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Old Stage light eyed


A desire of many Farragut residents may soon come to fruition.

Farragut town engineer Darryl Smith told the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen during the regular meeting Thursday that a traffic signal at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Old Stage Road might become a reality.


Smith told the Board he met with officials from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the town had a “verbal agreement” with TDOT for the placement of a light at that intersection. The process would require the town to contract with a firm to design the traffic signal. That design, along with a letter of recommendation for the project from town mayor [W. Edward “Eddy” Ford] would then be sent to TDOT, who would forward the information to Nashville for final approval.

The board also heard from First Utility District of Knox County interim manager Wayne Watson, who was asking for town assistance in resolving water issues caused by a lack of rain.

Watson told the FBMA there are areas of town the water is not reaching due to a lack of pressure and water volume. Because of excessive use of water, the FUD is putting a water restriction in place on outdoor irrigation systems.

“Our first priority is to deliver drinking water,” Watson said. “The irrigation water is available if we have it, but it is non-essential. Our opinion is that people are over-watering their lawns.”

Watson said FUD is asking customers at even-numbered addresses to water their lawns only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Those at odd-numbered addresses should water lawns on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

“We think if people would take these measures, it would solve our water problems,” Watson said.

In unrelated matters, the FBMA approved the rezoning of a little more than 12 acres on the west side of Concord Road from R-1 OSR to C-1 at the request of owner Anne Ralston despite

staff recommendations to the

contrary.

Community Development director Ruth Hawk told the Board the staff does not recommend approval because of the lack of infrastructure in place to support commercial development in that location.

Charles Van Beak, representing Ralston, told the Board commercial development was the only option due to the property being adjacent to the First Utility District sewage treatment plant. He said now is the time to rezone in order to give Ralston time to get things in order so her development of the property could coincide with the planned improvements to Concord Road, which are not expected to be developed for several years.

In other business, Gary Schmitz, chairman of the town Personnel Committee, recommended a pay increase for town administrator Dan Olson. He said the committee recommended an annual auto allowance increase from $4,200 per year to $6,000 per year.

Schmitz said the committee recommended, based on evaluations from the individual members of the FBMA, that Olson be given a 3.5 percent salary increase. His annual salary would increase from $102,261 to $105,840.

 

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