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Olson presents Town update

A discussion and update on town projects highlighted the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Thursday, July 12.

Town administrator Dan Olson told Board members several ongoing projects have been completed, such as the installation of athletic lights on soccer fields No. 5 and No. 6 at Mayor Bob Leonard Park as well at the replacement of the roof of the concession building.

The replacement of plumbing in the Anchor Park restroom building is also complete.

“McKinnon Construction is way ahead of schedule on the bridge at the western end of Turkey Creek Road,” he said. “We anticipate completion by the end of August.”

Alderman Tom Rosseel asked about the status of the installation of street lights along Kingston Pike between Belleaire Drive and Harrison Road.

“L-C-U-B is in the process of installing the lights,” Darryl Smith, town engineer, said.

Olson said plans are complete for McFee Road Park re-design and construction for Phase 1. A groundbreaking for the park is scheduled for Thursday, July 26.

An update to the town’s development manual, a review of the town’s audio/visual system and an update to the town’s municipal code per the Municipal Court Reform Act of 2004 are all in the process and expected to continue into the next fiscal year, Olson said.

Olson said associate Town administrator Gary Palmer is in the process of seeking alternatives to storing public records, documents and plans.

Palmer told the Board he is in the process of drafting a request for proposal for laserfiche scanning of all building files and the software and support to maintain such services. He said once that is in place, it could free up some space in the community development department.

On the subject of office space, Olson told the Board the Knox County Clerk’s office lease expires in October. He said the Clerk’s Office may want to renew its lease, but if they didn’t, the space would be utilized by Town staff.

Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III encouraged Olson and Town staff to look outside Town Hall for the possibility of office space.

Olson said the Town is still mulling over the possibility of imposing impact fees on developers. Staff conducted a couple of public meetings on the subject and another one is scheduled 7 p.m., Aug. 1, in the Community Room at Town Hall.

Several housekeeping measures were undertaken and completed during the past fiscal year, Olson said, including the adoption of new building codes; adoption of FEMA maps and regulations; amending the subdivision regulations to delete the requirement that the exact location of an easement be shown on a final plat when the exact location is not known; and amending subdivision regulations to cross reference the newly adopted stormwater


Olson said the Town is continuing its process of working with Knox County to develop an agreement for improvements to Concord Road running from south of Turkey Creek Road to Northshore Drive.


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