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Board orders ordinance drafts

Red light cameras, impact fees and street closures highlighted the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Thursday, Aug. 23.

The Board unanimously approved a motion to write an ordinance governing red-light cameras.

Gary Palmer, associate town administrator, said that a study conducted by Redflex, one of the companies bidding for the contract, at the intersections of Concord Road and Kingston Pike, Campbell Station Road and Kingston Pike, Smith Road and Kingston Pike and Grigsby Chapel Road and Campbell Station Road, showed results that he felt were “not representative of what occurs there.

“After meeting with Capt. Ben Harkins of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, town staff had come up with a consensus. We have done quite a bit of study and we are ready to proceed,” he said.

The motion was made and unanimously approved that a written ordinance would be presented for the Board’s review by the Thursday, Sept. 20, Board meeting.

The Board also unanimously approved a motion to write an ordinance for discussion on the issue of impact fees.

Alderman Tom Rosseel said he has “detected very little opposition” to the fees that would be levied against new development, both residential and commercial, in the town.

Ford said, “I am deeply concerned about the town of Farragut imposing an impact fee, and I look forward to addressing that when any type of ordinance is presented to us.”

In a 5-0 vote, the Board approved a contract for a Town of Farragut Wellness Program.

In a memorandum to the Board Tuesday, Aug. 14, Palmer wrote: “ The focus [of the program] is on employee health, morale and welfare.

Healthy employees are happy


Palmer said the program is for employees only and should initially cost the town nothing, with a projected yearly cost of “$5,000 to $10,000 to administer.”

In other business, the Board unanimously voted to approve a special events permit to close Watt Road, a portion of Fleenor Road, Maple Tree Drive, Sweet Gum Drive and Sedgefield Road Saturday, Sept 22, for the Farragut/West Knoxville Cham-ber of Commerce 5K run.

The streets will be closed from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. Flyers will be distributed in advance to warn residents.

Board members were presented a proposal from the Storm Water Advisory Committee regarding a proposed Campbell Station Park Buffer Planting project.

Dr. Sam Rogers, director of The University of Tennessee Environmental Landscape Design Lab, made the presentation detailing to proposed


The Board unanimously approved the contract between the design lab and the Town. Work is projected to start in September on the project.

Ford read the contract aloud detailing the cost to the town. The town’s maximum liability will be $13,806 “and this is a price contract,” he said.


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