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Rosseel calls for recycling study

Citizens’ requests for a recycling center in Farragut were voiced during the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Thursday, April 24, but reaction did not leave much hope for the prospect in coming months.

Alderman Thomas Rosseel, citing requests he had received from citizens, made a proposal for a feasibility plan for a recycling center within Town limits to be added to the work program for the fourth quarter of this fiscal year.

He asked that Town staff study what a possible recycle center would include, potential size and security requirements, possible interaction with private groups, the level of interest in the Town, possible locations, the need for any changes in the zoning ordinance and estimated cost to the Town.

Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III was “totally opposed to that suggestion.

“I don’t think it’s something you want in your neighborhood, so you better be glad that there’s one within three miles on Dutchtown Road that is operated in such an efficient manner by Knox County,” Ford said.

“All you have to do is go over there and spend time … it’s a tremendous job to operate a recycling center,” Ford added, referring to operation costs and the coming and going of trucks and hauling equipment.

“I suggest that our citizens should spend some time going over there and seeing that. I think it is totally inappropriate for the town of Farragut to get into the concept of operating a recycle center,” Ford said.

“An awful lot of folks tell me that they don’t like to go to the one on Dutchtown Road [because of] a lot of broken glass,” Rosseel said.

“I would note that I’m not talking about picking up garbage or anything like that. This is just the recycle of cans, bottles, plastic, newspapers, etc.,” he added.

“If we can’t get into our vehicles and drive three miles to take advantage of a Knox County facility that is first class, then we don’t deserve to even have that facility,” Ford said.

Rosseel asked for a vote to add it to the work program. Ford began to ask if Rosseel had a motion, but said, “We can’t put it on the work program with one quarter left in the year.”

Alderman John Williams asked for the appropriate time to amend the work program; Ford responded that it was the beginning of the fiscal year.

“As a practical matter, Tom [Rosseel], there’s not going to be anything that happens between now and when we start the next work program and that would be time to have the debate. It raises the question … where you have a Knox County program we all pay taxes for and then the issue of is it appropriate for us,” Vice Mayor J. Michael Haynes said.

He parroted Rosseel’s earlier request, asking that Town staff gather information about the Knox County center and provide it to Board members in coming weeks. He also suggested the Board take up the proposal at the beginning of next fiscal year, which will begin July 1.

The Board also voted, on second and final reading, on Ordinance 08-05, to close a portion of Belleaire Drive.

Shiloh and Belleaire subdivision residents and First Baptist Concord attorney John King voiced their opinions of the ordinance. According to Shiloh resident Gene Larson, Arthur Seymour was no long the attorney for the subdivisions and he was absent from the meeting.

“This is simply a case, if Belleaire Drive is approved for relocation, of the tail wagging the dog,” said David Fitz, a Belleaire resident.

“Do not be manipulated or intimidated by First Baptist Church of Concord,” he added.

Larson asked for improved communication between the church and the residents of the subdivisions. King responded that the church planned a print publication of building details, “Building Buzz,” to be distributed to the residents of Bellaire, Shiloh and Derby Chase.

Town attorney Tom Hale said, “I am so sick of saying this, honestly: what is the best use of the land for everybody involved?” Hale added that the ordinance had been completed with the church and subdivisions’ attorneys, and was a compromise.

“It’s not like we’re walking away from this … I intend to keep an eye on how those things are being complied with,” he added.

The ordinance was unanimously approved.

In other business, the Board:

• Approved, on second and final reading, Ordinance 08-04, the request to amend the text of the Farragut Municipal Code to allow signs to be placed on the interstate side of buildings and to provide for additional signage for large tenant spaces

• Approved an amendment to a cost sharing agreement with TJ Development for drainage improvements at Kingston Pike near Thornton Road. This amendment increased the Town’s participation in the improvements to $8,257

• Approved an amendment to TDOT contract for Old Stage Road sidewalk project. This amendment requires an additional $835 from Town and an additional $4,172.42 from TDOT

• Approved a bid for 2008 2-wheel drive SUV hybrid from Ted Russell Ford for $28,400.

• Approved a cost-sharing agreement with Ingles Markets, Inc., for signal installation on Kingston Pike at Peterson Road. Town will contribute a total of $27,750, which will include half the cost of communications equipment at Federal Boulevard and Peterson Road intersections, around $17,000 in necessary upgrades to the Smith Road traffic signal and $4,000 in engineering costs. The signals at Peterson and Smith roads and Federal Boulevard will be coordinated.

• Approved a proposal from RES, LLC for right of way acquisition services for Kingston Pike improvements near Everett Road; the Town’s responsibility is $27,500.


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