Nashville meeting on consolidation canceled - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Kontji Anthony

Nashville meeting on consolidation canceled

The meeting to talk consolidation is off between the mayors of Memphis and Shelby County and Governor Bredesen.

"It's going to require magic to achieve consolidation in Shelby County and when the cork was plucked, more than one genie came out.  There are too many people to propitiate here," political analyst Jackson Baker said.

Baker is one of many political analysts who say public and political opposition to consolidation may have been too strong for the meeting to happen.

Memphis City School Board President Tomeka Hart met with Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton Tuesday and had no indication the meeting would be canceled.

"After meeting with the mayor, I don't feel he intended to disclude anyone," hart said.

State legislators were more surprised the meeting was ever planned in the first place than by the postponement.

"If they're not meeting with the governor, maybe they'll be meeting with us," State Representative G.A. Hardaway said.

Baker said not to expect the idea of consolidation to go away soon if the rumors are true.

"A lot of people do believe that some compact was made between the two of them that involves some kind of handover of power midway in this term of Mayor Herenton's coupled with some type of some serious effort to achieve consolidation so if AC became mayor, he'd become mayor of everything," Baker said.

Both mayors were unavailable for on camera interviews today, but they sent the same statement on different letterhead.

They said consolidation needs more research and all the stake holders will be involved in the process.

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