The Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved on first reading Tuesday night the annexation of two sections of land along Rock Springs Road - one 35.69 acres in size and the other 62.8 acres. The annexations will go before the BMA for final approval on June 5.
City leaders also voted on second reading to approve the annexation of 84 acres of land located along Rock Springs Drive and Church View Road.
The effective date of all three annexations is Jan. 1, 2008.
These three annexations are all part of a larger annexation plan currently under way within the city. It calls for nearly 1,000 acres of land in the Rock Springs community to be annexed by the end of the year. These properties lead up to a 330-home development off Rock Springs Road called the Edinburgh and a new 500-student elementary school, which is slated to be open by August 2008.
In other business this week:
•The BMA gave informal approval for Kingsport City Schools to move forward with including a geothermal heating and cooling system with the bid specifications for the new elementary school to be built in the Rock Springs community. The initial estimate for the system came in $1.1 million more than a traditional HVAC system, but last week school officials learned the amount would be $500,000 more than a traditional system.
•The city entered into an agreement with the Rotary Club of Kingsport to develop a new city park on the site of the old Washington Elementary School. The Landmark Group - a North Carolina development company - has been working for more than a year to redevelop the aging school building into a senior housing facility. Completion date is slated for November.
•The BMA approved on second reading the issuance of $19.5 million in general obligation bonds to be used on a variety of capital improvement projects within the city, including the Gibson Mill Road realignment project, improvements to the Bays Mountain Park planetarium, renovations to the V.O. Dobbins Center, and the new elementary school in the Rock Springs community.
•City leaders appropriated $75,000 to the summer concert series in downtown Kingsport. Concerts will take place on Thursday and Friday evenings beginning in May and running until the fall.
•The BMA approved spending $330,000 for a parcel of land at Rock Springs Road and Blakely Drive to be used as the future site for a new fire station.