City Council Delays Vote on Beale Tourism AuthorityAt the first Memphis City Council meeting of 2015, council members delayed for two weeks a vote on a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to guide future development of the entertainment district through a nine-member appointed board.
Council member Harold Collins said he wanted to more time in committee before the Jan. 20 council session to review the 12-page resolution establishing the authority under state law.
The district has been governed for the last year on an interim basis by the Downtown Memphis Commission with various city divisions assisting.
Also delayed Tuesday were third and final readings of two ordinances by council member Kemp Conrad that establish new rules for taxis in the city as well as ridesharing services Uber and Lyft.
In other action, council member Joe Brown attempted to add a resolution that would have reversed outgoing council chairman Jim Strickland’s decision to lay off two council staffers.
The motion was voted down on a 3-3 tie vote at the council’s executive session.
And the council approved a Strickland resolution for an audit of the city’s health care and OPEB – other post-employment benefits – fund for $70,000. The money is to come from the city’s health fund with Segal Consulting of Atlanta performing the audit.
Also approved was the city’s half of a $500,000 disaster recovery assistance program to aid homeowners in flooded areas that do not qualify for federal disaster assistance. The city’s $250,000 would come from city reserves. A companion resolution is scheduled for a vote by the Shelby County Commission, which would put up the other $250,000.
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I hope to have more in depth analysis at the next meeting....hope to see you there!