Governor Bill Haslam recently confirmed the appointment of Mayor Stan Joyner (pictured right) to the Volunteer Tennessee Commission, where he will serve as an At-large Member. The Volunteer Tennessee Commission is a twenty-five member bipartisan citizen board appointed by Governor Haslam to oversee AmeriCorps and to advance volunteerism and citizen service to assist communities in the Volunteer State. In the thorough, aggressive search for candidates, Mayor Joyner’s individual characteristics and professional qualifications were noted as exceptional among the number of nominees who expressed interest. From the State Capitol, Governor Haslam thanked Mayor Joyner for his interest in state government and for his willingness to serve his fellow citizens of Tennessee in this way. Mayor Joyner’s appointment to this commission runs through December 31, 2016.
Communication between the languages is an age-old challenge. But the Collierville Police Department will soon be getting help from a new technology aimed at instantly bridging the gap. The device is called Enabling Language Service Anywhere or ELSA.
ELSA is a simple black box that is clipped to the belt of the user. With the push of a button, live translators are available over a wireless network to assist with translating a mind boggling 180 different languages and dialects. The live translators interact with the officer and client. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Collierville motorists can expect to see a new traffic signal at Shelton Road and Collierville-Arlington Road in the coming months. At the July 13 meeting, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to award a $65,406.20 contract that will allow construction to begin in the near future. In 2010, the Town increased efficiency and improved traffic flow with the construction of a turn lane on Shelton Road. While this reduced unnecessary delays for motorists making right hand turns onto Collierville-Arlington Road, it had little effect on safety. Since then, the intersection has been the site of thirty-five traffic accidents.
Inside Collierville Town Hall, Jaime Groce’s (pictured) desk is piled high with paper: charts, plans, maps. In a time when most everything is done online, Groce still has tactile proof of the plans he is making. After all, that’s what he does – he is the Town Planner.
On the evening of August 5, 2015, Groce will be honored by Main Street Collierville for his contribution to the Collierville Historic District at the Shelby County Historical Commission’s annual awards dinner. “ Jaime's knowledge and expertise in preserving Collierville’s history made it a clear decision for our board to select him for recognition,” said Laura Todd of Main Street Collierville.
National reports of government waste are rampant. How about something completely different?
At a recent Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, Collierville Public Services Director Bill Kilp submitted a vendor contract for revision. The 3 year contract was with Republic Services, a company which had been hired to transport the Town’s recycling to the Recycle Material Processing Facility in Memphis.
The surf’s up as the Town of Collierville rides a new wave of technology throughout multiple departments. In the past five years alone, devices from police radios to iPads and updated software has replaced much of the aging tools in place; an updated Town-wide phone system went live last week after using the previous system for 13 years.
The Development Department has made tremendous strides in integrating software in various divisions including Building and Codes and GIS.
The Town of Collierville’s Geographic Information Services (GIS) Department received an award last week from Esri, developers of GIS software.
The Special Achievement in GIS award was given for Collierville’s application of GIS software in the Town’s storm water management process. Employees Kevin Bingham, GIS Manager, and Brant Sollis (pictured right), GIS Technician, worked with Clay Ticer and John Fox of the Town’s Public Services to increase efficiency and streamline the storm water management process.
Over 100 athletes and their family members filled the Collierville Community Center, Thursday, July 16, 2015 to attend the 4th Annual Sportsmanship Awards Banquet. The night was devoted to thanking all of the Collierville Athletics team participants, from fall of 2014 through May 2015, and giving special recognition to sportsmanship award winners who were nominated by teammates, coaches, officials and athletic staff.
Visitors to the W.C. Johnson Spray Park, 419 Johnson Park Drive, will need a pass upon entry. Spray Park Passes may be obtained at the Collierville Parks Administration Office, 440 West Powell Road, during normal business hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. The Parks Administration is encouraging spray park users to pick up a pass today.
For Collierville residents, a season pass is free by showing proof of residency like a current utility bill or a driver’s license. For non-Collierville residents, a fee of $10 per person must be paid at the Administration Office; the $10 fee includes one visit to the spray park, however, multiple days may be purchased at one time. A stamped receipt will be required to show the attendant at the spray park entrance.
Spray Park hours are Monday-Saturday, 9am-6pm and Sundays from 1-5pm. For more information visit colliervilleparks.org or call Parks Administration at 901-457-2770.