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Term limits proposal waits on state move


Mayor Ralph McGill declared the Town’s search for means to initiate term limits had come to a temporary standstill at the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, Thursday, June 11.

“At the last meeting I was at [in early May], we passed a resolution calling for the state legislature to pass enabling legislation … for us to vote on term limits in Farragut,” McGill said.

“Ryan [Haynes, state representative] called me immediately and said unfortunately, he would not be able to introduce it … in fact, the legislation session is wrapping up.

“It’s going to be sort of in limbo for now,” he added.

State legislature’s next session begins in January. Haynes and state senator Jamie Woodson both informed McGill they would introduce the legislation “first thing” next session.


“In the meantime, this gives us time to figure out what particular kind of legislation has to be passed for us to do this,” McGill said.

In other business, the Board approved an $18,500 change order for construction on the Campbell Station Road-Interstate-40/75 intersection.

During excavation, the contractor discovered the existing drainage pipe ran much shallower than anticipated; to align it with the new concrete pipe generated the $18,500 change order.

Interim Town Administrator Gary Palmer issued the change order on an emergency basis, as a normal change order would cause a delay and leave the utilities and pipes exposed in an open ditch.

In other business, the Board:

• Denied a request to rezone parcels 12, 17 and 18, on the corner of N. Watt and Harrison roads from R-1 to C-1.

According to Community Development Director Ruth Hawk, much of Watt Road is still zoned agricultural and residential. Jones Automotive is the only commercial development in the area, and it was in place before the Town was incorporated.

Alderman Bob Markli disagreed with the idea of commercial development only being clustered at either end of Watt Road.

“I’m not sure housing and agriculture is necessarily the highest and best use,” Markli said.

Hawk responded she was hesitant to zone commercial so close to Mayor Bob Leonard Park.

The motion to deny was passed unanimously.

• Approved, on first reading, a request to rezone 701 Fretz Road, from R-1 to R-6, to allow another apartment building in Lanesborough Apartments.

• Approved an amendment to Farragut Zoning Ordinance to clarify maximum finished slopes and stabilization requirements.

• Approved an amendment to Farragut Municipal Code to clarify maximum finished slopes and stabilization requirements.

• Approved an amendment to Farragut Zoning Ordinance to define “junk” and “junkyard.”

• Approved an amendment to Farragut Zoning Ordinance to clarify application of outdoor site lighting.

 

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