquired Parker property (corner of Concord and Knox Valley); 42 acres added to River Park; proposed site of new Library
  • City employees - 166
  • City won national award for City Newsletter and state award for Citizen Relations
  • No city tax increase (fifth year in a row)
  • Edmondson Elementary School opened
  • Sewer completed in Brenthaven South and Eldorado subdivisions – 147 homes
  • Pedestrian/Bikeway opened connecting Lipscomb Elementary School and Crockett Elementary through River Park and Crockett Park
  • Construction of a bikeway tunnel under CSX Railroad between Crockett Park and Wilson Pike
  • Completion of eight phase annexation program taking in 3,300 acres mostly east of former city limits plus additional annexations to south and west of former city limits (along Franklin Road and Johnson Chapel Road to Murray Lane)
  • Approval of proposed Governors Club, Brentwood’s first private gated community with 18 hole golf course
  • Incorporation of the Town of Nolensville (supported by Board of Commissioners)
  • Adams family dedicated approximately 35 acres in property for park uses along Little Harpeth River
  • InterMedia dedicated Government Cable Channel to the City
  • Integration of a state-of-the-art computer and electronic technologies featuring a wide area computer network for voice and data communications and e-mail
  • Sewer completed in the remaining part of River Oaks, Wildwood, Laurelwood and Oakhampton – 327 homes
  • Population - 22,255 (special census)
  • Completed Edmondson Pike road improvements from Smithson Lane to Concord Road
  • Final phase of Crockett Park completed - tennis complex, baseball complex, bikeway addition, concession area and meeting rooms
  • Traffic signal at Granny White Pike and Belle Rive Drive/McGavock Road installed
  • Completed widening of Moores Lane to five lanes from Mallory Lane to Franklin Road
  • Completed Maryland Lane widening of roadway between Eastpark Drive and Franklin Road
  • Groundbreaking of new library in Concord Park at corner of Concord Road and Knox Valley Drive
  • Protected turn lanes installed at three intersections on Franklin Road, south of Concord Road
  • City purchases additional sewer capacity to serve existing and future development in the Owl Creek and Mill Creek drainage basin on the east side of the city
  • First woman mayor elected - Anne Dunn
  • Brentwood goes on Internet with own web page -
  • Senior Citizens Program established
  • Peartree Village opened at the corner of Franklin Road and Church Street
  • Centerview Drive connecting Church Street through the Koger Center to Brentwood Place Shopping Center opened
  • Signalization and realignment completed at H.G. Hills Shopping Center/Murray Ohio and Peartree Village
  • Sewer completed in Meadowlake, Iroquois and Country Club – 318 homes
  • New Brentwood Library completed at 8109 Concord Road
  • Brentwood 2020 Plan (drafted by 70 community volunteers)
  • Completion of Church Street widening to five lanes - addition of center turn lane from Franklin Road to I-65 underpass
  • Cool Springs Pointe retail center opens – Designer Shoe Warehouse, Best Buy, Sports Authority, Linens and Things
  • Sewer completed in Indian Point, Foxboro and Hallbrook subdivisions – 251 homes
  • Widening of Concord Road to five lanes from Lipscomb Drive to Wilson Pike with transition lanes from Wilson Pike to Jones Parkway
  • Work began on widening of Moores Lane to four lanes from Carothers Parkway to Covington Drive, three lanes east of Nashville Golf Club, and improved two lane section to Wilson Pike
  • Widened Wilson Pike to three lanes with shoulders from Moores Lane to Crockett Road; two lanes with shoulders from Crockett Road to Concord Road
  • Westgate Commons expanded to include Lexus of Nashville, Off Broadway Shoes, Gateway Country Computer Store and Gary Force Acura
  • Costco Warehouse opened on Mallory and Seaboard Lanes
  • Zoning changed to include Senior Housing Developments
  • Two comprehensive retirement communities approved
  • City celebrated 30th birthday
  • Bikeway/jogging trail and bridge built at Deerwood Arboretum
  • First Brentwood ‘gateway’ sign at corner of Franklin Road and Church Street
  • Sewer completed in In-A-Vale subdivision – 91 homes
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  • Population 23,445; households 7,889 (average 3 persons/household) 
  • City’s bond rating upgraded to “Aaa”, the highest bond rating possible - the fifth rating improvement since 1991
  • Eddy Arnold donated funds for the state-of-the-art amphitheater roof
  • Early warning system installed to alert residents to a possible tornado or other emergencies
  • City worked with county school board in the selection of a new high school site on Wilson Pike, south of Raintree Parkway
