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• Weigel’s is currently scheduled to go before the [Farragut Municipal Planning Commis-sion] again on May 18 in order to press their request for a new Weigel’s superstore at the corner of Kingston Pike and Smith Road. This is the same proposal that was shot down last year, yet here they are again without having made any attempts to resolve the safety issues associated with this project. And I would like to encourage the citizens of Farragut to talk to their aldermen and get this thing stopped before someone gets killed at the intersection. This is dangerous proposal that’s being put out there, and why Weigel’s does not care about the safety of the residents of Farragut is beyond me.

• I live in Farragut and, I’m sure it’s already been addressed, but I would like to point out that the light at Campbell Station Road and the new extension road to Concord [Road] in Farragut, that light is so very short on the direction headed from the post office to Campbell Station. Only three or four cars are able to get through. So, it would be really helpful if that light could be changed, to be longer.

• There is a very simple, and I believe reasonable way, to fix the problem where the intersection of Concord comes into North-shore. It’s called a three-way stop sign instead of a four-way. There are four-way stop signs all over Knox County, the traffic flows, it works beautifully. A three-way stop sign would eliminate traffic accidents and solve the problem.

• Farragut’s signage ordinance is up for sale. The [Farragut] Board of Mayor and Aldermen is considering a request by Gander Mountain to, in essence, give away the house. Gander is asking for a gigantic sign facing the Interstate, along with numerous other signs. In addition to making absolutely no sense, as people on the Interstate aren’t going to be reading signs located that far off of the Interstate, there is the precedent of saying small businesses play by a certain set of rules, and the town will exempt larger businesses who promise more sales tax dollars to the town’s coffers. So, Mr. Mayor and Aldermen, are you saying our town’s sign ordinance is up for sale? Contact the Board of Mayor and Aldermen today and urge them to vote no on this waver of the signage ordinance for one particular business. It’s not fair and it’s not good business.

• I’d like to say that the people complaining in the presstalk about traffic on Concord Road should wait until they finish the whole project and open all the lanes and get the lights coordinated, and then if it doesn’t work right, we should complain [to] Farragut or the state or whoever did it. But in the meantime, let’s give ’em a chance to get the road finished and opened before we complain about the traffic that’s on it. It’s under construction now, and construction always messes up traffic patterns. So let’s just see what it’s like after they get through with it.


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