By Mike Steely
When the Knoxville City Council meets tonight it will be the last meeting for four members and Mayor Madeline Rogero. A new mayor and council members will be sworn in Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in ceremonies at the Bijou Theatre.
The current council will consider an agenda that includes rehiring Fred D. (Tony) Thompson Jr. as its Nashville government relations representative. The council meeting will also look at authorizing a tax break to The Courtland Group LLC for personal and real property at 104 East Fifth, Zero North Central and 114 East Fifth Avenue. The city’s policy officer will set the property and tax values assessed by Knox County.
Knoxville Community Development Corporation may be given a loan of $1.3 million for improvements along Sevier Avenue and Davenport Road for its City County Apartment Development Agreement.
Mayor Madeline Rogero is asking for approval on the appointments of Christina Bouler and Grant Rosenberg to the Board of Zoning Appeals and correcting the term of Andre Canty on the planning commission.
Len Johnson is appealing a Board of Zoning Appeals denial of six variances to property at 1805 Forest Avenue and a resolution will be considered regarding an agreement with the state for the James White Parkway Urban Wilderness Corridor Study, with $250,000 in state funds and $200,000 from the city.
The council will also look at upping funding of the renovation of Fire Station Number 4 by $5,200, bringing the cost of the contract to $41,500. Legacy Parks may be approved for a lease and use of the Gateway Pavilion Building at Volunteer Landing. Repairs and renovations to the Fire Department’s Burn Building at the Training Center may be approved for $111,252.
Various zoning requests will also be considered as well as changes in the sign ordinance in institutional zones.