  • Nobles’ property at the corner of Franklin Road and Old Hickory Boulevard was sold to Walgreen (majority of land is in Metro Nashville)
  • Brentwood’s first and only Police Chief Howard Buttrey retired after 29 years
  • Brentwood 2020 Plan won two of the highest national awards from City-County Communications & Marketing Association
  • Millennium Time Capsule buried at Library
  • Fire engines equipped with laptop computers and modems
  • First five pedestrian/bikeway interpretive signs created and installed
  • Obtained 62 acres on Concord Road, north of the WSM tower (proposed 47 acre city park, land for County recreation center, senior center and future city facility)
  • Brentwood adopted and landscaped two I-65 interchanges, the northwest section at Old Hickory Boulevard and the southeast section at Moores Lane
  • Brentwood Academy proposed plan for a middle school complex
  • Plans approved for a new Safety Center (fire, police, ambulance) on the east side of City
  • Upgraded Moores Lane between Mallory Lane and I-65 to double left turn at Galleria Boulevard with additional east bound lane
  • Sewer completed in Williamson Estates, Murray Estates, Longstreet, and Deerwood – 103 homes
  • Annexation - size of City increased from 35.4 to 40.8 square miles
  • City annexed according to urban growth plan; east side of city included land between Williamson/Davidson county line on the north, Sunset Road on the south and Waller Road on the east; west side includes 690 acres in the Murray Lane/Holly Tree Gap area
  • Updated Deerwood Arboretum to include a covered outdoor classroom, small amphitheater, observation deck, nature trails and wildflower meadows
  • Enacted a historic preservation plan to protect historic sites from modern development
  • Adopted and landscaped two more interchanges I-65/northwest Moores Lane and I-65/northeast Concord Road
  • Longtime City Attorney Robert Jennings died; served as City Attorney for 28 years
  • Construction of the unique tensile roof for the Eddy Arnold Amphitheater
  • New 47 acre Tower Park located north of WSM tower on Concord Road includes pedestrian/bikeway trails, natural open spaces, proposed multi-purpose fields
  • Donated five acres north of the WSM tower to Senior Citizen’s Inc. to build senior center
  • Worked with Williamson County to obtain land north of WSM tower for indoor recreation center
  • Purchased 15 acres on Sunset Road for Brentwood Safety Center East
  • Upgraded and widened Moores Lane between Carothers Parkway and Wilson Pike
  • Upgraded and widened Murray Lane between Granny White Pike and west city limits to wider lanes with a six foot bike lane on each side; cut approximately eight feet at the crest of the hill
  • Enlarged water line on Murray Lane from the pump station at the city limits to Granny White Pike to improve future water capacity requirements
  • 26,743 population (special census after annexation)
  • Ravenwood High School opened (on 81 acres, can serve up to 1,800 students)
  • 911 Emergency Communications District referendum passed with 5,405 (92%) for and 475 (8%) against; City now eligible for new sources of funding
  • Brentwood Safety Center East opened (fire station #4, fire training facilities, a police substation, county emergency medical services and community meeting room)
  • May 6th, two Brentwood police officers (Sgt. Tommy Walsh & Officer Stephanie Bellis) were injured during a bank robbery; officers were recognized nationally for their courage and action under fire
  • Plans received for Primm Property on Moores Lane; scenic frontage along Moores Lane including Indian Mound and bikeway extension along river will be deeded to City (30 acres)
  • Library celebrates 1,000,000th visitor to the Concord Road facility
  • Williamson County Indoor Recreation Center opened
  • Martin Senior Center opened
  • Brentwood Baptist Church new building/location on Concord Road opened
  • $9 million program to upgrade line and tanks in water system
  • Upgraded Wilson Pike between Moores Lane and south City limits; construction of bridge over railroad to abandon existing one-lane tunnel
  • Realignment of Raintree Parkway to connect to new section of Wilson Pike; eliminated at-grade railroad crossing
  • Intersection improvements on Franklin Road at Moores Lane, Concord Road and Murray Lane with double left turn lanes
  • Upgraded Concord Road from Saratoga Drive to Edmonson Pike
  • City ranked as one of the lowest risk communities for crime in the United States to live and work
  • Intersection improvements on Holly Tree Gap at Franklin Road with additional left turn lane installed
  • Intersection improvements on Murray Lane at Holly Tree Gap
  • Pinkerton Road widening improvement upgrade of .07 mile
