06/12/19

SCAM Alert – MLGW

SCAM ALERT: MLGW customers are reporting phone calls from someone who claims to be with the utility. The caller threatens to cut off service unless payment is made immediately.

DON’T FALL FOR IT: No matter what your caller ID says – you will never get a personal phone call from an MLGW agent demanding payment, threatening cut offs or asking you to call a 1-800 number or buy a pre-paid debit card.

HANG UP: Call 544-MLGW (6549) for billing questions or get 24/7/365 access with “My Account” via mlgw.com.

05/28/19

Mayor Strickland Letter – May 24

Weekly Update: Power outages, Tom Lee Park, and a new community center

Friends,

Today’s email might be on the long side, but I think it’s important you clearly hear from me about where we stand on a couple of issues that have been on many of your minds this week: 1) power outages and MLGW’s infrastructure, and 2) the future of Tom Lee Park and Memphis in May.

First, let’s talk about power outages.

We had too many of them for too long after Saturday night’s storm. It’s unacceptable.

So, how to fix it?

Let’s all agree, as our colleagues at the Memphis Light, Gas, and Water Division do, that our electric infrastructure is old and in dire need of an overhaul. No question there.

It’s a high-dollar endeavor, though, and paying for it is the challenge.

We are serious about the possibility of finding major savings — which could potentially fund this infrastructure overhaul — if we were to change the source from which MLGW buys its power. Earlier this year, we commissioned a group that’s doing a thorough study of all power sources to find the facts in what is an incredibly complex situation.

Once that work is done, we’ll be in an informed position to make a call about the future of buying power for Memphians — with an eye toward improving infrastructure and keeping bills low. Stay tuned.

Now, as for Tom Lee Park.

Like so many of you, I had a blast at Tom Lee Park this month enjoying Memphis in May.

There is no question that whatever is done with Tom Lee Park must ultimately end up accommodating the continued success of Memphis in May.

There’s also no question that Tom Lee Park can be a better asset for our citizens the other 11 months of the year.

Too many people have tried to characterize that as an either/or. I don’t. I continue to believe that we can have an improved Tom Lee Park, whatever form that takes, that also allows Memphis in May to thrive. Full stop.

The Memphis River Parks Partnership has proposed significant changes to the park, and Memphis in May is concerned about how they would impact the festival. So, I brought both sides into mediation to find middle ground — because while these are two private entities, this is, at the end of the day, still a City asset. We’ve made progress in mediation in recent weeks, but the proposed park changes are now on hold so our partners at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, whose shrewd engineering work created the park some three decades ago, can review MRPP’s proposed design.

This may take a while, of course. But it’s vitally important that any improvements continue to provide for the safe use of the park, and that they don’t affect flood control, the stabilization of the bluff, or the river navigation channel.

Coupling the Corps’ input with the progress of mediation, we’ll eventually be in a much more informed position to match the right changes to the final amount of the fundraising efforts. (Speaking of which, we aren’t spending a penny of general fund dollars on Tom Lee Park. Those go to core services like police and fire.)

Meanwhile, a few things I hope you didn’t miss this week:

  • Working together with the City Council, we appropriated $2 million to ensure that the long-awaited full replacement of Ed Rice Community Center in Frayser gets underway in the 2019-20 fiscal year! And that’s on top of the new Frayser branch library, which we’ve included in our 2019-20 budget proposal that’s in front of the Council now.
  • We also worked with the Council to find funding for a handful of road improvement projects in the industrial area south of the airport, as well as widening westbound Poplar to three lanes over and west of Interstate 240.
  • If you’re on Raines Road in Whitehaven this week, you’ll see paving crews. We’ll keep up the citywide paving blitz this summer as we’ve doubled the amount we spend to repave streets.

Oh, and one more VERY important thing: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MEMPHIS! We’re a city that’s changed the world and continues to change it, and I hope everyone took some time this week to commemorate the 200 years since our founding.

