21, 2007 - Michael Kane, an environmental engineer who resides
in Fountain City, has been appointed to serve on the Metropolitan
Mayor Bill Haslam nominated Kane for the MPC position and he succeeds
Susan Brown, whose term expired.
Kane's term on MPC runs until June 30, 2011.
The MPC is responsible for countywide planning and administration
of zoning and subdivision regulations in Knoxville and Knox County
- with the exception of the Town of Farragut.
The commission is composed of 15 members, seven appointed by Knoxville's
Mayor and eight appointed by the Knox County Mayor.
They are confirmed by the state's Local Government Planning Advisory
Committee and serve four-year terms. The commissioners do not receive
any compensation for their work on MPC.
Kane, who earned a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, works as an engineer in Oak Ridge.
He has been active in community affairs for several years and has
served as chairman of the Fountain City Town Hall, a very active
neighborhood organization, since 2000.
Among his accomplishments in that role are helping raise more than
$80,000 for improvements to the Fountain City Branch of the Knox
County Public Library and leading a task force to select a site
and develop a conceptual design for a proposed skateboard park in
Kane is also a member of the Knoxville Utilities Board's PACE10
Council, which advises KUB on its 10-year, $500 million sanitary
sewer collection upgrade program.