Work To Start On New City Hall Annex For Red Bank

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - by Gail Perry

The city of Red Bank will be getting a new city hall. Several years ago officials in the city realized that the city hall building was running out of room. In it are administrative offices, the council room and the police department. At the time, the cost to build a new building was estimated at $2.5 million. Around that same time, Mayor John Roberts found out about the foreclosure of a building at 3105 Dayton Blvd., two doors away from the Red Bank city hall.

At the last minute, a special called meeting was held and the commissioners decided to bid on the building at an auction.

 

The city won the bid and bought the property for $275,000 which included paying the back taxes. The amount paid was $100,000 below the market value. That was two years ago and on Tuesday night, the commissioners voted on a resolution to authorize an agreement with HL Management, LLC in an amount not to exceed $681,040 to renovate the old building for use as a new city hall administrative office building.

 

When finished, the space will contain offices for the city manager, the city recorder, the finance director, director of public works, office staff and a receptionist. There will also be a community meeting room. It has been designed to meet the city’s new design standards using approved building materials and glass. Short walls and landscaping will define the parking area.

 

When renovations of the new building have been completed, the existing building will become the police department.

 

At the Feb. 6 commission meeting, the Red Bank school district exploratory committee was disbanded. They determined that the city does not have enough students to form a separate district, and that the committee lacked the expertise that would be necessary to form a new school zone. Mayor Roberts expressed the hope that a future board of commissioners would bring up the matter again, feeling that a smaller and local district could do a better job than Hamilton County.

 

At the meeting Tuesday night, the members of the exploratory committee were recognized and given certificates of appreciation for their voluntary efforts and community involvement. The members that were honored are Chairman Johnny Pierce, Allen Turner, Jamie Kerns, Linda Sparks, Kathy Schein and Mike Congdon.



Ron Harr, Robin Smith Pick Up To Apply For Rep. McCormick's Seat

Former Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce leader Ron Harr is the first new candidate for the House District 26 seat vacated by former House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick. Mr. Harr was a longtime official at BlueCross Blue Shield. He picked up for the Republican primary. Robin Smith, former state GOP chairman, has also picked up. Rep. McCormick, who has bought a house ... (click for more)

Latest Bradley County Arrest Report

Click  here  for the latest Bradley County arrest report. (click for more)

The Boss, Claude Ramsey

I try not to overuse the word great, but we lost a great man today, Claude Ramsey. I had the pleasure of serving under him as director of Commercial and Industrial Properties for 14 years while he was the Hamilton County Assessor of Property. He was probably the smartest person I have ever known. He was tough but patient, kind, caring and compassionate. He knew how to get ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: So, You’re Invisible?

Several weeks ago I was in the middle of My Morning Readings when, somehow, I came across a wonderful story written by Nichole Johnson. Her website says she is a speaker, a motivator, and an author whose gift is to “capture the inner-most feelings of women facing life's daily struggles, and it has enabled her to create a unique sense of community for people of all ages.” That’s ... (click for more)

Voice Of The Vols John Ward Dies

John Ward, the former “Voice of the Vols,” has died. Senator Lamar Alexander said, “When it came to UT sports, listening to John Ward was almost as good as watching the game. In fact, many Vol fans at many games brought their radios to make sure they could do both. John was a generous, courteous, enthusiastic ambassador for the University of Tennessee. He brought joy ... (click for more)

Belmont University's Mark Price Named Baylor School's Boys' Basketball Coach

Baylor School has named Belmont University's Mark Price as the boys' varsity basketball coach, following veteran basketball coach Austin Clark's announcement in April that he would be retiring after 36 years of coaching the Red Raiders. "I am very excited that Mark will be leading our boys' basketball program.  Throughout this process, we interviewed many individuals who ... (click for more)