  • Concord Pass – Realignment of curve and widening or roadway south east to Brookfield subdivision
  • Brentwood Public Works Road Miles – 347.66 lane miles
  • TDOT miles – 35.84 miles
  • Roadway under construction – 40.03 miles
  • Approval of the new residential zoning district, ‘Open Space Residential Development-Innovative Projects’, which encourages open space preservation and a wider range of housing options without compromising the one-acre density standard
  • City election, Anne Dunn selected as Mayor, Joe Sweeney as Vice Mayor
  • Franklin Road-Holly Tree Gap sewer project was completed
  • Proposed Town Center improvement plan to encourage redevelopment of the original commercial area of Brentwood (general boundaries: Old Hickory Blvd. to the north, I-65 to the east, Church Street to the south and Franklin Road to the west)
  • New Primm Park - Boiling Spring Academy, Native American Mound settlement, scenic frontage along Moores Lane and bikeway extension along river was deeded to City (30 acres)
  • Restoration begins on the Boiling Spring Academy
  • New programs for the library: Teen Advisory Board, Book Clubs, Chess Club, Computer Classes
  • Founding of the Brentwood Library Foundation Committee
  • Property Tax $.59 per $100 assessed value - same effective tax rate for 13th year in a row
  • 1st class of Citizens Fire Academy
  • Certified population of 30,617 from special census
  • Restoration completed on historic Boiling Spring Academy, funded by Brentwood Historic Commission
  • Property tax $.59 per $100 assessed value - same effective tax rate for 14th year in a row
  • Bond Referendums – Open Space Preservation and Mallory Lane Extension (both were defeated)
  • Service Center Expansion
  • Traffic Signal Synchronization System
  • Planning and Codes computer upgrade; provides up-to-date information to citizens, builders & staff
  • Approval of Wynstone Falls – first OSRD-IP development
  • Streaming the City and Planning Commission Meetings on the Internet
  • Computer Aided Dispatch system upgraded
  • Tower Park construction begins
  • Establishment of new “Towne Center” C-4 zoning district
  • Unprecedented housing construction boom sets record level, exceeding 600 new single family homes
  • First reporting year for storm water coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
  • Library Foundation committee developed plans and began fund raising for the outdoor reading terrace

  • Town Center Way opened – constructed street between Franklin Road and Wilson Pike Circle and a Round-About at the intersection
  • Paul Webb elected to City Commission and appointed by the Board of Commissioners as Vice-Mayor
  • Joe Sweeney selected by the Board of Commissioners as Mayor for 6th time
  • Tower Park opened
  • Property tax $.59 per $100 assessed value - same effective tax rate for 15th year in a row
  • Stroud’s Barbeque opens as first new building in the Towne Center area
  • Michael Walker named City Manager of the Year by Tennessee City Manager Association. He also reached his 15th anniversary of service to the City
  • Project to install left turn lanes and signalization at Sunset Road/Concord Road intersection begun with temporary signal installed
  • Opened Traffic Operations Center. Traffic Signal Synchronization System installed and 14 traffic cameras were installed. Project also provides for high speed fiber optic data connection between City buildings
  • Waller Road from Concord Road to Maupin Road improved for safety reasons
  • Sidewalks and pedestrian crosswalks constructed to connect hotels to the Towne Center area
  • Marketplace Shopping Center at Maryland Farms opened
  • Heritage Comprehensive Retirement Community under construction
  • Historic “Fly House” - first Historic Preservation Easement
  • Crockett Park disc golf course opened
    City adopted Fort Campbell E Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division
  • Restoration of Boiling Spring Academy received four awards: two from Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, one from Tennessee Historical Commission, and one from the Tennessee Preservation Trust
  • GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in financial reporting for 17th consecutive year
  • Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for 13th consecutive year
  • Owl Creek Park – master plan for new park completed; construction to begin in 2006
  • City’s restrictive sign ordinance upheld constitutionally in major precedent-setting court decision from the Federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • West Brentwood neighborhood sewer extension project completed. Sewer extended to Hillview Estates and Forest of Brentwood subdivisions
