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.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALLISON, DELWIN DEWAYNE  3401 CAMPBELL ST APT 1003 CHATTANOOGA, 37406  Age at Arrest: 47 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ESCAPE DOMESTIC ASSAULT --- BAKER, JERMICHAEL LEVILLE  1213 SHOLAR AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37421  Age at Arrest: 28 years old Arresting Agency: Chatt. Housing ... (click for more)

Just 3,267 Have Voted In The City Election After 7 Days Of Early Voting

Just 3,267 Chattanooga voters have cast ballots after seven days of early voting leading up to the March 7 city election. One day just 48 people showed up at the Northgate voting site. Only 88 went to the most popular early voting site - the election office off Amnicola Highway the same day. The high turnout thus far has been 199 at the election office on Tuesday. The ... (click for more)

Getting The Message

Our school age youth have inspired me with their responses during “Q and A” sessions after my readings as a volunteer during African American History Celebrations and Read across America Celebration, too.  Before this school year, I read to classes at Orchard Knob Elementary School and at Rivermont Elementary School, here in Hamilton County.   Their answers to factual ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Ed Chief ‘Embarrassed’

At the start of the school year in September, Tennessee’s Commissioner of Education Dr. Candice McQueen held an “educational summit” with state legislators from embattled Hamilton County. The entire “summit” took a prescribed 90 minutes and was such a dog-and-pony show her strongest statement was, "Create your plan around the right vision, have some metrics and align to the right ... (click for more)

Ooltewah Softball Ranked No. 33 In MaxPreps Preseason Top 50

Ooltewah’s softball team is ranked No. 33 nationally in the Maxpreps Preseason Top 50 and junior Kayla Boseman is on the website’s preseason All-America team. The Lady Owls finished third in the 2015 TSSAA Class 3A state tournament, but was eliminated by Stewarts Creek 6-2 in the sectional. Ooltewah has a combined record of 81-16 over the past two seasons. Coach Jon Massey ... (click for more)

Silverdale Girls Claim District 5-A Championship

The face and philosophy might have changed, but the expectations for the Silverdale Baptist Academy girls’ basketball team remained the same. Heading into the season with five seniors and a first-year, first-time head coach in Victor Underwood, the Lady Seahawks had their sights set on winning a District 5-A championship. Wednesday night, they achieved that goal with ... (click for more)