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Resident donates Ron Williams art to Town


Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen discussed the implications of accepting donations of artwork at its meeting, Thursday, Aug. 13.

Sam Hart, a Farragut native, has donated two large framed oil paintings by artist Ron Williams, and plans to donate another.

“He is quite insistent it needs to be in the rotunda. The problem is, we’re running out of space,” Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl said.

When a donation is made, the Town reserves the right to do with artwork as it wishes, so the Town technically could hang the painting anywhere.

However, Stuhl said there is no room in the Farragut Folklife Museum and there is little in Town Hall for large paintings. It is likely the painting would have to go into storage, with museum artifacts and other items.


Alderman John Williams suggested rotating the paintings in the rotunda, saying an agreement to accept artwork does not mean it will hang in perpetuity.

“If this Town builds a community center in the future … we’ll have wall space to hang more items,” Williams said.

The Board also asked that, in future, the Leisure Services Advisory Board evaluate artwork to be donated before it is brought before the Board for approval.

The Board also approved the annual road resurfacing contract, which will resurface 1.8 miles of roadway in Town limits, including Forest Ridge Circle, Jamestown Boulevard from Kingston Pike to Campbell Station Road, Butternut Circle, Deanwood Lane, Jeffery Lane and Red Canyon.

The Board later approved a supplement request for $4,155 from Urban Engineering Inc. for a drainage study the company recently completed.

In other business, the Board:

• Passed, on first reading, an ordinance to amend Farragut Municipal Code to increase the number of driveways allowed on certain local streets (specifically referring to circular drives)

If the ordinance is passed on second reading, it will allow circular drives on residential lots with less than 200 feet of road frontage if it meets a number of requirements.

The lot coverage in the front yard must not be more than 35 percent; the maximum driveway width must be 15 feet; minimum distance between driveways must be 60 feet and the setback from side property lines must be a total of 40 feet with not less than 10 feet on any one side.

• Passed, on first reading, an ordinance to amend Farragut Zoning Ordinance to eliminate the minimum lot size requirement for elderly housing

• Passed, on first reading, an ordinance to amend Farragut Zoning Ordinance to clarify minimum clear paths on sidewalks and other pedestrian facilities

• Passed, on first reading, an ordinance to Farragut Municipal Code, to allow a new charter for the Personnel Committee, which would change the number of members from six to seven

• Passed, on first reading, an ordinance to amend Farragut Municipal Code to allow the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to establish tenure for the future Town Administrator at their discretion

• Appointed Nadia Kogeler to the Parks and Athletics Council

• Approved construction plans for Farragut Memorial plaza

• Approved a position for an additional administrative assistant at Town Hall

• Approved a proposal for maintenance of the stream buffer at Campbell Station Park, which includes a $3,750 fee.

 

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