Town of Nolensville Board of Mayor and Aldermen
Meeting Date: March 5, 2009, Time 7:00 p.m.
Nolensville Elementary School
Vice-Mayor Tommy Dugger opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Members present were Aldermen Jimmy Alexander, Larry Felts, and Ken Thomas. Mayor Lothers was absent. Staff present: Counsel Robert Notestine, Town Planner Henry Laird, Engineer Don Swartz, and Recorder Cindy Lancaster. There were 33 citizens present.
Alderman Ken Thomas led the Prayer and Pledge.
Mrs. Evelyn Bennett, 7186 Nolensville Road, announced the first Saturday in April the Buttercup Festival will be held. She noted that proceeds will go to assist in providing sewer to the downtown area.
Mr. Harold Shafer, 2030 Williams Road, read a letter from Mr. Aubrey Short at 803 Rockwood Drive. The letter was in opposition for the proposed Town Hall project and the debt load that it will bring to the Town.
Mr. Harold Shafer, 2030 Williams Road, read a letter that he composed in regards to the Town Hall project. He said that he agreed with some of the pros and cons. He said that it was opinion that this is the wrong decision made by BOMA.
Mrs. Lynda Moses, Rock Springs Road, stated that she disagrees with the Town Hall project. She said that she would like to see a free-standing building.
Mr. Parman Henry, 7323 Nolensville Road, stated that he was the first Vice-Mayor of Nolensville. He stated that he was opposed to the Town Hall project and the Town needs to step back, look, and see what the future brings.
Alderman Thomas stated that there are a lot of different opinions in regards to Town Hall. He added that it was his opinion if people were poled we would find the majority would be for this project. He further advised that everyone is entitled to their opinion, but we need to be very careful on the words that are used.
Alderman Alexander stated that when there are meetings and people speak it may appear that the Board does not listen and that is totally not the case. He noted that due to the various opinions of the Special Meeting a workshop is going to be held to review this project once again.
Alderman Felts made a motion to approve the minutes from the Regular Meeting on February 5, 2009, Vice-Mayor Dugger seconded. The minutes were approved unanimously.
Vice-Mayor Dugger made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report for January 2009, Alderman Thomas seconded the motion. The report was approved unanimously.
Chair Rick Owens reported for the Planning Commission.
• 7437 Nolensville Road rezoning request was withdrawn.
• Monthly bond report was unanimously approved
Mr. Bob Crigger reported for the Historic Commission
• Noted there was no report
Fire Chief Presley Hughes reported for the Nolensville Volunteer Fire Department.
• After a positive background check, three members will be added
• Invited everyone to view web-site www.nolensvillefire.com
• Explorers Post will be in a competition with other Explorer Post
• Contract for Civil Contractors to construct signalization was approved
• Easements are currently being prepared
Police Chief Paul Rigsby reported for the Police Department.
• Written statistics were distributed to the Board
• Investigations are ongoing
Chair Suzie Lindsey reported for the Town Events Committee
• Will meet on Monday
• Antique and Classic Car Show scheduled for April 25
• Choice Automotive will be one among many sponsors
• Music will be provided by a DJ
• Ongoing work is being performed on the July 4th Celebration
• Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast will be on April 25th also
Due to Mayor Lothers absence the appointments will be made at the next meeting.
Vice Mayor Dugger noted that the Budget Committee would be meeting tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. and the public is invited. Vice Mayor Dugger noted that a workshop is being planned for next week. It was agreed by the Board that Thursday, March 12, at 6:30 would be a tentative date for this workshop.
Counsel Notestine said that this workshop has been scheduled to look at the overall Town Hall project. He added that it has been discussed to review a possible bid process and this will make sure the Board is being good stewards of city funds.
Public hearing 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 opened at 7:36.
Planner Laird went over this ordinance. There was no public comment and the public hearing was closed at 7:37. Second reading of ordinance #09-01, an ordinance to amend Municipal Code Title 8, Chapter 1, regarding the beer law of Nolensville, Tennessee.
Counsel Notestine noted this is a housekeeping ordinance. Alderman Felts made a motion to pass this ordinance on second reading, Alderman Alexander seconded, and this passed unanimously.
Second reading of ordinance #09-02, an ordinance to amend Municipal Code Title 8, Chapter 2, regarding the liquor law of Nolensville, Tennessee. Counsel Notestine explained this ordinance noting that this creates a new section within the Municipal Code that allows liquor by the drink. He noted that although the Board is passing this ordinance, the State regulates liquor by the drink within the Town of Nolensville. Alderman Felts made a motion to pass this ordinance on second reading, Alderman Alexander seconded, and this passed unanimously.
Alderman Felt’s state that previously he was going to discuss the cell phone towers, although he was informed that the Planning Commission would be having a workshop to discuss this issue. He said that he would wait until this meeting was over before commenting.
Alderman Thomas stated that he feels a community will disagree, but then have respect for one another and for the process. He said that we should all speak in such ways that are factual and have the utmost integrity. The meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m. by acclamation.
Respectfully submitted, Approved,
Cindy Lancaster Walter T. Dugger, III
Town Recorder Vice-Mayor