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Mayor, Board to discuss fire hall purchase

Farragut staff members may have some extra breathing room in the near future.

Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen members are scheduled to look at a possible arrangement to purchase the Rural Metro building, 160 N. Campbell Station Road, and then lease it back to the department at the FBMA scheduled meeting Thursday, Feb. 22.

“I don’t know who approached who with the idea,” Rural Metro Chief Jerry Harnish said. “We have a whole floor available to them if they need it.”

Harnish said Rural Metro isn’t using part of the first floor nor the entire second floor of the building and is offering the space for town use.

Harnish said this wasn’t a way for the company to avoid paying taxes and upkeep on the building.

“Generally, those things are figured into a long-term lease with municipalities,” he said. “We know they need space and have some to offer them.

Farragut Assistant Town Administrator Gary Palmer said staff went out and looked at the building to gather information for the board, but were not tasked with making a recommendation either for or against the purchase.

Palmer said there is about 5,032 square feet of useable floor space on the upper level of the building and around 2,000 square feet gross floor area on the lower level.

“This would certainly relieve some of our storage/office problems in Town Hall,” he said.  “However, there would have to be some significant improvements to the parking lot and building prior to being open to the public.”

In a Jan. 9 memorandum to the Board, Palmer said an engineering report determined the building was built on “inconsistent fill material and has noticeable steeling problems.

“These problems include several cracks inside and outside of the facility, roof damage, water damage, and parking lot failures,” he said.

An engineering report showed pinning the building to the underlying bedrock should alleviate the problem.

Cost for the facility could run high. The memorandum estimates cost of the building itself could run about $925,000. Foundation repair estimates could be bet-

ween $60,000 to $80,000 with roof repair estimates running between $75,000 and



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