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Joint project at lakefront

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By Mike Gibson

Kingston City Council is supporting a Bethel Presbyterian amphitheater project that would be funded by the church, but operated by the city parks and recreation department.
At a work session last week, officials placed conceptual drawings for Three Rivers Amphitheater on its April 9 council agenda for approval.
The South Kentucky Street church first approached council with the project last year.
Since the church plans to build the amphitheater in the rear of the building along the waterfront — also near a walking trail — special permits are required.
The city helped the church get the necessary permits through TVA.
Next up will be the fundraising process, which could take a while.
In other work session business:
• Council placed on the April 9 agenda the second reading of an ordinance rezoning a tract on Boeing Drive from residential to light industria.
• Council placed on the April 9 agenda “discussion and possible action regarding the city manager” in the interest of discussing contingency plans in the wake of the departure of retiring City Manager Jim Pinkerton. His last day is April 26.
• Council placed on the April 9 agenda a measure to discuss an appointment to the Personnel Advisory Board.