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FBMA talks traffic lights


The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen discussed the possibility of a new signal light to be placed at the intersection of the Campbell Station Road extension and Municipal Center Drive during the Thursday regular meeting.

Town engineer Darryl Smith told the Board that Renfro Construction, the company building the Campbell Station Road extension, decided to keep the road open.

“I thought they were going to have a grand-opening in June,” said Alderman Dot LaMarche.

“They were, but they decided they have enough room to do the work and allow the traffic to flow around them,” Smith said.

Smith said the traffic lights at the intersection of the Campbell Station Road extension and Concord Road, as well as the Concord Road and Kingston Pike intersection, need some adjustment.

“The intersections that are signalized are not functioning very well,” he said. “We’ve talked to Wilbur Smith about them.”

As a result of talking with Wilbur Smith about dealing with the lights, Smith said the town discovered the traffic count for the intersection of Campbell Station Road extension and Municipal Center Drive.

“We are requesting a change order to install a signal light at Municipal Center Drive,” Smith said.

In other business, town Administrator Dan Olson informed the Board that Gary Palmer, recently recruited by the town to become the assistant town administrator, has purchased a home in the Village Green subdivision and should be ready to start the new position effective May 1.

Palmer, an Ohio native, recently served as the director of the community development department in Garden City, Mich. He held that position since 2001.

Palmer said he visited this area when he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and applied for the position when it became available.

Palmer earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toledo in 1996 and earned his Master of Public Administration degree in 2005.

In unrelated matters, the Board approved the second reading of an amendment to the Farragut Zoning Ordinance. Community Development Director Ruth Hawk told the Board this was a minor housekeeping amendment that requires the site plan preparer to certify that the submitted site plan includes and addresses all items identified in the application checklist.

The Board approved the first reading of an ordinance to close Four Seasons Lane at South Monticello. Hawk said the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission had previously approved the amendment, subject to a plat being recording, establishing an easement for the Knoxville Utility Board and access to the easement.

 

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