Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Memphis Government

Billed as “A City on the Rise,” Mayor Jim Strickland’s State of the City address identifies three areas of focus that he asserts will make Memphis stronger. Delivered Wednesday at the Memphis Kiwanis Club, Strickland’s 2022 version of his annual...
by James Coleman -- As Memphis continues to grapple with an epidemic of street racing, Memphis City Council members learned during the Tuesday, (Jan. 18) Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee meeting that most charges eventually are dismissed.  One of the...
Memphians who are facing utility cutoff notices may qualify for up to a $500 credit on their MLGW utility bills through the City of Memphis Utility Assistance Fund. Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis City Council set aside $1 million...
by James Coleman -- Anticipating possible superseding legislation by the Tennessee General Assembly this year, the Memphis City Council Tuesday (Jan. 4) delayed until April the first reading on a police residency referendum. At issue is the hotly debated question of...
by James Coleman -- The debate over easing residency requirements for city police officers and firefighters remains at a standstill until the new year after a proposed ordinance to let voters decide the issue in a referendum next year was...
by James Coleman -- A proposed street name change turned into a debate about a man’s legacy as the Memphis City Council mulled and ultimately unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday (Dec. 7) to honor slain rapper Young Dolph with an...
by James Coleman -- Memphis City Council members last week strengthened their hand against future pipeline developments after unanimously passing a long-awaited rights-of-way ordinance that gives the body final say on future underground infrastructure projects.  “The right-of-way ordinance regulates every street...
by James Coleman -- After weeks of haggling, Memphis City Council members have agreed to a $20 million set of spending priorities for American Rescue Plan funds, but only after settling on guidelines behind closed doors. “We took names off of...
by James Coleman --  Prepared for another round of discussion about how to divvy up some $20 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, the Memphis City Council’s Budget Committee has proposed the creation of a set of “guiding principles”...
by James Coleman -- An ordinance crafted to protect Memphis’ water supply from future oil pipeline projects and withstand legal challenges sailed through the Memphis City Council on a 13-0 vote Tuesday (Sept. 21). “You asked me to come forward with...