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FBMA grants TDS cable rights


The town of Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen moved one step closer to providing town residents with a choice in cable television providers during its final meeting in fiscal year 2004.

Jerry Parkerson, TDS Telecom general manager, presented the board with the telephone company’s proposal as a 15 year agreement with a 15 year renewal option (see farragutpress June 17).

Commissioner Joel Garber questioned Parkerson about TDS’s experience with the cable television business.

Parkerson replied that the company did not at this time have any systems up and running in the country, but was quickly corrected by Byron Works, TDS Telecom vice president of corporate works, who said, “We have one system located in rural Indiana and another outside of Manchester, New Hampshire. Both are relatively small systems that were put into place roughly fifteen or more years ago and were acquired by TDS Telecom.”


Garber questioned Parkerson of TDS Telecom’s plans to extend outside the boundaries of Farragut.

Parkerson said, “As we start to deploy our fiber technology inside the town of Farragut, one would assume that we would take a portion of the fiber outside the confines of the town of Farragut. However, today we have no plans to deploy video outside until the town of Farragut is operational and doing well. We want to focus solely on making the town of Farragut the best it can be before we expand out.”

Parkerson added that TDS had not applied for any other franchise agreements in Knox County and that network technicians had not yet determined where TDS Telecom satellite receivers would be located.

Commissioner Constance Rutenber questioned the renewal agreement between the town and the existing cable provider, Charter Cable.

Tom administrator Dan Olson that the renewal was the same and that Charter came before the town when it acquired the cable franchise in Farragut from InterMedia.

Mayor Eddy Ford said, “Would I be correct to characterize this initiative as you placing your faith in what is truly a outstanding premier residential area that is growing, and this is (TDS Telecom’s) first introduction into this area, magnitude of commitment of service and it seems like an ideal match between your company and our evolving community.”

Town attorney Tom Hale said concerning the agreement, “As I have discussed with the board before … according to state law we are not permitted to place a more favorable agreement to that second franchise or less burdensome agreement to that second franchise than that we have with the existing franchise. It has to be on balance … this agreement is almost identical.”

Olson recommended that the board approve the agreement.

The board unanimously approved a motion to approve the franchise agreement authorizing the mayor to execute on behalf of the town.

The town for the most part quashed a lawsuit between the town of Farragut and local developers Buddy White and Jeff Jaccard by unanimously approving on first reading a request by Myers Brothers Holdings Ordinance 04-22, an amendment to Ordinance 86-16, Farragut Zoning Ordinance, as amended, to rezone Parcel 89.01, Tax Map 151, from R-2, General Single-Family Residential District, to O-1, Office District, 5 acres; located at the end of Deadwood Road, adjacent to Old Stage Hills subdivision.

With the acquisition of the land, Myers Brothers Holdings plan to close the Deadwood Road access to the parcel and to provide access to the business area via Kingston Pike.

The board approved the request pending the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission stipulation that the plat be recorded prior to the second reading.

The board unanimously approved on first reading a request by Callaway’s Landing, LLC, Ordinance 04-20, amendment to Ordinance 86-16, Farragut Zoning Ordinance, as amended, to rezone Parcel 37.04, Tax Map 153, from A, Agriculture District, to R-1, Rural Residential District, and OSR, Open Space Residential Overlay District; 12.303 acres; Callaway’s Landing, located on the west side of Concord Road just north of the First Utility District driveway.

The board unanimously approved on second reading a request by Site, Inc., Ordinance 04-18, amendment to Ordinance 86-16, Farragut Zoning Ordinance, as amended, to rezone Parcel 9, Tax Map 142DA, from R-2, General Single-Family Residential District, to R-1, Rural Residential District and OSR, Open Space Residential Overlay District; 33.95 acres; known as the Matthews property, bounded by Stonecrest, Farragut View, Woodland Trace, and Sweet Briar subdivisions.

The board approved unanimously Ordinance 04-21, FY2005 Budget.

During the town Administra-tor’s Report, Olson told the board that he had been notified as of June 24, the $5.7 million bid that had been let to Renfro Construction Company June 11 for the Campbell Station Road extension project had been revised by TDOT to $5.6 million. Olson said that the town had authorized transferring $1.2 million to TDOT on June 8 and that amount now was $908,548.60, a savings to the town of roughly $300,000.

In other business, Olson recommended to the town that signs be placed at each entrance to the town marking the accomplishments of the Farragut High School baseball and soccer teams for repeating as state champions.

Mayor Ford agreed with the placing of the signs with the stipulation that they remain for only two years.

In other business:

The board approved the Fire, Emergency and Environmen-tal/Hazardous Materials Res-ponse Franchise Agreement with Rural/Metro of Tennessee LP.

The board approved an agreement with Rural/Metro for Fire Prevention and Public Fire Education Services. The agreement extends the role of Dan Johnson as town fire marshal.

The board approved a commercial access to Concord Road, located on the east side of Concord Road between Loop Road and First Utility District Access Drive.

The board approved a Residential Access Variance at 11221 Sonja Dr.

The board approved a bid by SeTel for an $18,531 upgrade to the telephone system at the Farragut Town Hall.

The board approved a bid by J.G. Mullins Construction for town road maintenance.

The board approved a bid by Volunteer Highway Supply for the installation of pavement markings.

The board approved a bid by Tennessee Guardrail for annual guardrail maintenance.

The board approved a bid by Progression Electric for annual signal maintenance.

The board approved the appointment of former town attorney Dave Rogers to the Farragut Board of Zoning Appeals.

 

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