District 5 Councilman Scott Davis is a public servant, not a politician. He very humbly and quietly goes about fulfilling a campaign promise he made to himself when he decided to run for Metro Council in 2011 — to help 50 neighbors in his district save their homes and improve their lives. He has surpassed that target, because he is working hard right now to make the 93rd one happen. As usual, Scott has exceeded expectations, those of others and even his own.
In Metro’s 5th council district, there is an interesting mix of older established residents, along with an influx of new ones. The mix is eclectic, and varies widely along racial and socio-economic lines. The changing demographic of the district is a challenge that Scott relishes, because it gives him an opportunity to utilize his business savvy and people skills to fulfill his vision of “neighbors helping neighbors.”
One new resident of the district, roofing consultant and project manager Trevor Hartz, was approached by a friend in the district, Johnnie Gilbert, to meet with Scott about a ten-year resident who was experiencing a housing crisis. Gilbert’s neighbor, Michael Walker, was going through a miserable experience with his homeowner insurance policy.
After Walker’s beautiful Joseph Avenue home had experienced severe storm damage in 2013, the insurer failed to acknowledge the damage as attributable to a storm, instead claiming the damage was “wear and tear.” Allstate not only denied the $8,000 claim to repair the roof, but also threatened to cancel his policy if he didn’t fix the damage himself and bring the entire edifice back up to codes compliance by December, 2014, later extended to March 4, 2015.
After sharing his dilemma with folks at his neighborhood association meeting, Walker’s prayers were answered as Councilman Scott Davis got word and acted. Once Gilbert facilitated a meeting for Scott with Hartz, the consultant conducted a full property inspection (pro bono) of Walker’s property. Then Councilman Scott and Trevor met with Trevor’s boss Justin Lowry at Lowry Roofing. Hartz and Lowry were so taken with what Trevor calls “Scott’s pursuit of taking care of the community” that he says “we were excited to help.”
Scott then went about doing what he does — he negotiated discounted rates and corporate sponsorships to solve a problem and help a neighbor. As he has done so many times before with agencies as diverse as Hands on Nashville, Master Builders, Rebuilding Nashville, Red Truck Realtors, Regal Homes Regions Bank, Sun Trust Bank, he constructed a partnership to address the real needs of his constituents, his neighbors.
This week, while most Nashvillians stayed indoors avoiding the rigors of the February Freeze, Councilman Scott Davis was out raising the money to purchase the materials and to pay for the labor to repair Walker’s home. Midway Lumber and Supply Company is donating top-notch materials at no cost and Lowry Roofing will deploy a roofing crew as soon a weather permits to replace the roof and address any other structural concerns to bring the house into a warrantable application so Walker’s mortgage will be secure and the home will be insurable and up to codes compliance.
“Awesome!” is how Walker describes his councilman. “Without Scott’s help, I just don’t know..(he tears up). It just leaves you speechless… to get that kind of response, the one-on-one help. Having him help me stay in my home is beautiful.”
And for Scott, it’s on to number 94, on his way to complete 100 such missions of mercy before starting all over next time. “Next term, next hundred” is the motto, as Metro’s phenomenal Fifth Fistrict Councilman quietly goes about serving the public, one neighbor at a time, the elderly, the working-class, the lower-income, the new-to-town transplants who have moved to Nashville to enjoy and experience this blossoming metropolis as his neighbors.
Scptt insists that the credit for accomplishing these charitable acts belongs with his community partners, both non-profit housing associations and for-profit businesses, clergy and the folks he relies on at 5th and Main, in the Cleveland Park, McFerrin Park, Greenwood, Maxwell Heights, Highland Heights and other neighborhood associations. And even some outside his district who answer the call when he calls on them for help, like Lowry Roofing and Midway Supply.