Jim Forkum is a member of the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County for the 9th district. He is retired from working for State Farm Insurance. He is Chair of the Education Committee and a member of the Parks, Library, Recreation, and Public Entertainment Facility Committee and the Traffic and Parking Committee. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Belmont College in 1970.
Jim Forkum sponsored a resolution that asked Metro Police to seek funding for surveillance equipment to catch people in the act of illegal dumping, which costs the state around $2 million annually. He also sponsored a resolution that asks the Metro School board to aid in determine the feasibility of installing video cameras on the sides of school buses to aid in identifying drivers who don't stop while bus drivers are picking up children.
He voted against canceling zoning in Percy Priest Lake, for Sylvan Park historic zoning, for Lower Broadway historic zoning, against a Westin Hotel on Lower Broadway, and for rezoning Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. On the third reading, he voted for the proposal for a new ballpark for the Nashville Sounds, which included provisions for hotels, condos, shops and other businesses on the land adjacent to the stadium.
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