The Knoxville City Council approved the sale of property located at 418 Rock Island Street during its regular meeting on Nov. 18.

According to City Manager Aaron Adams, the city acquired the property approximately six months ago. The property came into the city’s possession as a “nuisance property” and is in need of significant renovations.

The property was sold to Cristopher Sanger for the amount of $100. Sanger, who currently lives in Des Moines but wants to move to Knoxville, plans to remodel the property and make it into a home for himself. He hopes to have the property in livable conditions within one year.

Along with the approval of the sale, the council also included an amendment stating the property must be in compliance with city codes within 12 months.

During the meeting, the council also approved the resignation of council member Rick Kingery. Kingery is moving outside of city limits and will no longer be eligible to serve on the council. His resignation goes into effect on Nov. 25.

“Councilmember Kingery, thank you for you service,” said Mayor Brian Hatch during the meeting. “We appreciate it and wish you the best of luck in the new chapter in your life.”

Following the approval of Kingery’s resignation, the council decided not to fill the vacant seat. Newly elected council members will take their seats beginning in January, and the process to temporarily fill a vacancy would not be completed before then.

Kingery’s term was set to be done at the end of 2019.

In other news:

The council held a follow-up discussion regarding the city’s revolving loan program. The program had originally been discussed at the July 15 meeting and was tabled to allow for changes to be made. The program was once against tabled until a later date to allow for final corrections and changes.

Emma Skahill can be reached at or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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