The Memphis City Council Chair's Recap for Tuesday, July 24th

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Good evening,

The City Council had a productive day today. As always to see everything that happened, click here.


Driver’s License and Diversion Amnesty Program – As part of the Council’s MLK50 initiative, Council is providing funding to assist those previously enrolled in the City Court Clerk’s Drive While You Pay program and to cover cost associated with General Sessions Diversion fees related to expungement for those individuals with fiscal constraints that bar them from covering such fees. On Tuesday, July 31st, the City Council, along with the City Court Clerk and General Sessions Court Clerk, will host the first Driver’s License and Diversion Amnesty event. This event will be held at the Benjamin Hooks Public Library from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.


Stolen Vehicles/City Impound Ordinance Amendment – To lessen the burden on victims of crime, owners of stolen vehicles stored by the City of Memphis after recovery will not be liable for the tow fees, administrative fees, nor storage fees if the vehicle is reclaimed within 5 days after notification of the vehicle’s whereabouts.


Shared Use Mobility Ordinance – Seeking to promote shared mobility options in Memphis, the City Council approved an ordinance to establish policies and procedures for bicycle, electric-assist bicycle, tricycle, electric-assist tricycle, and electric scooter sharing programs. The Council found that the ordinance was needed to ensure the safety of all Memphians and visitors of our great city.


Extended Time for Garbage Containers Left Curbside – The amendment extending the time that garbage carts can be left curbside was approved. The extended times will allow carts to be placed curbside 5:00 p.m. the night before collection until 8:00 a.m. the morning following collection.


Weatherization Task Force – A resolution creating a task force to provide oversight for implementation of current home weatherization or energy efficiency programs was approved today. The task force will be comprised of individuals representing different organizations concerned about energy efficiency in Memphis as well as private citizens. One of the goals of the task force is to identify and address inefficiencies in the implementation of current home weatherization or energy efficiency programs while ensuring as many households as possible have access to these programs.


Recognizing T.O. Jones – Council recognized Mr. Thomas Oliver (T.O.) Jones today. T.O. Jones was the architect behind the Memphis Sanitation Workers’ strike, which began on February 11, 1968. Mr. Jones’ organizing skill served him well when he began ASCME Local 1733 and became the union’s first president. We honor Mr. T.O. Jones for the tenacity he demonstrated in his commitment to the fair treatment of others.


Inland Waste Contract Terminated – Inland Waste will no longer service customers for solid waste collection. The City has contracted with Waste Pro for an interim basis to continue collection in the areas previously serviced by Inland Waste. During this time of transition, make sure you continue to place as much waste in your carts as possible to prevent any backlog of outside-the-cart service. If you experience any problems, be sure to report them to 311.


Next Council Meeting – Our next Council meeting will be held on August 14th.


Take care.