  • Referendum authorizing expansion of the City Commission from 5 members to 7 members approved by the voters in August
  • Property tax rate is $.49 per $100 assessed value - same effective tax rate for the 16th year in a row
  • Engineering Department created and new Director of Engineering hired
  • Construction on Owl Creek Park started
  • Completed bikeway system from Ravenwood High School, Carriage Hills, Montclair, and Primm Park north to connect with the existing system near Wilson Pike and Crockett Road
  • Fire Department celebrated 20th anniversary
  • Library Outdoor Reading Terrace completed; donated by the Brentwood Library Foundation
  • Engineering design started for future widening Franklin Road from Concord Road to Moores Lane
  • Permanent Scenic Easement established to permanently protect forested open space
  • Brentwood 2020 Plan reviewed and updated to document accomplishments since the year 2000 and to reflect current trends and needs
  • City expands water service area in the Split Log Road/Ragsdale Road area through agreement with the Nolensville/College Grove Utility District
  • Construction began on the joint Williamson County/Brentwood Indoor Soccer Arena in Crockett Park
  • Primm Park additions - parking area and Interpretive signs
  • Liberty Church Road widening completed with bike trail on roadway from Edmondson Pike east
  • Edmondson Pike / Liberty Church Road, left turn lane completed with 12-foot driving lane and 4-foot shoulder
  • Sunset Road at Copperstone Subdivision roadway improvements; left turn lane completed with 12-foot driving lane and 4-foot shoulder
  • Moores Lane at Galleria Boulevard / I-65; improvements for traffic use of left turn lane at Galleria Boulevard, with added left turn lane for I-65 South
  • Concord Road / Sunset Road roadway improvements with left turn lane, new mast arm signal and pole
  • Created GIS Department
  • 2007 special census resulted in population of 35,262
  • Expansion of City Commission from 5 to 7 members; With four (4) of the seven (7) positions subject to election in early May, 2007, Anne Dunn, Bill Youree and Joe Sweeney are elected to the Commission; Betsy Crossley and Paul Ross tied for fourth position
  • In May 2007, the City Commission elected Joe Reagan to be Mayor and Paul Webb Vice Mayor for two year terms
  • In a special run-off election in early July 2007, Betsy Crossley is elected to the Commission to fill the final position for a four year term
  • Property tax rate is $.49 per $100 assessed value. The same effective tax rate for the 17th year in a row
  • The jointed City/County funded Williamson County Indoor Soccer Arena in Crockett Park is completed and opened
  • Owl Creek Park completed and opened
  • City has 10 parks (550 acres); 4 greenways and 13 miles of walking/biking trails
  • Began improvements to slightly widen Waller Road from Maupin Road to the eastern city limits
  • Began roadway improvements on Split Log Road from Wilson Pike to Ragsdale Road to three lanes including a 10’ bike trail
  • Engineering design started on Phase II of Split Log Road improvements from Ragsdale Road to eastern city limits
  • Began right-of-way appraisals & acquisitions on Concord Road east Phase I from Edmondson Pike to Sunset Road
  • Engineering and design completed for Edmondson Pike from Smithson Lane to northern city limits
  • Heritage Comprehensive Continuum Retirement Community opened
  • Hillside Protection Overlay Zoning District ordinance approved to better control development on higher hillsides areas in Brentwood
  • Completed southeast extension to City’s primary bikeway/walking trail to Ravenwood High School 
  • Updated Public Safety’s mobile data network
  • Completed construction of new 2.5 million gallon water tank at the intersection of Split Log and Ragsdale Roads and other related water system improvements to provide water service to area taken over from Nolensville College Grove Utility District
  • Entered in boundary adjustment agreement with Franklin to shift over 300 acres south of Split Log Road into Brentwood city limits
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rules in Brentwood’s favor for the second time in Prime Media v. Brentwood, this time dismissing the billboard company’s lawsuit altogether
  • OSRD lot standards modified to increase lot size and setback distances
  • The Brentwood Fire Department began search for Assistant Fire Chief; purchased Hazmat Trailer; ordered new 100 ft. ladder truck
  • Initiated first of several sewer pipe lining projects in an effort to reduce storm water infiltration
  • EPA and State of Tennessee orders all sewer utility districts within the Cheatham Reservoir drainage basin of middle Tennessee to implement a sewer capacity management program (C.M.O.M.)
