Pigeon Forge may extend LeConte consultant's contract

Sep. 07, 2013 @ 11:02 PM

City Commission will discuss a contract extension Monday for Mike Wilds, who as been acting as a consultant on plans for the LeConte Center.

Wilds has been a consultant for the city since shortly after it started making plans for the center. Before that, he served in a similar capacity for the Sevierville Convention Center and eventually became that center’s first director.

The center opens Oct. 8, and the city tabbed Phil Campbell as its manager.

Wilds has advised the city on almost every aspect of the center, and Mayor David Wear said officials want to continue utilizing his experience and knowledge, at least in the early days for the center.

“We have probably outdone ourselves on hiring him. He has brought a lot of years in experience not only in hotels and events center but in construction. He has consulted with us on designing the building,” Wear said. Wilds talked with industry professionals about the design features the wanted to see in an events center, and helped to make sure the facility could meet the needs of the groups they hope to target.

He also helped with the early marketing of the event center and with recruiting events.

With a contract extension, that knowledge would remain available to the center’s new staffers as they get started, Wear explained. “We want to make sure Mike can help them get up to speed on what he’s doing and some of the experiences he’s had, to make sure there’s a seamless transition.”

Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall

Other items on Monday’s agenda include:

  • First reading of rezoning for property on Teaster Lane and the future Jake Thomas Road from mixed use to planned unit development
  • First reading of rezoning of property on Cain Hollow Road from industrial to low density residential use
  • Deposit of $23,500 to Custom Craftsman Signs for the Wear Farm City Park sign
  • Repaving of some city streets
  • Purchase or dumpsters from Baker Waste Equipment
  • Repairs to a water department pump at the Ridge Road Lift Station

jfarrell@themountainpress.com