published Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Chattanooga: City Council approves wellness center, storm-damage contracts


by Cliff Hightower

The Chattanooga City Council voted 6-2 tonight to give the go-ahead for designs of a projected $3.5 million wellness center on 11th Street.

Council members also approved a potential increase in contracts for storm debris cleanup after estimates came in higher than expected.

On the wellness center, Councilmen André McGary and Peter Murphy voted “no” and Councilwoman Deborah Scott abstained.

The wellness center will sit on the former Chattanooga Gas Co. site and the city expects to pay about $241,000 for its design. It will have a gym, clinic and a pharmacy for city employees and retirees, officials said.

In other action, council members continued a process started two weeks ago when the voted on private contractors to clean up storm debris.

The city’s Department of Public Works asked the council for $1 million, but the estimated costs shot up to $2.5 million, said Lee Norris, deputy administrator of Public Works.

The council voted 8-1 tonight to approve additional expenditures. Councilman Russell Gilbert voted “no.”

Norris said the Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay for 87.5 percent of the costs. The total fees only go “up to” $2.5 million and the contractors will only be paid for whatever debris poundage comes across city scales, he said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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nucanuck said...

The public sector just voted for their own lifetime health needs because they must not like the insurance company model. The rest of us will pay for them to have what we can't have.

And the cost/benefit analysis is where?

June 8, 2011 at 1:10 a.m.
Chattanoogadawn said...

How do you justify building a wellness center for city employees? Why not Y membership or other fitness centers around town already paying taxes, that have equipment and trainers? When you upkeep a building, pay taxes and hire employees to run this center, I refuse to believe that you have saved the taxpayers a thing. You have made the landowner of the property in question very happy and continued to spoil a group of employees that already make enough and have insurance. Insurance is benefit enough, the rest of us are getting it taken from us everyday. TIME TO VOTE OUT EVERYONE ON THE COUNCIL.

June 8, 2011 at 12:28 p.m.
Leaf said...

This stinks of typical good-ole-boy Chattanooga politics. Tax all city residents to provide city employees with a perk? And they're really paying a quarter million for just for the design? Will it be the Guggenheim of gyms? That's insane.

June 8, 2011 at 12:46 p.m.
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