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Concord reader opposes roundabout, Rosseel clarifies

FBMA vote

I have read with interest the current farragutpress front-page article headlined “Concord Road signal nixed.”

The intersection involved carries vastly increasing volumes of traffic reflecting huge development of upscale, high-tax-income homes in the area. These new citizens, and existing residents, deserve some relief from the potentially fatal traffic conditions at Concord Road and Northshore Drive. In fact, we have already paid handsomely.

The traffic circle plan appears to resemble those that appeared in New England back in Model T Ford days. As automotive technology advanced, the circles became obsolete.

The need for relief is now. Surely, we can afford the expense of STOP signs and enforcement.

I thank the farragutpress for bringing this important matter to our attention.

John P. Ascher


Rosseel clarifies FBMA vote

I was very surprised to read in your report on the Oct. 13 Farragut Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting in today’s (Oct. 20) farragutpress that “in follow-up to the Development Review Process Evaluation Committee Report, the Board unanimously agreed, 5-0, to create an exempt position for an associate town administrator who will report to Olson.”

As [your reporter] may recall, I stated during the discussion of that motion that I supported hiring an additional engineer and community development staff members instead of creating the ATA; and for that reason, I voted against creating the ATA position.

I did approve of the job description following the Board’s 4-1 vote after obtaining a change in the wording such that instead of the description stating that the ATA will facilitate and resolve conflicts between staff and the developers — in an attempt to expedite the process, the ATA will facilitate and attempt to resolve conflicts between developers and staff. In my opinion, an opportunity for mischief could occur if pressure to ensure the resolution of all issues and thus the success of a politically connected development is ratcheted up on the ATA.

I would be happy to discuss this with you so as to clarify the discussion and would hope you could make a correction in the next edition following our discussion.


Tom Rosseel



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