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VOL. 133 | NO. 37 | Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Council to Discuss Mural Mix-Up, Body in Van On Police Impound Lot

By Bill Dries

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Memphis City Council members take up the Paint Memphis murals controversy in their Tuesday, Feb. 20, executive session and earlier will talk with police brass about security procedures at the police impound lot.

The 2 p.m. executive session discussion of the murals follows the painting over of the nonprofit Paint Memphis murals on one side of Willett Street at Lamar Avenue by city public works crews. The city administration has said crews mistakenly painted over the murals after city council members complained last month of specific murals.

Council members sought to have specific murals deemed as offensive painted over and said local residents weren’t adequately consulted by Paint Memphis.

Memphis City Council members will consider funding for convention center renovations and will discuss the Lamar Avenue mural controversy and a body found in a van on the police impound lot when they meet Tuesday, Feb. 20. (Daily News File/Andrew J. Breig)

Paint Memphis founder Karen Golightly has said residents were consulted and that her organization abided by guidelines set by the city for what could and could not be included in the murals.

Council members also get an update on police inventory procedures at a 10 a.m. committee session. The review comes after the body of a man was found in the back of a van seven weeks after police took the van as evidence. The owner of the van was shot and killed and another man was wounded in a robbery. The third man’s body was found when the family of the van’s owner came to reclaim it from the police impound lot.

Memphis Police have launched an internal investigation.

The council meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St. Follow the council meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tndpols, for live coverage as well as updates from the committee sessions earlier in the day.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda is a vote on a 10-lot residential infill development by Apple Partners LLC on half an acre on the northeast corner of Elzey Avenue and Tanglewood Street in Cooper-Young.

The council could also vote on a resolution allocating and appropriating $175 million in funding for the Memphis Cook Convention Center renovation. Council members discuss that and a companion resolution issuing $175 million in general obligation bonds for public works projects. The council could add both items to Tuesday’s agenda for a vote.

No documents detailing those resolutions or any of the 19 items currently on the council’s agenda had been posted on the council’s website as of press time Monday.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 280 1,209
MORTGAGES 55 244 916
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 52 151
BUILDING PERMITS 158 699 2,751
BANKRUPTCIES 37 157 618
BUSINESS LICENSES 12 77 276
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0