A glance at what to expect in Belle Meade in 2018

Based on the number of projects the City of Belle Meade has in the pipeline for 2018, next year promises to be a busy one. Here is a glance at what to expect.

• A long-awaited video surveillance system will be installed at major intersections throughout the City of Belle Meade, according to Mayor, Jim Hunt. He has been excited to see that quality of cameras improve over the years along with an associated reduction in prices. “This follows the industry quality improvement and price reductions of all surveillance equipment in the past 5 years since we first considered a surveillance system,” said Hunt.

• Sidewalks on Harding Place from Lynwood to Belle Meade Boulevard will be installed.

• Beautification of the Page Road lot near the entrance of Percy Warner Park will include landscaping, classic entrance designs, limited parking on previous paving and more open greenspace.

• Lowering speed limits on several streets with traffic calming devices, cross walks, increased police monitoring and signage will happen as a way to improve perceived safety for children and adults alike.

• Eradication of invasive plants education along with encouragement to increase professional landscaping of personal residences and city owned and managed properties.

• As the Hall Income Tax continues to decrease, the city hopes for another year of postponing an increase in Belle Meade property taxes. According to the City of Belle Meade December Newsletter, conservative financial management of the City will continue with strong balance sheet and operating statements.

• Tree education to en- courage tree conservation and management with Belle Meade qualifying as a Tree City USA. Likewise, the Beautification and Ceres Society will be combined into one committee in order to formalize a new and effective committee, with new members to be actively recruited.