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Board fills committee seats

Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen continued committee appointments at its June 12 meeting.

At the May 22 Board meeting, members of the Board were given three applications for only two open positions on the Stormwater Advisory Committee. The Board appointed two applicants but expressed a desire to amend the charter to allow for more members.

The amended charter was presented June 12, changing the five-person committee to a seven-person. The charter requires that at least one member be a specialist in hydrology or aquatic ecology, one a professional engineer in civil engineering, one a landscape architect, horticulturalist, forester or nursery professional, and one a member of Farragut Municipal Planning Commission. The remaining may be “at large” members.

“This allows a lot more flexibility,” Darryl Smith, Town engineer, said.

The charter amendment was unanimously approved and Amanda Williams was appointed to a two-year term. There is currently one vacancy on the committee.

Ashley Weaver was appointed to the Parks and Athletics Council, and Janet Underwood was appointed to the Beautification Committee.

The Board also approved, on first reading, the fiscal year 2009 budget.

Smith reviewed each line item on the Capital Improvement Program, including construction on McFee Road Park, for which Town has budgeted $1 million this fiscal year.

Other major projects include construction at Kingston Pike and Everett Road, where the Town will be widening the bridge to add a center turn lane on Kingston Pike. Town has budgeted $720,000 for the project this fiscal year.

Everett Road also will be improved from Everett Hills subdivision to Smith Road, to be two 12-foot lanes with a walking trail on each side.

Another large project the Town will be embarking on is installing islands in the center turn lane on Grigsby Chapel Road. The islands are part of a traffic calming measure recommended by Cannon and Cannon. The project will cost $250,000.

In other business, the Board:

• Approved granting a utility easement to First Utility District at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Everett Road

• Approved the temporary closure of Newport Road for First Utility District to install a new sewer main. According to Smith, the road will be closed anywhere from three to five days. He expected the closure to occur the week of June 23. Motorists traveling to and from Kingston Pike will be detoured to Admiral Road and StoneCrest Subdivision residents will be notified of detour plans. Town will publicize the date and time of the closure so residents are not surprised.

• Approved, on first reading, Ordinance 08-09, which defines “tree pruning” and “tree topping” and disallows tree topping in commercial uses.

“This does not apply to residential,” Ruth Hawk, community development director, said.

• Approved, on first reading, Ordinance 08-11, to amend Title 8, Alcoholic Beverages, Chapter 2, permit required for special events involving the outdoor retail sale of beer.

The amendment allows an establishment to obtain a special event permit from the Beer Board before conducting any special event and allows an establishment to submit a “calendar of events” for approval.


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