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Senior center could be named after former mayor

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Former Collierville mayor Linda Kerley championed activities for seniors during her lifetime. Now, her name will likely be linked to the town’s newest facility for senior citizens.

The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen is scheduled to consider a recommendation next week to name the senior wing of the College Street Recreation Center after Kerley.

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A recommendation was made last month at a Parks Advisory Board meeting to name the Senior Center wing of the facility after the former mayor and alderman.

“Mayor Kerley was a strong advocate for senior citizens,” wrote Greg Clark, Parks, Recreation and Community Services, “consistently maintaining that Collierville should have recreational opportunities for residents of all ages.

“She was also sensitive to the needs of seniors,” he continued, “regularly delivering meals to them and organizing game nights for their recreation. While engaging in these activities on behalf of seniors, she sought no credit.”

Other residents have also recently voiced their desire to see Kerley’s name memorialized.

Chris Huelsing addressed the town’s board last month and asked that they move forward with a memorial for Kerley, who passed away in November 2013.

Noting that Kerley was the town’s first female alderman and only female mayor, Huelsing said he has sent emails to the board members and doesn’t want to let the “situation stand still.”

“I’d like to see some positive movement on a memorial,” he said. “Now is the time to recognize [her].”

Mayor Stan Joyner said he recently received a similar request from another resident and that he will take the matter under advisement.

Funds have been set aside to renovate the College Street Recreation Center in the 2016-17 fiscal year. The Linda Kerley Senior Center will be housed in the facility and a dedication ceremony for Kerley could be set up by early 2017.

Kerley was elected as the town’s first female alderman in 1995 and was elected mayor in 1999. She served two terms and retired in 2008.

During her tenure, the town’s board voted for a 10 cent Park Improvement Tax for park upgrades and facilities.