Markli: no on McFee $

Park’s Master Plan study update funded

Town of Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted on park improvements, air conditioning and building codes Thursday, Sept. 22.

BOMA approved a contract of professional services with Ross/Fowler Landscape Architecture for architectural, engineering and consulting services for updates to the McFee Park Master Plan. The contract was for $39,500 plus up to $2,250 for reimbursable expenses.

Alderman Bob Markli cast the only vote against the contract.

“Until we get our streets and our stormwater infrastructure worked out, I’m opposed to spending any more money on parks,” Markli said following the meeting.

“I’m concerned about any spending we do,” Alderman Louise Povlin said regarding spending prior to the town’s in-progress stormwater assessment. However, she voted for the measure.
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Town staff’s knockerball picnic

Bud McKelvey, left, town of Farragut Public Works director, joins David Smoak, center, Town administrator, and Mark Bear, owner of Knockerball Knoxville, during annual Town Staff Picnic, held this year in McFee Park Friday afternoon, Sept. 23.

Talk of amphitheater, dog parks for McFee Park heat up: Stuhl

Sue Stuhl, town of Farragut Parks and Leisure Services director, stands near a former Christmas Tree Farm site, pointing out the locations of potential expansions to McFee Park. Sue Stuhl, Town Parks and Leisure Services director, led a tour of the undeveloped, sloping and forested area she said might be part of McFee Park expansion. The tour was Thursday, Sept. 22.

“We’re [having] a little over a quarter of the acres developed. We’ve still got a long way to go,” Stuhl said.

“It’s heavily wooded and the terrain is very difficult,” she said, adding that some of the land formerly was a Christmas tree farm.

Stuhl gave participants a copy of Town’s Master Plan from April 2012. That plan included a butterfly garden, three new pavilions, a disc golf course, small and large dog parks, a linear play trail with different children’s activities, an enhanced pond with a pier, a perimeter walking trail, an amphitheater in an presently-sloping area, another trail following a historical Civil War road, additional parking, more restroom facilities, tennis courts with a practice wall and two synthetic multipurpose rectangular fields.
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Farragut Gun Club exec in middle of Chilhowee Park gun carry lawsuit

The executive director of Farragut Gun Club placed himself in a confrontational situation, alongside six other colleagues with Tennessee Firearms Association, as part of a Second Amendment battle with City of Knoxville.

Liston Matthews was one of seven TFA members seeking to enter Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center in Knoxville, saying they were handgun carry permit holders with legally registered firearms in tow.

To enter with such firearms is a violation of City ordinance, which bans non-law enforcement firearms in this venue despite passage of a 2015 state law allowing such legally permitted firearms in all municipal and state parks.

This confrontation, purposely tied into a TFA lawsuit against the City, happened during Tennessee Valley Fair Tuesday evening, Sept. 13.
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Nextdoor catching on throughout Farragut

Town of Farragut and many Farragut neighborhoods are now using Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods.

Brandon Clarke, board member of Fox Den Homeowners Association, said he started that neighborhood’s Nextdoor ac-count two to three years ago.

“What I love about it is I can find out about what’s going on in my neighborhood,” he said.

“It’s like you walk outside and all your neighbors are sitting outside,” he said. “It’s neighborhood-centric. It’s far easier to find information there than on Facebook,” he said.

He said people used it to sell items, ask for services, post about events, notify others about thefts and discuss issues in the Town, including issues related to upcoming meetings.
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Another step closer for Autumn Care

With a unanimous vote from Farragut Municipal Planning Commission regarding a proposed walking trail, the proposed Autumn Care III Assisted Living facility off Herron Road may be closer to breaking ground.

“We’re pleased that we’ve gotten to this point. Farragut’s work with us has been very reasonable,” Steve Young of Odle & Young architects said after the vote Thursday, Sept. 15.

“We’re pleased that we’re getting close to being able to get the permit and break ground,” Peter Falk of Autumn Care Assisted Living said.

Falk said he expects to break ground in October.

FMPC unanimously approved a site plan for the small stream crossing and a no-rise site plan. Noah Myers made the motion and Ed St. Clair seconded. Ed Whiting was not present for the vote, although he arrived for later votes during the same meeting.
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Vendor flexibility sought

A request for more flexible mobile food vendor regulations received questions and criticisms at a Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen Workshop Thursday, Sept. 22.

Pat O’Brien, owner of The Casual Pint in Farragut, suggested the change.

O’Brien said he had used his four allowed special event permits for food trucks and seen an increase in sales. At present, the Town only allows food trucks when authorized by special event permits.

“... Food trucks add vibrancy to the community,” he said.

Food trucks could be used to draw people into Town shopping centers, O’Brien said, such as the one including Ingles Market and the former site of Kroger.

He also said with more flexible rules, more food truck operators might headquarter in the Town, possibly drawing in more revenue. O’Brien said mobile food vendors often offered foods not available at local restaurants.

“Basically, I’m concerned about the cost-benefit. Your business is the only one that’s come forward … I don’t see other businesses that are going to benefit,” Vice Mayor Ron Pinchok said.
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police reports

• On July 29 at around 1:53 p.m., a Breezeway Drive complainant stated between 8 p.m., July 28, and 9 a.m., July 29, an unknown suspect gained entry into her vehicle, a 2013 Nissan Frontier, through an unlocked door and took $6 in loose coins. She advised no damage was done to the vehicle to gain entry.

• On July 31 at around 11:17 a.m., a Willow Hill Court complainant advised Knox County Sheriff’s Office that between July 23 and July 31 a Zurn backflow preventer was stolen by an unknown suspect. Complainant stated there was no damage done to the yard. Complainant was advised to call back with serial numbers if they become available. Estimated loss is $450.

• On July 31 at around 2:42 p.m., an East 39th Street complainant advised KCSO that between July 20 and July 28 an unknown suspect took a Ruger .22 caliber revolver from his 2015 GMC Sierra while it was parked at a Cabot Drive address. The complainant stated he was in town visiting his son, where he had the vehicle parked. The complainant stated his vehicle doors were unlocked most of the time, and believes that is how the suspect got his gun. The suspect advised the gun was not loaded, but the magazine was in the case. The complainant was advised to contact Teleserve if serial numbers are found. Estimated loss is $200.
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• Dollar amounts in the Everett Road change order story in the Sept. 1 issue of farragutpress were inaccurate. The correct amounts for the Everett Road change order are $2,835 for construction layout, $2,225.60 for removal of pipe, $329 for structural steel, $13,140 for concrete sidewalk, $2,415 for concrete driveway, $7,560 for concrete curb ramp, $2,863.35 for removal and replacement of an AT&T fence, $5,000 for traffic control and $3,517.50 for mobilization. We apologize for the errors in our initial report.