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 Bob Notestine, Officer George Poss, Recorder Cindy Lancaster, and 33+ citizens, the total count was not taken due to citizens standing throughout the hall.  Boy Scout Troop 298 was in attendance and each one brought their parents.


Alderman Dugger led the prayer.  Troop 298 led the pledge.


Counsel Notestine began the Swearing In Ceremony for Alderman Joe Rositano due to his absence at the last meeting.


Citizens Input:


Mayor Knapper asked for concerns or comments from the citizens.  Mr. Charles Lawson of York Road asked the board to consider illumination lights at the intersections of Nolensville Road throughout the town limits.  He noted that it is hard to see the entrance to the roads.


Alderman Felts made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meeting of January 2, 2003, Alderman Rositano seconded this motion.  Alderman Dugger made a correction to the minutes noting that in the portion where the Fire Department Chief Hughes makes his report to add, “the reason for the increase is due to section of Brentwood that was annexed”.  With this addition the minutes were approved unanimously.


Alderman Rositano made a motion to accept the Treasurers report, Alderman Phillips seconded.  Recorder Lancaster reported the general fund cash on hand as being $511,195.38, with cash disbursements being $57,500.  State Street Aid cash on hand is $161,039.02.  Cindy Lancaster requested the Board reduce the percentage into the Growth and Rainy Day fund to 3 and 5 percent due to the increasing expenses.  Alderman Dugger made a motion to drop the percentage to 5 and 5% of total revenues to go into these funds.  Alderman Rositano seconded and this passed unanimously.  The treasurer’s report was unanimously approved.


Mayor Knapper then stated that there would be a five-minute recess to allow the boy scouts to take pictures.


The meeting resumed at 7:27.


Mayor’s Comments:


Mayor Knapper noted that three homes were currently under construction in regards to the HOME Grant.  One home is almost complete, one is awaiting weather to break and the last one is obtaining a sewer easement.


A conference has been set for the first week in March for the box culvert on York Road.


Mayor Knapper stated that at the last Planning Commission meeting a resident attended with a request to revisit the burn ordinance.  His complaint was the leaves and debris that comes from a fire.  Mayor Knapper obtained various sample ordinances to review.  Mayor Knapper distributed these to the Board.  Chief Hughes addressed the board with a sample permit.  He stated that this might bring clarity to the confusion of issuing a permit.  The written form would make it the permit holder’s responsibility to abide by the guidelines or they will be issued a citation.  The mayor stated that this permit might address the issues that the town currently needs to address.


The Mayor noted that bids had previously been distributed to the board to stripe various roads within the town limits.  He asked the Board for permission to initiate this process.  Alderman Felts said that he would like to verify that this paint would be the reflective paint that can easily be seen by the motorist.  Mayor Knapper stated that the paint would have to be the required paint by MUTCD.  Alderman Dugger asked if these companies had been reviewed for reputation?  Mayor Knapper said that he would verify this with the Town Engineer, Mike Delvizis.  Mayor Knapper made a motion to proceed with the striping, Alderman Felts seconded and this passed unanimously.


Mayor Knapper stated that in the next fiscal year budget he would like to secure money to hire a fire inspector.  He would be meeting with Fire Chief Presley Hughes and Jason Jones.  He would then come back to the board for their approval.


The Mayor also noted that he was contacted by WL Hailey Group.  This is the contractor that will construct the sewer.  The town engineer and Mayor Knapper will be meeting with this group next week.


He discussed a preliminary sketch plan that would be submitted by Anderson-Delk and Associates.  This plan will be discussed in great detail at the next Planning Commission meeting.


