Council members discuss 2011 initiatives at retreat

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Plans are in the works to ease tensions between the Memphis City Council and Mayor A C Wharton's administration.

During a retreat at the Lichterman Nature Center Saturday morning, council members gathered to discuss initiatives for 2011, as well as ways to improve communication with Mayor A C Wharton.

Wharton plans to assign liaisons to every member of the council, in an attempt to keep them abreast of any new initiatives, or potentially negative news involving City Hall.

"Because there's been a glitch or two, and as council members, we didn't get information and had to learn from you guys instead of the administration," council member Janis Fullilove said.

In addition to airing concerns about communication, the retreat was a chance for council to talk about ways to generate new revenue in the new year, among other goals.

"We'd like to continue the decrease in crime in our city," council chairman Myron Lowery said. "We've got to settle the dilemma with Memphis City Schools."

Council members said it was clear that 2011 would be another busy year inside City Hall.

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