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Board nixes sign ordinance change
Speed sign on Turkey Creek Road decision deferred to December meeting

The town of Farragut’s strict sign ordinance was again challenged during the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Thursday, Nov. 11.

The issue was brought before the Board on first reading as a request from representatives of the Harriman Oil Company who sought to have the ordinance changed so the company’s newly erected sign at its Dixie Lee Junction location would not have to come into compliance with town ordinances.

The company specifically asked that “the sign face on a nonconforming sign to be replaced without such sign being required to be brought into compliance with the existing sign ordinance provisions.”

Arguing for Harriman Oil Company, John Browder, chief manager and owner of the oil company, said, “I’m here to plead my case. … [We are] unique in that changes were mandated from Shell Oil Company. If I had my way [the sign] would have been left alone.”

Browder added that he felt that the businesses on Campbell Station Road had an inequitable advantage since the ordinances governing their signage were different than those for the rest of the community.

Ruth Hawk, community development director for the town, said, “This is an integral part of the sign ordinance … when it was rewritten in 1998 it was spelled out specifically that when signs are changed out they have to be brought into compliance.”

Hawk added that the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission had voted to deny the request.

The Board followed suit and voted unanimously (4-0) to deny the Harriman Oil Company request.

In other business, town engineer Darryl Smith reported his findings concerning traffic speed on Turkey Creek Road.

“At the last Board meeting,” Smith said, “staff was requested to consider additional signage at the intersection of Turkey Creek Road and Redmill Lane, with the possibility of installation of an automated “vehicles entering roadway” sign for westbound Turkey Creek motorists as they approach Redmill Lane.”

Smith added, [Based on traffic study] “the speed on Turkey Creek Road is forty miles-per-hour, as it was designed. … I don’t feel [the speed] represents a significant speeding problem.”

Smith pointed out that the speed near Anchor Park was significantly higher (51-52 miles-per-hour) and “appears to be a more significant problem and should require more enforcement.”

Smith said that it would cost the town approximately $7,000 to have an automated sign installed on Turkey Creek Road.

Vice Mayor Mike Haynes requested the Board defer the matter until its December meeting so that pictures could be presented of what the sign might look like and examples of existing signs in use might be observed.

The Board agreed to defer.

In New Business, the Board voted:

• Unanimously (4-0) to approve covenants for construction and permanent maintenance of storm water facilities and interlocal agreement with respect to the Cove at Turkey Creek.

• Unanimously to approve Contract 2005-06, Roof Replacement at Anchor Park Restroom.

• Unanimously to approve four separate variances in order to approve a request presented by Myers Brothers Holdings for access to the Renaissance Farragut office and retail center to be constructed on the south side of Kingston Pike east of Way Station Trail, Zoned C-1 and O-1, 20.971 acres, for access to Kingston Pike, classified as Major Arterial on the Major Road Plan, the Farragut Municipal Code, Title 16, Chapter 4, Driveways and Other Access Ways.


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