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FBMA addresses sign removal text

The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a text amendment during its Thursday, Jan. 12, regular meeting.

The first ordinance approved by the board was an ordinance to amend the text of the Farragut Municipal Code to require the installation and removal of signs to comply with all adopted building and fire codes.

Farragut Community Development Director Ruth Hawk told commissioners this change was due to a recent situation with an abandoned electrical sign transformer that started a fire. The ordinance ensures that all sign removal “shall be in compliance with all building and fire codes adopted by the town.”

The board also approved an ordinance that adds retaining wall requirements for attached single-family residential developments.

Hawk told Board members this ordinance came about as a result of issues dealing with the Chapel Grove development on Grigsby Chapel Road.

“When the Chapel Grove preliminary plat was discussed, the retaining wall setback requirements were also discussed,” she said.

The current retaining walls, she said, are to be set back 10 feet from property lines.

Hawk said the concern was town regulations were contradictory because some retaining walls were allowed to be constructed within the right-of-way, but others required retaining walls to be set back from property lines. The latter was due to the fact that while a retaining wall may be on a property line, the footers of the wall would extend into a neighbors property.

Hawk said if a retaining wall is located on an easement, it can be removed for utility work, but it will be replaced at the property owner’s expense. If the wall is in the right-of-way and has to be moved for utility work, it is the town’s responsibility to replace it.

The ordinance the board passed Thursday protects individual property owners . It allows retaining walls to be built within easements if they are part of the original design and if they need to be removed for utility work, then the homeowner’s association is responsible.

Town Administrator Dan Olson told the board members TDS Telecom is “making good progress on their construction” work to bring Cable television to Farragut. The company had originally intended to bring Cable service to the area in phases.

Olson said they now plan to be able to offer customers package services within the next 18 months.


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