Filed by Herman Wang
Heres a rundown of what happened in City Hall this week:
* Monday, Mayor Ron Littlefield announced a $1 million donation from Bob McKamey and his family for the new animal shelter going up on the former DuPont property. Mr. McKamey owns Capital Toyota and Lexus of Chattanooga.
* Tuesday, the City Council approved a master plan for a $2.9 million expansion project for the Chattanooga Zoo and Warner Park. The project, to be finished in 2007, will include a new zoo entrance off Holtzclaw Avenue, an additional parking lot, a carousel, concessions facilities, restrooms and sidewalks.
* City Councilman Jack Benson protested a proposed arrangement to pay fire Chief Wendell Rowe under a contract that would allow him to continue drawing his pension from when he retired as a fire captain in 2001. Mr. Benson said Chief Rowe should not be allowed to receive pension checks while being paid as a city employee. Chief Rowe said hes entitled to his pension. The council will discuss the contract this coming Tuesday.
* Mayor Littlefield continues to negotiate the citys health insurance plan with Cigna, which is up for renewal. The mayor said he wants Cigna to hold premiums steady. A modified contract should be ready in about two weeks, he said.
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