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FBMA sets aside funds for golf tourney


The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved spending $6,000 for sponsorship of the Knoxville Open golf tournament at its regularly scheduled meeting, Thursday, Feb. 10.

Dan Olson, town administrator, recommended approval of sponsorship for the annual Professional Golfers’ Association of America’s Nationwide Tour tournament to be held at Fox Den Country Club June 13-19.


Olson said, “We have been a sponsor for the last six years, since the tournament relocated to Fox Den. We have budgeted six thousand dollars to sponsor bleachers at the eighteenth green.”

Jim Clayton, immediate past president of the Knoxville Open, said, “This is the sixteenth year of the tournament, and the seventh year back at Fox Den. It’s the oldest tournament on the Nationwide Tour. In the past fifteen years, we have raised in excess of two million dollars for what is now the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley.”

Farragut Mayor Eddy Ford said, “We anticipate a crowd of about forty-five thousand during the week that will patronize our thirty-five restaurants, six motels and twenty-one churches as well as other businesses. It will be a benefit to our community. It will also be showcasing the newly renovated golf course at Fox Den.”

Clayton said, “It is a well-respected, highly regarded, well-run tournament. It is a very popular destination, one of the best tournaments on the nationwide tour. We expect to have about one hundred and fifty golfers participate.” He added, “The joint effort of the volunteers, tournament staff and community is the reason it is so highly regarded, and I appreciate the opportunity to hold it in Farragut.”

In other news, Ford issued a proclamation that the town of Farragut will celebrate National Education Association’s “Read Across America,” a national celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday March 2 that promotes reading and adult involvement in the education of the community’s students.

He said, “the FBMA calls on the citizens of Farragut to assure that every child is in a safe place reading together with a caring adult” on that date. He added, “As mayor I enthusiastically endorse NEA’s Read Across America and recommit our community to engage in programs and activities to make America’s children the best readers in the world.”

The Board voted on second reading:

• To unanimously approve Ordinance 05-01 Farragut Zoning Ordinance, a request by Benchmark Associates, Inc., to amend Ordinance 86-16, rezoning a portion of Parcel 59.06 and a portion of Parcel 59, Tax Map 152, located on the north side of Turkey Creek Road across from Anchor Park and adjacent to the walking trail, 9.243 Acres, from R-1 Rural Residential District to R-4 Attached Single-Family Residential District.

• To unanimously approve Ordinance 05-02 Farragut Zoning Ordinance, a request by Benchmark Associates, Inc., Ordinance 86-16 by rezoning a portion of Parcel 59, Tax Map 152, located at the end of Finch and Bobolink Roads, Audubon Hills Subdivision, 15.948 Acres, from R-2 General Single-Family Residential District to R-4 Attached Single-Family Resi-dential District.

The Board voted

on first reading:

• To unanimously defer consideration until the next meeting Ordinance 05-02 to amend Title 13, Property Maintenance Regulations, by adding Chapter 2, Blighted or Deteriorated Property, of the Farragut Municipal Code.

• To unanimously defer consideration until the next meeting Ordinance 05-05 to amend Title 12, Building, Utility, Etc. Codes, by amending Chapter 12, Plumbing and Gas/Mechanical Licensing Requirements, of the Farragut Municipal Code.

Under new business, the Board:

• Voted unanimously to approve an additional $1,900 to Benchmark Associates, Inc. and an additional $6,200 to Fulghum, Macindoe & Associates, Inc. for engineering design services for Fretz Road improvements. The Board also voted unanimously to approve a proposal for construction costs of $17,500 to the developers for costs of a retaining wall, railing and sidewalks running south of Lanesborough Apartments to the entrance of Chapel Glen subdivision.

 

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