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  1. I’m at the game tonight with five people/signatures and no petition (or anything) at the table across from the merch stand. The girl at Fan Assistance said the Booster Club table had it. The Booster Club didn’t know anything about it other than it was supposed to be on the aforementioned table. :(
  2. And, yet again, not a single update or announcement on any platform from the KIB about this. Someone mentioned it in another thread, but every year as the season gets closer, other teams release roster updates/signing information but it's radio silence from the KIB.
  3. This is the shameful part of it. They should never have trotted him out in front of fans, friends, and family on an emotional night and announced that without any sort of plan in place or even initiated discussions with the city at that point. The city told me the best way to make it happen was to pay the $500 naming change fee and file an application...or even find a current sitting city commissioner to sponsor the change and they'd even waive the fee. It sounds to me like the organization doesn't want to deal with the paperwork and/or money and is trying to put the blame on the fans if it doesn't go through. "Well, we did ask you guys for signatures on this petition and, since not enough of you cared to sign it, the city isn't going to change the name...thanks a lot, fans, you let Kevin down!" I'm sure attaching a petition to the paperwork wouldn't hurt, but apparently it's totally not necessary. That said, if you go...sign it and get everyone you're with to sign it. Any movement is good/positive movement at this point and the front office needs to be kept honest.
  4. The city has nothing to do with it, it's the KIB front office that never filed the paperwork or even began the process.
  5. Interesting...keep the pressure up and let us know if they claim any progress. They've done him a great disservice by trotting him out there and basically saying it was a done deal when they hadn't even started the process with the city. It's shameful...
  6. What's their reply? "Oh yah...we never did anything about that. We just had a fake street sign printed up and lied to him, his family, and the rest of the fans."
  7. Here it is! Read from bottom to top, of course. I would bother the front office, but I'm no longer an STH and my opinion means diddly now. It'd be best to publicly shame them to force them into some kind of action. -------- Original Message -------- Subject: RE: 'Kevin Swider Blvd' renaming status. Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:25:20 +0000 From: Susan Wilson <swilson@cityofknoxville.org> To: I do not find a record of an application being submitted to the Public Property Naming Committee to change the name of Historic Preservation Blvd. to Kevin Swider Lane. If the desire is for a commemorative/official street name change, the process should begin at MPC. An honorary street name process (whereby an honorary street name is assigned to a street, but the street retains its official name - an honorary street name is indicated on a sign mounted directly below the sign bearing the official street name) begins by turning an application (and the appropriate application fee) into the Committee c/o City Recorder’s Office, Rm 460 of the City County Building. I am attaching an Honorary Street Name Application, as well as the Report that outlines the procedures/guidelines for street naming and fees. Please let me know if you have any questions. Susan Wilson Assistant City Recorder 215-2075 From: Cindy Mitchell Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2014 11:29 AM To: Susan Wilson Subject: FW: [MPC Comment] 'Kevin Swider Blvd' renaming status. Susan, Could you answer this question for Mr. Cruze, please? cm From: Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2014 11:19 AM To: Michael Brusseau Cc: Cindy Mitchell Subject: Re: [MPC Comment] 'Kevin Swider Blvd' renaming status. Thanks, I appreciate it. This was announced by the team on 2014-01-04 so any records of it would likely be late last year if they even exist. Again, the change would have been from Historic Preservation Blvd. to Kevin Swider Lane, this is the road on the south side of the Colliseum/KPD HQ. Thanks again for your efforts! On 10/16/2014 11:13 AM, Mark Donaldson wrote: Hi Brian, I am going to have to punt your question down the hall. I have missed several PPNC meetings at which the item may have been discussed. Cindy Mitchell, the City Recorder (215-2075, cmitchell@cityofknoxville.org) keeps the records for the PPNC. Mark On Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM, Brian Cruze <brian@cruze.org> wrote: Thanks for the information, I appreciate your time. Mr. Donaldson, Would you happen to know or be able to confirm if this change/application was even submitted to the PPNC and if so was it approved? If I'm going to press the team on this I'd rather not start from scratch if that portion was already approved. Thanks again! On 10/16/2014 8:45 AM, Michael Brusseau wrote: To my knowledge, we have not received any applications at MPC for this street name change. On Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 8:51 PM, wrote: It was already approved (at some level and at least according to team reps) and announced at an Ice Bears game earlier this year however the signage hasn't been changed yet: http://www.thedailytimes.com/sports/ice-bears-throw-slider-for-swider/article_51b5f0d0-d36b-59a2-876e-f512ca0f67ff.html "The City of Knoxville also named the road beside the Coliseum “Kevin Swider Lane” in honor of the seven-time SPHL leading scorer." I realize with more than one approving committee, a news article and no documentation on my part is no real 'evidence' and is apropos of nothing. If you wouldn't mind checking to see if this has actually been applied for with the MPC and crossed someone's desk so I'm not duplicating efforts, I'd appreciate it. I see Mark Donaldson (cc:d here) is on both committees so maybe he could shed some light on where