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Committee fiscal 2009 goals, plans please Board

Leisure Services committees reported to Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen at its meeting Thursday, Sept. 25.

The committees outlined goals for the next fiscal year.

Farragut Arts Council plans to continue its artist directory, available online, and display art at Town Hall for “Artist of the Month.”

However, the Council’s biggest project is purchasing the “Circle of Friends” sculpture for Campbell Station Park.

The Arts Council has purchased the five sculptures already in the park, all by Gary Lee Price. Price also sculpted “Circle of Friends.”

The sculpture is a life-size circle of animal friends, including a bear, turtle, penguin and beaver. Cost for the entire circle is $162,000. With the Town’s 20 percent discount, the cost would be $129,600 with shipping.

The Arts Council has $40,000 set aside, money that could go torward this project.

Sandy Garber, chair of the Council, asked for additional funding from the Board and said the Council might ask community members for donations.

Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III said the Town was “not in a position to commit right now.”

Because of recent purchases and increasing costs for normal operations, Ford said Town would “ride out the fiscal year.”

Vice Mayor J. Michael Haynes pointed out the sculpture could be bought in pieces.

“Forty-thousand would get you a turtle, a penguin and a beaver,” Haynes said.

“That’s well on the way,” Ford said, adding that purchasing some pieces now could help the Council get donations for other pieces.

Farragut Parks and Athletics Council plans Freaky Friday Fright Night Oct. 24, Break the Chill volleyball tournament March 28, 2009 and Bob Watt Fishing Rodeo April 25, 2009.

The Council also plans to research the “Yellow Bike Project,” a bicycle-check-out program implemented in many communities. Bikes are procured through donations, refurbished and painted yellow. Citizens can then check out the bikes free of charge.

According to Bill Parker, volunteers run most successful programs.

“That’s an excellent program to implement,” Ford said, adding it would be good to implement for Farragut’s 30th anniversary.

Mabel Sumner, co-chair of the Beautification Committee, presented her goals.

Nov. 21, Town Hall will be decorated for the holidays, as will Campbell Station Park.

Dec. 4, the Committee will hold its 15th annual “Celebrate the Season” event, held at Town Hall from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Also for December holidays, the Committee urges Farragut businesses to participate in “Light Up Farragut” by placing trees or lights in windows or on rooftops.

New Independence Day banners will be purchased to replace faded banners and art will be inventoried in Town Hall.

The Beautification Committee also plans to work with Town’s engineering department on landscaping for Grigsby Chapel’s traffic calming islands, McFee Road’s roundabouts and for a wall at Campbell Station Road and Sonja Drive.

Sue Stuhl presented goals for Farragut Folklife Museum Advisory Committee, which include increasing membership to 200 members, improving FFM’s newsletter and planning three or more temporary exhibits.

These reports were for information only; Board took no action.


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