published Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Chattanooga: City Council member warns of 11th Street wellness center

by Cliff Hightower

City Councilman Peter Murphy told council members today he felt the proposed location for a wellness center on 11th Street may not be the most beneficial for the city.

“If the rates of utilization go down at a nice facility, I will say, ‘I told you so,’” Murphy said.

The council heard a presentation from the city’s Personnel Department today about the proposed wellness center to be built at the site of the old Chattanooga Gas Co. site on 11th Street. The city has proposed placing a 19,000-square-foot, $3.5 million facility at the location.

Murphy said he felt the center being too close to an old industrial site that is a brownfield may deter employee from visiting it.

The council is expected to vote on a resolution for designing the building next week.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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fairmon said...

It appears the facility is a given the only question is location. This is another example of the mayor and council's failure to be responsible stewards of tax payer money. Surely voters will not have annesia the opportunity to replace these spineless country club style managers.

May 31, 2011 at 7:33 p.m.
NoMyth said...

There is absolutely, positively no way in the world that government should provide exercise equipment to its employees or the public at large. This is an egregious power grab, and abuse of authority and taxpayer dollars. Mr. Murphy and the rest of the city council need to get a clue about the purpose and role of government...they serve the public, not a bunch of bureaucrats and cronies that will benefit from this shenanigan. I hope the Times Free Press will scrutinize every single contract awarded for this project and the cozy relationships between those business owners and the city council and mayor's office.

May 31, 2011 at 8:31 p.m.
Echo said...

You have a school district with consistently run down schools and a woman in charge of Special Education - Mrs Kennedy that should be charged with civil rights violations for the way Hamilton Country neglects special education students.

But there's money for a gym. Ever heard of Rush 24/7. Get a membership.

The entire regime from the strong arm mayor and the inept city council must go.

May 31, 2011 at 9:44 p.m.
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