The Knoxville City Council met in regular session last night. Following public hearings, the council approved the sale of real property at 705 E. Main Street and a development agreement with Weiler Products. Proclamations in regards to National Police, Public Works and Public Service Recognition weeks were presented, the board received an update on the columbaria project from Danielle Bertrand of Bertrand Monument and appointed Police Chief Dan Losada as the interim City Manager with a $150 weekly compensation.
The council also approved amendments to the city code in regards to adding a section about downtown sidewalks and amending the Streetscape Committee purpose and duties along with the purchase of a dashboard module for $2,000 plus a $400 per year fee which will allow department heads to access budgeting information. In addition the council approved a resolution which prohibits parking on Larson Street between Grant and Lincoln from 2pm to 2am during the Knoxville Nationals, a moving estimate for new City Manager Harold Stewart for $7,476 and a union contract period ratification effective July 1st of this year through June 30th of 2013.
The largest item of discussion was that of a special event agreement with sponsors and vendors who hold events on the city streets. Members representing the Knoxville Farmers Market were on hand to express their concern with the agreement and its cost to them and other similar event sponsors, the discussion will continue at the next meeting on May 16th.