A resolution commending measures taken by the Courts, The Davidson County Sheriff's Office, and Utility Providers to avoid evictions and service shut-offs during the COVID-19 pandemic and urging continuation of these efforts.
WHEREAS, COVID-19 has taken a steep toll on Nashville's economy, leaving many out of work and struggling to make ends meet; and
WHEREAS, in order to fight the spread of COVID-19 residents must be able to remain safely at home with access to electricity, water, and other utilities; and
WHEREAS, Metro Water Services and Nashville Electric Service will not assess fees or terminate service for nonpayment through at least June 30th; and
WHEREAS, Piedmont Natural Gas has suspended disconnections for nonpayment and assessment of late fees in response to the pandemic; and
WHEREAS, Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall has halted all evictions and service of other civil papers until further notice; and
WHEREAS, The Supreme Court of Tennessee's April 24, 2020 COVID-19 Order in effect through May 31 stated that "Given the increasing economic issues caused by this pandemic, no judge, clerk, or other court official shall take any action to effectuate an eviction, ejectment, or other displacement from a residence during the effective dates of this order based upon the failure to make a rent, loan, or other similar payment"; and
WHEREAS, the depth and breadth of COVID-19's impact on Nashville's economy is still uncertain.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:
Section 1. That the Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as applauding the efforts of Utility Providers, The Davidson County Sheriff, and the Courts in prioritizing residents' ability to combat the spread of COVID-19 by remaining safely at home even under challenging economic conditions.
Section 2. That the Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as requesting and encouraging the continuation of these efforts until either the threat of COVID-19 has passed or our unemployment rate recovers to pre-pandemic levels.
Section 3. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.
Sean Parker, Russ Bradford, Burkley Allen
Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee
IntroducedJune 2, 2020
AdoptedJune 2, 2020
ApprovedJune 3, 2020
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Last Modified: 06/07/2020 3:11 PM