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No name change for Municipal Drive

Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen decided against renaming Municipal Center Drive at its meeting Monday, Nov. 23.

However, the group did ask staff to continue researching naming the entrance drive to Town Hall or the private road connecting to Municipal Center Drive and to Campbell Station Road.

Either road (or both) could be called Admiral Farragut Way, they said.

“I love it,” Alderman Bob Markli said.

“I like the idea of naming that [entrance way]. Nobody has to change anything, and it still abuts the statue park,” Mayor Ralph McGill said.

Markli brought up the change at a previous Board meeting, saying he was passing along an idea from a neighbor.

“This came up as a suggestion of a neighbor of mine at a homeowners’ association meeting … I said I would bring it up,” Markli said.

“I’m not passionate about it, but I think it’s a neat little idea,” he added.

A change to a public street, Interim Town Administrator Gary Palmer said, would require approval by both the Board and by Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission.

Changing a private road would be easier, requiring only the Board’s approval.

Alderman John Williams, playing “devil’s advocate,” asked what the Town would gain by naming a private street.

“Identity,” McGill said.

“I can’t see a downside to that,” Markli said.

No formal vote was taken on the matter, but the Board asked by consensus that Town staff takes the matter to the Farragut Beautification Committee, which is responsible for designing signs.

The sign would not look like Farragut’s normal blue road signs, so as not to confuse emergency crews, Town Parks and Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl said.

Sign designs and ideas for placement could be brought to the Board by its Dec. 10 meeting, she added.

Stuhl said people on Town committees who had been involved in naming Municipal Center Drive opposed the name change.

“They opposed renaming Municipal Center because … there was a lot of thought process and a lot of reasoning as to Municipal Center, as to the name,” Stuhl said.

“They would rather keep that and just add this as Admiral Farragut Way,” she added, indicating the entrance to Town Hall.

Municipal Center Drive was named to indicate the location of Town Hall, Stuhl said.

“Has anybody ever thought of renaming Town Hall?” Williams asked.

“Perhaps for the right contribution,” Alderman Jeff Elliott joked.


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