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McFee Road land meeting date set

A public hearing date was set concerning possible land acquisition off McFee Road for a school at the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Thursday, March 13.

The hearing will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 3, in the boardroom at Farragut Town Hall. If any citizen cannot attend the meeting, they are encouraged to write letters or e-mails voicing their concerns.

“The Board will conduct the hearing,” Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III, said. “I perceive an agenda where we would call the meeting to order. … We’ll first describe to the audience what the process will be. We will have sign-up sheets out in the lobby for people to sign up to speak; each person will be given up to five minutes, and people will be encouraged that if someone else has stated the same thing they want to state, perhaps they just want to refer to it, or it will be a long evening perhaps, otherwise.

Speakers will be selected in the order in which they had signed up. Ford requested that Town Hall staff place five to six sign-up sheets in the lobby. The first people to speak would be those signed up first on each sheet, those signed up second on each sheet, and so on. Ford also recommended that an overflow room be established in the community room of Town Hall.

“Before we start the speaking, we will invite Alderman [Thomas] Rosseel to give an overview of what he perceives the situation is and what we are addressing that night. We will give any other member of the Board a few minutes to state their position, and we hope everybody is brief,” Ford said.

Finally, Town attorney Tom Hale will give “an overview from the legal perspective what the issue is all about,” Ford added. “The floor will then be open for citizens to speak.

“This is an opportunity for citizens to speak, and I would hope that members of the Board will let the citizens speak and not interact with them because we are here to receive input and not argue,” he added.

“At the conclusion of the last speaker, we will simply adjourn the meeting.

Citizens may submit written comments via letter or e-mail. The Board requested that a deadline be established for written input. That deadline is Thursday, April 10. Email can be submitted to Gary Palmer, associate Town administrator, or Dan Olson, Town administrator.

“All the input we can get, the better,” Alderman John Williams said.

In other business, the Board:

• Passed, on first reading, Ordinance 08-02, an amendment to the Farragut Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 4, Section XXIII. Site Plan Regulations, to provide that a grading permit be rescinded for a site plan if a building permit is not issued within three months of grading permit issuance and to incorporate the new stormwater ordinance requirements into the site plan process.

• Passed, on first reading, Ordinance 08-03, an amendment to the Farragut Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 4, Section XIII. Outdoor Site Lighting, to clarify fixture housing and globe requirements.

• In new business, approved a request for variance from the Farragut Municipal Code, Title 16, Chapter 4, Driveways and Other Access Ways, Section 16-406., (2)(b), to increase the driveway width from 36’ to 48’ to the Ingles Supermarket for a driveway connection to Kingston Pike across from Peterson Road, Zoned c-1 and O-1, 19.69 acres (Mark Bialik/GBS Engineering, Applicant)

• Approved request for participation on costs of sidewalk improvements on Chaho Road in the amount of $7,500

• Approved proposal for contract to audit accounts for fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, from Ingram, Overholt & Bean, PC for $10,900


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