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Residents petition Board to honor Rodgers

Several of the town of Farragut’s founders appeared before Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen to request the Town honor its first Town attorney, David Rodgers.

Eric Johnson, Betty Dick, Ron Simandl and Gene McNalley attended the meeting, in which they asked the Board to name something in memory of Rodgers, who passed away in October.

“He was a great person and did an amazing job,” Johnson said.

“Mayor [Ralph] McGill made a statement to the paper one time that there would not be a Farragut without Dave Rodgers, and that’s true,” he added.

Johnson said the founders have even volunteered to pay for the plaque or similar fixture dedicating whatever the Town chooses in honor of Rodgers.

Johnson addressed a group of Boy Scouts in the audience, there to earn a merit badge.

“Dave was an Eagle Scout and that’s something you can work on. You could become mayor. If you’re lucky, you won’t be,” Johnson, who served for three years on the Board, joked.

Mayor McGill, also a Town founder, said he would look into the matter and the group should meet with him and members of Town staff.

“I can say, on my part, we’re certainly receptive of this,” he said.

In other business, the Board:

• Approved an ordinance to amend Farragut Zoning Ordinance to require sidewalks or walking trails on all commercial streets and to have internal connectivity

• Were presented with the Town’s Annual Financial Reports for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2010. For the 18th year in a row, the Town received a certificate of excellence for its financial reporting.

• Approved a snow removal schedule for 2010-2011.

• Approved a new part-time position for a court officer and traffic enforcement assistant.

The position is being created for a current job already being done at Town Hall, merely making the position official and allowing the court officer to be covered under the Town’s liability insurance.

• Denied a rezoning of a parcel of land at the corner of Kingston Pike and Chaho Road from office space to commercial.

The land rezoning also was denied by Farragut’s Municipal Planning Commis-sion; the site was announced to be the planned location of a Bruster’s Ice Cream.

According to Community Development Director Ruth Hawk, the office zone provides a buffer between residential areas and commercial areas along Kingston Pike.

Alderman Bob Markli said the “highest and best use for [land along] Kingston Pike is commercial.”

“I don’t see where it’s really being used as a buffer,” he added.

Markli moved to rezone the land to commercial. The motion died for lack of a second.


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