Serving All Areas of Shelby County, TN
City & Government Partnership Meeting in Memphis
Purpose: Neighborhood focus and complaints to city and county agencies with follow up. Example: abandoned or foreclosed homes, cars parked in yards, vacant lots, businesses in residential zoned areas, 18 wheelers parked in residential areas…issues that need to be addressed.
April 12, 2019
Call to Order
Next meeting: May 10, 2019. Complaints/input submitted after April 26 will be entered on the next agenda. Please have input in Word format and e-mail to email@example.com. If you are unable to submit the information prior to the deadline please have addresses and problem descriptions in writing to turn in when you attend the meeting.
Open discussion of other concerns: (new input and ongoing concerns):
--Mr. Burton asked about businesses with flags not in compliance with ordinances. Mr. Shular responded that someone has bee designated to remove signs that are placed in the right-of -way. Flags placed on businesses' private property come under county code enforcement.
--Col. Williams introduced Lt. Col. Lambert Ross, new assistant commander at Raines Station. MPD now has 29 new sergeants and four majors.
--There will be a sweep of Berta Street; speed bumps planned for September. Col. Williams report a search warrant was issued for 404 Sanford; arrested two people; pit bulls (dogs and puppies)and drugs removed. Pure Passion on Brooks Road had a shooting over the weekend. The doors were closed and it is now out of business. The building sold.
Next meeting: March 8, 2019.
--Steve Shular stated he will notify Colonial Inn and Suites, located at Shelby Drive and Boeingshire, about illegal parking of 18 wheelers.
--Mr. Gross stated potholes are being inadequately repaired. Mr. Shular explained when complaints are received the holes are filled temporarily; crews should return to do a more thorough job.
--When someone is evicted the owner has 5 days to arrange for pickup of discarded items. After 5 days the city will remove and bill the owner, Councilwoman Robinson is working on an ordinance to have set out dumpsters required.
--Mr. Lamar is the new head of the sanitation department.
--Steve Shular stated he will contact Daniel Springer, Planning and Development, about homes and businesses without address numbers.
Complaints/input submitted after January 27, 2019, will be entered on the next month's agenda.
Please have input in Word format and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: If you are unable to submit the information prior to the deadline, please have addresses and problem descriptions in writing to turn in when you attend the meeting.
· Call to Order
Open discussion of other concerns: (new input and ongoing concerns)
--T.O. Fuller initiative: the plan is to pull 40,000 tires and recycle them to cover a 2.9 walking trail.
--Memphis City Beautiful is offering grant s for neighborhood groups, etc. Information available on sign-in table.
--Mayor Strickland is endeavoring to make road rage an offense requiring jail sentence.
--Mr. Gurley stated a TVA public information seminar is scheduled January 17, from 5-8 PM
--Mr Burton stated partnership meetings will follow school scheduled. If there is no school due to weather, there will be no meeting.
--Mr. Burton asked if cameras can be placed where repeated dumping is done.
--An environmentalist will be asked to attend meetings starting in January.
--Steve Shuler stated the environmental court judge will meet with organizations to address repeated offenders without things moving. Steve will try to set up a meeting in January.
--Additional officers are being placed on the interstates to address due to the issue of increased road rage.
· Mr. Burton stated partnership meetings will follow school scheduled. If there is no school due to inclement weather, there will be no meeting held.
· Mr. Burton asked if cameras can be placed where repeated dumping is done.
· An environmentalist has been asked to attend meetings starting in January.
· Steve Shuler stated the environmental court judge will meet with organizations to address repeated offenders without things moving. He will try to set up a meeting in January.
· Additional officers are being placed on the interstate to address in issue of increased road rage.
Purpose: Neighborhood focus and complaints to city and county agencies with follow up.
Example: abandoned or foreclosed homes, cars parked in yards, vacant lots, businesses in residential zoned areas, tractor-trailers parked in residential areas…issues that need to be addressed.
--Lt. Joe Owen, MPD, reported there is a problem at the Peppertree complet with parking on Graceland and in no parking zones. Tickets are being written. He cautioned attendees to be careful when driving in traffic, especially on expressways because of road rage that results in shootings. Police can now perform gun shell tracing.
--Patrice Woods report a “How to Adopt a Park” seminar on October 17 at 6pm.
--Stephanie Towns announced the Commission is providing informationon Medicare Annual Enrollment at the Whitehaven Library Thusday,
December 6, 2018 from 10am to 2pm.