  • Received Tree City, USA Award for the 18th year
  • Property tax rate is $.49 per $100 assessed value. The same effective tax rate for the 18th year in a row
  • City successfully completed the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008 with a unrestricted fund balance in the General Fund of $23,049,857, an increase of $4,538,064 from the previous fiscal year
  • Construction of the $4.8 million Library expansion and renovation project initiated
  • Police Department received national re-accreditation for the 5th time and was honored with the CALEA Flagship Agency award
  • A $30 million, six-year comprehensive sewer system rehabilitation project initiated
  • Split Log Road improvements from Ragsdale Road to Wilson Pike completed which included a separate bikeway behind the curb.
  • A new bikeway section is also completed between the Old Wilson Pike tunnel and Split Log Road/Wilson Pike intersection, thereby providing a continuous bikeway link between the Library and the new Split Log Road bikeway section.
  • Left turn lanes installed on Wilson Pike at Old Smyrna Road. The project also includes restoration of the stack stone walls.
  • City received highest possible bond rating from Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor (Aaa and AAA respectively). $10 million in 20 year, fixed rate water and sewer bonds successfully sold in early September at a true interest cost of 3.94%. Sale is completed prior to the collapse in the municipal bond market in mid-September.
  • Recently elected City Commissioner Bill Youree unexpectedly passes away in April. In late May, Alex Noble is appointed by the City Commission to fill the vacancy until the May 2009 election.
  • Brian Goss from Grand Rapids, Michigan hired for new position of Assistant Fire Chief.
  • Fire Department received delivery of a new 100 foot ladder truck costing $790,000.
  • City implemented the Agenda Quick software to facilitate placement of the City Commission agenda backup material to the City’s web page prior to each meeting.
  • TDOT approved the installation of a signal at the Green Hill Blvd. and Concord Road intersection.
  • Received Tree City, USA Award for the 19th year
  • City received the GFOA Distinguished Budget Award for the 16th consecutive year. (FY 2008 Budget)
  • City received the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 22nd consecutive year. (FY 2007 CAFR)
  • 52,800 feet or 10 miles of sewer line was rehabilitated to save the City money in the future and protect the environment.
  • Commissioner Betsy Crossley was elected TML District 6 Representative.
  • Brentwood celebrates 40th anniversary as an incorporated city
  • Property tax rate is $.49 per $100 assessed value. The same effective tax rate for the 19th year in a row.
  • Despite the national economic downturn beginning in late September 2008, the City ended the fiscal year in a positive financial position with the unreserved fund balance for the General Fund increasing from $23,074,729 to $24,948,669 million.
  • Construction of the $4.8 million Library expansion and renovation project was completed on time in September and under budget. The Library was expanded in size from 43,000 to 55,000 square feet.
  • Received Tree City, USA Award for the 20th year
  • Rhea E. Little, III, Paul Webb and Regina Smithson were elected for four year terms in the May 2009 election. Joe Reagan was re-elected for a two year term.
  • In May 2009, the City Commission elected Betsy S. Crossley to be Mayor and Rhea E. Little, III, Vice Mayor for two year terms.
  • Construction began on two new buildings in the Town Center District - the Pinnacle Bank and an office/retail space with TD Ameritrade as a tenant.
  • The Brentwood Fire Department and Franklin Fire Department entered into an Automatic Aid Agreement. Both fire departments automatically respond to structure fires within a defined area (mostly in the Cool Springs area) with enhanced manpower and equipment, regardless of the jurisdiction. This innovative program was recognized through an award by the Greater Nashville Regional Council.
