Hamilton County expected to OK land sale for firm's expansion

Hamilton County expected to OK land sale for firm's expansion

May 1st, 2014 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger speaks in this file photo.

Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press.

Hamilton County commissioners next week are expected to approve the sale of four acres of land near the Tennessee Riverwalk for a nuclear power support company to expand in Chattanooga.

County Mayor Jim Coppinger plans to sell a lot in the riverfront industrial park there for $70,000 an acre to Babcock & Wilcox Intech Inc. The company plans to consolidate its three local locations, expand into the new 30,000-square-foot site and add 50 high-wage jobs.

During the commission's Wednesday agenda session, county officials didn't have any questions on the sale, but assured company officials they plan to approve it.

"That's a win-win for Hamilton County and the city of Chattanooga," Commissioner Joe Graham said.

In other developments:

• The commission is expected to approve two resolutions to accept funding from the Tennessee Department of Health for a breast and cervical cancer screening program for $189,000 and sexually transmitted disease education program for $416,700.

• The Governor's Highway Safety Office will award an additional $100,000 to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office for a driving under the influence program to run from the time the commission approves the grant through Sept. 30. The sheriff's office said $80,000 of the grant funds will be used on overtime to patrol roadways and the remaining $20,000 will go to law enforcement equipment.

• The commission will reappoint Jim Folkner to the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Health Council and appoint Charlene Kilpatrick to the council. Commissioner Warren Mackey has appointed Bruce O'Neil to the Hamilton County Health and Safety Board.