• Approved a Special Event Application for First Assembly of God Church.
• Approved new probationary Fire/Rescue members Amanda Flattery and Jason Spencer.
• The Library Board updated the council regarding its expansion project. Among the plans for the library is the creation of a foundation and making upgrades to facilities to mitigate possible hazards with funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Marion County recently submitted a hazard mitigation plan to FEMA, which included the City of Knoxville, which opens fund availability for mitigation projects. The library held a discussion Tuesday night, seeking input regarding facility improvements.
• Approved a plan to purchase fuel for City vehicles through WEX. The City was approached by a local businessman about becoming the sole provider of fuel for City vehicles at a discounted rate. City staff explored options and found WEX, which will provide discounts and tax rebates to the City for fuel purchases. WEX cards can be used at any gas station as well.
• Approved the first reading of an ordinance to repeal a scheduled 5 percent rate increase in sewer bills. This increase was scheduled to happen on July 1, but it will not be necessary, due to several changes in how the City doe business, all of which resulted in savings to the rate payers. For example, the City eliminated a position, sold equipment which we no longer make annual payments, obtained cheaper contractors for several items, and many other things, according to Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik. The ordinance will come back for second and third readings.
• A special work session is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, at 6:15 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Monday, April 1, at 6:15 p.m.