City sports complex, Performing Arts & Conference Center OK’d on first reading – Tennessee News

City sports complex, Performing Arts & Conference Center OK’d on first reading –  Tennessee News


Jimmy Settle, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee

Published 9:32 p.m. CT June 15, 2017 | Updated 55 minutes ago

Two of Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan’s own dream projects — a city sports complex near Interstate 24 Exit 8, and a downtown Performing Arts & Conference Center — scored victories on the City Council floor Thursday evening.

On the first of two readings, the council voted 9 to 3 in favor of the city’s proposed 2017-18 budget, and despite another year of attempts to amend both major projects out of the budget, this time they survived.

A second-reading vote is scheduled for Monday at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

“Yes” votes for the overall budget came from council members Richard Garrett, Ron Erb, Tim Chandler, Valerie Guzman, Geno Grubbs, Jeff Henley, Mike Alexander and Bill Powers, along with McMillan.

Voting “no” were council members Deanna McLaughlin, Wanda Smith and Jeff Burkhart.

Councilman David Allen was absent Thursday.

McLaughlin entered the proposed amendments to delete the $6.5 million for the land acquisition and design of the sports complex, and the more than $1.5 million for the property purchase and initial development of the Performing Arts & Conference Center.

Both amendments died on the Council floor, despite McLaughlin’s contention that the Exit 8 site is outside the city limits, and that there are “too many unanswered questions” about the status of the property acquisition and Roxy Theater’s role in the Performing Arts Center.

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