Board of Mayor and Aldermen Regular Meeting,
Nolensville Elementary School
Thursday, May 5, 2005, 7:00 p.m.
Mayor Charles Knapper opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Members present were Mayor Knapper, Aldermen Jimmy Alexander, Joe Curtsinger, Tommy Dugger, and Larry Felts. Counsel Robert Notestine, Town Engineer Rich Woodroof and Recorder Cindy Lancaster. There were 24 citizens present.
Mr. Willis Wells led the prayer and pledge.
Mayor Knapper briefly went over the rules for the meeting. He then asked if there were any citizens that had comments.
Mr. Aubrey Short, 803 Rockwood Drive, noted he had written a letter to Williamson AM back in November 2004. He opposes the ordinance to opt out versus having a fire sprinkler. He noted that Ballenger Farms homes were extremely close and could be dangerous. Nolensville needs sprinklers and they save lives.
Mr. Bill Papas, 2034 Williams Road, stated that prior to moving to this area he had an opportunity to hear that Nolensville will require sprinkler systems in residential. He then distributed a document that he had retrieved from the FEMA website to Mayor Knapper.
He went over various statistics outlined in this document. He noted that children and older adults are the individuals that die in fires. He also noted that the south has the highest death rate in fires. He stated that Tennessee ranked 8th in the United States in deaths related to fires. He asked the board to enact the sprinkler system as law.
There was no further citizen input.
Alderman Dugger made a motion to approve the minutes from April 7, 2005, Alderman Alexander seconded. The minutes were approved unanimously.
Alderman Felts made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, Alderman Dugger seconded. Recorder Lancaster noted that the cash on hand for the General Fund was $680,803.31, with cash disbursements being $50,000. State Street Aid cash on hand was $128,447.82 with total cash on hand being $809,251.13. The treasurer’s report was unanimously approved.
Mr. Willis Wells Planning Commission Chair reported the following:
Betty Friedlander reported for the Historic Commission:
Chief Presley Hughes reported for the Nolensville Volunteer Fire Department.
Chief Hughes began asking to save his comments for the sprinkler ordinance until the discussion of that ordinance. Alderman Dugger stated that he was suppose to have a workshop and has not. Chief Hughes stated that he had received an e-mail from Mayor Knapper to have the meeting within 10 days and could not get one set in that period of time. Mayor Knapper noted that Chief Hughes never contacted him to convey that and should have done so once he spoke to Mr. Crouch. He further stated that he would welcome anything new that the Chief had to say, although did not want to rehash the same comments that have been made in other meetings. He asked for the opinion of the board. Alderman Curtsinger stated that there was some issues that had changed in regards to commercial being eliminated and feels this needs to be addressed. Alderman Dugger stated that if the Chief has something new to say he would welcome those comments. Alderman Felts agreed.
Chief Hughes then went forward with his report.