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Whitehaven City & Gov't Partnership Meeting in Memphis

January 27, 2019

  

(Whitehaven) 

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.


Agenda

April 12, 2019

Call to Order

Prayer

Welcome/Introductions


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 gharris0809@comcast.net.  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):

New Input:

March 2019

--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. 


Ongoing Concerns:

February 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 gharris0809@comcast.net.


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

· Prayer

· Welcome/Introductions


Open discussion of other concerns: (new input and ongoing concerns)


New Input:

January 2019

--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


Ongoing Concerns:

November 2018:

--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.


New Input:

· 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.

 

New Input:

October 2018

--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.

September 2018

 

--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.

 

July 2018

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.

 

June 2018

--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.

 

May 2018

--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. 

 

April 2018

--The Commission on Aging has partnered with ARC to dispense smoke detectors.

 

--Clean Memphis (Kimberly) reported volunteers have been obtained for future cleanup projects.

 

March 2018

--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.

 

February 2018

--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. 

 

July 2017

--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:

Address 

Problem 

Description 

Open Date  

Action(s)   

Date Closed

 

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):

Address 

Problem 

Description 

Open Date

Action(s)  

Date Closed 

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 

11/14/18

____

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

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779 Western Park Vaccnt house; tall grass over 12 inches 5/11/18  Ground Services cut 9/20  10/12/18

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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  

____

1929 Goodhaven  

Car repair shop; repeated offender 4/13/18 Court

 

6/25/18

Renter will be evicted 

____

1358 Bonnie 18 Wheeler parked on street 

5/11/18  

__________

4045 Graceland Dr. 18 Wheeler parked on street 

5/11/18  

____

3910 Hermitage Doing mechanic on cars in front yard 

 

5/11/18 

 

____

 

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

 

9/10/18

Trying for permit for more storage

____________

5117 S. Third Vacant building, graffiti, tall grass 

 

6/8/18  

____

444 E. Shelby Dr. Problem car lot 

 

7/3/18  

____

5. Complaints for Shelby County Health Department (rat harborage, trash debris and occupied houses and businesses)

Address 

Problem Description 

Open Date Action(s)  

Date Closed

 

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 

 

9/20/18  

6. Complaints for other departments

Address Problem Description Open Date Action(s)  Date Closed

Public Works-Solid Waste/Roadside 

 

Trash:

(Near)5075 Gill Curbside debris x months 5/11/18  

____

McCain between Raines

And Western Park Tires, debris 5/11/18  ____

7. Other

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

Photo Credit: Ron Rone or Andrew Withers