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FBMA proclaims Constitution Week Sept. 17-23

In a proclamation presented to the National Society for the Daughters of the American Revolution, Farragut Mayor W. Edward Ford III declared Sept. 17-23 Constitution Week for the town of Farragut.

Ford presented the Margaret Kensinger, the Admiral David Farragut, the Andrew Bogle and the Samuel Frazier chapters of DAR with the proclamation at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen Thursday, Sept. 8, at Town Hall.

The proclamation states: whereas DAR “promote[s] knowledge of history and patriotism, therefore, I, Eddy Ford, Mayor of the town of Farragut, do hereby proclaim the week and ask all citizens to reaffirm the ideals the framers of the constitution had in 1787 by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this foundation of our liberties, signed Sept. 8, 2005.”

In the citizens’ forum of the meeting, Vaughn Hickman, a Fordham Way resident, said inspectors for the town of Farragut need to ensure the quality of homes built in the Farragut area.

Hickman cited several problems to his condo, constructed eight years ago, including drainage to his patio, missing insulation and fallen sheet rock.

Hickman said, “I guess my bottom line is, if the town of Farragut is going to have an inspector, then they should hold their feet of the builders to the fire and make sure that these things don’t happen.”

Ford commended Hickman for his presentation.

Ford said, “You have certainly raised our level of awareness regarding the fact that there are still units being constructed and our town administrator will call that to the attention of our inspectors who we are very proud of today. And I imagine we’ll find that it’s not the same group of inspectors that were there eight years ago.”

Moving on to the first reading of the Stormwater Ordinance, the Board unanimously approved the ordinance, 5-0, after noting several word changes made by town attorney Tom Hale.

In describing discharges allowed into the municipal storm sewer system, the ordinance now clarifies that non-profit, fund-raising car washes lasting fewer than two consecutive days and chlorinated pool water, less than three ppms of chlorine, are allowed.

Board members and former Farragut Mayor Robert Leonard expressed concern over the cost to implement the Stormwater Ordinance.

Leonard said many years ago Farragut did not need a tax, and he hopes that remains to be the same.

In other FBMA business,

the Board:

• Unanimously approved the first reading of Ordinance 05-17, ordinance to rezone 11235 West Point Drive, parcel 5, tax map 143HE, located behind Taco Bell, 1.13 acres, from C-1 to O-1.

• Unanimously approved the first reading of Ordinance 05-18, ordinance to rezone parcel 88 and a portion of parcel 89, tax map 151, 104 and 106 S. Hobbs Road, approximately 5.5 acres, from R-2 to C-1.

• Voted 3-2 to accept and endorse the proposed Development Review Committee Report. (See related story on p. 1.)

• Unanimously approved a special events permit for “2005 Baptist Turkey Trot” on Parkside Drive for the Baptist Hospital Foundation. The event will be at 3 p.m., Sunday Nov. 20.

• Unanimously approved a request for directional signs for 2005 Parade of Homes, Cottage Creek. Signs will be up the weekends of Oct. 7, 14 and 21. Signs will not be up during the week.

• Unanimously approved a request to close streets for the Farragut/West Knox Chamber of Commerce Annual 5K Run. A portion of Watt Road will be closed from 7:50 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. for the run on Saturday, Sept. 24.

• Unanimously approved a variance request from the Farragut Municipal Code, Title 16, Chapter 4, Driveways and Other Access Ways, section 16-406, (1)(b) distance between driveways for M & M Development Office, 11235 West Park Drive, parcel 5, tax map 143HE, located behind the Taco Bell, zoned C-1, 1.13 acres.


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