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FBMA addresses Fox Run erosion issue
Town staff, administrator get 4 percent pay raises


The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting was for the most part a redux of the previous week’s meeting of the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission, as Fox Run subdivision resident Gary Bishop brought to the Board’s attention damage the area sustained during recent heavy rains.

Joining Bishop ( see farragutpress July 8 issue ) at the board meeting, which was held at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 8, at the Town Hall, was Fox Run resident Debbie Moye. Moye said her yard and fence has been continuously damaged over the past year from silt runoff caused by rains in the area.

Moye produced several letters from the town assuring her that the drainage problems in the subdivision had been addressed by town staff and corrected.


Moye said, “It started in July of last year. I contacted the town of Farragut about erosion control and the lack of silt fences and so forth. My letter writing to the town of Farragut began last July. I have been a resident in this home for four years … this began with all of the silt coming down last July.

Farragut Mayor Eddy Ford quizzed Town Administrator Dan Olson as to the status of the Fox Run situation.

Olson deferred to town engineer Darryl Smith who said, “It goes without saying, yes, we are very aware of the problems that have been going on in Fox Run.”

Smith added that the Fox Run subdivision is an area still under construction and that there are times that contractors do not keep silt fences up.

Smith said, “I do recall having some reservations about the drainage system, the way it was designed, back when we went over the concept plan. … At this time, we have informed the developer, he’s well aware that they are to come up with a better plan of action, something that we know will work.”

Ford followed by asking Olson if the town public works had followed up and cleaned out the drains.

Public works director Bud McKelvey, answering for Olson, said that at the time of the last rain, the mud was “too soupy” to get up and the crew could do nothing but “push it around. We decided that it was still raining and we would wait until the next day. … We have not been in anybody’s yard or in any of the culverts.”

Smith added that the home builders and the developers should be required to clean out the drains. “They’re the ones that allowed the silt to enter them.”

McKelvey added that the town would need equipment that it doesn’t have to clean out the drains.

Ford asked if the town could get the equipment and get started on this in a 24-hour period and bill the expense to the builders.

Moye added that with the exception of McKelvey, she has seen no one from the town out in response to her letters and that no one has made an effort to clean up her back yard that contains a large quantity of silt runoff and mud.

Town attorney Tom Hale suggested to the Fox Run delegation that a “multi-pronged attack” might be more effective that just “relying on the town ordinances.”

Ford added that the town auditorium was full of attorneys and the group might be contacted by one of them. Ford also assured the group that the town was “moving in the direction” of rectifying the situation.

In new business the Board voted unanimously to increase salary ranges of town staff employees as recommended by the town’s Personnel Committee. The Board also voted unanimously to increase the town administrator’s salary to $100,256.

The Board voted unanimously to deny a request by attorney John King, who is representing Schaad properties and Steve Bethel, for a cost sharing arrangement on Turkey Creek Road, which would cap the builders’ contribution at $175,000.

The Board voted 4-1 to accept a cost sharing arrangement on Evans Road made by Thomas Hale on behalf of Landstar Development, LLC, which would cap the town’s contribution at $150,000.

The Board also approved:

• A Proposed Work Program for FY 2005.

• A Request for Special Events Permit for “The House of Dreams,” located in Vista subdivision, Baptist Health System Foundation, Betsy Johnson, applicant.

• Resolution R-04-06, A Resolution Adopting A Plan of Services for the Annexation of Territory in the Concord Road Urban Growth Boundary into the Corporate Limits of the town of Farragut, Tennessee; Parcel 010, Tax Map 153BA; Parcels 001, 002, and 003, Tax Map 153BB; Parcels 037.05; 037.06, and 039; Tax Map 153; and a portion of Parcel 037.03, Tax Map 153, that is located on the east side of Concord Road.

Earlier in the evening, during the public hearing session, there was no public comment on Resolution R-04-06, A Resolution Adopting A Plan of Services for the Annexation of Territory in the Concord Road Urban Growth Boundary into the Corporate Limits of the Town of Farragut, Tennessee; Parcel 010, Tax Map 153BA; Parcels 001, 002, and 003, Tax Map 153BB; Parcels 037.05; 037.06, and 039; Tax Map 153; and a portion of Parcel 037.03, Tax Map 153, that is located on the east side of Concord Road.

There also was no public comment on a request by Myers Brothers Holding, Ordinance 04-23, amendment to Ordinance 86-16, Farragut Zoning Ordinance, as amended, to rezone a portion of Parcels 63, 63.02, and 63.03, Tax Map 151, from R-2, General Single-Family Residential District, to C-1, General Commercial District, approximately four acres; located on the south side of Kingston Pike, west of Way Station Trail adjacent to Old Stage Hills Subdivision.

The Board unanimously passed on second reading, 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; requested by Callaway’s Landing, LLC.

The Board unanimously passed on first reading a request by Myers Brothers Holdings, Ordinance 04-23, amendment to Ordinance 86-16, Farragut Zoning Ordinance, as amended, to rezone a portion of Parcels 63, 63.02, and 63.03, Tax Map 151, from R-2, General Single-Family Residential District, to C-1, General Commercial District, approximately four acres; located on the south side of Kingston Pike, west of Way Station Trail adjacent to Old Stage Hills Subdivision.

The Board voted to defer until July 22 a vote on, Ordinance 04-19, an ordinance to annex certain territory lying contiguous to the boundary of the town of Farragut; Parcel 010, Tax Map 153BA; Parcels 001, 002, and 003, Tax Map 153BB; Parcels 037.05; 037.06, and 039; Tax Map 153; and a portion of Parcel 037.03, Tax Map 153, that is located on the east side of Concord Road.

The Board meeting closed with the town Administrator’s Report, Engineer’s Report, Recorder’s Report and Attorney’s Report.

 

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