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Memorializing in City Hall: an MTAS Survey

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Reviewed Date: May 23, 2017

Original Author: 
Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Date of Material: 
Sep 30, 2009


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Memorializing in City Hall: an MTAS Survey

Summary: 
Nine cities were asked about the practice of placing plaques, framed photos, etc. in the city council chamber or meeting room to honor or memorialize individuals. Includes sample policies and inductee form.

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September 2009


Question

I am trying to help a city who is looking for policies from other cities regarding the practice of placing plaques, framed photos, etc. in the city council chamber or meeting room to honor or memorialize individuals. The city is particularly interested in policies that guide who will be honored in this way and how that decision is made.

Does your city have such a policy or guideline and would you be willing to share that information with us?

Responses

Brentwood
Kirk Bednar
Assistant City Manager
615-371-0060
We don’t do this except for former city commissioners.
Murfreesboro
Melissa Wright
City Recorder
mwright@murfreesborotn.gov
We do not have a policy. We do have pictures of past Mayors and City Council Members in our City Manager’s admin. offices, but not on our Council Chamber or other meeting rooms. It may be something we should consider, but it has not occurred to us yet.
Clarksville
Sylvia Skinner, CMC
Clarksville City Clerk
One Public Square, 4th Floor
Clarksville, TN 37040
Phone: (931)648-6121
Fax: (931)221-0122
Clarksville does not have a policy regulating memorials in the Council Chambers.
Knoxville
Cindy Mitchell
City Recorder
The City Council of Knoxville meets in a building/meeting room shared by City Government, County Government, The Metropolitan Planning Commission, the Court System, School Board, etc. It is run and operated by the Public Building Authority. There are currently no photos of individuals hung in the Council Chambers and there are no policies in place to hang photos in the future. The city does however have a gallery in the 5th Floor Atrium of the City-County Building that houses portraits of all former Mayors of the City of Knoxville.
We also have a Public Property Naming Committee that names/renames streets and other public properties.

Johnson City
Missy Hollifield
423-283-5815
Policy provided



All contacts:
'bednark@brentwood-tn.org'
'Melissa Wright'; 'lanaiib@franklin-gov.com'
'templeton_j@mail.chattanooga.gov'
'cmitchell@cityofknoxville.org'
'rita.roberts-turner@nashville.gov'
'theresa.knox@cityofmemphis.org' (bounced)
'sylviaskinner@cityofclarksville.com'
'cjstahl@johnsoncitytn.org'
'gilbert@ci.kingsport.tn.us'

Contacts inred did not respond.


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