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|Knoxville Council Visits City Properties
|Aldermen from the Knoxville City Council took time out of their day to view a number of properties the city they represent is responsible.
The council Monday night toured seven different properties the city owns, maintains or supply's funding for and heard from the heads of the different departments to address what they do, and what concerns they had within their own department.
The aldermen toured the grounds of Knoxville Library, the PEO property, and the departments of water, sanitation and streets among others.
Knoxville Mayor Terry Pool said it was a good chance for some of the members who had not seen many of these properties to understand when the council addresses issues regarding those properties.
Pool tells WGIL some properties they saw were in good shape but he has some concerns.
"The modeling at the police station was wonderful. The age of our equiptment and what good condition they keep it in but there's going to be a point in time where there is no parts available for stuff as old as it is."
Pool was referring to a number of trucks that are currently in use by the Knoxville Street Department. At the Street Department, the council met with Tom Myers who says he could use a new pickup truck to replace an aging truck, a new plow for the winter season and possibly some more part time help.
Pool says he has some specific concerns at the Knoxville Library as well.
"The library is an old bank building and there's water in the basement and we keep records down there. There were varmints down there that had to get secured out and just it just needs to have the records moved to a more secure location."
The council also visited the Knoxville Police Department and got to see and hear about many of the modifications done to the inside of the building since Chief Ron Poyner took over. Poyner also provided his own wish list to the council of what he believes the station could use.
(Knoxville Mayor Terry Pool and the rest of the Knoxville City Council board a school bus to take a tour of properties Monday night.)
(Bill Breasaw shows off equiptment to 4th Ward Alderman Bart Randall, 2nd Ward Alderman Kirk Heller, and Mayor Terry Pool at the Knoxville Water Department Monday night.)
(Tony Smith, head of the Knoxville Sanitation Department, shows 1st Ward Alderman Jim Eastwood one of the garbage trucks at the Sanitation Department on Monday.)
(The water tower in Knoxville that is currently being repainted.)
(Knoxville Police Chief Ron Poyner shares some of the modifications he would like to see at the station with members of the Knoxville City Council on Monday night.)
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Dominic Fortini.)
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