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BOMA weighs-in on Town anchor signage


Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen decided to forego a flashy Town entrance sign, complete with large anchor, in favor of a tamer, colonial-themed sign.

“This looks like the look I think we want to be known for in the Town, eventually, because it looks colonial. I think that’s what we’re aiming to accomplish over the years,” Mayor Ralph McGill said.

He virtually shot down the design that included an anchor from the get-go, although it was a favorite with one Farragut citizen committee, the Economic Development Committee.

“I’m opposed to the one with the anchor, and I’ll tell you why. No. 1, the anchor will be huge. It’ll probably weigh 1,000 pounds, and that will increase cost of construction,” McGill said.

“I think it invites vandalism, and it represents a liability. ... I think it would be a mistake,” he added.

The Beautification Committee and the Visual Resources Review Board both made recommendations for the design the Board ultimately chose.


The new entrance signs will be placed at numerous heavily traveled roads entering the Town, including at Kingston Pike and Lovell Road, Kingston Pike in Dixie Lee Junction, Campbell Station Road near Interstate-40/75, along Parkside Drive and at Watt Road.

“This really is going to help delineate the Town’s boundary limits,” Town Administrator David Smoak said.

“And it will really lead us in a larger goal of branding the Town — what we’re trying to focus on in our overall scheme of things,” he added.

Smoak said he wasn’t sure of how much each sign would cost; the approval of the design was only a preliminary step.

In other business, the Board:

• Approved an amended TDOT contract for the Watt Road extension and Old Stage Road improvements. Watt Road will be extended from its current terminus at the Icearium to Old Stage Road, and Old Stage will be widened.

Town Engineer Darryl Smith said the new contract includes an agreement with the regional Transportation Planning Organization for reimbursement of the Town’s right-of-way purchasing costs, which could add up to around $400,000.

“We’ll see pretty substantial savings for the Town,” Smith said.

Right-of-way purchases would begin in the coming months, Smith told the Board, and would likely take around 18 months. After that, construction would begin.

The project will be managed by TDOT.

• Approved a word change in the Town’s contract with automated enforcement provider Redflex, reflecting the existing condition of in-ground loop sensors. The contract originally had wording reflecting the installation of in-ground “Klondike bar” sensors, but those were never installed.

• Approved a third change order for McFee Park phase II, adding an additional work day to the contract, as well as a First Utility District-required diverter valve. The change order increases the contract price, awarded to Christopoulos and Kennedy, to $1,577,203.17.

• Approved an on-premise beer permit for Vietnamese Bistro, which will open at 11605 Parkside Drive.

• Approved an amendment to Farragut Zoning Ordinance to reduce front yard setback requirements on local streets for elderly housing.

The amendment affects a memory care facility that is going to be built off Concord Road by Bearden Land Company.

• Denied an amendment to Farragut Zoning Ordinance to create a new commercial district for two parcels along Outlet Drive, including the West Plaza Inn & Suites.

• Approved an amendment to Farragut Municipal Code regarding the International Building Code, implementing new standards passed by the state of Tennessee.

• Approved an amendment to Farragut Municipal Code regarding the International Residential Code, implementing new standards passed by the state of Tennessee.

 

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