--Early voting begins October 17; volunteers are needed as poll watchers.
--From Steve Shular
Bridge Builders will help clean Wilson 9-12, September 15. Holmes Road from Tulane to Horn Lake roads is scheduled for cleanup and for paving next year.
---Public works will notify property owners to address trees.
--- Berta Road is scheduled for speed bumps latter this year.
---Concentration is on keeping Elvis Presley clean from Brooks to Raines road.
--From MPD: Crime is down 1.8%. There are issues with people leaving pistols in cars. Now have over 2000 commissioned police officers.
Col. Williams, MPD, reported violent crime is down 1.8%. Encouraged attendance at Neighborhood Watch, “stow, Don’t Show" lock car doors; don’t leave unattended cars running. The department is working to clean the brood and Elvis Presley corridor.
--Mayor Jim Strickland reported Tennessee is the only state in the country that offers a free 2-year college education with free tuition. Check with “Opportunity Memphis.com for additional information. The city has improved the 911 response time; city employees are working in our parks; are paving more streets and filling pot holes; are hiring more police officers; working on stiffer penalties for violent crimes. Currently, there are 1,500 new jobs. Encouraged mentorship, there are currently 140 city employees in the program. The city currently cuts 10,000 private owned properties annually. His office is actively recruiting sit-down restaurants in Whitehaven.
--Steve Shular was thanked by residents for improvement to response to complaints.
--Ms.Julia Cole, Memphis Health Center, informed participants of the new Whitehaven Branch of the center on Elvis Presley Blvd. The center will be open 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Thursday and Friday 7:30am to 11:30pm on Fridays. Will provide affordable health. For additional information call 261-2042.
--The speed bump for Berta requested by Ms. Boggan has been approved. The paperwork for neighborhood signatures needs to be forwarded.
--When asked what to do when officers are observed in unacceptable activity Major Burford, MPD, informed attendees to call the precinct and ask for the supervisor or turn in a written complaint. Steve Shular stated to notify him and he will submit the complaint.
--Kenneth Thornton, Health Department, gave an overview on mosquito control: clean gutters, watch tire trucks in neighborhood, eliminate standing water around property. Mr. Muhammad stated there is an inspector who goes to tire shops to monitor tires.
--The Commission on Aging has partnered with ARC to dispense smoke detectors.
--Clean Memphis (Kimberly) reported volunteers have been obtained for future cleanup projects.
--Col. Williams informed attendees Neighbor Watch is the 3rd Monday of each month at the Raines Road Precinct station. He encouraged residents to not leave their cars running attended. They will be ticketed. Cars are being broken into by thieves looking for guns; store it, don’t show it.
--Ground services start April 14.
--Property owners can sell only one vehicle at a time and that vehicle must be registered to the property owner.
--Mr. Burton is currently taking inventory of broken signs and billboards in the neighborhood. Flags are also a problem. It is a violation if a sale message in on them.
--Clean Memphis would like to send a representative to home association meetings to discuss recycling.
--Concerning uncut grass—a second call in will result in a court order.
--Col. Williams, MPD, reported thefts from unlocked cars parked on business hotel lots. Be careful what you expose in your vehicle. Keep car doors locked. Thefts of vehicles unlocked with running engines are on the rise. A ticket will be issued if a care in found unlocked and running. Seventy cameras have been placed in the city; the Westwood area received 10. Cameras are placed in areas where needed and neighborhoods are unable to afford.
January 13, 2017
Memphis Police Department-Col. Mickey Williams
--Update on community prosecutors: Pilot programs are in North Memphis and Tillman. Prosecutors are present in the precincts to get cases prior to the case presented to a judge on each return. This will provide continuity of observation to set appropriate bonds.
--Mr. Collins emphasize the need to report violations through 311 and get a tracking number.
--Mr. Harris stated the Mrs. Malone at the 311 center has set up a profile for this area (PJA). Five complaints can be taken at a time.
April 8, 2016
--It was clarified that grass between a sidewalk and curb should be no higher than 6” and 12” for yard grass.
February 8, 2016
--The Health Department issues permits for food trucks and push carts. Push carts are only for the selling of hot dogs.
--Barbara Sullivan is the coordinator at the Raines Road precinct for neighborhood watch. She can be contacted at 636-4397, Ext. 1. She requested she be invited to speak at homeowner associations.
