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VOL. 131 | NO. 252 | Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Council Ends 2016 With Committee Changes

By Bill Dries

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The last Memphis City Council meeting of 2016 marks the end of the first year of a four-year term of office for the 13-member body.

It also marks a change from council chairman Kemp Conrad to incoming chairman Berlin Boyd.

The council meets at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols, and get updates from committee sessions earlier in the council day.

The last Memphis City Council meeting of 2016 includes some changes to the council’s committee structure and several planning and development items led by a new motel at Interstate 240 and Whitten Road.

(Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)

Boyd, whose term as chairman is one year, intends to keep the set of 12 council committees but to change the responsibilities of some of those committees to include other areas.

The proposed changes the council votes on Tuesday include abolishing the council rules committee and adding those duties as well as other “intergovernmental” and annexation items to the personnel committee.

The parks and neighborhood committee would become the parks and environment committee.

The public services and neighborhoods committee would add the areas of “arts, youth initiatives and libraries.”

The council set of committees, dating back to the 1980s, are the first stop for proposals the council votes on at their twice a month sessions.

The committee sessions are also where the council is briefed on issues and matters not up for votes at that time. It’s where the administration may update the council about ongoing matters including city finances. Or council members use the committee sessions for updates on matters they are interested in.

The committee actions are not binding on the full council and no item can be blocked by action of a committee.

The council votes Tuesday on $100,000 in city funding for the Blight Authority of Memphis. The city funding qualifies the authority for funding from the Tennessee Housing Development Authority to make forgivable loans for demolition of vacant and blighted single family homes.

Also on the agenda is $270,000 in capital funding for a traffic signal at South Third Street and West Raines Road.

In planning and development items, the council votes on a special use permit for an 81-room Candlewood Suites hotel at Interstate 40 and Whitten Road on 2.47 acres of land where a hotel and a Stuckey’s restaurant once stood.

The new hotel would be by Whitten Lodging LLC.

The interchange is the site of the recently opened Walmart on the northwest corner.

The council also considers changing the zoning of 1.6 acres of land at 4230 Raleigh-Millington Road south of Egypt Central from residential to commercial mixed use. The owner of the property, Joe Houlihan, cites the impact of a nearby Dollar General store and the traffic it has brought for seeking the change in zoning where a house currently stands for development as commercial property.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 133 1,342
MORTGAGES 0 131 1,047
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 19 170
BUILDING PERMITS 28 305 3,056
BANKRUPTCIES 25 98 716
BUSINESS LICENSES 4 26 302
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0