Stormwater Fiasco And East Ridge Camping

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
When did the Chattanooga City Council get replaced by members of the East Ridge City Council? I don't recall a time in Chattanooga where they've voted to shoot the city in the foot more than they have lately. 

If this goes through despite the environmental impact warnings and then Camp Jordan has increased flooding after spending millions on sports ball fields, can we expect the city of East Ridge to file suit for damages when the ball tournaments get canceled? They certainly won't accept responsibility for their shortsightedness.
Then again, Chattanooga's City Council is starting to look more like the East Ridge Council... Who are we to point the shortsighted finger at anyone?

I am going to start budgeting and saving for a stormwater fee hike, which is bound to come to the taxpayers once the state bears down on us again.
 
And on the subject of East Ridge, I read that "Camp" Jordan is going to rid itself of camping? Of course. Because camping is not sports. 

As I read through the East Ridge meeting report, I couldn't help but wonder who wants to rid the park of the gravel lot that is referred to as a camping area? The guise that heavy equipment broke water pipes during construction is a joke. Anyone who has ever dealt with any construction knows that the contractor is liable for damages caused during construction. But that's not the point. The point is more sports.

East Ridge traded dirt for some money and a bathroom pavilion at the campground, essentially doubling down on the campground. It seems that East Ridge leadership cannot create a vision and stick to it. So now a few years later the park will be without a campground, without the dirt and a new bathroom in the middle of Mr. Martin's parking lot. Well, that is if it doesn't become a ball field. 

Do ball fields cost more to maintain than a camp ground? Will the new infrastructure receive more attention than the existing infrastructure? 

If Mr. Martin cared to utilize the current amenities of the park to the best of his ability, instead of looking at 275 acres of potential ball fields, I'm certain the city could justify keeping a campground instead of spending $15 million on more of what is already there.
 
Tim Giordano

 

 

 



Don't Rezone Lot On Taft Highway For Office Space

I have just learned that the town has passed a rezoning request to rezone a residential home and lot located at 1403 Taft Highway to office space zoning.  The last and final reading on this rezoning will take place on March 12 at the Town Hall meeting and I would like to encourage all residents of the town to come and voice their opinion.  There are many of us that ... (click for more)

Check Out Low Sodium Foods At Food City

I would like to encourage everybody to check out Food City’s large assortment of lower sodium foods. High blood pressure is a major problem in the United States, and we should all strive to eat less sodium. However, that is very hard to do when most processed foods are already chock full of salt.  Lately, I have noticed that Food City carries a lot of things you use regularly, ... (click for more)

City Files Petition To Turn Confederate Cemetery Over To Sons Of The Confederacy

The city of Chattanooga has filed a petition in Chancery Court asking that management of the Confederate Cemetery be turned over to the Sons of the Confederacy. The Sons of the Confederacy, a group that has long taken care of the cemetery, joined in the petition. The cemetery is located by the UTC campus. It is beside the Citizens Cemetery and the Jewish Cemetery on the old ... (click for more)

Candidate For County Commission District 5 Lives In District 7; Election Office Says Geter Plans To Move Prior To August Election

A candidate who qualified to run for County Commission District 5 currently lives just across the line in District 7. The election office said Katherlyn Geter advised that she plans to move into District 5 prior to the Aug. 2 general election. She is running against District 5 incumbent Greg Beck in the May Democratic primary. Ms. Geter lives in a neighborhood near Silverdale ... (click for more)

Top-Ranked Goodpasture Too Strong For Notre Dame

Trips aren’t always about where you are going, but rather what you are bringing and Notre Dame found out  Wednesday  night Goodpasture packed a whole lot of defense and fundamentals for its journey to the Irish den in the Division II-A state first-round encounter.   And it didn’t hurt that the state’s top-rated Division II-A team was manned by a bunch ... (click for more)

CCS Boys Advance To Division II-A Elite Eight

CCS used a big second quarter to open up a 10 point lead over USJ Wednesday night in their Division II-A state tournament opener at The Webb School.   The Chargers then outscored USJ 13-4 in the third quarter and went on to win 53-36. Rhodes had 7 of his 14 points in the second quarter. Micheal Houge had six of his eight points in a big third quarter.  ... (click for more)