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Economic Development Committee to form


Mayor Ralph McGill announced the formation of a fifth citizen volunteer committee in a month at Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, Thursday, June 25.

The Town will form an Economic Development Council, an idea conceived by former Alderman Tom Rosseel and bandied about for years on the work program.

“This Council will advise the Board on strategies and opportunities for business development within the Town,” McGill said.

“The objective of the Council will be to develop a strategic plan for business development within the Town and actively pursue potential businesses consistent with the strategic plan,” he added.


Alderman Bob Markli will temporarily head the Council until it elects its own officers. The Town is looking for volunteers, particularly from the business community, but including Farragut residents and homeowners.

The Board also unanimously passed, on first reading, an ordinance to amend Farragut Municipal Code to allow the personnel committee to have seven, instead of six, members.

“In our collective experience, committees have always been odd numbered,” Alderman Jeff Elliott said.

The seventh spot already has been filled.

The Board also changed the required meeting times for the Parks and Athletics Council from 11 times a year to four times a year.

“We have [Town] staff now to do a lot of the programming; their duties have changed to be more in the line of policy advisement and field use distribution,” Parks and Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl said.

Elliott, a former member of this committee, said the four meetings would be sufficient for the goals of the committee.

The change was unanimously approved.

 

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