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‘The Farm’ residents’ woes continue

The Farm at Willow Creek residents asked Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen for an update on pending litigation with the subdivision’s developer at the Board’s meeting Thursday, May 14.

“We’re close to a clearer understanding about what the problems are and how to solve them,” Town Attorney Tom Hale said.

The Town has contracted an independent engineer to review files and data for the “discovery” stage of the Town’s lawsuit against Farm developer Chip Leonard.

For almost two years, a leaking stormwater drainage system in the subdivision has caused massive soil runoff and road collapses. The problems have remain unfixed as the developer, contractor and designer have debated who truly is at fault.

In past meetings, Town Engineer Darryl Smith has estimated it could cost about $600,000 to fix the drainage system.

“And now we have an infestation of fire ants. Could it get any worse?” Farm resident Kim Panelle said.

Although Hale stated he could not discuss litigation in a public forum, he told Farm residents, “We do have some renewed hope that there are resources available to repair this problem.”

According to Hale, a bank with interest in the subdivision was “applying pressure” to bring the issue to a resolution.

“It seems like there’s some light,” Mayor Ralph McGill said.

“We’ve seen light before,” Panelle said. “Even though we may see light, when it gets down to contracts, it begins to fade,” she added.

“There is a little light, but what I am looking for is a little green,” Hale said.

“The day will come when the bank makes all the decisions,” he added.

Hale, as he has at many meetings, asked Farm residents to join the suit and “help us bring pressure” on the developer. Panelle said she’s the one who spoke to the bank.

No action was taken on the issue; the agenda item was for discussion only.

At a budget workshop Wednesday, May 13, the Board discussed leaving money in the general fund to allow for a possible expenditure to contribute to repairs of the subdivision.

The budget will be presented for Board approval at its June meetings.


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