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BOMA reappoints Nixon

Amid controversy over the method of appointing a member of the Economic Development Committee, Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen reappointed Turkey Creek Land Partners developer Jim Nixon.

“I haven’t studied the e-mail or the issues that came up in the newspaper last week, but there has been a suggestion made that there may have been an inadvertent violation of the Sunshine Law,” Town Attorney Tom Hale said.

“But it seems to me that now having been fully vetted in the press, that it might be an appropriate thing to do to consider a revote on the vote that was taken last time on Mr. Nixon.

“I’m not suggesting there was a violation of the Sunshine Law; I don’t know that there was.

“I’m suggesting that the way to remedy that kind of issue is to have a re-vote taken,” he added.

Alderman John Williams moved that the issue be taken up again, a motion seconded by Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche and approved unanimously.

“When this issue originally arose … I was under the impression Mr. Nixon had an active application before the Board, and that for whatever reason, we did not have that in paper form in front of us.

“From my own perspective, I felt like the issue was simply being postponed until that matter was verified.

“Later on, it was apparent there was an application from Mr. Nixon to apply to the committee, and from my perspective … I thought it was appropriate to have him as a committee member,” he added.

LaMarche then moved that Nixon be reappointed, a motion Alderman Bob Markli seconded. That was approved by majority, with Mayor Ralph McGill abstaining.

McGill said, “I thought [Nixon] could be an asset to that committee.

“As a matter of technicality we did not have an application from him in our hands,” he added.

McGill abstained, although he said he supported Nixon’s appointment at both September Board meetings.

The Board also unanimously appointed Naoko Blue to the 15th and final spot on the committee.

Later in the evening, the Board appointed Betty Dick to the Town’s 30th anniversary committee.


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