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Troyer takes bench as new Town judge


Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen appointed a new municipal judge at its meeting Thursday, March 11.

Mayor Ralph McGill and Town Administrator David Smoak whittled the five applicants down to two finalists, Keith Alley and Lucinda Troyer, both of whom appeared at the meeting.

Troyer, pictured left, was appointed judge by a 4-1 vote, with Alderman Bob Markli dissenting.

Troyer will begin her term April 1 and will serve until the normal yearly reappointment time in January.

“I’ve been practicing [law] over 20 years now,” Troyer said.

“I think it’s an important role [of the judge] to enforce the strong ordinances the Town has. I’m a big proponent of [Farragut’s] sign ordinance and the [red-light] cameras.


“I would love to have the opportunity to support my community other than through church and school activities,” she added.

Troyer said she originally was from Maryville and has been a resident of Farragut for nine years. She said she moved to Farragut largely because of the schools’ reputations.

Alderman Jeff Elliott asked Smoak what types of cases the municipal judge normally handles.

“At this level, the judges handle a lot of property issue type complaints regarding high grass and building issues, some erosion issues, things like that.

“Another thing that happens, most recently, is obviously the red-light camera issue. That’s probably your biggest issues right now,” Smoak said.

Troyer told Elliott she “knew a few” of the Board members, but did not know any of them on a professional level.

She also told him she did municipal work “years ago” but did not handle many zoning issues through her practice.

However, Troyer said she considered that an advantage.

“I think one of the things we need to happen here is to look at the specific ordinance involved with a particular case and have a fresh outlook,” she said.

“I regret the situation is that we have to pick one of you,” McGill said.

“Both of you are very well-prepared to serve our Town,” Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche said.

Alderman John Williams moved to appoint Troyer; LaMarche seconded.

In conjunction with appointing a judge, the Board also approved raising the judge’s salary from $100 a month to $100 per session.

In other business, the Board:

• Approved, on first reading, Ordinance 10-03, which eliminates final approve requirement for commercial and office co-ownership developments.

The change brings Farragut ordinance into compliance with state law and is a housekeeping measure, Community Develop-ment Director Ruth Hawk said.

• Approved two $1,000 grants for project graduation events at Farragut High School and Hardin Valley Academy.

 

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