Hamilton County fines Red Wolves owners for beginning stadium construction early

Photo from Hamilton Co.'s violation notice to Red Wolves owners, saying work had begun on the stadium project in East Ridge without obtaining a proper permit.

UPDATE (August 21):

The Chattanooga Red Wolves' out-of-state owners have paid a fine for beginning construction early on the new East Ridge soccer stadium, Hamilton County Communications Manager Mike Dunne said Wednesday.

Dunne says the county's water quality department is in the process of reviewing the Red Wolves' application.

PREVIOUSLY (August 16):

Hamilton County has fined the owners of the Chattanooga Red Wolves for beginning construction on its stadium in East Ridge early, in violation of regulations.

That comes a week after the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation notified owners they were in violation of state regulations. Read more about that here.

Hamilton County fined Red Wolves' out-of-state owners $285 for Land Disturbing Activities without Obtaining Necessary Land Disturbing Permit, and said erosion and sediment controls must be installed to prevent future violations.

Red Wolves owners have 7 days to acknowledge they received the violation notice.

City leaders in East Ridge broke ground for the new stadium on July 9th.

Last week, Hamilton County told NewsChannel 9 that the county's water quality department was investigating the matter after learning of the TDEC violation. This violation notice is a result of that investigation.

NewsChannel 9 went to East Ridge City Hall to speak with city managers about the stadium's construction hiccup. East Ridge’s city manager, Chris Dorsey, said the city has a limited role with the project.

“This is an issue between the Red Wolves, the engineer, and the state,” he said.

Depend on us to keep you posted on this developing story.

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