Metro Councilwoman Sponsoring Ban on Rope Lights Was Sued By Her Own Neighborhood Association & More

Nashville – why is the councilperson who can’t follow her own homeowner’s association rules wanting to tell the rest of Nashville they can’t have rope lights in their own windows? Meet Tanaka Vercher.

There’s a bill that will be up for third & final reading tonight at the Metro Council that -almost- went by unnoticed. Thanks to WSMV for highlight this ordinance that would ban ‘rope lights’ on nearly every business in Nashville. The bill is sponsored by Metro Councilwoman Tanaka Vercher. Why would Vercher try to sponsor an ordinance on how businesses display their window lights, when she couldn’t even follow the rules of her own Oakwood Homeowner’s Association.

Here’s the roads the new ordinance would effect (all colors):

Tanaka Vercher was sued by the Oakwood Homeowner’s Association because she didn’t pay the required dues. Of course, the homeowner’s association won in court, and there was a judgment of $554.37 enforced.

Is She Fit for Finance?

As announced in August, Councilwoman Tanaka Vercher was appointed as Budget and Finance Committee chairman to replace At-large Councilman John Cooper, who held the position for the past year. Why is a councilwoman that has in the past been unable to manager her own bills & finances, now the chairperson to the entire Metro Budget & Finance Committee?

Vercher has bills from creditors that she didn’t even bother to appear in court to defend or setup payment arrangements after being served – and she was found in default – receiving judgments against her. Here’s an example where she was served but received a default judgment of $1538.21 against her for not appearing in court:

Vercher was also once sued for allegedly selling a car that she did not have a clear title to, per court records:

The lawsuit reads:

“Purchase of a car for $3500. Title was never given to purchaser (Mr Foutch). Mr Foutch has discovered the vehicle has a loan on it, therefore Mr. Foutch wants his $3,500 returned. Car is owned by First Franklin Financial….”

 

The bill will be up for 3rd & Final reading tonight, unless you contact you councilman now, it will pass.

BILL BL2017-903 (Vercher)
Approved by Planning Commission (8-0) on 10/26/2017
Referred to Planning, Zoning, and Historical Committee

An ordinance amending Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, Zoning Code, pertaining to lighting (Proposal No. 2017Z-022TX-001).

ORDINANCE BL2017-903

An ordinance amending Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, Zoning Code, pertaining to lighting (Proposal No. 2017Z-022TX-001).

WHEREAS, rope lighting poses safety hazards to motorists on arterial and collector streets; and

WHEREAS, to avoid vehicular collisions and pedestrian-vehicular collisions due to visual distractions such as rope lighting, it is appropriate for rope lighting to be prohibited along arterial and collector streets in Metro Nashville and Davidson County.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. That Section 17.04.060.B. of the Zoning Code is hereby amended by adding a definition for “rope lighting” and “string lighting”, as follows:

“Rope lighting” means lighting that is primarily used as a decorative lighting fixture, featuring small light bulbs linked together and encased in a PVC jacket to create a string of lights.

“String lighting” means a series of lights located along a coated wire.

Section 2. That section 17.28.100.C of the Metropolitan Code of Laws is hereby deleted in its entirety and replaced with following Section C:

C. Rope lighting shall not be used on a building, sign, or any property with non-residential zoning located adjacent to an arterial or collector street as identified on the Major and Collector Street Plan. This provision shall not apply to properties zoned as DTC.

Sponsored by: Tanaka Vercher

Contact your councilman now.

In addition to filing for bankruptcy and maybe being honest about it, we located a resume for Vercher, below. You can decide if this looks like a person that can’t manage their own finances, but should be in charge of a finance committee ? Are there errors and embellishments in this resume? Have a look for yourself:

 

1 Comment

  1. moss

    This is a stupid story.. the law suite was form 2010. old news… I am happy she is fighting rope lights.. nashville does not need to be turned into VEGAS. makes our town look cheap and low class. we deserve better.
    We dont know why she was withholding HOA dues.. perhaps they were negligent in maintaining the neigborhood? we dont know the story.. and it was 7 years ago! I have had HOA’s that were good and ones that were bad and did not deserve their annual dues. I have Meet Tanaka and she is a class act… I was left HIGHLY impressed in her research and preparedness in dealing with district issues. This is the dumbest smear job i have ever seen. HOA dues? really?? that is supposed to be a scandel? whats next? checking to see if she paid her electic bill late? this is soo stupid. NOW… this has only motived me more to do research on the fool that wrote this article…I smell some major bullshit.

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