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Town Hall driveway gets name


Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously voted to name the entrance to Town Hall “Admiral Farragut Way” at its meeting Thursday, Jan. 14.

The Board previously had considered also naming an access road directly across from Town Hall that connects Campbell Station Road and Municipal Center Drive. That property belongs to Fox Den resident, farragutpress owner and real estate developer Doug Horne.

“This started out as a really good idea,” Alderman Jeff Elliott said.

BOMA had begun looking at naming a road “Admiral Farragut Way” at the request of Alderman Bob Markli and a citizen.

But the Board ran into complications both with naming a private road and with taking control of a private road, dedicating it as a public road and then naming it.


“We can go either way with it, but the Board should look at the cost benefit of doing this,” Interim Town Administrator Gary Palmer said.

He advised the Board just name the Town Hall entrance drive “purely from a financial standpoint.”

Palmer said Horne would give the Town the access road at no cost, but the Town would have to spend significant amounts of money to bring the road up to par as a public street and then maintain it as such.

In addition, if the street became public, it would instantly make two businesses along the street non-conforming structures to Farragut codes.

The ORNL building and the former Edison Park would both be in violation of building setback codes because of double road frontage. The buildings would be lawful non-conforming structures as long as they were occupied, but Edison Park is not.

“That sounds like a can of worms to me,” Markli said.

Mayor Ralph McGill moved to simply name the Town Hall entrance drive and leave Horne’s access road as-is.

Markli seconded, and the motion was approved unanimously. Alderman was John Williams absent.

The group thanked Palmer for his investigation into the matter.

“The thanks really goes to Horne Properties. Horne Properties has been great with getting back to us right away and offering to do whatever we needed to get this done,” Palmer said.

In other business, the Board:

• Announced a search for a new municipal judge. Current Judge Jerry Martin handed in his resignation, effective when a new judge is found.

According to Palmer, the only requirement for a municipal judge is that he or she be a resident of Farragut. Potential applicants can contact Town Hall, 865-966-7057.

• Passed, on second reading, an ordinance to the Zoning Ordinance to allow arbors and pergolas within 50-foot building setbacks in the R-4 zoning district

• Passed, on second reading, an ordinance to the Farragut Municipal Code to include provisions concerning Municipal Court authorized by Tennessee Municipal Court Reform Act of 2004

• Passed, on second reading, an ordinance to rezone 730 Landing Lane and 722 Red Mill Lane, from R-4 to R-2

• Passed, on second reading, an ordinance to the Farragut Municipal Code, to define “flag poles” and “government flags” and to clarify mounting locations for government flags

• Passed, on second reading, an ordinance to the Farragut Municipal Code to amend the section of Copies of Records and Ordinances

 

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