letter to the editor / response

To Town Hall/farragutpress

I live in the Turkey Creek Woods area and I find it ridiculous it has taken so long to repave a half mile of road. The delays have caused the road to deteriorate further, that will increase repair costs now or may cause issues down the road with recurring potholes.

Combined with the total lack of urgency to repair the sinkhole that blocked Red Mill earlier in the year, I feel that the Town of Farragut is showing a major lack of concern for an area that is not filled with million-dollar homes.

I would like to remind all members of the BOMA that the people living in the areas affected by this mismanagement have one vote per person just the same as the people living in the million-dollar neighborhoods, and we plan to use those votes.

Sam Hilton


Mr. Hilton,

I appreciate your e-mail and concerns about paving in your neighborhood.

Unfortunately the milling machine that was being used on Peterson Road broke down after the contractor had milled one of the lanes on the street, and it took two weeks to get the machine back in service. They were able to finish milling last week and started paving this morning (Monday, Aug. 5). All of the paving and striping of Peterson Road should be completed by the end of this week.

Regarding your concern on Red Mill, what initially looked like a sinkhole was actually a much bigger issue as we had a complete stormwater pipe failure due to the flooding that occurred in February.

Since the Town is requesting FEMA reimbursement for that project, we have to follow federal and state guidelines for emergency repairs to existing infrastructure. Considering we were able to do that, hire a contractor and get the road back open in less than 30 days is a testament to our staff’s dedication to getting this project completed as quickly as possible.

I know construction projects are extremely inconvenient to those that live in the area, and our staff is mindful of that. We strive to get the job done as efficiently as possible no matter where the project is located within our Town limits, and we will continue to do so in the future.

Again, thank you for letting us know your concerns about the projects mentioned above, and if I can be of further assistance please let me know.

David Smoak

Town administrator