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Collierville Offices to Close in Observance of Good Friday (Friday, April 3, 2015)

Collierville Town Hall will be closed on Friday, April 3 in observance of Good Friday. All garbage collection will run on schedule during the week of March 30-April 3. There will be no appliance pick up on Friday, April 3.

For emergency Fire or Police response call 911.

Town Repurposes Lumber Facility to Store Equipment and Materials

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Public Services trucks parked inside one of the warehouses overnight for protection from the outdoor elements.

With the onset of spring, many of us may feel like we are coming out of hibernation ready for warm sunshine and more time spent outdoors. However, there is one group who “kept on trucking” through the worst winter days we experienced these past few months. Sanitation crews from Collierville Public Services did not miss a single day of garbage collection and managed to safely stay on schedule.

How Deep Will Your Sanitation Employees Go?

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Recycling Truck Driver, Danny Alexander, searched through his truck to find boots mistakenly thrown away for a Collierville resident.

If a complete stranger asked you to search through garbage to help find a lost item, would you do it? Danny Alexander, a Recycling Truck Driver from Collierville Public Services, stood knee-deep in waste in the back of his truck to search for a resident’s boots that were mistakenly thrown away. Here is a letter sent to Collierville Public Services Administration telling the story and highlighting Danny for going above and beyond the call of duty:

We are Collierville residents and would like to take the time to compliment one of your staff (Danny) on his outstanding service this morning.

Collierville Animal Shelter is Home to Alternative Spring Break Students

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Freshman Hospitality Management Studies major, Breanna Fuqua, helps socialize puppies for transport with the PetSmart Charities® Rescue Waggin® Program.

The Collierville Animal Shelter is far from taking a “break” this week while a group of spring breakers are volunteering for service projects at the shelter. As part of the Alternative Spring Break Program at the University of North Texas, the Collierville Animal Shelter is hosting seven students along with a faculty advisor to work in the shelter.

Taylor Jones, a Junior Biology major, is spending her third year volunteering at the Collierville Animal Shelter. “I am applying for veterinary school next year, and get a lot of hands-on experience at the shelter in Collierville,” said Taylor. “I also just really love it!”

The University of North Texas offered thirteen trips to different areas of the nation this year with a goal of raising awareness of social issues through education and service learning experiences. Two groups are in Shelby County this week; one is downtown working with the Memphis Food Bank and the other at the Collierville Animal Shelter.

Collierville Firefighters Prepare and Train for All Situations

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Collierville Firefighters stabilize the car to begin scenario training.

In 2014, the Collierville Fire Department responded to 3,062 emergency medical calls with an average response time of 4:58 minutes. To be able to respond and take control of emergency situations fast and efficiently is an outcome of over 3,800 hours of annual specialized training. “Collierville firefighters do three things: train, train and train,” says Collierville Fire Chief, Jerry Crawford. “There is no time to train during a live, emergency situation, which is why we simulate these scenarios.”

Earlier this month, the Collierville Fire Department received a donation of wrecked cars from Pull-A-Part, a used auto parts store in Memphis to use for training. On a vacant field off Progress Road on Tuesday, March 17th, firefighters created simulated scenarios of vehicular accidents for training purposes. Starting with a call from dispatch, the crew arrived fully dressed on a fire truck.

Collierville Public Services Crews on Pothole Patrol

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Pothole repairs taking place on Frank Road.

While the snow has melted away, harsh winter conditions left an unfortunate mark on Collierville roads. When water seeps underneath streets and freezes, it causes an expanding and contracting process that creates potholes.

The Collierville Public Services Department has five crews in the Streets and Drainage Division continually working to keep Collierville roads safe and pothole free. Using a piece of equipment called a Falcon asphalt heat wagon, cold asphalt mix is heated on site for more effective patching; the crews repair a hole within an average of five minutes. Since the start of 2015, a total of 1,250 potholes have been filled.

“In March alone we have already fixed 490 potholes,” said Clay Ticer, Crew Supervisor Senior of the Streets and Drainage Division. “As long as the weather cooperates, we will continue making repairs to the roadways.”