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|Big Brother Watching You in Knoxville; New Treasurer Appointed
|If you plan on vandalizing James Knox Park in Knoxville, think again because the city may have your number. Or coming soon, your picture.
The Knoxville City Council Monday night approved the purchase costs of multiple stationary and rotating cameras to try and put a stop to multiple vandal incidents that have occurred both in the park area and the land surrounding the police station. Vandals have recently hit the gazebo as well as the bathrooms in the park area and have defaced property around the police station. The council met with an official from Office Specialists to discuss their camera options. Gordon Kercher tells the city council how the cameras in the park area will work. "The signal (from the cameras) will be sent back to the police station. A computer will be recording all that information back at the police station," Kercher said.
The council also approved anywhere from 55-65-thousand dollars in order to repair 6 manhole covers in town. 15 covers have been refurbished since 2000, but the last 6 cover repairs were put off last year because of the costs. Since the council was in a spending kind of mood they also approved a re-paving project of Timber Street right in front of the new museum at a cost of $40,000 to $50,000 projected by Bruner, Cooper, and Zuck.
The council also swore in the new treasurer of Knoxville, Jim Whitney. Whitney has been a resident of Knoxville since 1974, is the owner of a pump business and has served numerous positions within the city including 2nd Ward Alderman and the water and wastewater collections superintendent. Whitney will be replacing Ellen Klump who recently offered her letter of resignation to the council.
(Knoxville City Clerk Peg Bivens, left, administers the oath of office to Jim Whitney, new Knoxville City Treasurer. WGIL News story and photo by Dominic Fortini.)
|12 02 08 by Newsroom
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