Board adopts new flood insurance study, approves changes to detention facility | Collierville Independent


The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved an ordinance on second

reading to amend several of the town’s floodplain provisions.

Board members unanimously voted in favor of the ordinance, which specifically deals with the adoption of next year’s Flood Insurance Study and Flood Insurance Rate Maps recently issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Monday night during their regularly scheduled meeting.

The ordinance is intended to keep flood maps current, minimize the impacts of future floods and prevent Collierville residents from losing their flood insurance coverage.

According to FEMA, leaving the floodplain zoning provisions the way they are would not suffice.

Many property owners would lose flood insurance coverage if the town failed to adopt the new Flood Insurance Study.

• Board members unanimously approved a change order to address neighborhood concerns along the east bank of the Queen Oaks Detention Facility.

Five change orders for the project have already been approved by board members.

However, homeowners expressed concerns that recommended slope adjustments and lowered elevations in their back yards would cause maintenance problems and that headlights from vehicles on White Road and Queen Oaks Street would be visible from their


To remedy the issues, homeowners requested that the proposed asphalt trail behind their

properties be eliminated so the elevation of their rear yards could be raised to flatten the slope.

Residents also asked that an 8-foot fence be erected to eliminate headlights.

The sixth change order in the project is estimated to cost $11,714.

The completion date will be the third week of January.

• Board members agreed to a $25,476 construction contract with Madden Phillips for repairs to the driveway used by Collierville Fire Station No. 3 on Peterson Lake Road.

The station was built in 1996 and houses a 46,000-pound rescue pumper, a mass casualty trailer and a Rural Metro ambulance. Derek Honeycutt, director of General Services, said the driveway has “suffered considerable damage,” especially near the storm sewer pipe where sediment is believed to be sifting through the joints or pipe sections.

The fire station will remain in operation while the concrete work is being done.