PF moving forward with Ripken Experience

Dec. 09, 2013 @ 12:17 AM

 A letter of intent to enter into a management agreement with Ripken Sports to provide pre-opening services and management services for a baseball complex that will be known as the “Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge” is on the agenda for the City Commission meeting in Pigeon Forge on Monday at 4:30 p.m.

The Ripken Experience will be a facility built near Teaster Lane, designed to host youth league baseball tournaments.

According to Assistant City Manager Eric Brackens, this means that the city is taking steps to make sure that everything is in place for the facility once it is built.

“This moves us forward in terms of an agreement with the Ripken folks to work toward a management contract where they would manage it for us, taking care of it and making sure we get teams in there for at least nine months out of the year,” Brackens said. “It sets up a management agreement with them for the management for the facility, and pre-opening that is based on the fact that we’d like them to start working before it’s constructed; start booking it, if you will.”

The city hopes to have more preliminary details about the facility finalized in the coming months, Brackens said.

In other business, the commission will consider:

n Second reading of an ordinance to amend the Pigeon Forge Municipal Code to add a new chapter providing for a restaurant privilege tax.

n Second reading of an ordinance to allow for the sale of beer by licensed caterers and to establish clarity in the enforcement of beer regulations with that of the Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission.

n A resolution to accept a bid to lease exercise equipment for the Wellness Center and Police Department from Fitness Solutions of Knoxville.

n An ordinance to amend the zoning map of Pigeon Forge by rezoning a portion of Waldens Creek Road between Little Valley and Old Valley Roads from high density residential to mixed-use commercial.

n A bid to purchase a Knuckle Boom Truck for the Sanitation Department.

n A bid to purchase water plant chemicals for the water plant.

n A reimbursement agreement for a crash report with Appriss for the Police Department.

n A bid to purchase crash reconstruction equipment for the Police Department.