Town of Nolensville Board of Mayor and Aldermen

Meeting Date: April 2, 2009, Time 7:00 p.m.

Nolensville Elementary School

Mayor Beth Lothers opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Members present were Aldermen Jimmy Alexander, Tommy Dugger, Larry Felts, and Ken Thomas. Staff present: Counsel Robert Notestine, Town Planner Henry Laird, and Recorder Cindy Lancaster. There were 48 citizens present.

Mr. Willis Wells led the Prayer and Pledge.

Citizens Input:

Mr. Charles Lawson, 2531 York Road, said that normally City Halls are off by themselves. He distributed a written document to the Board and was opposed to Town Hall being built at the proposed location.

Ms. Mary McGowan, 9908 Sam Donald Road, said that the Town should look outside the box and spoke in opposition of a Town Hall. Mrs. Kay Burns, owner of Williamson Grocery, stated that the town did not need to raise taxes. She further stated that she would like to see Town Hall be built in the downtown area.

Mrs. Wanda Barker, 7372 Nolensville Road, stated that she is a real estate agent and just recently had people moving to the area looked at Nolensville to purchase a home. Mrs. Barker was in favor of the Town Hall at this location.

Mr. Larry Gardner, 2536 York Road, stated a Town Hall is needed, but not at this time. He was in opposition of constructing a Town Hall in the Shopping Center location.

Reverend Alfred Bennett, 7186 Nolensville Road, stated to be careful of what you want you may get it.

Mrs. Lynda Moses, 2230 Rocky Fork Road, stated a fact sheet was on the web-site, although in her opinion was one-sided. She read a lengthy document to the Board. She stated that if Town Hall had been handled in a different way people would have respected it.

Mr. John Kerr, 908 Timberside, said that the Town is in need of a larger Town Hall and suggested to look at Alderman Duggers proposal. He was in opposition of Town being built in the Shopping Center. Alderman Felts made a motion to approve the minutes from the Special Meeting on February 27, 2009, Alderman Thomas seconded. The minutes were approved unanimously.

Alderman Dugger made a motion to approve the minutes from the Regular Meeting on March 5, 2009, Alderman Alexander seconded. The minutes were approved unanimously with Mayor Lothers recusing herself from the vote due to her absence.

Mayor Lothers made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report for February 2009, Alderman Dugger seconded the motion. The report was approved unanimously.


Chair Rick Owens reported for the Planning Commission.

Chair Wanda Barker reported for the Historic Commission

Fire Chief Presley Hughes reported for the Nolensville Volunteer Fire Department.

Engineering Department

Police Chief Paul Rigsby reported for the Police Department.

Alderman Thomas reported for the Town Events Committee

Alderman Dugger reminded everyone to come to the pancake breakfast sponsored by the Lion’s Club and the Buttercup Festival this Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00. Alderman Alexander announced that April 15 and 16 there will be an Economic Development workshop. Anyone is invited to attend. Mr. Chuck Markett with the TVA will be the moderator.

Mayor’s Report:

a. Appointments
Mr. Kevin Theis, 2011 Artesian Drive will be serving on the Trails and Trees Committee.

Mr. Jeff Hepler lives in Winterset Woods will be on the Construction Board of Appeals.

Jennifer Sturtevant, who lives in Nolen Park, will serve on the Economic Development Committee.

b. MTAS/TML Proclamation
Mayor Lothers noted that a proclamation was presented to MTAS celebrating their 60th year in operation.

c. Other
Thursday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m. financing in regards to the sewer project will be discussed with the Historic Nolensville Development Association.

Mr. Bob Hayes attended an Emergency Recovery Meeting that United Way and Red Cross sponsored to coordinate recovery efforts from a tornado, fire, or any other disaster.

Mayor Lothers attended a seminar with Marsha Blackburn to discuss stimulus money.

Mayor Lothers hosted the Tourism Bureau of Williamson County to keep them informed on Nolensville.

Second reading of ordinance #08-13, an ordinance to amend Zoning Ordinance #04-09, pertaining to the issues of allowing gravel surface private roads within the Town of Nolensville, Alderman Alexander made a motion to approve this ordinance on second reading, Alderman Thomas seconded and this was approved unanimously.

First reading of ordinance #09-03, an ordinance to amend Municipal Code Title 15, regarding the speed limit of Nolensville, Tennessee. A memo was presented to the Board by Town Engineer Don Swartz and Police Chief Rigsby. Alderman Thomas made a motion to approve this ordinance, Alderman Alexander seconded this was approved unanimously.

First reading of ordinance #09-04, an ordinance to amend Municipal Code Title 7, Chapter 3, and Title 12, Chapter 11 of the Municipal Code pertaining to Fire Sprinkler inspections and the International Property Maintenance Code. Building Official Michael Blanks was in attendance and answered questions from the Board. Alderman Dugger made a motion to approve this ordinance, Alderman Felts seconded, and this was approved on first reading unanimously. First reading of ordinance #09-05, an ordinance to adopt a Budget for fiscal year 2009-2010. Budget Committee Chair David Rowland addressed the board noting there was a proposed request to increase property tax from .06 to .15.

Alderman Felts inquired to the Police Department budget noting that Officer Lee would be on military leave. He asked if this position would be filled. Mayor Lothers stated that the Town will be applying for a COPS grant. If this is not approved she will propose a budget amendment. Mayor Lothers made a motion to approve the ordinance on first reading, Alderman Dugger seconded this motion. The vote was taken and this passed on first reading by majority with Mayor Lothers, Aldermen Alexander, Dugger, and Thomas for, Alderman Felts against.

Reading of resolution #09-12, a resolution to approve an updated zoning map for the Town of Nolensville. Planner Laird explained this resolution. Alderman Alexander made a motion to approve this resolution, Mayor Lothers seconded, and this was approved unanimously.

Reading of resolution #09-13, a resolution to enter into an agreement for the purchase of unimproved property to construction Town Hall. Alderman Alexander made a motion to suspend the rules so that Resolution 09-16, which was on the Agenda Addendum, could be reviewed simultaneously with this Resolution. The Board agreed to suspend the rules by acclamation.

The Board had extensive discussion in regards to the two resolutions and Town Hall sites. After further discussion Alderman Alexander recommended that both resolutions be deferred until both locations could be reviewed for cost comparison.

Alderman Dugger stated that the Town needs to get a price on each location so that an educated decision can be made. Mayor Lothers stated that if it is the Board’s wishes and they give her the authority to hire someone so that a cost estimate may be presented to the Board for each location.

Alderman Dugger made a motion to defer resolutions #09-13, #09-14, and #09-16, indefinitely, Mayor Lothers seconded and this was passed unanimously. Reading of resolution #09-15, a resolution to implement “all-way” stops within Ballenger Farms Subdivision.

Chief Rigsby discussed this resolution with the Board. After discussion Mayor Lothers made a motion to defer until Engineer Swartz was back to discuss further with the Board, Alderman Dugger seconded, and this resolution was deferred unanimously.

Other: The meeting adjourned at 9:55 p.m. by acclamation.

Respectfully submitted, Approved,

Cindy Lancaster                    Beth Lothers

Town Recorder                      Mayor