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Stimulus funds committee discussed


Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen considered how to proceed with designing an infrastructure committee to obtain stimulus plan funds.

“I think we need to be realistic about the situation,” Mayor Eddy Ford said.

“If we at all are successful in getting funding for our Campbell Station Road project, we are extremely lucky,” he added, noting it appeared the Knox County area would receive only about $10 million.

According to Ford, monies from the stimulus plan likely will be distributed to the governors and be administered through existing pipelines, such as Tenn. Department of Transportation and Knoxville-Knox County’s Metropolitan Planning Commission.

Farragut had identified four projects for possible funding: Campbell Station Road widening — recommended by the Knox-ville Regional Transportation Planning Organization, Everett Road widening, Everett Road and Kingston Pike intersection improvements and phase II of McFee Park.


Farragut Municipal Planning Commission Chair Bob Hill, who recommended establishing the infrastructure committee, said the current stimulus plan is “nothing like the original

plan.

“I think it’s wise for the Town to plan and look at the kinds of things that we need to do over the next five to ten years and determine the priority of order those things could be taken in,” Hill added.

Most of the Board agreed a committee that could identify infrastructure needs and goals would be useful, but members weren’t sure how the committee should be defined.

“I like the idea of having some additional input,” Alderman Tom Rosseel said, asking Hill to gather input from Town staff and other committees on how an infrastructure committee would function.

“I do like the concept … the idea of very intentionally considering specific infrastructure needs, in the broadest sense of that word,” Vice Mayor J. Michael Haynes said.

However, he wondered if a new committee was necessary or if the concept could be accomplished by giving current committees more intentional tasks.

Alderman John Williams agreed he would appreciate committee members’ comments if they were “periodically reassessing infrastructure priorities, whatever they may be.

“Whether this committee is the way to proceed forward or whether there should be some modified version of this intention, I think, is subject to further discussion,” Williams said.

Ford asked Hill to keep the committee idea in mind.

“And I think our staff has heard a challenge to make more focus within the committee structure to encourage our committees to present infrastructure needs,” Ford said.

 

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