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FBMA presents Farragut school zone resolution


It what appeared to be a surprise to most members of the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Farragut Mayor W. Edward (Eddy) Ford III presented Resolution R-06-09 laying out what the town recommends as zoning boundaries for Farragut High School.

After years of “staying the course” and proclaiming the town of Farragut as “not in the school business,” Ford, during the Mayor’s Report portion of the Board’s meeting Thursday, Nov. 9, announced that he was introducing the resolution to the Board.

Ford prefaced his remarks by reading the opening paragraph of the resolution: “A resolution requesting that the Knox County Board of Education honor the desires of citizens of the town of Farragut regarding zoning of students to Farragut High School.”

The Board recessed for five minutes to read the resolution for the first time.

Concluding the recess, Ford said the resolution genesis was intended to “build upon the information that the Knox County Board of Education and the Knox County Schools system staff provided the Farragut community at the [public] meeting held at Farragut High School on [Tuesday,] Oct. third.”

Ford said that at that meeting the Board presented a concept and a series of areas that surrounded FHS.

“They first identified a ‘core’ area,” Ford said, “which would constitute, in their opinion, sixty percent of the population of Farragut High School. And they also said that their goal was to have a maximum student population of eighteen hundred students. In that core area [Interstate 40/75 to the north, Lovell and Canton Hollow roads to the east, the railroad track to the south and Virtue Road, the north-south segment of Smith Road, and the extension of this segment of Smith Road to I-40/75] they said that there would be one thousand sixty students. So, the idea is to start with that as the basic area, for a zone for Farragut High School in the future … .”

Ford said that the “logical” zone for Farragut High School “is the total three seven nine three four ZIP Code plus the Ridgeland subdivision,” making the town-approved core zone the area bounded by I-40/75 north, Lovell and Canton Hollow roads to the east, the railroad tracks to the south and the Loudon County line to the west, which would bring the total number of students in the core area to 1,580.

The proposed area leaves out subdivisions south of the railroad tracks that includes Montgomery Cove, Mallard Bay, developments on Harvey, Choto and Northshore drives, stating that the railroad underpass on Boyd Station Road is unnavigatible by school buses.

The resolution was passed unanimously by the Board.

In other business, the Board passed unanimously a Special Events permit for the annual Baptist Turkey Trot (5k run/1mile fun walk/little gobbler run) sponsored by Baptist Health System Foundation at the Turkey Creek greenway Saturday, Nov. 18.

Unanimously denied an ordinance to amend the text of the Farragut Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 3, Section IV. Open space mixed residential overlay district (OSMR), to add elderly housing as a permitted use.

Passed unanimously an ordinance to amend the text of the Farragut Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 3, section XVI. Regional commercial district, modified C-2-M, to allow outdoor bar areas in restaurants.

Approved a bid for roof replacement on concession stand at Mayor Bob Leonard Park

Approved a bid for athletic field lighting, Fields 5 and 6 at Mayor Bob Leonard Park.

Approved a request to construct a retaining wall in town-owned right of way at the entrance to Cove at Turkey Creek subdivision.

 

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