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BOMA ponders Smith Road Weigel’s traffic flow

Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen heard a common traffic complaint during its meeting last Thursday, Sept. 22.

Carl Weiser, a Sugarwood resident, sent a letter with Mayor Ralph McGill, requesting the letter be read during citizen’s forum, the time during Board meetings in which citizens can make complaints or requests to elected officials.

Weiser called the Board’s attention to the Weigel’s entrances off Kingston Pike and Smith Road, both of which, he said, are being used improperly.

“The entrance to Weigel’s off Smith Road is frequently blocked by oblivious or inconsiderate drivers ... [which] causes cars to back up onto Kingston Pike. I would respectfully request the installation of signs directing motorists not to block the entrance to Weigel’s,” the letter, read by McGill, stated.

The letter also took issue with the right-in, right-out only entrance to Weigel’s off Kingston Pike, which motorists still often treat as a left-in option.

The town has placed numerous signs at the entrance, indicating it as a right-in, right-out only, and has installed small speed bumps to inconvenience drivers who disregard the law and use the entrance as a left-in entrance.

“These are obviously inadequate at deterring drivers from making a left turn into Weigel’s,” the letter stated.

Weiser requested the Town install rubber traffic poles at that entrance that would prevent drivers from making illegal left turns.

It would make “it impossible for vehicles traveling east on Kingston Pike from making a left turn without running them over.

“These are low cost items and would help eliminate two dangerous conditions,” the letter concluded.

McGill, a Sugarwood resident himself, agreed with the problems. “What he says is true. It’s a mess,” he said. “So we need to do something.”

Alderman Ron Honken agreed, saying, “I’m not sure there’s an easy solution.”

Town administrator David Smoak said he’d take Weiser’s letter and follow up with possible solutions.

In other business, the Board:

• Approved a contract for layout and printing of the Town’s 2012 Annual Report to K. Kimmey Design for $12,490. The four-color booklet will contain 28 pages and will be distributed to Farragut residents by local non-profit groups.

• Approved seven separate ordinances to amend various parts of Farragut Municipal Code that would remove fees from the ordinances. Fees will instead be approved annually in a separate document.


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