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VOL. 133 | NO. 47 | Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Council to Discuss Murals and Food Deserts, Vote on Convention Center Funding

By Bill Dries

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Memphis City Council members talk about incentives to bring grocery stores to underserved areas of the city during Tuesday, March 6, committee sessions and review a resolution that would direct the city to again paint over “offensive and objectionable” murals.

The discussion on grocery store incentives, at 1:45 p.m., follows last month’s closing of two Kroger supermarkets, one in Southgate shopping center and one on Lamar Avenue near Airways Boulevard.

The mural resolution, drafted since a council discussion last month with Paint Memphis founder Karen Golightly, isn’t on Tuesday’s council agenda for a vote. But could be added.

City public works crews painted over murals on one side of Willett Street near Lamar Avenue, but they missed the murals on the other side of the street that council members complained about.

Memphis City Council members continue discussions Tuesday on incentives for grocery stores in food deserts and murals off Lamar Avenue and vote on $175 million in bond financing for convention center renovations. (Daily News File)

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

The council votes Tuesday on $175 million in general obligation bonds to finance the renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center. The bond debt is to be paid with revenue from the hotel-motel tax as well as the Tourism Development Zone. The administration says financing the renovation through general obligation bonds will save the city money.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda is another $150 million in General Improvement Bonds for public works projects.

The council votes Tuesday on $470,000 in funding to buy land on the northeast corner of Adams Avenue and Danny Thomas Boulevard for the relocation of Fire Station #5 on Front Street at Union Avenue. The move of the fire station would open up that parcel of land for the Brooks Museum of Art, which plans to relocate in five years from Overton Park.

The council also votes on $42,460 in funding to take, by condemnation, land at 1287 E. Holmes Road as the site of a new Fire Station #43.

The council also reviews in committee Tuesday ordinances to de-annex two areas of the city. The ordinances could be added to Tuesday’s agenda or could wait for the first of three readings until the March 20 council session.

The de-annexation of property in Eads, 2.1 acres in all, would take effect within 75 days of the passage of the ordinance on third and final reading by the council unless a petition opposed to the de-annexation is signed by at least 10 percent of the registered voters within the area to be de-annexed.

If there is such a petition, the de-annexation would then go to voters in the area at the next general election. If a majority do not favor de-annexation, the council’s action to de-annex is considered void and cannot be brought up again for two years. If a majority votes for de-annexation, the de-annexation takes effect as soon as the referendum vote is certified by the Shelby County Election Commission.

An ordinance de-annexing an area of southwest Memphis contains the same provisions, although the city has said no one lives in the flood plain area.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 133 1,342
MORTGAGES 0 131 1,047
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 19 170
BUILDING PERMITS 0 305 3,056
BANKRUPTCIES 17 135 753
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 53 329
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0