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January 3, 2014

Council holds first meeting of 2014

Knoxville — The Knoxville City Council held a special meeting Thursday night, Jan. 2, to get organized for 2014. 

Council members also took action on a few outstanding issues, including a request from Nanette Bell of Hannibal, Mo. Bell is the daughter of the late James Bell, who served on the city council and as mayor in the past. She had requested the council rename the Knoxville Recreation Center after her father. 

In the letter she sent to the City in October 2013, Bell said her father considered the recreation center the most important accomplishment of his time in city government. 

"There's a lot of people who have input into decisions made over the years," Councilor Dave Roozeboom said. Council members agreed that it can be difficult to measure how much of a contribution each person makes. Councilor April Verwers said that Bell Avenue is already named in the former mayor's honor. 

Staff provided the council a copy of the City's policy regarding naming requests. City Manager Harold Stewart said staff recommended that the council not rename the recreation center. 

Bell also asked if the council could provide a way for low-income residents to gain passes to the recreation center at a discounted price. Councilor Dawn Allspach-Kline said that applications for discounted recreation center admissions are already available through Red Rock Area Community Action Program. 

The matter died due to a lack of a motion. 

Other council notes: 

• Affirmed Bob Stuyvesant as City Attorney.

• Designated the Knoxville Journal-Express as the official legal newspaper for the City. 

• Approved the appointment of Carolyn Formanek as Mayor Pro Tem. 

• Appointed Heather Ussery as City Clerk and Jodi Bassett as Deputy City Clerk. Mayor Brian Hatch administered the oath of office to both employees. 

• Following a public hearing, during which no comments were received, the council approved the sale of 1510 West Pleasant to Thomas Ramaeker in the amount of $32,000. This is a property the City purchased to demolish an existing structure. Stewart said the City has $32,500 invested in the property and felt the offer was appropriate. 

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