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BOMA approves absence rules


Farragut Alderman Dr. John Williams had a moment of self-deprecating humor concerning amendment changes dealing with attendance as members of Town committees and boards.

Citing his inability to attend Farragut/Knox County Schools Education Relations Committee afternoon meetings as alderman representative, Williams laughed and said, “By amendment to the charter, I would have been expunged.”

Williams’ point tied into a pair of charter amendments Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved during its Thursday, July 8, meeting.


Seventy-five percent attendance is the new expectation, and three absences within the fiscal year, regardless of circumstance, now means automatic removal from any town of Farragut committee and board — excluding BOMA and Farragut Municipal Planning Commission.

The Visual Resources Review Board charter amendment is “setting a standard for meeting attendance for all boards and commissions,” Town Adminis-trator David Smoak said.

Also approved unanimously was an amendment to Farragut/Knox County Schools Education Relations Committee Charter no longer requiring an alderman representative attend each meeting.

The change was prompted primarily because no alderman could regularly attend SERC meetings.

Williams added that during amendment discussion with committee members, “No one was uncomfortable with feeling that the Town might be underrepresented on the committee because there’s always a member of Town staff there.

“Does a Board member really have be there for that committee to do its business? I would argue that’s probably no,” Williams added.

“The Board member being there had some positive impact in many situations, knowing the history of several issues; on the other hand, sometimes it was a little intimidating having a Board member there.”

Smoak assured BOMA either he or Gary Palmer, Associate Town Administrator, would be at every meeting, as required in the charter.

Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche, along with Williams and Alderman Bob Markli, voted to adopt both amendments. Mayor Ralph McGill and Alderman Jeff Elliott were absent.

 

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