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GCR ‘islands’ near

Three members of Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen discussed landscaping Grigsby Chapel Road’s calming islands at a meeting Thursday, May 28.

Although Mayor Ralph McGill and Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche were absent, the three remaining aldermen asked Town Engineer Darryl Smith when the construction barrels were coming down.

“We had hoped the construction of the islands would be completed by now. … We want to see the barrels come down as much as the residents out there,” Smith said, adding the mulching and final backfilling had been delayed because of rain.

The subcontractors in charge of striping and reflectors also had been delayed by the weather at another job in Chattanooga, Smith said.

He hoped both jobs would be completed during the first week of June, barring more rain.

Smith also asked the Board whether the islands should be mulched before they are landscaped, an activity that would cost about $10,000 and which would be taken up when the islands are landscaped in the fall.

“I know mulched islands will look better than dirt, but for three months, is it worth $10,000?” Smith asked.

Williams said, as a daily driver on GCR, he had not noticed any dirt run-off or drainage problems, and recommended mulch be placed after the islands were landscaped.

“The fact we can save $10,000 on something that has no real need besides aesthetics, I think that’s important,” Alderman Jeff Elliott said.

The Board also unanimously approved a contract for computerization of lighting at Mayor Bob Leonard Park to Musco Sports Lighting LLC for $27,500.

The computerization will allow Town staff to control turning the lights on or off over the Internet, by phone, or manually, if necessary.

According to Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl, this will save on Town staff’s time spent visiting parks each night to turn lights on and off, as well as energy.

“So if our park assistants are at McFee Park or Anchor Park picking up trash and doing some work, and a team is scheduled to be off a field at 8:30, they may not get back to Mayor Bob Leonard until 9:30, but the lights can be programmed to go off at 8:30,” Stuhl said.

“It’s great for our neighbors too … you don’t have to look up and see that in the sky,” she added.

Musco lights and computerized systems already have been placed in several of the Town’s parks.

In other business, the Board:

• Approved, on second reading, an ordinance to amend the zoning ordinance to provide for drop-in childcare centers.


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