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It’s official: McFee Road Park named, open for business

Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the official name of the Town’s newest park off McFee Road: McFee Park.

The park’s restrooms, parking area and walking trails are open now; the athletic fields will open in spring, when the Town will hold an official ribbon-cutting.

The Board also approved a deductive change order for construction of phase I of the park at its meeting, Thursday, Dec. 11 after a lengthy executive session.

In the fall, Town staff approved an emergency contract to sod the athletic fields after Bermuda sprigging, done by the original contractor, was found by the Town to be insufficient.

In all, the Town spent $85,419.60 on equipment, supplies and labor to re-grade and sod the fields.

Town’s final inspection of the park was Nov. 3, at which Town staff also found leaks in irrigation lines and a leak at a drinking fountain.

A letter to the park contractor from Town Administrator Dan Olson states, “The facts indicate that DANCO is unwilling or unable to make the necessary repairs; therefore, the Town of Farragut will make the repairs and charge the cost of doing so against DANCO’s contract balance.

“A deductive change order will be delivered to DANCO,” the letter continued.

Olson’s letter also stated “there is no reason for DANCO to be working at the McFee Road Park … I ask that DANCO remove all personnel and equipment from the park area.”

The Board unanimously approved the deductive change order.

Once it is completed, the Admiral Farragut statue will have a home next to Town Hall off Municipal Center Drive.

The statue will be placed on Town-owned property just east of the entrance road to Town Hall. The statue, being constructed by Linda Rankin, is set to be completed by spring 2010.

Farragut Folklife Museum also recommended the Board approve the possible acceptance of a loan of a canon from the USS Hartford and an anchor from a Civil War-era ship.


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