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‘Shocked’ at Impact Fee, farragutpress biased ..., EdisonPark missed, ‘Serious’ McFee Road complaint lodged

‘Shocked’ at Impact Fee



I am absolutely shocked to see that the town of Farragut is trying to impose an impact fee.

Everywhere you look down Kingston Pike in Farragut has vacancy. Are we really shocked by this? Do you ever wonder why? Do you think an impact fee will entice businesses to our area? Are you kidding???

Homeowners are already overwhelmed when they build a home or update their existing home at how ridiculous the “rules” in Farragut are. I have friends who have paid exorbitant fees when building a new home and the lawn didn’t suite the town. It’s junk like this over and over that has people fumed and now they want to punish new businesses.

Mike Haynes, vice mayor, says he’s undecided over the fee, Alderwoman Dot LaMarche declined to comment and Alderman John Williams did not respond. Does that tell you something?

They don’t know what to say about the fee, do they really know what it will be for? And do they really think it’s a good idea or not? Say something!

By the way, do all who work for the town of Farragut and make some of these decisions actually live in Farragut?

Hey Knick Myers, if you run for Farragut mayor I’ll vote for you. I’ll even campaign for you!



Kelly Cutshaw

Farragut



farragutpress biased ...



On the one hand, I applaud the farragutpress for finally coming out of the closet. I’m referencing the recent editorial concerning the proposed impact fee. There was actually a disclaimer of sorts within this editorial that confirmed what has been readily apparent for some time, this “newspaper” is focused on promoting development benefiting the newspaper’s owner and his developer brethren. So much for the good news.

The bad news was the continuation of the policy of merging editorial opinion in “story” content. The headline “Proposed impact fee draws criticism” is one such example. Most of the story seemed to focus on badgering our elected leaders into some sort of early decision on this subject. Their comments, as you would expect on any controversial issue, were more or less a wait and see type of approach. The only “criticism” came from the developers who were liberally quoted in the story. Talk about a no brainer … developers opposed to an impact fee. Duh! So what else is news … the sun coming up again tomorrow? Instead of a thoughtful analysis and providing insight into what other bedroom communities are doing with regard to impact fees (Brentwood, Germantown to name a few), we get a rehash of the editorial which serves to cutoff all reasonable discussion by blatantly painting the impact fee idea in a negative light.

Personally, I think the idea of an impact fee makes a certain amount of sense in that when you have limited revenue (sales tax), which is so much tied to the economy (what goes up must come down), you need to look at alternative sources of funds. An impact fee recognizes the reality of life in that nothing happens in a vacuum. When you create a development, you are adding to overcrowding in our schools and more traffic on our streets. Certainly there are benefits (potential for enhanced sales tax revenue provided everyone doesn’t shop on the non-Farragut side of the Turkey Creek development) but with these benefits come liabilities. The purpose of public debate is to weigh the pros and the cons on this issue. I would encourage the farragutpress to try and provide more balance in the “news” content of the paper and be supportive of our elected leaders as they tackle the multi-faceted issue of an impact fee.



Jeff Elliott

Farragut



EdisonPark missed



I wanted to comment on the closing of Edison Park restaurant; I recently saw your editorial regarding this neighborhood eatery.

So many times have been spent in this great place, so many times have I seen and known of Mr. [Randy] Burleson’s support of the Farragut school system.

Since the day the restaurant opened, we have shared with the community: prom night, engagements, family celebrations,

business deals and family

gatherings.

I want to say how missed this unique restaurant has been, how sad I am not to celebrate the holiday season with the staff and owner; but most of all, thanks: we have all shared and bonded as Farragut citizens, and to Randy Burleson — thanks for the memories and bow ties.



David & Tracey Shreve

EdisonPark patrons



‘Serious’ McFee Road complaint lodged



I am a resident of McFee Manor. For the better part of a year, I have been unable to either drive north or south on McFee Road.

Each resident must cross a road of dust, dirt and then after the last rain, mud (to get to Kingston Pike by way of Virtue Road). We were told that the project should have been completed by June 2007. However, it has taken TDS months and months to move their utility poles and the inept First Utility District, unable to figure out how deep to place their water lines!

The article in your paper says that City Hall [see farragutpress Sept. 6] has not really had many serious complaints (they say they were misquoted).

We in McFee Manor have said: “Who would we complain to and what would those in charge do differently had we complained?”

Last week I spoke with a worker who identified himself as an engineer on the project. When I asked him about the article in your paper “3 months to go,” he said “I hope we finish by March 2008.” He also said, “You realize that as far as TDOT and the City of Farragut are concerned, you are way down on their ‘to do list.’”

When I called Mayor [W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III] at home on Wednesday, he said: “I drove the road at 6:45 a.m. today and there was no dust!”

I guess the months and months of dust and dirt didn’t count, just yesterday!

So today, Friday, [Sept. 14] it is raining Mr. Mayor — no dust, just mud.

Sincerely,

Don Barker

McFee Manor Resident

 

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