|Community Development Public Meeting Jan. 27 on the 2015-19 Five-Year Consolidated Plan
Over the last few months, members from community organizations shared information and over 900 citizens participated in an online survey or special meeting sharing their opinions and ideas about community needs as part of the City of Knoxville's Consolidated Plan Citizen Participation Process. The City's Community Development staff will present their findings, discuss draft high and low priority community needs, and the strategies identified to meet those needs at a public meeting at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 27th, 2015, at the John T. O'Connor Center, located at 611 Winona Street. Comments and ideas will also be taken at the meeting.
City Crews Remain Prepared for Snowy Weather
So far, the 2014-15 winter has been much milder than last year's, when four significant weather events triggered prompt, proactive road treatments by City of Knoxville crews.
For the Public Service Department, last season's responses equated to almost 3,000 hours of labor to spread 116,750 gallons of brine, 2,483 tons of rock salt and 7,332 gallons of calcium chloride, which melts snow in colder temperatures.
City Workers Contribute $88,792.87 to Charities; Rogero Bests Burchett in Friendly Wager
City of Knoxville employees increased their total contributions by 35 percent for the 2015 Consolidated Charities giving campaign, compared with last year's giving. City employees pledged a total of $88,792.87.
The percentage increase was greater than that of Knox County employees, which means that Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will have to make good on a friendly wager he'd made with Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.
Knoxville a Semifinalist for $5 Million Energy Efficiency Prize
Knoxville has been selected as one of 50 communities to advance to the Semifinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition that challenges small- and medium-sized communities to develop and implement creative, sustainable, and replicable strategies to save energy. Through this competition, the City of Knoxville will work with utility and community leaders to reduce energy consumption in homes, schools and municipal buildings. The community that reduces energy consumption the most over a two-year period has a chance to win up to $5 million to fund local energy and sustainability programs.
Celebration of Voting Rights Act Begins
The City of Knoxville is planning a series of events in 2015 to mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This legislation outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the United States.
Historic Preservation Fund RFP Online
Are you working to restore a historic house or building? You might qualify for financial help from the City's new Historic Preservation Fund! The Request for Proposals for the fund has just been posted on the City website. (See link below.) This was created in this year's budget, with an initial investment of $500,000. All applications are due by February 24, 2015.
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|City Crews Repair Boardwalk on Neyland Greenway
Neyland Greenway runners and bicyclists can focus on their heart rate and speed - and not worry about navigating an irregular surface - now that City of Knoxville crews have replaced the boardwalk that skirts the Kuwahee Wastewater Treatment Plant along the Tennessee River.
The wooden decking, more than 20 years old, was warping and due for an upgrade. So the City's Public Service Department replaced all the boards, added joists and made structural upgrades - a renovation that, if contracted out to a private company, might have cost as much as $40,000.
City Seeks Nominations for 'Good Neighbor of the Year'
Do you know someone who goes the extra mile to make his or her neighborhood a better place? Here is a chance to recognize those efforts: The City of Knoxville is seeking nominees for its Good Neighbor award.
Perhaps he or she welcomes new neighbors, volunteers to help neighbors in distress, or works tirelessly in service to the entire neighborhood and/or neighborhood organization.
Affordable Care Act Enrollment Nov. 15-Feb. 15
Mayor Madeline Rogero is urging Knoxvillians without health insurance to learn about their options, as open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)begins Nov. 15 and continues through Feb. 15, 2015.
KUB's Round It Up Program Helps Others
KUB announced a new program in partnership with the Community Action Committee (CAC), called "Round It Up: Pennies for a Purpose." Starting in May 2015, KUB customer bills will be rounded up to the next dollar, with all of the excess money going to a CAC program to weatherize housing for low-income residents, which lowers utility bills and helps our environment. This is a voluntary program - any KUB customer can opt out by calling KUB at 865-524-2911. The program could produce as much as $600,000 a year to help some of our most vulnerable citizens. Your change can help change our community for the better for less than $12 a year.
Downtown Residents Can Enjoy Extended Dog Park Hours, Thanks to Solar Panels
Downtown dogs and their owners can now enjoy extended hours at the City's PetSafe® Downtown Dog Park, thanks to lighting in the park supported by three new solar panel stations. The lighting will enable park users to enjoy summer park hours despite earlier sunsets in the winter. Typically, City parks are open dawn to dusk.
Knoxville Zoo Extends Buy One, Get One Free Ticket Offer
Knoxville Zoo is partnering with YP® to extend the popular "Buy One, Get One Free" admission ticket offer through February.
Knoxville Zoo and YP® are offering buy one, get one free tickets to make visitors aware that the winter season is one of the best to see animal activity.
Please visit www.VisitKnoxville.com to see a list of events in the Knoxville area.
Enjoy free live in studio performances at 12 noon on Mondays thru Saturdays at the WDVX 89.9 FM studio in Downtown Knoxville at 301 South Gay Street.