16, 2006 - During City Council on Tuesday, August 15, Mayor
Haslam honored the Chronic Problem Properties Committee with the
first Annual City of Knoxville "Innovator Award."
The award will be given each year to the City of Knoxville department(s)
who come up with and execute the best new idea to move the city
Removing blight and rehabilitating chronic problem properties is
a priority for the city and is the focus of the Chronic Problem
Properties Committee. A dedicated group of employees work diligently
to fix these problems and at least five departments touched these
properties in different ways. City departments meet on a monthly
basis with the goal of developing coordinated, inter-departmental,
property-specific initiatives for each problem.
The priorities for the Chronic Problem Properties Committee include:neighborhood stabilization
crime prevention and safety
homeless/chronic homeless services
"By targeting problem properties we can more effectively
address the issues that create these problem properties on a long-term
comprehensive basis," Mayor Haslam said.
Nearly 100 properties are currently under review - 70 residential,
4 commercial and 14 vacant lots. 10 properties have been successfully
taken care of
they've either been sold, paid the taxes or
the blight has been cleared. More than $15,000 has been paid in