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Liquor amendment passes second reading


The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen conducted the second reading of an ordinance to amend the Farragut alcoholic beverage ordinance during its meeting Thursday, April 10, opening the door for other liquor stores inside town limits.

The amendment creates an opening to have five off-premise liquor stores within town boundaries with a growth factor of one additional store per every 5,000 increase in population.

For weeks, FBMA members hashed out the limitations of where a business owner could place a liquor store. The amendment establishes that liquor stores be limited to areas zoned for commercial use and that stores have to be 340-feet away from churches, schools, mort-uaries, parks and platted

subdivisions.

The ordinance establishes no liquor stores would be within 1,500 feet of another and it is the responsibility of the applicant, one trying to open a liquor store, to verify to town staff those distances are accurate.

Applicants would be required to go through an extensive process with the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the town in order to obtain a certificate of compliance.

Board members spent considerable time in determining how the ordinance would handle situations where a liquor store owner requested to move locations and whether to open the field to others seeking to come in and open another store.

“In cases … of a relocation emergency, the reopening of the process of requesting and considering other applications shall not occur,” the ordinance states.

The ordinance defined certain circumstances of a relocation emergency, such as condemnation or eminent domain taking the property; physical destruction of the store that was not the fault of the owner and a “similar involuntary occurrence that the Board determines in its sole discretion constitutes a relocation emergency.”

In the case of a liquor store owner who wishes to pass a store on to his heirs, the ordinance states the town won’t open the field to other potential liquor stores. It would give the heir the right to continue to operate the business in the same location, contingent upon successful application of a permit from the Tennessee ABC.

Board members determined potential liquor store applicants in Farragut have a short window of opportunity in which to apply and obtain a certificate of compliance from the town.

Applicants may begin filing June 11, and the deadline for applications is June 22.

The first consideration of potential applicants could come during the July 26 FBMA meeting.

In other business, Board members heard a presentation from Farragut Folklife Museum Director Doris Woods Owens, who discussed the possibility of an Admiral Farragut statue being created and placed somewhere in the town.

“I’m afraid we were a bit ambitious with our original proposal,” she said. “We went back and looked at it and thought about having just a single statue of Admiral Farragut.”

Owens suggested the statue could be part of a little park created on town land just east of Town Hall.

Museum committee member Mike Karnitz told the Board the goal was to have something in the works for the town’s upcoming 30th anniversary.

“At this moment, all that is needed is the town’s commitment to the foundation and granite base,” he said.

Cost for this portion would be $100,000, he said.

Owens said the group had looked into having renowned Knoxville sculptor Linda White Rankin create the statue.

Vice Mayor Mike Haynes said he was a former classmate of Rankin and was familiar with her skill and experience.

“She’s very acknowledged in the field,” he said.

The Board heard information, but made no decision in the

matter.

 

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