John Gotta was appointed as the newest council member to the Knoxville City Council at the regularly scheduled meeting on August 19.
Gotta was selected to fill the vacant position on August 12, after a special city council meeting where the four applicants for the position were interviewed. Gotta is filling the vacant seat left by former council member Cal Stephens.
“We had four qualified candidates which made it a tough decision for council, which is a good thing” said Mayor Brian Hatch. “We had four qualified people who were interested in the position, so thank you for that.”
Mayor Hatch encouraged anyone interested in the full-time council position opening up in the November election to enroll in the Knoxville Leadership Academy and run in the election.
The council approved a site plan for Scooters Coffee, which will be located in the southeast corner of the Medicap Pharmacy property. Scooters is a drive-thru only coffee kiosk. At its planned location, Scooters will be able to queue about nine cars in the line.
The coffee kiosk will not include a walk-up window, so all customers will have to go through the drive-thru line. With the middle school being so close to Scooters, there were concerns about safety due to foot traffic. By eliminating a walk-up window and only serving customers through the drive-thru, safety concerns about foot traffic were eliminated.
The council also approved four change orders for the Knoxville Public Library. These change orders will allow for an additional projector to be installed, as well as a door with a glass window, wiring changes and painting for the lobby wall.
Library Director Roslin Thompson said she is hoping the library will be ready by Friday, August 23 for a “soft opening,” with the ribbon cutting celebration to follow on August 24 at 10 a.m.