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Town projects discussed

The status of ongoing projects was a topic on discussion at the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Thursday, Jan. 25.

Town administrator Dan Olson told Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III one project was to have an outside company redesign the town Web site, which is under way. Local Government Data Processing Corp. prepared a main draft page. The town is working to incorporate photographs of area parks into the site as well as finalizing pulldown menus.

Town staff members are continuing to work with TDS and Rodefer Moss to find a way to add DSL service to the town Public Works department.

Olson said staff had completed work on a project to back-up information and store it off site in the event of an emergency. They also established a backup system for the town server.

Public Works employees, Olson said, were continuing to replace plumbing in the restroom building at Anchor Park as well as installing lights on two soccer fields at Mayor Bob Leonard Park. They recently completed replacement of the concession building roof in that park.

Town engineer Darryl Smith told the Board work is continuing on the installation of street lights on Kingston Pike between Bel Aire Drive and Harrison Road. Plans for the project were submitted to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Once plans are approved, the town can purchase fixtures and Lenoir City Utilities Board would install the lights.

Staff members continue to work on McFee Road Park re-design and construction plans for Phase One. Town staff held its first meeting in January with Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, the company preparing plans for the park.

Assistant town administrator Gary Palmer told the Board staff is still researching methods of storing public records and documents in order to address the issue of storage space in the Community Development Department.

“We’ll maybe have something by late spring on this,” he said.

The Board discontinued its plans into deploying a municipally operated Wi-Fi system after town attorney Tom Hale discovered a state law that stated only companies providing electrical service could deploy such a system.

Palmer said he is continuing to look into the purchase of 10 benches to be placed in public areas around Farragut.

Ford asked Smith about progress on the construction of a sidewalk along the north side of Smith Road from Grigsby Chapel Road to Andover subdivision.

Smith said the process is continuing, but at a slow pace.

“Do we have a problem here Darryl?” Ford asked.

Smith said the contractor, Rich Construction, was granted an 120-day extension to finish the project at a previous meeting, moving the project completion date to March 17.

Ford pushed for the extension at a previous meeting.


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