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Board addresses tobacco use
Olson cites smokeless tobacco issues


Town tobacco policies, a digital retrieval system and office space leased by Knox County Clerks Office highlighted the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Thursday, Oct. 25, at Town Hall.

Town administrator Dan Olson said he has had requests from several town employees to amend the Town’s smoking policy.

Current policy reads: The town of Farragut has adopted a policy which prohibits smoking in Town facilities, in Town vehicles and on Town property. This applies to all employees, Town officials and the general public. Any violation of this policy by an employee shall result in disciplinary action by the Town administrator.

“We have had some issues of cleanliness with the use of smokeless tobacco in our vehicles and at the parks that have become a concern for a number of employees,” Olson said.

The Board voted unanimously to change the wording of the policy to include language that would prohibit the use of any form of tobacco in Town

facilities.

Associate Town administrator Gary Palmer requested the Board accept a bid for a digital imaging system for Town building files from the lowest bidder, Municipal Code Corporation, Inc. The bid proposes a cost of $25,141.

He added maintenance costs for the first year, totaling $10,000, are added into the proposal and fees for each following year will be about the same.

The Board unanimously voted to award the contract to MCCI.

Olson presented the Board with a proposed lease agreement drawn up by Knox County. The present lease expires Thursday, Nov. 1.

“This proposal is identical to what we approved three years ago, which is $800 per month in rent, a three-year term and they have the right to terminate early, anytime they want, without penalty. I would suggest we counter that with a one-year agreement and that the rent be modified to at least $875 a month since there was no provision for increase during that first three years,” Olson said.

Alderman Dorothy “Dot” LaMarche said she felt the citizens of Farragut were so benefited by the clerk and trustee offices being located in Town Hall that she would rather see the rent remain $800 than run the risk of having the office relocate outside Farragut.

The motion was made, and approved unanimously, to counter the proposal with a one-year lease with rent remaining at $800 per month.

In other business:

• Charters for leisure services committees, which included the new bylaws previously approved by the Board, were approved as the legal authority for the existence of each committee.

• Ford was elected as voting delegate, with Williams and La Marche as alternates, to the National League of Cities Conference to be held Saturday, Nov. 17.

• A proposal for appraisal services for Everett Road improvements from Real Estate Services Professionals was approved in the amount of $46,000. Proposal is for the portion of roadway between Union and Smith roads.

 

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