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New Town website to cost $37k

The town of Farragut will soon be redesigning its website,

Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a contract with a new website designer, CivicPlus, at its meeting Tuesday, Nov. 16.

The contract calls for a payment of $12,557 each year for the next three years.

Town Administrator David Smoak said while the Town’s current website looks good, it is cumbersome for users to navigate, and even more difficult for staff to change.

“We will now be able to add pages and pictures,” Smoak said of the new contract.

Alderman Jeff Elliott agreed that the website was difficult to navigate for users, mentioning the sports field sign up page.

“It is cumbersome, our current site,” he said.

Alderman John Williams moved to accept the new contract; Elliott seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.

The Board also approved the purchase of 34 picnic tables for the new picnic shelters at McFee Park.

The tables will be delivered in 8-foot and 12-foot lengths to accommodate various sized parties. McFee’s “small” shelter will seat 126 people; the large shelter will seat 200.

“They’re the largest shelters in West Knox County,” Farragut Parks and Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl said.

The Town also is purchasing four buffet tables without seats. Two tables will be positioned at each shelter for food prep or gift storage.

The low bidder for the tables is Hunter Knepshield with a bid of $23,275.32. The Town’s public works department will install the tables.

In other business, the Board:

• Approved a contract for strategic planning services to Lyle Sumek Associates for a not-to exceed amount of $15,000.

The strategic plan will outline the Town’s vision, mission and goals and implementation methods for the next five years.

“Strategic planning is not glamorous, but it is important when making decisions,” Smoak said, adding he’d worked with Sumek before.

• Approved an off-premise beer permit for SmartServe No. 6, more commonly known as the Marathon station, 800 Campbell Station Road.

New owner Aziz Kherani said he plans to operate the station without any changes for a while, but has long-range plans of renovating and perhaps adding a fast food restaurant to the site.

• Approved an on-premise beer permit for Lescotti’s Pizza, 138 West End Ave.

Owner Scott Frix said the restaurant will be a family-style pizza, pasta and salad restaurant where “the happy hour will be half-price pizzas from 3 to 5.”

He said he wanted to serve beer only for convenience.

Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche asked Frix about the location, which has become a kind of revolving door for restaurants, having housed Muddoggs Cajun Grille, Gondolier and Kalamata Kitchen.

“I’ve been told there’s a curse,” Frix joked.

“But I think the location is perfect for a family restaurant,” he added.

Frix had a few unidentified items on his police record check, but said those items were ancient history.

LaMarche moved to approve the beer permit; Mayor Ralph McGill seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.


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