Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

September 4, 2013

No action taken on VA or chickens

Steve Woodhouse

Knoxville — The Knoxville City Council took no action regarding a proposal from James Washington of the Knoxville Veterans Alliance for the City to take over the enhanced use lease for the local VA campus. 

Washington submitted a letter to the council prior to the meeting. He read it during the meeting in which he explained his position. 

After two years of trying to market the campus, he believes the City might have better luck. One of his concerns is that if the EUL is not signed, the campus may be turned over to the General Services Agency (GSA) and the campus could remain empty for another five years in the interim. 

City Manager Harold Stewart had concerns about the City taking the lease over. One of them is the fact that Washington's partner, Aubrey Wilson, did not sign the letter. The City wants to ensure that both partners in the KVA agree with the proposition. 

A special council meeting was scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. The VA and streetscape parking are among the things planned for the agenda. 

In other discussion, the council intends to bring the ordinance allowing chickens inside the City limits back to another meeting. The council wanted to include language to make the ordinance probationary and not permanent. An amended ordinance is expected to be presented at a future meeting.

Look for more on the council meeting in the Sept. 6 Journal-Express.