New bill will require homebuilders to plant trees

Months of negotiations finally yielded a compromise on a new piece of Metro Council legislation that would require Nashville’s homebuilders to plant a certain number of trees on each open lot.

The bill, pushed by at-large Councilwoman Megan Barry and District 6 Councilman Mike Jameson, would require homebuilders to plant one tree for every 30-linear feet of street front in residential areas. Residential developers would be required to maintain seven trees per acre.

If a homebuilder or developer doesn’t comply with the potential new tree requirement, then Metro may seize their bonds for the project.

This is a needed ordinance in Nashville. Unfortunately many of the trees which have been planted in the past are Bradford pear trees, which split when mature.

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    Ray Gannon said,

    “Cigarettes are a dangerous health & environmental hazard, why not make cigarettes/tobacco available only to people who understand and take full responsibility for their smoking habit?”
    Gutter Butt Busters suggestions: –
    1. No access to Medicare treatment for smoking related illnesses unless ‘confirmed’ smokers are registered.
    2. Tobacco products should only be available from licensed premises and sold only to registered smokers.
    Smokers, eligible to purchase tobacco products from a licensed retailer, must be registered and have a Medicare Tobacco User Fund credit account. Every purchase a registered user makes will include an Environment levy together with a Medicare Treatment Surcharge that will be logged to his or her MTUF Credit account.
    Extra cost per pack will be shared equally by the smoker and supplying tobacco company.
    Apart from emergency treatment no smoker will have access to Medicare services without a MTUF Credit ‘card’ which identifies him or her as the account holder. If sufficient funds have not accrued in a registered smoker’s MTUF Credit account (or have been previously used), the cost (or shortfall) of hospital treatment will be the equal responsibility of the user and supplying tobacco company. In such case the supplying tobacco company will be required to meet the full cost of treatment having deposited sufficient funds to meet the Medicare Tobacco User Fund forecasts on inception of the Fund. Any ‘shortfall’ treatment costs owed by the smoker will be recovered by the Medicare Tobacco User Fund either as a lump sum or as garnisheed payments via wages or ATO Medicare levies (or from a deceased smoker’s Estate).
    A limit of 20 cigarettes per day per registered user seems reasonable?
    The extra Medicare Treatment Surcharge + Environment levy will be $2.50 per pack of 20; the smoker and supplying tobacco company to contribute $1.25 each

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