TOWN OF NOLENSVILLE BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2002
NOLENSVILLE TOWN HALL, 7:00 P.M.
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, Public Works Lonnie Bowden, Recorder Cindy Lancaster, and thirteen citizens.
Mayor Knapper led the prayer and pledge.
Mayor Knapper introduced the newly elected State Representative Glen Casada. Representative Casada encouraged the citizens to contact him if they had any questions or concerns on any issue.
Mayor Knapper asked for concerns or comments from the citizens. No one addressed the Board; therefore the Mayor introduced Mr. Jim Hindman to speak to the audience about adequate facilities tax. He noted that the Home Builders Association of Middle Tennessee and the Williamson County Association of Realtors had been asked to address the board on their views of this taxation.
Mr. Hindman introduced Mr. Brent Maybank who represented the Realtors but stated that this group would be following the stance that the Home Builders Association would be taking on this issue. Therefore, Mr. Hindman spoke for both organizations. After distributing several handouts, which addressed tax rates, Mr. Hindman encouraged the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to not increase adequate facilities tax. He noted that growth is a dynamic force. He encouraged the leaders to not disturb the balance of commercial and residential within the Town Of Nolensville. Mr. Hindman made reference to other cities that had faced this same dilemma. He asked the Board to consider renewable taxes such as property tax. He asks that they lean towards broad based and recurring taxes versus adequate facilities tax.
Mr. Larry Garner noted that the speaker stated that “growth” pays for itself. In previous meetings that he has attended in regards to this issue that statement is not true.
Mr. Hindman stated that he did not believe this statement to be true until he researched the data that he distributed this evening. Now he feels that it does pay for itself.
Alderman Rositano made a motion to pass the minutes for the meeting of January 3, 2002. Alderman Felts seconded this motion. These minutes were passed unanimously.
Recorder Lancaster submitted the Treasurer’s Report noting that $454,470.79 was the total cash on hand in the General Fund, with $43,300 being the disbursements. The State Street Aid has cash on hand of $66,408.84. Mayor Knapper noted that effective Monday employees would be notified to reduce spending. The Mayor stated that the budget had been reviewed and cuts will be made up to 30% per line item. Alderman Rositano made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, Mayor Knapper seconded and this motion passed unanimously.
The Mayor noted that he has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Metropolitan Planning Organization through Greater Nashville Regional Council. He will try to represent all small cities.
Mayor Knapper stated that one of the houses is almost complete through the Homes Grant Program. One home is awaiting weather to break and the other three are in various stages of litigation. There have been several applications submitted to be reviewed and placed into the second bid process.
Mayor Knapper stated that he participated in the Mayor and Aldermen walk on January 23, 2002 from 6:00 – 7:30. The walk included Dortch (right at end of Oldham), Timberside, Ramblewood, and Dortch Court. He spoke to several different residents.
Mayor Knapper stated that the paving on Rocky Fork and Sunset Roads would resume once weather allows.
Mayor Knapper stated the Tennessee Municipal League had set priorities on the $50 penalty rule. In addition some small towns are being sued in regards to billboards not being allowed due to ordinances prohibiting these signs.
Mayor Knapper stated that the Town has contracted with a grants man for approximately 8 hours or work.
He noted that he would be meeting with the Nashville Mayor Purcell in regards to sewer. Further he stated that May or June construction should begin on the sewer although he would know more after the meeting.
In Chairman Rob Pease’s absence Alderman Rositano reported for the Planning Commission. He noted that this commission is currently working on the Major Thoroughfare Plan. Mayor Knapper stated that they would be releasing the Projected Land Use Map, Major Thoroughfare Plan and the annexation plans in the near future.
Chief Presley Hughes reported for the Nolensville Volunteer Fire Department. He thanked the Mayor for attending the meeting last week. He noted that Mr. Jones with the Fire Department is working with Mr. Don Swartz in regards to Fire Codes. Chief Hughes stated that they had recently purchased two AED units. He also knew the town has entertained the idea of purchasing one of these units and he encouraged the board to approve this purchase. He stated that a computer to download data for this unit would cost approximately $300. The town could download into the Fire Department system saving this cost to the town. Chief Hughes noted that the fire department now has 31 members. This is the largest membership.
Mayor Knapper reported for the Chamber of Commerce in Mr. Rick Fisher’s absence. Mr. Fisher submitted a written report stating that surveys have been sent to Columbia State Community College to compile results from these documents. He further noted that the new Chamber number is 776-5326.
Mayor Knapper reported for the Codes Department. He stated that this department had distributed three certificates of occupancy. He also noted that Mr. Don Swartz had submitted a written report and distributed to the Board.
Mayor Knapper reported for the Police Department in Chief Goforth’s absence. He stated that he had a written report and this would be submitted to the board for their review.
Lonnie Bowden reported for the Public Works Department. He stated that his department has been installing the fall banners and cleaning ditches. Mr. Bowden noted that community service kids have been working at town hall.
Reading of Resolution #02-01, a resolution to address the substantial state budget shortfalls. Mayor Knapper stated that this is merely stating that local government should not bear the burden of state budget shortfall. He noted that this is a very serious issue. Alderman Felts made a motion to pass this as read, Alderman Rositano seconded and this passed unanimously.
Reading of Resolution #02-02, a resolution to formally enter into an agreement with Mr. John Poole, a certified public accountant. Counsel Notestine stated that this is merely a document authorizing the mayor to sign a contract so that the accountant may perform the annual audit for the town. Alderman Rositano made a motion to pass this resolution, Alderman Dugger seconded and this resolution was passed unanimously.
Reading of Resolution #02-03, a resolution to amend Resolution #97-17, the adoption of a Personnel Policy and Procedure Manual. Counsel Notestine stated that this resolution is placing regulations on outside employment for employees. Mayor Knapper noted that questions have been raised by employees to work outside of their full-time employment. There was extensive discussion on this issue. With the main focus being the basis of work that may conflict with the employee’s job versus work that would not. Alderman Dugger gave an example of a Public Works employee having the opportunity to work on someone’s home in the construction field. This would not be a direct conflict. It was decided that the best way would be for the Mayor to review all outside employment by employees. Alderman Felts made a motion to pass this resolution, Mayor Knapper seconded and this resolution passed unanimously.
Mayor Knapper stated that he had spoken to the salesperson in regards to purchasing a defibrillator. She stated that she would sell the defibrillator to the town in the next fiscal budget at the same price it is being offered this year. The board agreed to purchase the defibrillator in July 2002.
Meeting adjourned at 8:17 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Approved,
Cindy Lancaster Charles F. Knapper
Town Recorder Mayor