Ken Travis is one of nine candidates running for four available seats on the Brentwood City Commission. Community Impact Newspaper sent each candidate a list of questions. Answers below are edited for publication style.
This article is part of Brentwood municipal election coverage and does not constitute an endorsement of the candidate. Election day is May 7.
Experience: Incumbent City Commissioner and retired healthcare executive
Why did you decide to run for the City Commission?
In 2013, Harley Davidson proposed moving their dealership to Mallory Park, right behind my subdivision. The dealership was to include a showroom, an amphitheater where outdoor concerts would be held most Saturdays April to October and a test track. This was not acceptable next to residential neighborhoods. I attended Planning and City Commission meetings for a year and a half to object to this move. I listened and learned many of the procedures used for both meetings. When a sitting Commissioner decided not to run, I felt like I could do a very good job based on my year and a half of “experience”. I am now running for re-election. As an incumbent, I truly have my finger on the pulse of not only Brentwood citizens but also the city of Brentwood employees.
In your opinion, what is the biggest issue facing Brentwood, and how do you plan to address it on the City Commission?
Traffic will continue to impact our life in Brentwood. On the north city border, we have one of the busiest intersections in Davidson County: Franklin Road and Old Hickory Boulevard. To the south we bump up to Cool Springs and the ever-growing city of Franklin. This impacts our traffic.
We must continue to analyze all available data regarding solutions to our traffic issues: traffic signals, turning lanes, etc. And, we must continue to work with [the Tennessee Department of Transportation] on key roads within our city—Franklin Road, Wilson Pike, and Concord Road are all TDOT roads.
How will you balance density concerns with Brentwood's rapid growth?
We will balance our density concerns by holding true to one of our most important ideals—1-acre residential zoning. By remaining focused on 1-acre density, we will have a quality of life that includes open spaces, rolling hills, trees, parks and wonderful neighbors. To continue our existing quality of life, I believe we must protect our open spaces, rolling hills, trees, and parks.
Anything else you would like the community to know?
Some residents don’t realize that Brentwood does not have a wastewater treatment facility. Currently we contract with Nashville to process our wastewater. This contract expires in the next few years, so we must start negotiations for both volume and price. The amount of volume that Nashville will agree to process as well as the price for the processing are important to our future.