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Town lays out projects, objectives for 2004

Several construction projects and town objectives for the fiscal year 2004 were discussed at last week’s Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.

Many of the projects have been completed, but one objective listed in the Fiscal Year 2004 Work Program could come before the FBMA for approval this month.

That objective is the annexation of commercial tracts on south side of Kingston Pike between Thornton Heights and Canton Hollow Road.

“That area has been identified as potential growth area for the next 20 years,” said Mayor Eddy Ford at the Aug. 21 Farragut Municipal Planning Commission meeting.

Ford made the recommendation during his Mayor’s Report at the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting on Aug. 14 and instructed Town Administrator Dan Olson to prepare a plan for annexing the annexing the tracts.

According to the town’s first quarter status report for the Fiscal Year 2004 Work Program, an annexation study is underway and could be ready for initial presentation to the FBMA at their Oct. 23 meeting.

If the FBMA votes in favor of annexing, the town would have to share some of the tax revenue with Knox County for 15 years.

The county would be entitled to the same level of tax revenue it is currently receiving and Farragut would receive the excess. The move could prove financially beneficial for the town if the property on the corner of Kingston Pike and Canton Hallow Road, the former site of a Food Lion store that closed last year, is redeveloped.

Currently the businesses in that area are grandfathered and are not required to follow Farragut’s development standards, but Ford said “as some leave, and others come in, the town can put its own imprint on them.”

Another issue that will come before the FBMA Oct. 23 is one several residents have raised concerning the need for a traffic light near St. John Neumann Catholic School.

Town Engineer Darryl Smith said he has compiled traffic counts and administered a speed study for that area and will present his findings to the FBMA.

Smith said at the Sept. 11 FBMA meeting that he would like to see “something done there that would help the parents,” but he is unsure the area will meet (various) regulations to install a traffic light.

St. John Neumann, a 300-plus student private school that does not provide student transportation, currently pays a Knox County Sheriff’s Department deputy $30 per day to direct traffic from 7:25 to 8:05 a.m.

Another major project the town anticipates will be completed near the end of this month is the resurfacing of approximately 20 roads.

The construction firm contracted to do the resurfacing, APAC-Tennessee, Inc., is currently milling and replacing curb in Village Green subdivision.

The Campbell Station Road extension could be postponed until February 2004.

Town Engineer Darryl Smith said he and Ford

spoke with a Tennessee Department of Transportat-ion project manager last week and were informed it could be postponed because TDOT is still obtaining environmental permits to allow construction.

Other projects near


•The Campbell Station Park expansion could be completed in November. Rich Construction is currently correcting items on the restroom facilities and performing final grading on the walking trail, Smith said.

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