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Roads added to Town repaving schedule, bid for Farragut monument approved

Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen added three roads to its resurfacing list this year at its meeting, Thursday, Sept. 24.

Up for resurfacing are Butternut Circle and Loganberry Lane in Sugarwood subdivision and Richwood Circle in Ridgeland subdivision.

Town Engineer Darryl Smith explained the process through which Town staff picks streets most needing resurfacing.

“We keep an eye out anytime we’re out in different neighborhoods for the conditions of the different streets,” Smith said.

“We keep a running list … we put together this list of streets.

“Typically, we’re very good at not overlooking anything,” he added.

The additions of these streets bring the Town close to its budgeted resurfacing fund of $400,000.

The Board also approved a bid for construction of the planned Admiral James David Glasgow Farragut Memorial, to Johnson & Galyon Inc. for $251,500.

The bid was the next to lowest bid, but Smith recommended pursuing Johnson & Galyon because of the company’s expertise and because of the project’s timeline.

“A lot of people are depending on a pretty tight time frame,” Smith said.

“This isn’t really a project we want to take chances on,” he added.

The project involves installing a new stormwater drainage pipe roughly parallel to Municipal Center Drive, as well as building the Farragut Memorial statue and terrace.

Alderman Bob Markli agreed with Smith’s recommendation, calling the new drainage pipe a “pivotal infrastructure element,” and part of the solution to drainage problems near Town Hall.

“The basics of this project should be done this fall,” Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl said.

The Farragut statue should be placed in April 2010.

The Board also unanimously awarded a bid for four granite historical markers to accompany the memorial, to Lee Heights Monument Co. for $45,300.

“This includes installation,” Stuhl said, important because Lee Heights can place the markers with a crane from the street.

Lee Heights has created monuments in Pleasant Forest Cemetery and at the Veteran’s Memorial off Evans Road.

The markers will contain “extensive” biographical information about Admiral Farragut, Stuhl said.

According to memorial committee member Mike Karnitz, each marker will weigh about 5,000 pounds. The statue’s base will weigh 15,000 pounds.

The additions were unanimously approved.

In other business, the Board:

• Passed, on second reading, a property maintenance ordinance, allowing the Town to perform maintenance and bill homeowners

• Approved a contract for the 2010 Annual Report to K. Kimmey Design for $15,380. The Annual Report details Town and staff functions and services, and is distributed to every home in Farragut.

• Dedicated Town-owned property to the state right-of-way for Kingston Pike improvements at Everett Road.

• Approved a date for the 2010 Independence Day Parade for Saturday, July 3, 2010

• Elected a voting delegate and alternate voting delegates to the National League of Cities Conference. Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche was elected voting delegate; Aldermen John Williams and Markli will be alternates.


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