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FIFTH-BROADWAY COMMITTEE
Fifth-Broadway Committee
June 22, 2006 - Committee to focus on Broadway/Fifth Avenue area
September 28, 2006 Meeting
September 7, 2006 Meeting
August 17, 2006 Meeting
August 3, 2006 Meeting
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Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 12th at 12 noon at St. John's Lutheran Church.
Broadway-Fifth Task Force Meeting Notes

August 17, 2006
St. John's Lutheran Church


Task Force members present:

Councilman Chris Woodhull, Bill Lyons, Mark Hipshire, Alvin Nance, Mike Dunthorn, Dan Tiller, Gordon Catlett, Steve Meisenheimer, Cathy Chesney, Burt Rosen, Ginny Weatherstone, David Nix, Daniel Schuh, Renee Davis, Roger Nooe, Thea Peterson, Gordon Catlett, Councilman Bob Becker, Tina Rosling, Dwight Guinn, Councilman Joe Hultquist, Pan Walker, Ola Blackmon-McBride, Judy Holder, Tracy Wright, Ty Cooper, and John Jacobs

Chris Woodhull opened the meeting asking if anyone had anything to bring up. He reported that he and Bill Lyons had met with TDOT and the new turn lane would be "taking out" the Insurrection. Right now,parking is planned for the spaces under the freeway. It will be well lighted. There will be discussions to explore what else can be done based on existing regulations, which should allow most things.

Captain Catlett discussed problems with people loitering under the interstate and explained that the land between the sidewalk and fence is "no-man's land," and the fence will be moved up to the sidewalk. When people are blocking the sidewalks they can be asked to move. He asked for help from the service providers to do field contacts, etc in the area to enhance what KPD is doing for overall community safety. Burt Rosen indicated that most of the people there have been offered services but refuse treatment. There was discussion on intensifying those efforts, more constantly being there. Ginny Weatherstone noted it would be a huge effort on the part of service providers who had limited amount of staff, but it may not have to go on for too long to be successful. The need for buy-in by service providers will be crucial, as well as some leverage so that the loitering isn't simply shifted northward. Burt, Ginny and Captain Catlett agreed to work on a coordinated effort.

Chris Woodhull announced that during this meeting he'd like to get as much feedback as possible on the mission and goal, and Bill Lyons wants to take a preliminary look and ideas for the boundary of the redevelopment area discussed at the previous meeting.

Proposed mission statement: "The Fifth and Broadway initiative will work with the City of Knoxville to build a healthy, balanced community within the logical reaches of the Fifth and Broadway Intersection.

Proposed Goal Statement: Our goal is to create a livable, enjoyable, and sustainable community which promotes business growth, strengthens neighborhoods, and manages a safe, low-impact, effective homeless service environment.

Chris Woodhull asked everyone around the table to comment on the mission and goal statements. Among the comments made were the following: Add action, ownership, and leadership to the statements; give the statements teeth and accountability; define measurable goals; change "low-impact" in the goal statement to "positive"; invite the homeless themselves to participate in creating solutions; change the goal statement to "…promotes business and residential growth"; stop the goal statement after "strengthens neighborhoods"; add timeline and goals to set expectations for the homeless themselves; add "safe" in front of "livable".

Bill Lyons began the discussion for an outline for a proposed redevelopment area, but time ran out, so this will continue at the next meeting.

The next meeting will be September 7, Noon, at St. John's Lutheran Church.
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