NAME AS IT APPEARS ON BALLOT: Ken Travis
OFFICE SOUGHT: Brentwood City Commission
ADDRESS: 7086 Willowick Drive, Brentwood, TN 37027
OCCUPATION: Retired health-care executive and current Brentwood city commissioner.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Memphis State University
FAMILY: Wife, Rhonda, and two daughters, Karen and Katherine.
AFFILIATIONS:Member of Holy Family Church, member of Brentwood Country Club.
Have you ever run for or held a position in public office? If so, please name the office(s). I am currently a Brentwood city commissioner, having been elected in 2015.
Why did you decide to run for re-election?
In 2013/14, Harley-Davidson proposed moving their dealership to Mallory Park, right behind my subdivision. The dealership was to include not only a showroom, but also an amphitheater where outdoor concerts would be held most Saturdays April-October and also a test track. This simply was not acceptable next to residential neighborhoods.
I attended planning commission and city commission meetings for approximately 1½ years to object to this move. During that time, 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 1½ years 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. I feel my four years on the city commission and planning commission allow me the knowledge of how things work and what needs to be done in the city of Brentwood.
What do you believe are the top three issues that need to be addressed in the city and how would you address those issues?
It is the golden rule we must live by.
Analyze all available data regarding solutions to our traffic issues (traffic signals, turning lanes, etc.).
Participate in regional transportation planning.
Support city of Brentwood personnel in working with TDOT on key roads within our city.
Proper planning of new subdivisions can lessen the impact of additional traffic because of new homes.
What makes you the best candidate for the position of city commissioner?
As an incumbent, I have a proven track record that I am an effective city commissioner.
Each week, I spend a significant amount of time reading emails, answering citizens who call or email, and reading information sent out by the city. I have taken time to send out semi-regular emails that I call “Citizen Updates” on happenings in Brentwood.
For the past four years, I have not only served on the city commission, but I also volunteered to serve the on the planning commission where my focus has been on responsible and properly planned growth. I believe this is evident in subdivisions like Oman, Lawson and Witherspoon.
I have attended police roll calls, frequently visited fire stations, attended multiple meals at our public works building with employees, spoken regularly to our police chief and fire chief, attended ribbon cuttings with the mayor, Boy Scout meetings and retirement functions for city personnel. I have actively participated in each year’s budget meetings. I have attended the Citizens Police Academy and the Citizens Fire Academy. I believe I have my finger on the pulse of Brentwood employees and citizens.
Brentwood is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and the city has seen a lot of changes over the past half century, while some things have remained the same. What issues do you foresee affecting Brentwood over the next 10 years and beyond? What would you like to see change or stay the same?
To prepare for the future, sometimes it is best to review the past. Our history says one of our most important ideals is our 1-acre residential zoning. I firmly believe that our focus on 1-acre density has allowed us to 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.
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 should continue to analyze all available data regarding solutions to our traffic issues (traffic signals, turning lanes, etc.). And we must continue to work with TDOT on key roads within our city: Franklin Road, Wilson Pike and Concord Road are all TDOT roads.
Brentwood does not have a wastewater treatment facility; we actually contract with Nashville to process our wastewater. This contract expires in the next year few years, so we must start negotiations for both volume and price.
I have said multiple times that Brentwood has an exemplary budgeting process. As our growth slows, we must be better than ever before with our budget. We have not had a tax increase in 29 years! It is more important than ever that we continue to properly plan our budget.