Filed by Herman Wang
Heres a rundown of what happened in City Hall this week:
Monday, officials of the Ford Tour de Georgia unveiled the route for Stage 3 of the six-day cycling race, which will take riders from Chickamauga, Ga., up and over Lookout Mountain into St. Elmo, ending at the riverfront. This is the first year in the races four-year history that the route has crossed state lines.
Tuesday, Officials with The First Tee of Chattanooga, which mentors disadvantaged youths through golf, told the Chattanooga City Council they hope to build their home course near the Brainerd Golf Course. Councilman Leamon Pierce was the lone council member who objected to the plan, saying he feels The First Tee should not have abandoned plans to locate in Alton Park.
Also Tuesday, the City Council approved an arrangement to pay fire Chief Wendell Rowe as a contract employee, which allows him to continue drawing his pension from when he retired as a captain in 2001. Under the contract, Chief Rowe will not be allowed to accrue any additional service time in the pension plan from his tenure as chief.
The City Council unanimously passed a resolution expressing its support for the Tobacco Free Tennessee Coalitions lobbying efforts to get the General Assembly to let local governments take control of tobacco regulation. Under current state law, cities and counties are not allowed to pass any statues regulating tobacco use.
The Parks and Recreation Department announced it is negotiating with a company to operate a water taxi on the riverfront. The taxi should be ready by May 1. Fares have not been determined yet.
Councilman John Duke Franklin Jr. is in Washington, D.C., through March 12 attending the National League of Cities. Mr. Franklin is president of the Tennessee Municipal League.
National Park Service officials hosted a public workshop Thursday to get community suggestions on what visitor facilities and interpretive features the Moccasin Bend National Archeological District should have. Participants said a visitor center should highlight the areas 14,000 years of habitation, celebrate the tribes that once lived there and present live historical re-enactors.
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