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Grigsby ‘islands’ FBMA topic

At its meeting Thursday, Oct. 23, Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen heard lengthy updates from Town Engineer Darryl Smith.

Smith and the Board discussed the traffic calming islands to be constructed on Grigsby Chapel Road and landscaping choices for the islands.

“That is something a lot of people are interested in. I have preliminary plans on that and should be receiving a first draft of construction this week,” Smith said.

“We’ve also received details from a landscape architect about how the islands should be landscaped. I guess I’m kind of in a quandary about where we’re going with the landscaping on these islands,” he added.

Smith specifically wondered if the islands would require irrigation. If so, water lines would be installed under the road and water meters erected on each island.

“On Parkside Drive, the median is beautiful because they have irrigation,” Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III said.

“It is very beautiful on Parkside, but we want to make sure we’re not quite as elaborate as theirs ... the major thought is that we don’t want to restrict the driver’s sight,” Smith said.

“I don’t want to have landscaping that will compromise safety,” he added.

Smith added maintenance on landscaping could be very expensive and interfere with traffic on Grigsby Chapel.

“I also look to this as the primary example of the town of Farragut installing medians for aesthetics on this road. This may be the example I would suggest we look to as we do additional road projects for our Town,” Ford said.

“I see no reason why we can’t achieve all of that with a little bit of planning,” Vice Mayor J. Michael Haynes said.

Ford recommended Smith include irrigation lines and meters into the bids and construction plans, just to be safe.

The landscaping will be planned with public input and approved by the Beautification Committee, Visual Resources Review Board, Farragut Munici-pal Planning Commission and FBMA.

Smith also spoke about the North Campbell Station Road improvements, including widening the road between Parkside Drive and Jamestowne Boulevard.

The road project was one of 15 on the TDOT priority list for fiscal year 2009, but did not receive enough funding.

“The funding that is set up right now is projected, with their new estimates, is projected to be a couple million dollars short,” Smith said.

“I’m hoping we are going to be able to work this out so the funding will be available next year.

“It’s a very necessary, very needed project in the town of Farragut,” he added.

Smith said street lighting had been completed for Kingston Pike and Virtue, Watt and Grigsby Chapel roads.

“We have had a few complaints about street lights. We’ve also had calls from people who are extremely pleased. It’s really about even,” Smith said.

He said he was working on lighting for Turkey Creek Road and adjusting lighting off Grigsby Chapel so it did not bother homeowners.

Smith also mentioned the Old Stage Road sidewalk, which is nearing completion and hopefully will be under budget.

In other business, the Board:

• Elected a voting delegate and two alternating voting delegates to the National League of Cities Conference. Board elected Ford as its voting delegate and Aldermen Dot LaMarche and John Williams as alternates.

• Amended the fiscal year 2007-08 budget in the state street aid, beautification, land acquisition and general funds. The state street aid fund is amended due to a final payment that increased the expenses from $765,000 to $794,000. There were no expenses in the land acquisition fund; $2,000 was added for the appraisal expense of the Seal property. $10,000 from the general fund was transferred to the beautification fund to cover a budgeted deficit.


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