Opinion

Smith, Town respond to wall issues

In response to questions about the status of repairing the retaining wall along North Campbell Station Road near the west entrance to Farragut High School, Town of Farragut Engineer Darryl Smith released the following statement: “The wall was constructed in 2010 as part of a TDOT-managed project to widen Campbell Station Road. The wall is owned and maintained by the Town of Farragut, and is located on Farragut’s right of way. Town staff has been in contact with TDOT regarding the matter in order to determine if a warranty repair might be possible, The Town’s current plan is to contract with a consultant who will determine the cause of the stone veneer’s delamination and prepare plans for repair.”

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• Well, I just found out that the [Farragut] Board [of Mayor and Aldermen] has just opted out of getting any government funds to help us poor folks keep our houses in order: energy-wise, weatherization-wise, any kind of home repair and upkeep that we used to get. That’s not fair. We’ve paid our taxes all our lives, and here we are old and poor, [receiving] Medicare and Medicaid. Some of us on food stamps; widows by ourselves. Whoever did that has no right. The Community Action Committee of Knox County, Tennessee, told me that [the day of this call] people like us will be getting no more help because Farragut has opted out. You didn’t ask us; they didn’t take a vote [of the public]. You need to put us back on. [The county spokesman] said I was not the only one that was complaining to her, and she told me to call Town of Farragut and complain, which I did. I want it in the paper so other poor people know they’re not going to get any help either. It’s just not right.

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