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Residents speak out at FBMA

The ongoing frustration between Farragut residents and tree-cutting efforts from the Lenoir City Utilities Board was an item of concern during the Jan. 11 meeting of the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Resident Laurette Moran sought help from the Board in dealing with frustrations she has with LCUB as it cuts trees in its easement behind her home.

“I really don’t have a clue what’s going to happen,” she said. “I can’t get any answers from them [LCUB]. I have talked to Mitch Ledbetter and Mister [Fred] Nelson and things don’t add up.”

Moran said she is frustrated because she can’t get any answers from LCUB about what type of poles would be installed along a power line in the easement near her home as well as answers to when the company would pick up the remains of trees it has already cut.

“One of the things we tried to make sure people understood was that L-C-U-B has an easement that allows them to work in that easement,” said Tom Hale, town attorney. “They have a right to clear that easement.”

Hale told Moran while LCUB is cutting, there is bound to be a period where some cut trees and other detritus remains on a property until the tree-cutting company picks it up.

Moran requested the town help set up meetings with Nelson, LCUB general manager, and possibly have Tom Hale attend these meetings.

“We cannot represent every property owner in town nor attend every meeting L-CUB has with property owners,” Hale said.

Alderman Tom Rosseel told Moran and another homeowner, Jeanne Diedrick, the chief complaint the town has had with LCUB is communication. He said the town has been asking for meetings with the company since October.

Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III directed Hale to try and communicate with LCUB.

In other business, the town heard a second reading of several ordinances. These include:

• An ordinance to modify sign requirements for churches and other places of worship at the request of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, applicant.

• An amendment to the sign ordinance to allow a free-standing notification sign where a subdivision has a permanent subdivision sign at its egress point at the request of Sedgefield Homeowners Association, applicant.


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