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Town powerless to stop vandals along greenway

Weatherly Hills Homeowners Association has sent a letter to the town of Farragut alleging off-road vehicles are driving along walking trails and in the green space behind the subdivision.

“This is a result of neighbors complaining to me as president as to what can be done,” homeowners president Don Larson said.

The letter stated: “In addition to the danger to others, the green space has been left with ruts and puddles of water, which turn into mud, all in an area where children walk to school.

“We request the town of Farragut do whatever is necessary to curtail the use of walking trails and green space from use by off-road vehicles.”

Larson specifically mentioned that posting signs prohibiting such vehicles on the greenway could help the situation.

Interim Town Administrator Gary Palmer said the Town would consider that.

“While signage may be appropriate in this situation and prohibit some people from entering the public greenways with unauthorized vehicles, this would be more of an enforcement issue than a signage or engineering issue,” Palmer said.

Farragut has no police force of its own or an official contract with Knox County Sheriff’s Office to enforce Town ordinances.

“We will look at the possibility and the alternatives of putting some signage out there.

“We need to look at other alternatives besides engineering, and I will defer this matter to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office … and request they monitor the situation,” Palmer said.

The entrances to the Grigsby Chapel greenway already have bollards posted to prohibit illegal vehicles from driving on the trails.

“We have measures already in place to prevent vehicles from getting on there, so this is a perfect example of an enforcement issue,” Palmer said.

“We’ll handle this like any other complaint: we’ll investigate it, look at all our alternatives and make a determination,” he added.

“For our part, I have advised our residents to notify the Knox County Sheriff’s [Office] when they see this activity taking place,” Larson’s letter stated.


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