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Pine, cedar: Board ponders fences materials


Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen discussed the far-reaching implications of cedar split-rail fencing at its meeting, Thursday, July 9.

Town Engineer Darryl Smith presented the Board with a change order for the Montgomery Walking Trail, requesting a change from a pine split rail fence to one made of cedar for $10 per linear foot.

“Apparently cedar lasts a lot longer than the pine,” Smith said, adding Bud McKelvey, Public Works director, has had to replace pine fences in several areas around Town.

“Have we compared anywhere for prices?” Alderman Bob Markli asked. Smith answered in the negative, adding, “We are OK with the price [Yates Construction Co.] quoted us.”


“I would just like to compare the market,” Markli said, adding he would also like to know what type of cedar the fencing would be constructed of.

“Is it western red cedar?” Markli asked.

“As opposed to?” Smith asked.

“Eastern white cedar, Canadian,” Markli said, adding, “I’m a contractor.”

The Board discussed postponing a decision for Smith to explore cedar types and prices, but Smith cautioned against it since the project was being completed with a federal grant.

“We want to be reimbursed from the grant folks as quickly as possible,” Smith said.

Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl said the project, which was supposed to be completed last fiscal year, didn’t need any more unnecessary delays.

“We would like to see this done sooner rather than later,” Stuhl said.

Tree grower Ralph Dimmick suggested from the audience that Smith call The University of Tennessee Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries.

“Cedar is not just cedar,” he said.

The Board unanimously approved the change order subject to Smith “price checking” with UT and ensuring the Town was getting its money’s worth with cedar that was “vastly superior” to the pine.

“I’d like to ask for a little bit of homework. As Ralph pointed out, there are many different types of cedar, many different grades. I would like to see Western Red Cedar, select tight knot, S-T-K, the typical grade for that kind of work,” Markli said.

“They need to specify what it is they’re providing,” he added.

“I didn’t realize there were so many grades of cedar. … We will talk with them and get assurances,” Smith said.

The Board unanimously approved another change order for the same project for Yates Construction Company to remove a barbed wire fence at a price of $1.50 per linear foot, and granted a 15-day extension to allow the new work to be done.

“This, combined with the other change order, will increase the contract amount to $79,537.50,” Smith said.

In other business, the Board:

• Approved, on second reading, Ordinance 09-13, an ordinance to amend Farragut Municipal Code to change the time regular municipal elections are held to coincide with the dates of general elections for Knox County

• Approved, on second reading, Ordinance 09-15, an ordinance to amend Farragut Municipal Code to change the number of appointed members of the Personnel Committee from six to seven members

 

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