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Commission suggests, votes on CIP projects
Commissioners take advantage of first-time opportunity

For the first time, Farragut Municipal Planning Commission was allowed to suggest and vote on projects for the Town’s capital improvement plan.

“The goal of this exercise is to generate information from the planning commission and public to help staff prioritize projects when preparing the C-I-P,” Community Development Director Ruth Hawk said.

Staff recommendations for the 2010-2014 capital improvement plan were presented to commissioners, who, in charette format, received stickers to “vote” for the importance of each project.

That list included sidewalk construction along Kingston Pike at Willow Creek golf course, a pedestrian underpass at Watt Road and Mayor Bob Leonard Park and a pedestrian underpass at Everett Road and Kingston Pike.

In park projects, McFee Park’s phases three and four were up for vote, as was a playground at Campbell Station Park and parking lot and field lighting at Mayor Bob Leonard Park.

Road projects included widening Evans Road, Everett Road, parts of Turkey Creek Road, Union Road and Virtue Road and constructing a bridge from Turkey Creek Road to Boyd Station Road.

A community center, development of the Seal property, purchase and development of the Dimmick property, a wetland educational park, Campbell Station park and ride lot expansion, Kingston Pike drainage and street resurfacing also made the list.

Alderman candidate Jeff Elliott, at Commission Chair Bob Hill’s request, said importance should be placed on developing the Seal and Dimmick properties, “taking advantage of the calm that’s there.”

“I’m very impressed with the list that’s been put together,” he said.

Other road projects and McFee Park’s phase two, which were receiving state or federal funding, were automatically given priority.

“The ones with funding are going to be done anyway … If you don’t use it, you lose it,” Hawk said of the funding.

“Don’t waste your [sticker] dots on those,” she added.

“Now we can dream: dream dots,” Commissioner Connie Rutenber said.

Commissioners also were able to suggest up to three projects apiece to add to the CIP.

Commissioner Carol Evans added widening Smith Road from Grigsby Chapel Road to Everett Road.

Mayor Eddy Ford added the Campbell Station interchange (at Interstate 40/75) and promoting conserving land.

“There are areas in Town we could put in land conservatory,” Ford said, mentioning the Irwin property off Concord Road.

FMPC Chair Bob Hill added countdown pedestrian timers on Kingston Pike and Campbell Station Road and correcting the stormwater system deficiencies in The Farm at Willow Creek subdivision.

Six votes, the most awarded to any project, were given to the sidewalk construction along Kingston Pike at Willow Creek golf course.

Five were given to Kingston Pike drainage in the Shiloh/

Belleaire/Village Green watershed and to promoting land conservancy.

Four were given to widening Evans Road, and three apiece to correcting drainage and roads in The Farm subdivision and widening Smith Road from Grigsby Chapel to Everett.

The CIP will next be presented to Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen.


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