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Council nods rezoning, site could include amusement park

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She also explained that the owners J.D. Eatherly and Bobby Capers requested the change at her suggestion to make it compatible with other property in the area, which is primarily zoned B-4.

The council also passed on second reading and ordinance to amend the city sign ordinance forbidding electronic message signs in several zones of the city, with Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhler voting no.

He said he voted against the ordinance because it was not detailed enough. He said he thought it should have addressed a variety of other sign issues, such as abandoned signs and the placement and maintenance of banners and non-electronic signs.

The council also passed on second reading the new city property tax rate of 33 cents per $100 of assessed value.

The council passed on first reading and ordinance to rezone 93.69 acres on Tuckers Gap Road (between I-40 and Leeville Pike) from R-1A (lowest density residential) to B-3 (restricted business.)

According to the planning office, the property  is designated for planned business, such as offices, warehouses and light manufacturing.

As a B-3 zone it could also be used for apartments, gas stations, automobile sales, bowling alleys, hotels, pool rooms, stores, a bus depot, a skating rink or retail package liquor stores.

The council also approved bids to demolish four buildings on city property on Knoxville Avenue, approved bids for the repair of the indoor pool at Jimmy Floyd Family Center and agreed to purchase additional sirens and equipment for eight recently purchased police cars as well to authorize the painting of the vehicles

Council also authorized the purchase of two, half-ton two-wheel drive trucks for the gas department at a cost of $21,880 for both vehicles.

This price is less than the planned cost for one four-wheel drive truck and the vehicles would bring a fuel savings of about $3,000, said Public Works Commissioner Jeff Baines.

The council also passed a resolution honoring the Wilson Central High School Lady Wildcats for winning the TSSAA 2008 AAA State Championship.

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