letters to the editor

Praise is poured out for Vice Mayor Povlin

Thank you for your service Vice Mayor!

As election time comes near, it is the best time to reeducate ourselves on what it takes to serve on the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

These are unpaid positions that require a lot of work to do correctly – not just attending Board meetings but reading; researching; going to classes for municipal elected officials; representing the Town in the larger political realm at county, state and federal levels; attending Town social functions and ribbon cuttings; serving as the Board representative on Town committees; responding to constituent and business owners’ concerns and questions; and so much more.

All this while attempting to leave your personal agenda at the door. As the Town has grown so have the responsibilities.

These positions come with no paycheck, no mileage reimbursements, no dedicated donation account (as is the custom in other elected bodies) and has less power than one would assume (because you are one vote of five and must convince at least two other board members that your position is the best course of action and do it in a public setting).

Oh – and yes, you will receive lots of phone calls, e-mails and texts from very unhappy people, often about items over which you or the Town have no control; be publicly harassed for speaking your mind and voting in a way that a person or group is unhappy about; be personally attacked; and sometimes have flat-out lies told about you. It’s often a wonder to me that anyone ever files to run for these positions.

What is the upside?

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letters to the editor

Eminent domain potential challenged

The article entitled “Neal, 3 households take Town (Farragut) to court” as it appeared in your paper, farragutpress, of July 10, 2024, is of noteworthy interest to all residents of Farragut.

As you interestingly point out, the taking of one’s property for any purpose can be remarkably stressful and financially painful for all parties.

It appears from this article that the Town patriarchs and matriarch have overstepped their egos.

I have had a chance to review the evolution of eminent domain extending from the 2013 review by the Intergovernmental Committee on Eminent Domain (state of Tennessee) to and including the April 24, 2024 Tennessee legislature replacement of TCA 29-17-102.

Regarding this latter legislation, there is clarity regarding intent to protect personal properties from taking by overzealous municipalities.

Indeed, it appears that in Farragut’s case, shifty people are shifting the language as a matter of subverting the clear intent of the law, an intent of this statute replacement to protect persons’ property from exactly this behavior.

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