January 8, 2016
--Questions were asked about trash carts being left at the curb from week to week. The cart should be removed from the curb by & pm on the day of pick up. The solid waste department should notify offenders by the next day. After the third report, a trash cart can be removed by the solid waste department.
August 14, 2015
--Mr. Gurley is a point of contact for residents with concerns or questions regarding TDOT.
June 12, 2015
--A new law just signed by the governor states that if someone commits three (3) felonies in a specific neighborhood he/she can be banned from that neighborhood.
February 13, 2015
--“Write up for rehab” means a house has extensive damage inside and out; owners notified to make repairs necessary to make habitable..
1. Complaints for Memphis Police Department and Area Crime Statistics:
486 Sanford Possible drug sales location 7/10/18
2.Complaints for Shelby County Sheriff’s Department:
Address Problem Description Open Date Action(s) Date Closed
3. Complaints for Memphis Code Enforcement/Community Enhancement (i.e. vacant opened houses, inoperable cars, high weeds at vacant lots/houses):
446 Parkdale Boarded house with uncut grass NPA rehab file modified
and tree branches in yard 9/11/15 _Next court date 11/20/18
Will refer to Shelby County
4268 Deerland Vacant house; roof falling in on open garage 2/11/16 ? New owner, Sending FM letters. Will recheck
2071 Janis Burned house with pool in backyard NPA, secured; administrative referral on books for 3 ½-4 years 8/12/16 Court date continued to
4029 Spiegel Dr. Vacant over 10 years; bushes/tree limb 9/9/16 Property is in NPA. Still on bench.
hanging front and back
Construction debris, high grass 7/13/18 Case continued to 11/8/18
Trash in front
N of 3633 Sky Lark Junk &debris over yard/collapsed fence 3/12/17 Revisit; owner deceased/someone in house
Written up for Rehab & Violation order
For junky yard . f/u with boarding up ____
1199 Pelican Junk debris all over yard 3/21/17 NPA; court date 10/30/18 (downtown)
3685 Parakeet Vacant house/junk & debris over yard 3/21/17 NPA;court date 11/13/18 (downtown)
After 3rd time will go into hands of receiver
Contractor assigned to cut grass
3540 Graceland Vacant house with major structural damage Written up for rehab; was in court 2/9/18
on 2nd story near driveway Court continued. Next court date: 11/2/18
high grass/tall weeds in back yard 3/21/17 Occupant summoned
3475 Alice Vacant house with overgrown grass & Owner deceased; scheduled for tax
bushes; unsafe utility house in backyard 5/12/17 sale 10/18; administrative NPA referral
NPA case has not been filled yet
4350 Winward Drive Several vehicles parked at location 1/11/18 Violation order issued;
Court continued until 11/2/18
5096 Andover Tires under carport, in yards and Bench warrant; violated court order
stored in trees behind house (renter) 4/13/18 5 day court ________________
3659 Hazelhedge Dr. Vacant house owned by Wells Fargo. Believed to be occupied
Tires in front and back yards. Unemptied Will send to ground svcs
Garbage can X weeks 4/13/18 Will reissue violation order
4470 Deerland Vacant house; tall grass over 12 inches 5/11/18 Ground Svcs. Cut 9/21 _10/12/18
779 Western Park Vaccnt house; tall grass over 12 inches 5/11/18 Ground Services cut 9/20 10/12/18
737 Bonwood Rotten boards on house; erosion from parking on grass; overgrown shrubs 5/11/18 Will recheck rotten boards
Bush now a tree; Safety hazard 7/13/18 Property is in compliance 10/12/18 __________
2098 Lydgate Dr. Trash in backyard, overgrown grass 5/11/18 Violation order issued __________
1646 Bonnie Dr. Unkept house, carport clutter, tall grass 5/11/18 Needs follow-up inspection
4086 Mary Lee Dr. Burned house with bags on roof (6 mos) 5/11/18 NPA active case; court date 10/18/18
1585 Carol Dr. Vacant, boarded, deteriorating house (10 yrs)5/11/18 Ground Svcs: cut grass 9/21 _________10/12/18
3981 Millbranch High grass; wood fence down 5/11/18 Property in compliance _________10/12/18
4963 Gill Cars in yard, high grass, junk and debris 7/3/18 Court date 10/25/18 __________
5083 Gill Trailer in yard, high grass, junk in carport 7/3/18 Shelby County property
