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• I wonder how many citizens remember six months ago when the former Vice Mayor [J. Michael Haynes] spoke in dire terms about how the purchase of land on McFee Road would damage the Town finances. We now know these predictions were way off base, because as reported in last week’s farragutpress, despite the national fiscal crisis, the Town is continuing to expand its services and programs while exceeding the goal of maintaining a 30 percent reserve. Fortunately for us, a majority of the previous Board demonstrated leadership, common sense and a much better understanding of the budget.

• Before anyone gets too worked up about potential spending ideas from the new school liaison committee, we should all remember that state law was changed to prohibit municipalities from forming new school systems. Mayor Ralph [McGill] has the right idea: this new committee should find creative ways to utilize citizen resources to improve our schools and to work cooperatively with the school board and administration to find innovative solutions to education issues and problems. The days of [former Mayor] Eddy Ford saying the Town is not in the school business are finally over.

• As a member of the Flat Earth Society, I am opposed to the “islands of terror” on Grigsby Chapel Road. But I would go further than this: I am opposed to the expenditure of a single dollar of the people’s money that is not absolutely necessary. Spending $300,000 for traffic islands where a perfectly good road already existed, is not only wasteful, in my opinion, it is also immoral because that expenditure weakens our great nation and puts further [sic] generations further in debt.

• I just have a question: the construction on new Belleaire Drive has been completed for several months now, yet there are still signs up about “Road Work Ahead” and “Construction Ahead” and so forth on the upper portion of Belleaire Drive. One would think those signs would have been removed by now, unless of course, there’s something else going on or getting ready to happen that, as usual, the residents of Belleaire have not been informed of. Does anybody know what’s going on?

• I saw where [Alderman] Jeff Elliott had asked whether or not the Town had ever funded a school athletic facility construction in the past, and he was given an answer in the negative. That, however, is erroneous, because the town of Farragut gave a sizable donation to the construction of the Farragut High School track, as well as construction of [its] weight room facility. So I don’t know who gave that information, but it definitely was wrong.

• Via e-mail: We moved to Farragut to enjoy a family oriented community. We have two young children and a baby. Last weekend my little ones were sleeping soundly until the 9:45 p.m. fireworks event had all three screaming at the tops of their lungs in terror. We endured 20 minutes of consoling little ones who had no idea what was going on. Is it too much to ask for a public announcement to let the neighborhoods know when these firework events are taking place? Some businesses have not been respectful neighbors.

• Via e-mail: I read the e-mail from the man in his 70s with amazement. He said he would drive on Grigsby Chapel Road at 25 mph, obeying the law. As the editor noted, the speed limit is 40 mph. He thinks it’s funny to have cars backed up behind him. This is what causes road rage. He doesn’t care about any other driver, he was going to make the others drive to his speed, right or wrong. He may be surprised to know that “those young people in their sports cars” are also older people. I’m in my early 60s and drive a sports car. This man needs to rethink his driving, learn to read the road signs and care about others. He’s not the only driver on the road. I thought he was very arrogant.

• Via e-mail: Might it be possible that we could see the completion of the calming islands before the dawning of a new age? I believe ground was broken in early March and we are now into late June with little more than concrete curbs and dirt to show for it. One would think this is now as complex a project as the I-40 Smartfix! If we have to have these, please finish them soon. Perhaps Farragut is out of money to get them done? What are we waiting for? Suggestion: if you can’t finish them, just stick some trees in the orange barrels and call it a day!!

Editor’s Note: As was reported in farragutpress, the islands will be landscaped in the fall when the weather is more conducive to planting.

• Via e-mail: As long as my money does not go towards [School Liaison Committee] I think it’s a great idea, but if any of my dollars go towards improving the Farragut schools, I am totally against it. Yes, my family lives in Farragut, but our neighborhood is one of those zoned for Hardin Valley Academy. If people are taxed for this for extra revenue I believe that HVA and FHS both should benefit.

• Via e-mail: In regards to the “Editors Note” on the speed limit in the curve on Grigsby Chapel Road, the 25 mph signage in that curve is in fact not a “speed limit” as that is a yellow, supplemental warning sign and is a recommended maximum safe speed. Regulatory signs in Tennessee are white.

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