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FBMA swears in Williams, LaMarche


The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen welcomed a new member to its ranks during its meeting April 26.

Municipal Judge Jerry Martin administered the swearing in ceremony for Dr. John Williams, who replaces outgoing Alderman Joel Garber in the Ward I seat. Williams took the oath of office with his wife and children in attendance, then took his seat on the Board.

Martin then administered the oath to Alderman Mary Dorothy “Dot” LaMarche, who ran unopposed for her seat.

The Board then attended to the business of voting Mike Haynes to resume his position as vice mayor. LaMarche was voted to replace Garber’s position on

the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission.

In other business, town administrator Dan Olson updated the Board on the status of several work projects.

One of those projects was to have an outside firm redesign the town Web site to be more user friendly. Olson said Local Government Data Processing Corp. has prepared a draft of the main page and town staff has incorporated photos of the parks to be used on the Web site. The project is expected to be completed by the end of June.

Plumbing repairs have been completed to the restroom building at Anchor Park and athletic lights have been installed on two soccer fields at Mayor Bob Leonard Park, he said.

Olson said Mark McKinnon Construction is continuing its work on the bridge at the western end of Turkey Creek Road. The company is working steadily and the project is expected to be completed in August.

“We’ve been really pleased with the progress they have been making,” he said.

Olson said the town has ordered benches with the town logo on them to be installed around town. Site selection for the benches could take place at a later date with installation likely sometime during the

summer.

Olson discussed the status of several construction projects that are in various stages of

completion.

Final right of way plans for improvements to Campbell Station Road between Grigsby chapel Road and Jamestowne Boulevard are expected to be issued in early May. A bid date for the project is expected in the spring of 2008, he said.

Olson said the town is moving ahead with the project to install a traffic signal at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Old Stage Road. The poles and mast arms are on order, he said, and would probably arrive within three months. Another proposed traffic signal, however, will not come into being. Olson said a proposed traffic light for the intersection of Kingston Pike and Newport Road was denied by the Tennessee Department of Transportation because it did not meet warrants.

In unrelated matters, Board members approved the first reading of an amendment to the town’s liquor store ordinance.

“I want to assure everyone that I was in the audience during the development of this ordinance so I am familiar with it,” Williams said.

 

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