high overgrowth along fence Property in compliance __10/12/18_
507 Sanford Vacant house,high grass; ?condemnation 7/3/18 NPA;court date: 10/9/18
Ground svc cut grass 9/15/18
NPA case continued until 11/20/18 ____
1880 Nantucket Covered dumpster in carport 7/13/18 In compliance _ 10/12/18
1889 Nantucket Junk in yard and side of house 7/13/18 Need f/u inspection
Property in compliance __10/12/18_
5078 Andover Junk in yard and under carport 7/13/18 Violation order issued
Summons in progress __ Need follow-up inspection
1739 Holmes Junk un yard and under carport 7/13/18 Summons in progress ____
1504 Carol Dr. Construction debris, furniture, trash 7/13/18
on curb 2-3 weeks Property in compliance 10/12/18
4363 Hawkeye Inoperable vehicle in carport; SUV 7/13/18 Summons in progress, will
removed; grass uncut take photos before court date
727 Bonwood Inoperable SUV with flat tire 7/13/18 Property in compliance 10/12/18
770 Bonwood Overgrown shrubbery and bushes 7/13/18 Property in compliance 10/12/18
4344 Bow Open storage backyard (wrapped in plastic) 7/13/18 Property in compliance 10/12/18___
2070 Meadowview Lane Burned house 8/15/18 Placed in condemnation-Legal hold
Title search ordered,then tear down____
3996 Patte Ann Vacant house with overgrown grass 9/14/18 Property in compliance 10/12/18
3902 Wisteria Vacant house with overgrown grass 9/14/18 Property in compliance 10/12/18
4061 Patte Ann Unkempt property with overgrown grass 9/14/18 Property in compliance 10/12/18
3280 Elvis Presley Vacant property unkempt, overgrown grass 9/14/18 Ower notified(Patel),will have
lot cleaned off in 45 days ___
4. Complaints for Shelby County Code Enforcement (illegal business, auto repair, etc., open and vacant commercial buildings, commercial vehicles):
Address Problem Description Open Date Action(s) Date Closed
5211 S. Third Junked car business-cars worked on in Court citation 2/26/18
front of business, car and parts scattered Needs to be addressed
all over property 3/27/17 Repair still being done ____
4994 S. Third Junked car lot-outdoor storage violation Referred to Bldg. Department
Is a fence required for this business? 3/27/17 to obtain occupancy _________
2038 Meadoview Ln. Store in garage; selling every Saturday 9/11/17 In process of being cited to court ___
4082 S. 3rd Street Family Dollar Store- graffiti on south side Steve will talk to manager
of store; trash on ground around dumpster 2/10/18 ____
4082 S. 3rd Street Gordin’s Butcher Shoppe-litter/mattresses
on ground on back east side 2/10/18 ________________
4149 S. 3rd Street Boxes, litter trash on ground behind store 2/10/18 ____
762 Bonwood Commercial truck parked in evenings 4/13/18 ____
779 Western Park Running and standing water 4/13/18
621 East Raines Door removed from store 4/13/18
Car repair shop; repeated offender 4/13/18 Court
Renter will be evicted
1358 Bonnie 18 Wheeler parked on street
4045 Graceland Dr. 18 Wheeler parked on street
3910 Hermitage Doing mechanic on cars in front yard
4082 S. Third Graffiti on side of Family
Dollar Store 5/11/18
4029 Elvis Presley Tires not stored
6/8/18 Violation order issued-court date
Trying for permit for more storage
5117 S. Third Vacant building, graffiti, tall grass
444 E. Shelby Dr. Problem car lot
5. Complaints for Shelby County Health Department (rat harborage, trash debris and occupied houses and businesses)
Open Date Action(s)
2029 Lydgate Vacant house with pool filled with trash 4/13/18 Open case __________
3410 Bridge Way Dr.
Condo demolished 2017; Owner deceased
Sewer cleanour cap removed and sewer
outcropping;blockage main sewer;co-owners of High Bridge Condos unresponsive
6. Complaints for other departments
Address Problem Description Open Date Action(s) Date Closed
Public Works-Solid Waste/Roadside
(Near)5075 Gill Curbside debris x months 5/11/18
McCain between Raines
And Western Park Tires, debris 5/11/18 ____
Berta near Holmes Speed bumps needed 5/11/18 Speed bumps approved
Work will begin in the fall
Berta/Shelby Dr. Four wheelers on these and other streets 6/14/18
Gill at Howard Four way stop needed (speeders) 7/31/18
Photo Credit: Ron Rone or Andrew Withers