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Edlund campaigns for alderman seat


Robert “Bob” Edlund is a familiar face to those who regularly attend meetings of the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission. Edlund is seeking a slight change of venue and wants to use his experience from FMPC and put it to use as Ward I alderman on the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Edlund is one of three candidates vying for the seat in the upcoming April 10 election.

“I’ve spent four years on the planning commission and I really enjoyed my work there,” he said. I think we’ve done a lot of good things. I want to be involved in the community. That’s a main reason I’m seeking the position. I think I’ll do a good job, too.”

Edlund said his experience on FMPC coupled with his experience dealing with budgets as a senior program manager at Y-12 Security Complex gives him good background to deal with matters that confront FBMA.

“I’ve tried to attend a number of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting over the past few months and try and get a flavor of some of the key issues in the community,” he said.

Edlund said he believes one of the key issues in the community includes growth.

“With increased population comes greater demands on infrastructure,” he said. “I think the town is here to make sure we maintain our standards of

living.”

Many members of the business community have been critical of the town for its sign ordinance and other responses toward development. Edlund said he served as a member of the town Development Process Review Committee and has seen the town reach out to the business community.

“I think [Assistant Town Administrator Gary Palmer] has done a good job of filling in the gaps,” he said. “I think that has helped, but there is always room for improvement.”

Edlund admits the sign ordinance is an issue many have contention about.

“I think we’ve done a pretty good job holding to the standards we’ve set while giving some thought how they could be more flexible, too,” he said. “I think the ordinances are pretty good. I wouldn’t advocate any wholesale change to the ordinance, but rather look at things on a case-by-case basis.”

In terms of the possible rezoning of Farragut students, Edlund said he supports keeping Farragut students in Farragut -area schools.

“Both of my kids went through the Farragut school system,” he said. “That was one of the reasons we moved here years ago.”

Edlund said he and his wife, Anita, moved to Farragut in 1992. A native of the Memphis area, Edlund earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Memphis and went on to earn his master’s in engineering management from the University of Alabama. He has been employed with the U.S. Department of Energy at Oak Ridge since 1992.

 

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