Knoxville City Council members unanimously voted on Tuesday night to postpone discussion about a resolution dealing with a remedy to the congested intersection of James White Parkway and Interstate 40.
The resolution authorizing Mayor Ashe to execute an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Transportation over the redesigning and reconstruction of the intersection was moved for a second time to Nov. 11 after much debate. Controversy arose over whether to move the vote back two weeks or four.
Council members Mark Brown and Barbara Pelot pushed for Nov. 11 so that the council could consider findings of a TDOT workshop planned for Nov. 10 to area road projects including the extension of James White Parkway, the Orange Route Beltway and Pellissippi Parkway in Blount County.
"If we're about debate, if we're about discussion, I don't see a problem with it being on the agenda on Nov. 11," Brown said.
Rob Frost, representing the Fourth District, made the case that a December date would allow more time for TDOT designs and community input without the possibility of another postponement. Two- week agenda changes needlessly brought his constituents to the City County Building, according to Frost.
Eight representatives from neighborhood associations who had originally planned to present their cases about the resolution instead voiced opinions about the postponement.
Fort Sanders, Oakwood, Lincoln Park, Maplehurst and 4th and Gill were among those neighborhoods represented.