  • City Judge Tom Schlater retires after 40 years. Laurie Jewett was appointed the new City Judge effective July 1, 2009.
  • Establishment of an Ad-hoc Environmental Quality Coordinating Committee to review and make recommendations to the City Commission on ways to enhance the environmental sustainability of municipal operations and services and improve the overall quality of life in Brentwood
  • Widening of Edmondson Pike from north of Smithson Lane to the city limits was initiated to include 12 foot travel lanes, shoulders and left turn lanes.
  • In a joint project, TDOT initiated construction of Phase I improvements to Concord Rd from Edmondson Pike to Sunset Rd. The City provided engineering design and right-of-way acquisition for the project.
  • The City’s AAA credit rating was reaffirmed by Standard and Poor’s and the Aaa credit rating was reaffirmed by Moody’s Investors Services. Both are the highest possible ratings for a government.
  • The City issued $4.93 million in 20 year, fixed rate General Obligation Bonds at a true interest cost of 3.53%. The Bonds will fund Phase II improvements to Split Log Rd, from Ragsdale Rd to the eastern city limits past Pleasant Hill Rd.
  • The City entered into a 10 year agreement with Metro Nashville for wastewater treatment services, thereby leading to a settlement of a lawsuit between the two communities.
  • The Service Center facility was successfully expanded with the project completed under budget. It included construction of a new open-air equipment storage shed for the Public Works Department, a third bay for Fire Station No. 3 and enclosure of an existing open-air storage area for climate control storage of sensitive equipment by the Water & Sewer Department.
  • The name of the Brentwood Fire Department was changed to the Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department to more accurately reflect the level of medical services being provided.
  • 2010 Federal Census count - population 37,060, number of households 12,577
  • The ‘Flood of 2010’ – On May 1-2, in less than 30 hours, the City received an unprecedented 14-17 inches of rain. It was the worst natural disaster in the City’s history and caused water damage to 264 homes, mudslides, and damage to roads and bridges. The rainfall amounts were equivalent to two consecutive days with 100-year storm events.
  • The FY 2011 Budget required property tax rate is $.49 per $100 assessed value. The same effective tax rate for the 20th year in a row
  • Establishment of an Environmental Advisory Board to review and make recommendations to City Commission on ways to enhance the environmental sustainability of municipal operations and services and improve the overall quality of life in Brentwood
  • Implementation of social media - Facebook, Twitter and Nixle, as a part of the City’s communication program to expand and improve communication with citizens.
  • Launched a Business-Community website, to identify and promote businesses located within the Brentwood city limits at no expense to the business owners.
  • Technical standards in the C-4 Town Center zoning district were amended to facilitate more dense development, taller buildings and expanded district area under clear guidelines related to acceptable traffic and parking impact.
  • The Flagpole property (north end of Mallory Lane between I-65 and the CSX Railroad) was rezoned to C-3/SR, SI-3 & SI-3/SR. The result was approximately 33.5 acres of new land for commercial development and approximately 23.7 acres dedicated for City parkland.
  • Purchase of 320 acres of land (Ravenswood Farm) from the Smith family including the historic home for a future City park. Plus an option to purchase an additional 80 acres over the next 3 years. City parkland acreage increased immediately from 600 to 920 acres with the potential of reaching 1,000 acres in 3 years.
  • Improvements to Concord Road from Edmondson Pike to Sunset Road were substantially completed in a joint State (TDOT)/ City project.
  • Left turn lane improvements to Wilson Pike at Concord Road were completed
  • Widening of Edmondson Pike (from north of Smithson Lane to City limits) were completed
  • Upgrade of a section of Pewitt Drive to City standards was completed
  • Improvements to Split Log Road (from Ragsdale Road to the City limits east of Pleasant Hill Road) were initiated.
  • City maintained Aaa and AAA bond rating from Moody’s Investors and Standard and Poor’s and successfully sold $10 million in 20 year, fixed rate bonds for water and sewer improvements at a true interest cost of 2.53%.
  • Assistant Police Chief Martin Lyles retired after 32+ years of service. Jeff Hughes was promoted as the new Assistant Police Chief.
  • Library Director Chuck Sherrill resigned to become the State Librarian and Archivist. Susan Earl hired from Metro Nashville as the City’s new Library Director.
