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FBMA talks traffic

The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen announced measures it is taking to meet traffic concerns during its regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 9.

Hickory Woods subdivision resident Harmon Stockhoff, at a previous meeting, complained to the FBMA that the yellow caution lights at the intersection of Smith Road and the Hickory Hollow subdivision entrance shone directly into his house.

Mayor W. Edward Ford III said possible solutions to the matter have been developed. He said in a meeting with Knox County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Ben Harkins and town officials, the staff advised a first step of lowering the wattage of the lights. The current wattage of those caution lights, he said, is 130 watts. The bulbs will be switched for ones with 65 watts to see if it resolves Stockhoff’s concern.

If that doesn’t resolve the issue, Ford said it would be possible for the town to take away one of the lights.

Other residents had spoken previously about their concerns of all the traffic on Grigsby Chapel Road. Town Engineer Darryl Smith told the FBMA members traffic counters had been set out to monitor traffic count on that road. He was hopeful he could have the information ready in time for a future FBMA meeting.

In an unrelated matter, the FBMA presented Project Graduation a check for $1,000. Judy Briody, a representative of the project, said the event for Farragut High School seniors would be May 20 at Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center.

The Board swore in new Municipal Court Judge Jerry Martin, who is replacing outgoing judge Tim Priest. (See related story on Page 1.)

In other business, the FBMA approved the re-assignment of rights of Landstar Development L.L.C. to the Farm at Willow Creek L.L.C. for the Evans Road agreement. Town administrator Dan Olson told the Board Landstar had originally agreed to develop Evans Road. Since the original agreement in 2004, Landstar has sold the subdivision project to the Farm at Willow Creek. The Farm agreed to take responsibility for that agreement.

The Board also adjourned into executive session to discuss recent court decisions on annexation, but took no action when it returned to regular session.


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