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Town of Farragut petitions USPS for ZIP code again


The town of Farragut will again appeal to the U.S. Postal Service to get the town its own ZIP code, the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen announced during its regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 26.

“I’ve had several citizens suggest that the time has come that the town get its own ZIP code,” said Mayor Eddy Ford at last week’s FBMA meeting.

The FBMA voted unanimously last week to submit a request for its own ZIP code.


Ford said the town “meets the demographics for such a request.”

The town currently makes up 35 percent of the population in the 37922 ZIP code, which has the largest population base of all Knox County codes, Ford said.

“We would rank nineteenth if we had our own code,” the mayor added.

Ford said the town’s population should not keep them from getting their own five-digit code. According to the 2000 census, the town had a population of nearly 18,000. Ford estimated it to be around 20,000 today.

According to the resolution, the FBMA is making the request because the lack of a separate ZIP code results in loss of sales, income and other tax revenues.

“The revenue part of it is very important,” said Alderman Connie Rutenber.

Under the current ZIP code, she added, there is not an efficient way of tracking tax revenue.

The FBMA also contends it causes confusion for citizens who want to purchase and sell homes within the town and problems with mail delivery and confusion concerning addresses.

“There is quite a bit of justification for such a request,” Ford said.

Vice Mayor Mike Haynes said the town has requested its own ZIP code before and been denied.

“We’ve asked several times through the years,” he said.

Haynes said he is confident the town has a good chance of receiving its own ZIP code now due to different considerations by the U.S. Postal Service.

“Now there is consideration that the community wants its own identity,” he said. “I’m encouraged that it’s a recognized concern. I think we have a good opportunity now.”

The FBMA will send a three-page application with its justification for a Farragut ZIP code to the USPS.

“Once we submit the request, the post office looks at it to see if it’s feasible,” Ford said.

“The first step is to ask them to see what impact it would have on their delivery,” Haynes said.

A survey will also be sent out to citizens who live within the requested change area.

“If the post office gets a negative response the issue is dead,” Ford said. “If it is not opposed the post office will look at how it will effect their service.”

If it is opposed, the town can appeal the denial, he added.



FBMA MOVES ONE STEP CLOSER TO TELEVISING MEETINGS



By a unanimous vote the board accepted a bid from Knoxville-based EEAV, Inc., for $40,377.54 to purchase and install new audio equipment and basic equipment for televising meetings from the town’s board room.

In addition to the base bid, EEAV recommended replacement of the town’s projection and recording systems and video recorder. An additional projector and screen was also recommended to allow member of the FBMA and Farragut Municipal Planning Commission to view the projected pictures.

The additional items would cost $16, 464, bumping the total price tag up to $56,841.54.

The FBMA did not vote to purchase the additional equipment, but Town Administrator Dan Olson said the items could come before the board again if they are warranted.

Once the equipment is installed, an EEAV representative will train a staff person to operate the equipment. The meetings would be broadcast by the Charter Communications cable company on channel No. 3.

In other business:

• The FBMA voted unanimously on second reading to rezone more than 14 acres on the north side of Old Stage Road between South Hobbs Road and Triple Crown Boulevard from R-1 to R-1, OSR.

• The FBMA voted unanimously on first reading to rezone 12 acres on the north side of Allen Kirby Road approximately 700 feet east of the Knox/Loudon County line from agricultural to R-1, OSR.

• The FBMA voted unanimously on first reading to rezone approximately 318 acres, 515 McFee Road, the McFee Farm, from R-2 to R-1, OSR.

• The FBMA voted unanimously on first reading to delete all references to retaining walls, and Chapter 4, General Provisions and Exceptions, Section 1, Accessory Structures, to add requirements for retaining walls taller than three feet be submitted to the town’s engineering department for approval.

• The FBMA voted unanimously on first reading to amend the Farragut Municipal Code to require that existing nonpublic streets be constructed to standards set by the regulations of the town as a prerequisite to acceptance by the town.

• A change order request of $188,661.06 by Renfro Construction for improvements to McFee Road was approved unanimously by the FBMA. The additional money was for overruns and additional items such as base stone, asphalt, undercutting unsuitable soils and additional regrading of slopes at homeowners’ request, rip-rap and concrete. The additional items bumped the contract up to $1,156,972.16.

• A change order request for $35,610.39 for additional items on the Concord Sidewalk Project were approved unanimously by the FBMA. The money was for additional bedding material for the installed storm drainage system, an additional retaining wall and concrete quantities. The change order bumped the contract up to $344,169.44.

• A change order request of $2,373.10 for the restroom and storage facility at Mayor Bob Leonard Park was approved unanimously by the FBMA. The additional costs were to install a firewall between the restrooms and storage room and staining the specified colored block to a natural gray color.

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