  • Received Tree City, USA Award for the 21st year in a row.
  • A new replacement fire engine/rescue unit was purchased and placed into service funded by accumulated reserves in the Equipment Replacement Fund.
  • A federal grant was received and more energy efficient light fixtures were purchased and installed in the older City owned buildings - the Municipal Center, Service Center and Fire Station No. 2.
  • 2010 Federal Census count - population 37,060
  • Commissioners Brian Joe Sweeney (1972-2011) and Joe Reagan (1998-2011) retired from the City Commission
  • Rod Freeman, Jill Burgin, Betsy Crossley and Anne Dunn were elected for four year terms in the May 2011 election. They joined Rhea Little, Regina Smithson and Paul Webb on the City Commission.
  • In May 2011, the City Commission elected Paul L. Webb to be Mayor and Rod Freeman Vice Mayor for two year terms.
  • Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department celebrated 25th anniversary
  • Fire Chief Kenny Lane retired after 25 years of service. Assistant Chief Brian Goss was appointed as the new Fire Chief. David Windrow was appointed as the new Assistant Fire Chief.
  • The City’s AAA credit rating was reaffirmed by Standard and Poor’s and the Aaa credit rating was reaffirmed by Moody’s Investors Services. Both are the highest possible ratings for a government.
  • $5 million in 20 year, fixed rate general obligation bonds were sold at a true interest cost of 2.93% for the final payment on land for the new Marcella Vivrette Smith Park.
  • City Commission adopted a Master Plan for future improvements in Marcella Vivrette Smith Park
  • Upon completion of the reappraisal by Williamson County, the City’s property tax rate was reduced from $.49 to $.44 per $100 of assessed value.
  • Library installed self-checkout stations and Radio-Frequency ID system, tagging every book
  • City’s first dog park constructed and opened in Tower Park
  • Phase II improvements to Split Log Road (from Ragsdale Road to the City limits east of Pleasant Hill Road) were completed
  • Concord Road Bikeway extension from Sunset Road to Green Hill Boulevard completed
  • Phase I improvements to Concord Road from Edmondson Pike to Sunset Road were completed.
  • Final design and funding was approved by the State of Tennessee and right-of-way acquisition completed by the City for Phase II improvements to Concord Road from Sunset Road to Nolensville Road.
  • The first major renovations to the Brentwood Municipal Center since its construction in 1987 were initiated and substantially completed including expansion of the Emergency Communications Center.
  • Rezoning of property was approved for the Brentwood Morning Pointe Assisted Living facility on Wilson Pike between Moores Lane and Crockett Road.
  • City partnered with local merchants to sponsor Town Center Festivals on Town Center Way
  • Received Tree City, USA Award for the 22nd year in a row
  • Town Center zoning was approved for commercial property located on Centerview Drive (adjacent to the Brentwood Place Shopping Center) for construction of the Tapestry, a mixed use residential/commercial development.
  • 2010 Federal Census count - population 37,060
  • Police Chief Ricky Watson retired after 25 years of service. Assistant Chief Jeff Hughes was appointed as the new Police Chief. Tommy Walsh was appointed as the new Assistant Police Chief.
  • Brentwood was named as ‘Most Business Friendly City’ in the State of Tennessee
  • Construction began on Virginia Springs Office Park located south of Virginia Way and east of Granny White Pike which will include the new headquarters for Tractor Supply Co.
  • With the completion of the 24 acre Powell Park adjacent to the Virginia Springs Office Park, the City owned park land/green space now totals 888 acres.
  • Assisted living and Alzheimer’s care facility, Morning Pointe of Brentwood, opened.
  • Electric charging stations added to Municipal Center and Brentwood Library locations
  • Brentwood was named the “smartest” mid-sized city in Tennessee according to a new analysis of census data by Business Journals on Numbers
  • Finance Department received Certificate of Achievement for Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for 26th year
  • Received Distinguish Budget Presentation Award for the 20th consecutive year
  • The City’s AAA credit rating was reaffirmed by Standard and Poor’s and the Aaa credit rating was reaffirmed by Moody’s Investors Services. Both are the highest possible ratings for a government.
