City Must Spend $412,000 Acquiring Ridgedale Park Due To 2003 Mistake

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

City Council members were told Tuesday that the city must spend $412,000 buying a new city park in Ridgedale because of a mistake made by a prior administration in 2003.

Dan Thornton, general services administrator, said at that time the city sold the former Ridgedale Recreation Center to McCallie School for $200,000. He said the appraisal at the time was $240,000.

Mr. Thornton said city officials have been told by the state that, since federal and state funds were used to acquire the Ridgedale Recreation Center property, that a replacement park must be found.

The city will be required to spend $412,000 in today's dollars, he said.

Mr. Thornton said the city is seeking property for the new park within a few miles of the one that was sold.

Councilman Jack Benson noted that the mistake was under "a different mayor and a different parks and recreation director."

He asked who sold the property, and Mr. Thornton said Harvey Webb was real property manager for the city at the time.

Mr. Thornton said city officials are much more careful now to try to flag such restrictions.


PHOTOS: Swearing In Ceremony At Convention Center

County officials were sworn in during ceremonies Tuesday morning at the Convention Center (click for more)

Woman's Body Found In River Was Latasha Nichols

Family members say the woman's body found in the Hiwassee River was that of 34-year-old Latasha Nichols. She was reported missing last month. The family said DNA testing was conclusive that the body was hers. Family members say they want to know what caused her death. The viewing will be Wednesday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Jim Rush Funeral Homes in Cleveland. The ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library - And Response

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)

Silverdale Dishes Up 3-1 District 5-A Volleyball Victory

Silverdale Baptist Academy’s volleyball team served up a four-set victory over District 5-A rival Chattanooga Schools for the Arts and Sciences on Tuesday. The Lady Seahawks got a combined 17 service aces from Molly Rumfelt and Caroline Couch and posted a 3-1 win over the Lady Patriots at Silverdale. The set scores were 25-15, 25-18, 22-25, 25-11. Rumfelt, the only senior ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy Soccer Tops Ooltewah, 5-1

Sophomore midfielder Soni Whalen scored two goals and senior Baylee Burk had a goal and an assist to lead Soddy Daisy to a 5-1 District 5-AAA girls soccer win against host Ooltewah Tuesday night. Carly Pifer and Kelsey Henry also scored for the victorious Trojans. Ooltewah's goal came in the 76th minute by Olivia Tawzer. Soddy Daisy improves to 3-2-1 overall and ... (click for more)