Informational Meeting – Mayor Strickland

Councilwoman Swearengen and Mayor Strickland would like to invite you to their Informational Meeting on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Mt. Pisgah CME Church located 2490 Park Avenue Memphis, TN 38114. Representatives from the City of Memphis will be available to answer your questions about city services including Police, Fire, Public Works, Engineering, Workforce Investment Network, and Parks.


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Veterans’ Home Exploratory Committee Meeting – Oct 23

Councilman Edmund Ford Jr. and Councilman Frank Colvett are excited to announce that they will be hosting a meeting to inform constituents as well as concerned citizens about the potential West Tennessee Veterans Home. The meeting will begin at 3:00 pm on Monday, October 23, 2017 in the City Council Conference Room located on the Fifth floor of City Hall at 125 N. Main Memphis, TN 38103.

This meeting will address potential plans for the construction of a second Veterans’ Home in this area. West Tennessee (as defined by the three major counties of Shelby, Fayette and Tipton) is host to the largest Veterans population in the state of Tennessee. Yet, these same Veterans have to travel outside the region for care. It is the Councilmen’s desire to end this terrible situation with much needed and proper care.


SkyCop Camera Program Works


Data from Memphis Police Department shows the Skycop camera program is working.

Tuesday, police officials told a city council committee that a review of the first 90 days of the program found crime went down in five of seven districts, including a dramatic decrease in some.

Crime was down nearly 41 percent in the Raleigh area and 70 percent in Hickory Hill.

Read the whole story here.




SkyCop Status Update

From David Smith.

We have approximately three weeks left in the campaign to secure $36,000 for the Pole Camera Funding. Through this weekend, we have $27,575 in our Camera account. Since several people have asked me about the MANW Grant I suspect they have been asking you as well. So, here is the current state in regards to that activity.

The MANW (Memphis Area Neighborhood Watch) program provides grants to neighborhoods in support of specific crime prevention programs. The maximum grant is $2500 and is funded by the City Council. The next deadline for submitting a grant proposal to the Council is November 15, 2017. Due to the holidays they do not anticipate granting any awards prior to the January 2018 Council Meeting. If we are getting a grant they will notify us in advance. We have already submitted our proposal to the review committee, but for your information, there are several conditions that we had to meet in order to be able to submit a request. Some of them are as follows: 1) We had to have a federal tax id  2) We had to commit to a minimum of 100 volunteer hours in support of our project (thank you Ann, Cammy, Suzanne, and everyone else who have been going door to door for donations); 3) We had to attend a mandatory training class presented by the MANW (Thank you Patsy); and 4) we had to be active participants in our Precinct Neighborhood Watch program and have the Precinct Commander certify our organization in writing (Again thank you Patsy). The council makes the award, but the leadership of MPD provides significant input as to who they think should get the money, so politics is in play. The good news is we, as KSANA and Patsy personally, have for a long time had a very good personal relationship with both Director Rawlings as well as Deputy Director Ryal. In addition, our councilman Colvet is aware of our Association and our project and can be counted on to support our proposal. All good things that make me  feel pretty confident that we will be successful, but we can’t count it until we get the check in hand.

We still need a few more neighbors to step up and give to our fund, three weeks left!!


Tropical Storm Irma Remnants

Public Works crews are preparing for remnants of Tropical Storm Irma to reach Memphis this week. The storm could bring high wind, rain and localized flooding.

Depending on the amount and intensity of the wind and rainfall, streets may experience downed trees and flooding. Low-lying areas are most susceptible for flooding for short durations due to drainage systems being overwhelmed. This type of temporary ponding typically ends when heavier rainfall subsides. If such areas do not drain quickly, Public Works Director Robert Knecht asks citizens to notify the City so the issue can be investigated.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR ASSISTANCE: Contact the Department of Drain Maintenance at 901-357-0100.

Read more on this post.



City Clears Storm Drains to Prepare for Post-Hurricane Harvey Rainfall in Memphis

City officials are preparing for the lingering effects of Hurricane Harvey, including heavy rainfall and possible flooding to reach Memphis later this week, according to a statement released Monday by the City’s Division of Public Works.

Officials say low-lying areas are the most susceptible to flooding (or temporary ponding) due to overwhelmed drainage systems.

Public Works director Robert Knecht says the City has been working to prevent this and will investigate areas that don’t drain quickly. He asks that citizens notify the City of such areas.
“We have been preparing for the storm by inspecting and clearing storm drains, inlets, and checking other essential areas,” Knecht said. “Crews are working to clean debris-filled storm drains and inlets to help minimize any potential for street flooding.”

For those who have experiences water entering their homes during past heavy rainfall, officials encourage those residents to take preventive measures to reduce the chance of flooding, by clearing gutters, downspouts, and storm drains near their homes.

Storm equipment, as well as personnel are on standby, ready to respond to any flood-related emergencies. Officials say residents can contact the Department of Drain Maintenance at 901-357-0100 for more information or assistance.


Closures, Service Changes for Labor Day

City of Memphis administrative offices, including Memphis Animal Services, libraries, and community centers, will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 4.

The City will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Residents who receive Monday garbage and recycling collections from City crews should place their cart curbside Tuesday, Sept. 5 for collection. Customers are advised to have their cart curbside by 7 a.m. Sept. 5 will be a double collection day with limited collection of yard debris and excess trash outside of the cart. Service times may differ from usual. Customers that receive collections Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday collections are not affected. City residents serviced by contractor Inland Waste will have collections delayed by one day all week because of the holiday.

These closures will not affect the Memphis Police Department, Memphis Fire Services, the Pink Palace Museum, and the Lichterman Nature Center.

Info from this NextDoor post.


West Tennessee Veterans Home – Council Meeting

Councilman Edmund Ford Jr. and Councilman Frank Colvett are excited to announce that they will be hosting their third event to inform constituents as well as concerned citizens about the potential West Tennessee Veterans Home.

The meeting will begin at 3:00 pm on Monday, August 28, 2017 in the City Council Conference Room located in City Hall 125 N. Main 5th Floor, Memphis, TN 38103.

This meeting will address potential plans for the construction of a second Veterans’ Home in this area.

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Solar Eclipse Community Brief – Protecting Your Eyes from the Solar Eclipse

Taken from a NextDoor Post.

Are Your Solar Eclipse Glasses Safe?

A solar eclipse will be visible across the continental United States on Monday, August 21. Many people will be hosting parties, going to the beach, and planning camping trips to view this rare occurrence.

If you are planning to view the solar eclipse, do so safely with eclipse glasses and solar viewers that meet the international safety standard. Consider products marked with ISO 12312-2, which means they meet the international safety standard.

Find more information on choosing safe glasses from the Federal Trade Commission and follow these tips:

Use new glasses or viewers – Do not use glasses more than three years old, wrinkled, or scratched.
Follow the instructions on your glasses or viewer carefully.
Do not use homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses.
Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device – even when using your eclipse glasses or viewer. Those optical devices concentrate the solar rays, which will damage your eclipse glasses or viewer, and seriously injure your eyes.

For more solar eclipse safety information, including how to protect your eyes from the dangerously bright sun, visit eclipse2017.nasa.gov.