  • No increase in the City property tax rate for the 22nd year in a row
  • City’s drinking water system received a perfect score from the State of Tennessee for its Annual Drinking Water Quality Audit
  • Received Tree City, USA Award for the 23rd year in a row
  • Construction began on Porsche, Audi & Mini auto dealerships located in the Mallory Park development
  • Purchase by Boyle Investment Co of Synergy Business Park located on the east side of Franklin Road, north of the Brentwood Place shopping center. Redevelopment and upgrade to the 30 year old office park is expected with the initial project to be the construction of a business hotel fronting Centerview Drive and the preservation of the historic Mooreland Mansion.
  • Federal district court ruled in City’s favor after public safety ordinance regulating solicitations on public streets was challenged in lawsuit brought by ACLU on behalf of The Contributor newspaper.
  • Williamson County Circuit Court ruled in City’s favor in lawsuit brought by Williamson County Election Commission in attempt to force City to turn over Brentwood Library facilities for early voting in state and national elections.
  • Demolition of 40 year old Murray of Ohio headquarters
    Brentwood Children’s Library recognized as No. 8 best Children’s Library in America by
  • Brush Transfer Facility was constructed at the Service Center on General George Patton Drive
  • Construction of a second salt storage building at Safety Center East on Sunset Road
  • Adoption of the latest editions of the International Code Council's Building, Mechanical, Gas, Housing and Plumbing Codes, and Energy/Accessibility Codes.
  • Acquisition of two residential properties in the floodway of the Little Harpeth River through federal and state grant funding. The structures were severely damaged during the May 2010 flood. The structures were demolished and the lots converted to permanent green space.
  • City began pilot park recycling program at Granny White Park
  • Fewkes Mound Site named to National Register of Historic Places
  • City dedicated Next Generation 911 Emergency Communications Center
  • City Manager Mike Walker announced in late August 2012 that he would retire in late January 2013 after 22+ years of service to the City. Walker is the longest-serving city manager in the City’s 43 year history.
  • The Board of Commissioners appointed Assistant City Manager Kirk Bednar to become the new City Manager in late January 2013 when Walker’s retirement is effective. Bednar has served as Brentwood’s Assistant City Manager for the past 12 years.
  • 2010 Federal Census count - population 37,060
  • City Manager Michael W. Walker retired after 22 years of service.
  • Assistant City Manager Kirk Bednar was appointed as the new City Manager. Bednar served as Brentwood’s Assistant City Manager for the past 12 years.
  • Jay Evans was hired as the Assistant City Manager.
  • Former Mayor and City Commissioner Brian “Joe” Sweeney died. Elected in 1972, Mr. Sweeney served the City for 38 uninterrupted years.
  • Brentwood was named the Most Business Friendly City in the State of Tennessee for 2nd year by the Beacon Center.
  • Rhea Little and Regina Smithson were reelected to the City Commission. Mark Gorman was elected to the City Commission.
  • No increase in the City property tax rate for the 23rd year in a row.
  • Brentwood received Tree City, USA Award for the 24th year in a row.
  • The City’s AAA credit rating was reaffirmed by Standard and Poor’s and the Aaa credit rating was reaffirmed by Moody’s Investors Services. Both are the highest possible ratings for a government.
  • Finance Department received Certificate of Achievement for Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for 27th year in a row.
  • Received Distinguish Budget Presentation Award for the 21st consecutive year.
  • Tommy Campsey retired after 36 years with the Brentwood Police Department as the City’s most tenured city employee in the City’s history to date.
  • Construction continues on Virginia Springs Office Park located south of Virginia Way and east of Granny White Pike which will include the new headquarters for Tractor Supply Co.
  • Construction has begun on Concord Road East project from Sunset Road to Nolensville Road.
  • Brentwood 2020 Update – A planning firm was chosen to collect feedback and identify a community consensus on the future of Brentwood.
  • Mini auto dealerships located in the Mallory Park development
  • Plans were submitted by Boyle Investment Co for the former Synergy Business Park. Boyle is updating the 30 year old office park and changing the name to City Park. The initial project includes construction of a business hotel fronting Centerview Drive and the preservation of the historic Mooreland Mansion.
  • Additional 80 acres were purchased to expand Marcella Vivrette Smith Park.


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