Apartment project hits minor snagPerry Management Group, which has requested a rezoning of 34.5 acres north of Holiday Inn Express off North Campbell Station Road from A and R2 to R6 to develop apartments, discovered its request to annex 1.55 acres of an adjacent property, which it is purchasing, could hold up the project.
“It’s throwing in a timeline change we weren’t expecting,” Mark Bialik, civil engineer for the project and owner of GBS Engineering, said.
Farragut Municipal Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve PMG’s annexation request and to rezone the property during its meeting Thursday, Oct. 16. Howevr, the rezoning was contingent upon the annexation being finalized and that will take time.
Mark Shipley, Farragut Community Development director, said during the Planning Commission meeting Sept. 18, Commission recommended PMG request an annexation of the 1.55 acres it’s buying from Clarence and Inez Lee and incorporate it into the development as part of the rezoning process. read more
Farragut football could be moving down to 5AFor the first time in decades, it appears as though Farragut High School football won’t be playing with the big boys, enrollment wise, in TSSAA Division I-A beginning in the 2015-16 school year.
In an enrollment estimation that FHS varsity football head coach Eddie Courtney said was a “surprise,” school enrollment projected for the 2015-16 school year is 1,685, which places FHS football in Class 5A — not Class 6A with the state’s 32 most populated public schools.
“I thought we were going to be 6A, that it wasn’t even going to be a discussion. … about 29th or 30th [biggest],” Courtney said over the weekend about TSSAA’s new classifications it announced last week. “I thought we had more numbers than that. … Of course, when all the numbers came out we were [36th].
“We’ll be playing 5A football the way it looks because somebody has to move down for us to move up,” he added about schools being allowed to move up one classification. In the case of possibly moving up to the new 6A, a school currently designated in the new 6A region would have to agree to move down — 6A region needs exactly 32 teams beginning next season. read more
Siler sets sights on District 7 state Senate seatIn her bid to be elected new District 7 state senator, Cheri Siler is passionate about defeating Amendment 1 — which deals with abortion rights — on the upcoming Tuesday, Nov. 4, state and federal General Election ballot.
“I believe that we should trust the women of Tennessee to make their own decisions about their reproductive choices. And I don’t feel like we need a legislator in the doctor’s office to help us with that,” said Siler, a Democrat who has never run for political office.
Siler is facing GOP nominee Richard Briggs, currently Knox County Commission 5th District representative who defeated incumbent state Sen. Stacey Campfield in the Aug. 7 state primary election.
An instructional coach with Knox County Schools who “works with math teachers on the high school level,” Siler ran unopposed in August.
The first issue Siler brought up when lumping together Briggs and Campfield in areas of similarity was Briggs’ support for “Amendment I. … It’s very similar to what Sen. Campfield’s stance would have been,” she added. read more
SERC ponders YMP vs. YCEIYouth Master Plan versus Youth Civic Engagement Initiative, two different approaches to stimulate teenage youth involvement, through an apprenticeship, in Town government.
Farragut Schools Education Relations Committee still is looking to find out just how it should proceed, and which plan applies, to help facilitate such student involvement.
During its latest monthly meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 7, questions remain about what Farragut Mayor and Board of Alderman want from SERC, especially with two different plans on how to proceed being absorbed: Youth Master Plan associated with BOMA versus Youth Civic Engagement Initiative, from which SERC has used to build ideas.
The plans “are totally different,” said Gary Palmer, Town assistant administrator, who suggested inviting Alderman Ron Honken to the next SERC meeting to clarify what BOMA wants concerning SERC duties in stimulating youth involvement in Town government. “I think [YMP] came from Ron Honken,” Palmer added. read more
BOMA OKs paying back taxesFarragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen has taken final action to settle a lawsuit with Knox County Schools and start paying money to the school system from Mixed Drink Tax revenues.
The Board voted unanimously on second reading to approve Ordinance 14-15 during its meeting, Thursday, Oct. 9. That ordinance amends the Town’s fiscal year 2015 budget to add $268,943 as part of its first installment to the school system.
The Board authorized Town administrator David Smoak and Town attorney Tom Hale Aug. 28 to make an offer to Knox County Schools to settle litigation regarding Mixed Drink Tax revenues the Town had received, Allison Myers, Town recorder, said.
“Personally, I would thank our Town administrator and Town attorney for the great job they did with this, and I also want to extend a thank you to Knox County School Board, as well as the Knox County Commission, for having a sense of reasonableness and working with us,” Alderman Ron Honken said before making the motion to approve the ordinance. “I think at the end of the day, we’ve done a good job to be fair on both sides,”
“Well said,” Alderman Bob Markli said as he seconded Honken’s motion.
The agreement between the Town and KCS and Knox County stipulates the Town would pay Knox County Schools $1,106,829, which represents 50 percent of the revenues collected from the Mixed Drink Tax from 1999 to 2013, Myers said. She added that amount would be paid out in installments over a three-year period with each installment being $368,943. read more