Mayor Charles Knapper opened the meeting at 7:00. In attendance were Mayor Knapper, Aldermen Tommy Dugger, Larry Felts, Gail Phillips and Joe Rositano. Counsel Robert Notestine, Chief Jeff Goforth, Recorder Cindy Lancaster, and nine citizens.

Alderman Dugger led the prayer and pledge.


Mayor Knapper opened the Public Hearing at 7:01. Ms. Colette Meehan, Town Planner, distributed a handout that listed various changes that would be made to the zoning ordinance. Ms. Meehan addressed the board and crowd in regards to each of these modifications. She noted that the Planning Commission had unanimously recommended the revisions. Mayor Knapper closed the hearing at 7:04, after the Board or audience asked no questions.


Citizens Input:

Mayor Knapper asked for concerns or comments from the citizens. No one addressed the Board.

Alderman Dugger made a motion to pass the Beer Board minutes for December 3, 2001 and Regular meeting of December 6, 2001. Alderman Rositano seconded this motion. These minutes were passed unanimously.

Recorder Lancaster submitted the Treasurer’s Report noting that $463,890.71 was the total cash on hand in the General Fund, with $39,000 being the disbursements. The State Street Aid has cash on hand of $65,883.84. Mayor Knapper noted that there is a large disbursement figure due to “one-time” annual costs and fees. Recorder Lancaster noted that this figure would be reflected in the January disbursements due to the transaction occurring in January. Alderman Felts made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, Alderman Rositano seconded and this motion passed unanimously.

Mayor’s Comments:

The Mayor noted that the Metropolitan Planning Organization had contacted him in regards to the by-laws stating that Greater Nashville Regional Council can choose a representative from a “small city”. Currently the Watertown Mayor holds this position.

Mayor Knapper stated that a house has been delivered through the Homes Grant Program. This grant is underway.

Mayor Knapper stated that the Mayor and Aldermen walk is scheduled for January 23, 2002 from 6:00 – 7:30. The walk will include Dortch (right at end of Oldham), Timberside, Ramblewood, and Dortch Court.

Mayor Knapper stated that the paving on Rocky Fork Road would resume once weather allows. Mayor Knapper noted that Sessions was contacted to perform the proper steps immediately to reduce the hazardous conditions and liability.

Mayor Knapper stated that a letter would be forthcoming for review by the Board prior to being sent to Senator Marsha Blackburn and Representative Charles Sargent. This letter is to request the privilege tax be changed to Residential - $2.00 and Commercial - $1.00. Currently it is Residential $1.00 and Commercial $2.00.

Mayor Knapper stated the Nolensville Volunteer Fire Department has approached the town in regards to purchasing a defibrillator machine in the patrol car to quicker serve the citizens. Tennessee Municipal League was contacted and a letter will be forthcoming in regards to liability issues. TML verbally stated that if the officers are properly trained and the appropriate equipment is used, there should not be any liability. Alderman Felts stressed that he was for purchasing this equipment and would encourage the board to consider obtaining a separate one to be housed in town hall.

Mayor Knapper stated that by mid-February the thoroughfare plan and land use plan map will be completed. He also noted that Grants are currently being investigated by an MTSU student.

Commission/Committee Reports

Chairman Rob Pease reported for the Planning Commission noting that this commission has made a recommendation to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen that will be presented tonight to adopt the Zoning Ordinance. Chair Pease thanked the Planning Commission members, Colette Meehan and Engineer Mike Delvizis for their dedication and hard work.

Mayor Knapper reported for the Nolensville Volunteer Fire Department in the absence of Chief Presley Hughes. He noted that Chief Hughes had distributed the monthly report earlier and was not in attendance due to his illness.

Mayor Knapper reported for the Chamber of Commerce in Mr. Rick Fisher’s absence. Mr. Fisher also submitted a written report stating that 200 surveys were sent out to various businesses and Columbia State Community College would be compiling results from these documents. He further noted that the next meeting would be January 8, with County Executive Clint Callicott being the guest speaker.

Mayor Knapper reported for the Codes Department. He stated that a Board of Zoning Appeals application would be heard at the January 15, 2002 meeting.

Chief Goforth reported for the Police Department. He stated that this is generally a “slow time” due to being the winter months. He noted that 75 citations were issued. He advised the board that he was certified to use the defibulator machine and was in favor of purchasing this item.

Mayor Knapper reported for the Public Works Department. He stated that this department has been cleaning up streets with the assistance of community service workers. Also, the removal of Christmas decorations has been on going.

Second Reading of Ordinance #01-07, an ordinance to administer court cost amending ordinance #99-15. Counsel Notestine stated that this is second reading and this is being implemented to merely cover the cost of court. Chief Goforth asked for clarification in regards to multi-tickets. He asked if multi-tickets were used would the $75 court fee be per violation or per case? After extensive discussion Counsel Notestine stated that the ordinance reads per case, although ultimately this would be up to the Judges interpretation. Alderman Rositano made a motion to pass this as read, Alderman Felts seconded and this passed unanimously.

Second reading of Ordinance #01-06, an ordinance to amend zoning ordinance #98-22. Alderman Felts made a motion to pass this ordinance, Mayor Knapper seconded. Alderman Phillips made a motion to pass the ordinance as amended with the amendments being stated previously in the public hearing by Ms. Colette Meehan, Nolensville Town Planner, Alderman Rositano seconded and this ordinance was passed unanimously as amended.

Other Business

Mayor Knapper stated that Dr. Lou Laratta had declined the position on the Historic Commission due to previous time consuming commitments. Mayor Knapper made a motion to nominate Mrs. Lu Lu Smith to replace Dr. Laratta. Alderman Felts seconded and this passed unanimously.

Meeting adjourned at 7:39 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Approved,

Cindy Lancaster Charles F. Knapper

Town Recorder Mayor