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Board approves Seal subsurface study


Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a proposal for subsurface exploration of the Seal and Dimmick properties off McFee Road.

At its Sept. 11 meeting, the Board approved purchasing the Seal property for public use for $1,250,000.

The contract came with a 20-year restriction requiring the land be reserved for public use and with a stipulation by the Town that a subsurface geotechnical exploration be performed to ensure the land was usable.

According to Ralph Dimmick, both tracts have sinkholes.


“I would like to state that although I have previously expressed my opposition to the purchase of this property … I do think that if we are going to buy the property, this is an important step to take to see what it is we’re buying,” Vice Mayor J. Michael Haynes said.

“I will support this,” he added.

The cost of the survey of the approximate 26 acres is $17,750.

Should the land be found unsuitable for public use, the Town is not obligated to purchase the Seal property.

In his report, Town Engineer Darryl Smith addressed traffic signal problems along Concord Road, Kingston Pike and Campbell Station Road after the opening of Kroger Marketplace.

“I’m afraid there have been some problems with the timing of the [Kingston Pike/Brooklawn Street] signal: not just that signal, but all the signals within that corridor,” Smith said.

“The fact is, all of them do work together,” he added.

The signals are supposed to coordinate to smoothly move traffic through the lights. However, the signals aren’t coordinated correctly and left-hand turns from West End Avenue and Campbell Station Road are being shortchanged.

“We’ve seen traffic back up … I would like to say I feel your pain,” Smith said.

Smith said the contractor has been working on the lights, which should be running smoothly within days.

According to Smith, drivers might see some of the same glitches once the signal is up at the intersection of Peterson Road and Ingles new driveway. This signal will have to coordinate with those at Federal Boulevard and Smith Road.

“We may have some similar problems, but [traffic] is really not as heavy on the side roads on any of those signals,” Smith said.

“But those will require some adjustments as well,” he added.

The traffic light will be installed as soon as the parts are delivered, hopefully within the month, Smith said.

In other business, the Board:

• Approved directional signs for the Parade of Homes, to be held Oct. 17-19.

• Approved purchase of a 2009 four-wheel drive 3/4-ton pick-up truck from Ted Russell Ford. Cost, with trade-in, is $25,025.

• Approved payment of $70,472.40 to TDOT for completion of McFee Road phase II.

Overall, the Town has spent more than $3 million on road improvements for McFee Road.

• The Farragut Beer Board approved an off-premise beer permit for Dixie Lee Shell after a change of ownership.

 

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