Mayor Knapper asked Fire Chief Presley Hughes for any comments in regards to the sprinkler ordinance.  Chief Hughes stated that he felt all questions had been answered in regards to this ordinance.  He noted that Nolensville-College Grove Utility had agreed to do all the paperwork and it would not cost the city any money.  Mayor Knapper concurred with the Chief stating that there had been a meeting with the Utility Company on January 29.  Mayor Knapper noted that it is incumbent upon the Fire Department to educate the people.   There is some resistance from the residents.  Alderman Rositano stated that the comments he has received from the residents is “I do not want someone telling me I have to put a sprinkler system in my home.”  Chief Hughes stated that he has had several calls and has not received any negative comments.  Once an individual was told that it was not “retroactive”, only mandatory in new construction, individuals were put at ease.


Mayor Knapper distributed to the board educational data that included workshops and seminars for elected officials.  He noted that although the city did not allow for this expense in the budget, some workshops were very inexpensive.


Mayor Knapper advised the board that Brentwood City would host a meeting for various Williamson County cities, commissions and boards on February 19 at 5:30.  The Nolensville Board was invited to attend.


Mayor Knapper noted that he had received a letter from Senator Bryson in regards to the ISTEA grant that the town had previously applied.  The Senator stated that his office would monitor any other grant request.


Counsel Notestine noted that he had investigated the issue if a Board member could communicate via telephone during a board meeting.  The Attorney General’s opinion is a city cannot perform this form of communication.  Counsel stated that if the board felt that they wanted this form of communication a resolution could be passed to move forward.


Mayor Knapper noted that the budget sub-committee would meet on February 27, March 4,11, 18, and 25 at 6:00.  There will be two citizens on this committee in addition to the board members.


Commission/Committee Reports


In Planning Commission Chairman Frank Wilson’s absence, Willis Wells reported for this group.


Mayor Knapper noted there was no report for the Historic District Commission due to no meeting.  Although, Betty Friedlander announced that there would be live entertainment at Williams Grocery, 7:00 p.m. on Saturday evening.  Sheriff Headley and his band would be playing.  Betty invited everyone to attend.


Chief Presley Hughes reported for the Nolensville Volunteer Fire Department.



Mr. Rick Fisher reported for the Chamber of Commerce.


§       This board has changed.  Mr. Mark Baron is now the Chair, Debbie Vandertop is Vice-Chair, Debra Wollaber is Secretary and Bruce Wollaber is Treasurer.

§       County Executive Rogers Anderson was the guest speaker at the last meeting.

§       The next meeting will be the second Tuesday in April.


Mayor Knapper reported for the Codes Department and Public Works Department.  Lonnie Bowden had submitted a written report and this was disbursed to the Board.  He asked if there were any questions.  The Aldermen did not have any questions.


Officer George Poss reported for the Police Department.  Officer Poss briefly reviewed the statistics for January.  He noted that 2,775 miles were driven with 182 gallons of gas being purchased.  There were 28 warnings, 23 citations, 2 thefts and 2 property damages.  Officer Poss stated various other statistics.  Mayor Knapper noted that currently vehicles are being reviewed for purchase.  In the past, Brentwood donated vehicles and the town purchased one from Germantown.  This is being investigated.


Reading of Resolution #03-03, a resolution to enter into an agreement with Mr. John Poole to perform the annual audit for the Town Of Nolensville.  Counsel Notestine stated this Resolution is authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement with Mr. Poole to perform the state mandated annual audit.  Alderman Rositano made a motion to pass this resolution, Mayor Dugger seconded and this passed unanimously.


Mayor Knapper noted that Betty Friedlander had been attending Williamson County Recycling meetings.  Mayor Knapper noted that he would be in contact with BFI to see if they can do a door-to-door recycle campaign.


Mayor Knapper stated that he would be reviewing the purchasing of new banners and Christmas decorations.


Mayor Knapper additionally stated that annexation consideration would begin in March.


Alderman Rositano thanked everyone for their ongoing prayers and support.


Alderman Rositano made a motion to adjourn, Alderman Dugger seconded and the meeting adjourned at 8:25.


Respectfully submitted,                                                         Approved,




Cindy Lancaster                                                                      Charles F. Knapper

Town Recorder                                                                       Mayor