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Councilman calls stalled street project "embarrassing"

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A Memphis City Council Member said the Wharton administration could reallocate money to finish a delayed street project in a Whitehaven neighborhood.  A sewer and road project on Fairley Road has been on hold for months because of funding issues.

"When you have a project like that, that's so important to that community, that's been delayed for this long, it's almost embarrassing," City Council Member Harold Collins said.

Fairley Road is a mess. The road is torn up, unfinished sewer work lines the street and a large piece of equipment is sitting on private property.  

"I don't get the point. I don't know, these guys came out here and did a little something and they left," Fairley Road resident James Johnson said.

A City official told Fox 13 News the project was put on hold because estimates for the next phase came in higher than expected. The money to finish the project is included in next year's budget which is still being considered by the City Council. But Councilman Collins said the project could be made a top priority.

"I assure you if council members know that that project was delayed that long we would have done something about it," Collins added.

Collins is also questioning whether the city is taking care of areas like Whitehaven.

"We've been consistently neglecting what I call the inner city and providing core essentials, that is sidewalks, streets, and safety and if we're not doing that in the core city and we're using resources for other places, I think there needs to be an evaluation of all of that," Collins said.

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