The proposed charter for a new metro government for Memphis and Shelby County includes setting up a department of Public Amenities, Conservation & Betterment to manage countywide parks, recreation, and amenities like the Zoo and Brooks Art Museum and a combined Planning and Community Development Department to focus on neighborhoods, sustainability, and smart growth.
Public meetings are scheduled for citizen input:
* Thursday, July 8: Memphis Botanic Gardens, 5:30-7
* Thurs., July 15: Southwind High School (7900 E. Shelby Dr.), 5:30-7
* Tues., July 20: Methodist South Hospital Auditorium (1300 Wesley Dr, Whitehaven), 6 pm
* Wed., July 21: Harrell Theatre (440 W. Powell Rd., Collierville), 6 pm
* Thurs., July 22: Ed Rice Community Center, (2907 N. Watkins Str.), 5:30-7
The charter must be completed and filed with the Election Commission in August for a Nov. 2 vote.