I also hope you’ll make it down to Mud Island River Park sometime this summer to check out this new view of Downtown:

05/16/19

Main Street Trolley Line Service Alert

Due to construction on the Memphis Convention Center, service will be impacted on the Main Street Trolley rail line from June 3-July 14, 2019.

The Main Street Trolley rail cars will only pick up passengers on the east side of the tracks at the Trolley stations located between Madison and Exchange Avenues. In addition, some southbound Trolley stations will be temporarily closed.

To learn more about the Main Street Trolley line temporary detour, click this link: https://bit.ly/2w22gx4.

05/9/19

MAS Advisory Board Meeting

Come and learn what your city shelter is doing to save more lives than ever before! The Memphis Animal Services Advisory Board holds several public meetings each year. MAS gives a presentation showing updates in shelter stats, programming, grants, events, and more.

The public is invited to attend to hear the latest news, ask questions, and make suggestions.

The MAS Advisory Board is made up of:

Jennifer Daniel
Jackie Johns
Leanna Morris
Mary-Marsha Riley
Lynda Whalen
Angie White
Lauren Yoakum

Our next public meeting will be on Wednesday, May 15, from 6:15-7:45 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar in Room L-56.

05/3/19

2018 Water Quality Report

The Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division 2018 Water Quality Report is available on MLGW’s website. Customers can view the 2018 Water Quality Report online at mlgw.com/waterquality. The report is available in English and Spanish.

Click the image to read the report

Customers can also request a paper copy of the report by calling (901) 320-3950 or emailing corpcomm@mlgw.org.

All community water systems are required to prepare and distribute an annual water quality report. Specialists in MLGW’s Water Laboratory perform numerous tests throughout the year to monitor components of Memphis’ water. MLGW is proud to continue to provide excellent drinking water for the citizens of Memphis and Shelby County.

04/5/19

MATA Announces Free Rides on April 25: Get On Board Day

The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) will give free rides on all MATA vehicles on Thursday, April 25 in recognition of Get on Board for Public Transit Day. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, this national day of recognition has been established to support public transit to further acknowledge that every segment of American communities benefits from public transportation.

For example, every $1 invested in public transportation generates $4 in economic returns.

To learn more quick facts about the value of public transportation, visit https://www.apta.com/mediacenter/ptbenefits/Pages/default.aspx.

03/26/19

Pet Fostering 101

Have you been curious about fostering, but don’t know where to start? Join us for Fostering 101, an informative session on what it means to be a foster parent to a homeless dog, puppy, cat or kitten in Memphis.

From basic information to specific opportunities available both at Memphis Animal Services and with our rescue partners – this no obligation session will get you started in exploring the ways you can help us save lives by temporarily opening your home to a foster pet (or pets)!

Have a question about fostering you’d like answered? Let us know!

Thursday, March 28 6-7:30 pm

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

Meeting Room C

3030 Poplar

Memphis, TN 38111

03/23/19

MATA Job Fair – March 28

Looking for a new job? The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) is hosting a job fair specifically focused on hiring bus operators and gas and diesel mechanics from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, March 28 on a MATA bus parked at the corner of Watkins Street and Levee Road.

Interested applicants are encouraged to bring a resume and be prepared to interview onsite. For additional information on jobs available at MATA, please visit www.matatransit.com and click on Career Opportunities at the bottom of the home page to learn information about open positions.

All MATA employees are employed by Mid-South Transportation Management, Inc.(known as MTM) which is an equal opportunity M/F/V/H employer that supports a drug and alcohol free workplace.

03/15/19

Individual Posing As Memphis Animal Services Officer

CITIZEN ALERT: Memphis Animal Services has received reports in the Berclair area of an individual posing as an MAS officer, attempting to take people’s pets. This Local Memphis story has all the information you need about confirming the identity of any of our officers.

If anyone comes to your house claiming they’re an animal control officer and says you must surrender your pet, check the following:
✔️ They are driving an official MAS vehicle with government tags
✔️ They are in official MAS uniform
✔️ They have a badge, city ID, radio, and safety gear.

If you question any officer’s legitimacy, you can always call 545-COPS to confirm the officer’s identity via their badge number.