On Thursday, May 21, 2015, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) met in a Budget Work Session to review the FY 2015-16 Town Budget and long range financial plan. After a lengthy discussion of the Town’s long term financial needs, the BMA identified a deficiency in CIP funds for Collierville Schools as an issue that will require funding well into the future. Collierville Schools receives funding for operational needs from Federal and State sources along with the local half cent sales tax implemented in 2012. However, this CIP Fund will serve to fund capital improvements for Collierville Schools such as but not limited to: building maintenance, parking lot improvements, roof repairs, transportation, facilities and or expansion of current facilities.
Collierville Town Hall will be closed Monday, May 25, 2015 in observance of Memorial Day. In case of Fire or Police emergency, dial 911. Town of Collierville sanitation collection crews will NOT work on May 25, 2015.
The sanitation collection schedule for the week will be as follows: Regular scheduled garbage collection days will move back one day later this week. (Monday’s garbage collection will move to Tuesday, Tuesday’s garbage collection moves to Wednesday, Wednesday’s garbage collection moves to Thursday, and Thursday’s garbage collection moves to Friday.)
|Pictured (L-R) Kevin Bingham and John Duncan|
Town of Collierville employees John Duncan and Kevin Bingham aren’t IT people, but recently they were asked to give a presentation in Nashville about using what Duncan calls “location technology”.
Duncan and Bingham made a presentation at the Southeast Users Conference in Nashville for Esri, also known as Environmental Systems Research Institute. The company produces GIS (geographical information software) which allows users to compile and analyze geographical information for many purposes.
Area preschools are celebrating their graduation from the Collierville Kid Safe Program this month with visits from Collierville firefighters. Pictured are students from Rainbow Child Care Center 2 enjoying hands-on learning during the final session in the Kid Safe Program.
The Collierville Fire Department’s Kid Safe Program consists of eight lessons especially designed for three and four year-old children over the course of the school year. Each lesson is reinforced with an activity or song along with a take-home handout for children to share with their parents. To learn more about the Collierville Fire Department’s Kid Safe Program, contact Erin Daniels at 901-457-2485.
|Valesa Wells, Town Budget Officer|
Valesa Wells recently joined the Town of Collierville Finance Department as a Budget Officer. She has extensive experience in financial management. For the past year, Valesa was Billing and Contract Administrator at Cimarron Field Services in Germantown. She was a financial consultant at Public Financial Management from June 2000 to October 2011 and served as Office Manager there for the five years previous to her work as a consultant.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional and Technical Writing from the University of Memphis and a technical certificate in Accounting from Southwest Tennessee Community College. She is also certified in Microsoft Office and Advanced Interpersonal Communications. Valesa served in the United States Navy from 1987 to 1995.
When Public Services Director Bill Kilp came to work for the Town of Collierville in 1999, he initiated an annual Public Works Equipment Rodeo for the employees of the Public Services Department. The rodeo is a part of National Public Works Week, and it gives Public Services employees a chance to demonstrate the very specific equipment operating skills they use every day in making Collierville a livable community.
|A view from the intersection at Market Boulevard and Civic Center Drive.|
Drivers now see a new four-way signal at the intersection of Market Boulevard and Civic Center Drive in Collierville, activated the week of May 15th. The new traffic signal, installed at a busy area near Malco Collierville Towne Cinema and Lowes Home Improvement, was initially planned as a three-way signal, but revised to a four-way signal that will eventually connect Civic Center Drive to Maynard Way. The need for a traffic signal at this intersection was realized when Lowe’s Home Improvement opened just over four years ago. “The road is so heavily traveled; it made making a left hand turn onto Market Boulevard increasingly difficult,” one resident stated.
Spray Park hours are 9am-6pm Monday through Saturday and 1-5pm on Sundays. (Suggs Spray Park will be closed every Wednesday.) W.C. Johnson Park is located at 419 Johnson Park Drive; Suggs Park is located at 163 East South Street.
A complete list of Collierville Spray Park rules and regulations may be found here in addition to being posted on site at both parks. For any questions about the parks, call Parks Administration at 901-457-2770 or visit colliervilleparks.org.