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FBMA discuss Wi-Fi, street lights, roads

Farragut residents can expect to see many projects in the upcoming quarter and members of the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen discussed those projects during the Board meeting Oct. 26.

One of the items slated for the first fiscal quarter of 2007 is having an outside company come in and redesign the town Web site to make it more user-friendly, but have it set up to allow easy maintenance and updates by town staff.

Town administrator Dan Olson told Board members several companies have been contacted for the project and it is still ongoing.

Farragut Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III asked about the status of a project to add DSL to the town public works department to allow the department to be on the same network with town hall. Olson said TDS and Rodefer Moss are taking a look at the situation to discover the best way to accomplish it.

Town officials expect to replace the plumbing at the restroom in Anchor Park. Sue Stuhl, town Leisure Services director, told Board members this project is slated for winter 2007.

“Our public works guys will be doing this project,” she said. “We chose this time because it’s generally the time of lowest usage.”

Residents can expect to see work begin on construction of an improved bridge at the western end of Turkey Creek Road, possibly as early as January.

Town engineer Darryl Smith said the Board approved a contract with Wilbur Smith Associates in July for the design of the structure. The preliminary plans are complete and permit preparation is underway.

“We’ll probably have to easement for it,” he said.

Vice Mayor Mike Haynes asked Smith if he expected the road to be closed for a few days.

Smith said the project would probably mean that for a few months the road would be closed at the western end.

Town staff are working on a project to enlighten residents on Kingston Pike between Bel Aire Drive and Harrison Road with the installation of street lights. Smith said the town has forwarded a design file to Holophane, the manufacturer of the lights, that would allow the creation of a lighting plan. Once completed, the plans would be forwarded to TDOT for approval.

Assistant Town Administrator Gary Palmer is looking into the possibility of creating a municipally operated Wi-Fi system.

He told the board he had examined possibilities and was looking at the pros and cons of the Wi-Fi process.

“I’ve read a lot of articles on the subject, some for it and some against it,” he said. “I don’t really feel comfortable making a recommendation at this point.”

Ford directed Palmer to purchase five to 10 benches inscribed with the town logo for placement around Farragut inside of a year.

Smith told Board members the Smith Road sidewalk project may soon resume its schedule. The project, he said, ran into delays due to the location of water lines.

“The delays have been due to conflicts with First Utility District water lines,” he said. “They are working on moving those lines and hope to be finished with that soon.”


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