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|Knoxville Track Location Official
|In a sense, the president of the Knoxville School Board couldn't really contain his excitement Wednesday night after the board officially decided where a new track it wants to build will go.
"Yes! Yes! Yes!" Robert Bogard exclaimed. "Finally! Now we're going to have to do some, some work."
The District-202 voted 7-0 Wednesday night to officially build the new all-weather track on 12-acres of unused property on Gilson Street. The decision was made official following the City Council's vote Monday to provide $200,000 in Tax Increment Financing District Funds over eight years toward the over three-quarters of a million dollar project.
But Bogard says that's not going to be the end of the Knoxville City Council's involvement. "One of the things we've got to right away is rezone the property from Farming to Special Use, so we need to get that paperwork involved," Bogard said. "The other thing we need to talk about is how the board feels about hiring somebody to run this project."
The board determined they would talk with former board member and engineer Shane Larson first to see what he thought, since Larson brought the track idea back to the board.
The District-202 Board Wednesday night also approved a tentative nearly $4 million property tax levy request that will be finalized in December, and learned that the contractors on the expansion of Mable Woolsey Elementary School asked for a 12-day extension due, in part, to the weather, and Ironworkers union regulations determining they couldn't work during some of the recent rains.
|11 19 09 by Newsroom
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