this is in the process. Thanks for the input, I appreciate it...I'm just trying to keep the team honest and make sure this guy gets his street name he was promised. Also, it was Lane rather than Boulevard...my apologies. - Brian Cruze On 10/15/2014 4:05 PM, Michael Brusseau wrote: Brian, In order to officially rename a street, an application must be filed for a street name change to be approved by MPC and City Council. This can be filed by an individual, a business or by the City. The usual application fee is $500, if you can get the City to sponsor the application, there could be no charge, subject to approval by the MPC director. I would suggest talking to the City Council representative for District 6, Daniel Brown, and see if he would sponsor the application. I assume the name was approved by the Public Property Naming Committee, which is just one of the required steps for honorary name changes. Please feel free to call with any questions. Mike Brusseau On Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 6:24 PM, wrote: The renaming of Historic Preservation Blvd to Kevin Swider Blvd was approved and announced at An Ice Bears game on 1/4 of this year. Currently the signage has not been changed. What is the turnaround time and status for a road name change from approval to having the signs actually replaced and where is this change in that process? Hockey season starts in a couple of weeks, it would be nice to have the road signs in place by then. If this is not the correct department to handle this type of request, please accept my apologies and refer me to the correct org if possible. Thanks much. - A Concerned Ice Bears Fan -- ___________________________________________________ This message was directed to commission@knoxmpc.org -- Michael A. Brusseau, AICP, Senior Planner Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission City-County Building, Suite 403 400 Main St. Knoxville, TN 37902 Phone: (865) 215-2500 Fax: (865) 215-2068 www.knoxmpc.org -- Michael A. Brusseau, AICP, Senior Planner Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission City-County Building, Suite 403 400 Main St. Knoxville, TN 37902 Phone: (865) 215-2500 Fax: (865) 215-2068 www.knoxmpc.org
  8. Based on my research and emails back and forth with city leaders and agencies, the club never even began the process of filing the paperwork or finding a sponsor. Apparently there is a $500 (my memory is foggy) fee but if you can get someone on the city council to sponsor you that fee will be waived. I talked to whoever the district rep was at the time and he said he'd have no problem sponsoring the application...so all they had to do was file the paperwork and follow up on it. The planning commission said they never received any application or paperwork to begin the process. I'm still sore about that...you don't have a ceremony for the guy and have all of his family come in from Detroit and then not follow through with it, that's embarrassing. I still have the email trail somewhere...I'll dig it up. One, it's not my place to fund something the team should have done like they said they would, and two, I'm not a Knox County resident so I really can't do anything paperwork wise. It still shows as Historic Preservation in Google Maps. I submitted the change back in the day to make it Kevin Swider and it was initially changed, then someone changed it back.
  9. Well, I guess if they're going to screw Swider out of a street named after him, the least they could do would be to put him on the inside of a jersey...
  10. I'm pretty sure that is purple...that dark purple accent color in the logo.
  11. I'm not sure why anyone thinks another ex-player would make a fantastic coach...that experiment didn't go so hot the last time. It's time to look outside the organization this time...
  12. Most don't, you're right, but in most leagues they at least have a shot...not here. With no NHL affiliations and players in the ECHL and AHL under NHL affiliate contracts, the best these guys can usually hope for is for a call up to fill in for a contracted player that was, themselves, called up to fill in a gap in the parent club. Couple that with the fact there isn't a lot of turnover at teh NHL level and there is little to no path for these guys, there is a path in MLB. And the 'pretend' money is figurative...the couple hundred bucks these guys (and ECHL guys) are making a week is pretend money compared to what MLB Minor League and AHL guys are making. MLB Minor League Salaries: http://www.sportslawblogger.com/baseball/salary-information/minor-league-salary/ SPHL Weekly Salary Cap: $5600/18 players ECHL Weekly Salary Cap: $12,400/20 players
  13. Good post. I’ve also always been of the opinion that the team (and by extension, the league) are ‘pretend’. Yah, you’ve got one guy (Darling) that, ironically, overcame being a drunk himself and made it to the NHL in a backup, and now (likely) starting role, but the majority of these kids have no real future in the game as players. Most of them are just getting the hockey bug out of their system and likely have a ‘real’ job waiting for them when they decide to move on. Bring that up to some ‘fans’ and you’ll get chastised (“These boys live and die for your entertainment!”). Regarding the different consequences for different people, a lot of commenters don’t seem to have worked in a boss-employer type business before. Sure, equal consequences for the same offense, regardless of position, is the correct and fair outcome, but we all know different levels of people get different punishment for the same or similar offenses. Some manager takes a 2hr lunch, nobody notices…some phone rep takes an extra 5min on their lunch and they get written up. It’s just the way things go. I will say that Billett's was a bit more severe in the "impact to others" department...he took down power on a major street for hours and prevented people from being able to go about their normal lives while they repaired it, not to mention the cost to the city and other utilities to repair all he screwed up.