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Pilot settles with Town
Pilot’s non-conforming sign at Campbell Station Road location coming down


A five-year lawsuit over an existing sign the town of Farragut deemed non-conforming could finally be coming to an end.

Pilot Flying J Corp. is making a move to take down its non-conforming sign at the Pilot convenience store off Campbell Station Road.

“The sign, in another week or two, is about to come down,” Town Attorney Tom Hale said.

Farragut filed a lawsuit against Pilot in 2005 over the large illuminated sign, which became non-conforming after Pilot renovated the store, changing the building footprint and the sign’s faces, in 2004.

After that, its non-conforming sign was no longer grandfathered. Although Pilot sought and received approval from the Town for a new, conforming ground-mounted sign, it never installed it.


The lawsuit was filed soon after, and has essentially languished in limbo since then.

“It has been a while,” Hale said.

“I think we’ve about got it worked out. They’re going to remove it voluntarily as soon as they have another sign that complies,” he added.

“That’s the best outcome of all,” Alderman John Williams said.

Hale agreed.

“I think this outcome is a good outcome, and the expense has been a fraction of what it could have been,” he said.

The lawsuit could have moved faster if the Town had been willing to spend more money to be more aggressive.

“If you’re willing to invest the money, you can drive and drive and drive, and enforce things as fast as you wish to do it,” Hale said.

“Certainly this one could have gone a lot faster, if there hadn’t been other things to get done and if we’d put resources to it that we’ve put other places.

“The thought has always been that eventually, that sign would come down. And that’s what’s going to happen,” he added.

Pilot’s attorney, Gregory P. Isaacs, did not immediately return phone calls.

 

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