Halls greenway project on hold

Halls greenway project on hold

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The proposed Halls greenway is designed to connect Halls Elementary with Clayton Park, but Knox County leaders said a complaint filed with the state may lead to the county no longer seeking ownership of a portion of the land, meaning the project may be ha The proposed Halls greenway is designed to connect Halls Elementary with Clayton Park, but Knox County leaders said a complaint filed with the state may lead to the county no longer seeking ownership of a portion of the land, meaning the project may be ha
By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

HALLS (WATE) - A greenway project linking a park to a school is in jeopardy.

The proposed Halls greenway is designed to connect Halls Elementary with Clayton Park, but Knox County leaders said a complaint filed with the state may lead to the county no longer seeking ownership of a portion of the land, meaning the project may be halted.

Knox County said it was planning on taking ownership of the property from its current owner TTC Halls LLC but last month, the county learned the Tennessee Clean Water Network filed a complaint with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation saying part of the land is non-compliant with its permits.  

The letter states that the property owner must comply with all permit conditions and must submit monitoring reports.

Read the full letter [PDF]

Knox County Parks & Recreation Senior Director Doug Bataille said he estimates the cost to make the fixes ranges from $20,000-$75,000 though the exact price tag is unknown.

The deadline for the county to take ownership of the land is Sept. 30 as that is the deadline for the state grant.

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said unless the current owner makes the necessary changes, the county won’t take on the financial burden.

"The sad thing about it is it's only 14 percent of the project, but the state bureaucracy forces us to stop and halt the whole project so it's unfortunate for the citizens, unfortunate for the taxpayers but if we're going to be fiscally responsible we've got to assume the role we're in right now," Burchett said.

“We don't know what the final price tag would be,” Bataille said. “We would also then have to do the monitoring for that project somewhere between the next five and ten years and there's a cost associated with that as well."

Bataille said regardless of what happens with the Halls greenway, the Clayton Park project will continue as planned since that is a separate project. 

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