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Town announces ‘work program’ timetable

Construction has begun on the Farragut Memorial plaza and statue on a site located adjacent to Town Hall.

The plaza will be completed by spring 2010, when the Town will be celebrating its 30th anniversary.

The Farragut Memorial site plan was approved as part of the Town’s 2009 work program at a recent Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.

“These are non-contentious, everyday things,” Interim Town Administrator Gary Palmer said at a workshop for the work program Aug. 13.

The list basically comprises “marching orders and guidelines” for Town staff throughout the year.

“It’s a lot of stuff and it keeps us on track,” Palmer added.

“As a newcomer, this seems more like an F-Y-I for us, basically,” Alderman Jeff Elliott said.

Many work program items are ongoing, such as installing streetlights, coordinating the “Buy in Farragut” campaign and road resurfacing.

One item Palmer said warranted considerable future discussion was the Town’s urban growth boundary, an agreement settled upon by Knox County, City of Knoxville and the town of Farragut over where each entity could expand its borders.

The Board discussed how to continue with the Town benches program, installing metal benches around Town greenways.

Palmer and Public Works Director Bud McKelvey said 30 benches will have been installed by spring. Each bench costs $1,600, and the previous Board recommended buying 10 per year in three-year spurts.

Palmer recommended buying benches one year at a time, instead of approving three years at a time.

Other work program items include:

• Completing the landscaping of Grigsby Chapel Road islands

• Researching and proposing a business license program (for a minimal fee) to assist businesses in opening and compel front-end compliance with Town regulations

• Assisting Knox County in coordination with Outlet Drive extension to Snyder Road and Campbell Station Road

• Soliciting Request for Quotation for an organizational study of Town staff, to include review of organization chart, staffing levels versus services and salary ranges and titles

• Coordinating the community center study committee

• Updating the pedestrian circulation plan

• Proposing and installing signature “Town of Farragut” entrance signs at all main Town entrances

• Developing a “new business manual” to assist new businesses in opening in Farragut.


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