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• The presstalk caller who complained about the Town’s potential liability to fix the drainage problem at The Farm at Willow Creek misread the story or misunderstood the issue. The Town’s share of the liability to fix the problem may be as much as $142,000 — not $800,000. If that’s the Town’s share, it’s a reasonable investment to ensure that Evans Road doesn’t suffer a future collapse that could endanger Farragut residents. The real issue that needs to be understood is, “Will the Town seek compensation from either or both the construction firm that built the flood drainage system or the engineering firm that designed it?”

Editor’s Note: The Town is in litigation with both parties involved in the construction of the stormwater system.

• I’m calling about the Farragut proposed bailout of the subdivision, The Farm at Willow Creek. Why is Farragut taking this particular issue on unless they are complicit in what the developer did wrong in the first place? Did Farragut not inspect, did they not inspect in the first place or did they allow something, shoddy work, something to not be done right? I don’t understand why Farragut would take on this step. And if they do, I think it should only be with the agreement that they become one of the developer’s creditors in his bankruptcy.

• Who does one call about illegal parking? We would like to park at the end of Bobolink [Road] and then walk the trail to Anchor Park and back. This would be easier for us. However, the end of Bobolink is clearly posted with red signs and notices: “Do not park: violators will be towed.” So we obey the signs and the law. However, a white Camry parks there overnight every night, as well as “24/3” on the weekends. And it has been parking there for a number of years. Farragut needs to ticket or tow this Camry, or take the signs down so that everyone can feel free to park there. Thank you for listening.

• Regarding the bailout of The Farm at Willow Creek: I believe this was a misuse of Town resources. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen are supposed to be acting for the common good of all Town residents, not just in the best interest of a few homeowners in one subdivision. If the Town staff failed to require an adequate bond from the developer, that should be addressed separately, but the Board is not at liberty to spend our Town funds out of sympathy or even fatigue from hearing from these folks week after week. Instead, they are supposed to have the wisdom and courage to say “No” to such requests when necessary. Unfortunately, they failed at this unanimously. Thank you.

• Via e-mail: I have read with amusement and concern the issues surrounding the red light cameras. Very few seem to like them as evidenced by the editorials and talk at neighborhood get togethers. This makes me wonder where government by the people, for the people and of the people went. Why keep something that is so controversial and divides us? This is especially a concern when we [are] not told how many accidents there were during the same time period when there were no cameras. It would help to know, for example, that there were only 150 crashes down from 500 and that only 10 people were killed rather than 65. That would help us accept such action by the government officials of Farragut. After all their stated aim is safety. Where is the evidence? Why have they not seen the need to inform us?

Editor’s Note: The Town recently released an update to those numbers, which was published in farragutpress and may be found on the Town Web site at

• Via e-mail: “O-BOMA?” Really? I have three points to make about that commentary. 1: I’m glad you did spell the president’s name correctly in the message. I’m not so enthralled with the word game. 2: The bailouts were instigated in the 11th hour by the [George W.] Bush [III] administration. The [President Barack] Obama administration had to get some legislation that put constraints on the amount, timelines for repayment, prohibitions on using taxpayer money for company bonuses and parties, and further prohibitions on future “bailouts.” 3: The BOMA are acting for the public good. When private business fails to protect consumers and damage[s] infrastructure, it is not only acceptable, but admirable for government officials to step in. We have the sheriff’s office as an example. Not perfectly, but it is the judicial branch of the government that uses tax dollars to provide a service. Sometimes the executive branch has to make an executive decision. I’m guessing the folks that live where the drainage isn’t working properly are happy something will be done to repair the infrastructure. I’m also confident the BOMA has legal options to recoup the money from the offender(s).


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