Town of Nolensville
Board of Mayor and Aldermen Meeting
Date: March 4, 2010, Time 7:00 p.m.
Nolensville Recreation Center
Due to the Board meeting in Executive Session prior to the Regular Meeting, Mayor Beth Lothers opened the meeting at 7:16 p.m. Members present were Mayor Beth Lothers, Aldermen Jimmy Alexander, Tommy Dugger, Larry Felts, and Brian Snyder. Staff present was Counsel Robert Notestine, Town Planner Henry Laird, Engineer Don Swartz, and Recorder Cindy Lancaster. There were 31 citizens present. There was a computer malfunction and the Town Recorder left prior to the meeting and returned at 7:28. A tape recording of the meeting was used to obtain the meeting minutes from 7:16 until 7:28.
Pastor Rick Jenkins with Radnor Baptist Church led the prayer and pledge.
Mr. Gray Shotwell, 2356 Rocky Fork Road, a member of the Historical Society noted there 5 more books for sale on Nolensville.
Mr. Joe Curtsinger, 7380 Nolensville Road, spoke in regards to the construction of Town Hall stating that the Town should move forward with another plan. Mr. Curtsinger added that there was low Town morale.
Alderman Snyder made a motion to approve the minutes from the Regular Meeting of February 4, 2010, Alderman Dugger seconded with comment. Alderman Dugger made a motion to amend the minutes with the following changes. He noted that on page two it states that Alderman Snyder with the Economic Development Committee states that the web-site will be $30,000, it should read, “the project is estimated to be worth $30,000”, he added that due to the Town not paying this fee the minutes should reflect the word “worth”. Alderman Dugger noted that on page three Mr. Tisano said 60% against, the minutes reflect 40% against, and it should be 40% for and 60% against. Alderman Dugger further stated that the last line of the minutes state the meeting was adjourned by acclamation. Mayor Lothers stated that she sent an email to the Board members apologizing for ending the meeting abruptly. The last page should read Mayor Lothers adjourned the meeting. Mayor Lothers seconded the motion to amend the minutes. The vote was taken and the minutes were approved unanimously as amended.
Alderman Felts made a motion to approval the Beer Board meeting minutes of February 9, 2010, Mayor Lothers seconded. Aldermen Dugger and Snyder recused themselves from this vote due to not attending this meeting. There were no additions or corrections and the minutes were approved by majority with Mayor Lothers, Aldermen Alexander, and Felts voting for approval and Aldermen Dugger and Snyder recused.
Mayor Lothers made a motion to approval the Special Meeting minutes of February 9, 2010, Alderman Alexander seconded. Aldermen Dugger and Snyder recused themselves from this vote due to not attending this meeting. There were no additions or corrections and the minutes were approved by majority with Mayor Lothers, Aldermen Alexander, and Felts voting for approval and Aldermen Dugger and Snyder recused.
Alderman Dugger made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report for January 2010, Alderman Alexander seconded the motion. The vote was taken and this report was approved unanimously.
Chair Rick Owens reported for the Planning Commission.
Fire Chief Presley Hughes reported for the Nolensville Volunteer Fire Department.
In Engineer Don Swartz’s absence a written report was submitted for the Engineering Department
Police Chief Paul Rigsby reported for the Police Department.
Historic Commission reported by Mayor Lothers
Mayor Lothers reported for the Trees and Trails Committee
Alderman Snyder reported for the Town Events in Chair Suzie Lindsey’s absence
Due to biography information on nominee not being received this nomination will be next month.
Counsel Notestine stated the developer reported last month that he was experiencing difficulty in financing for the Town Center project. His recommendation was to give the Mayor the authority to obtain a definite date for financing. He further added his recommendation would be June 1st. Alderman Alexander made a motion to make the cut off date June 1st, 2010.
Alderman Dugger stated that he felt Mr. Tisano has had plenty of time and the Town needs something more substantial. He added that it should reflect financing should be in place by June 1st, and pad ready by June 15th. Alderman Felts and Alderman Snyder agreed.
Counsel Notestine added that he felt the Board was being very generous and the developer has implied he could live with June 1st.
Alderman Alexander restated the motion to establish June 1st as the cutoff date to provide proof of financing and by two weeks after that the demolition of Piggly Wiggly should be completed, this was seconded by Alderman Snyder. The Board voted and this was approved unanimously.
Mayor Lothers noted that just because the Town obtains a deadline from the developer Mr. Tisano, does not mean other sites cannot be reviewed. She added that Alderman Alexander has agreed to head a Committee to review various sites. Alderman Dugger notified the Mayor of property with two and one half acres, an office building with 3,600 square feet, and a garage with approximately 7,500 square feet. She added four Board members have viewed this property and it could be a temporary location for Town Hall offices with long term possibilities such as Public Works, fleet maintenance, and/or a secondary Fire Hall location.
Alderman Dugger noted that he was not the agent and any work towards this project would be “pro bono” to the Town.
There was extensive discussion with Alderman Felts adding that he did not have time to view, although he remembered the 7,500 square foot garage area having a couple of offices or sleeping quarters.
Counsel Notestine stated that he felt this was is still exploratory and it would be premature to enter into a contract, although the Mayor could definitely look into it.
Alderman Alexander made a motion to give the Mayor the authority to investigate this property further with the ability to negotiate a contingency contract to bring back to the Board for consideration, Alderman Snyder seconded. Mayor Lothers clarified that other options are not be ruled out; this is just being investigated further. She added that Alderman Alexander will be overseeing a Site Committee and anyone wishing to nominate a member please notify Alderman Alexander or the Mayor. The vote was taken and passed unanimously.
Mayor Lothers advised the Board that an email was sent by a resident in regards to broadband service. Alderman Snyder researched this information. Alderman Snyder stated that currently Google is bringing forth a broadband and will pay the cost to bring the line directly to your home. Google is looking for small Municipalities to participate with a deadline of March 26th. He added that the Town will complete the information and submit it to Google. Google will then go through the submittal process.
Mayor Lothers noted that “Read across America” was this week. The Mayor visited and read to classes and NES. She read some excerpts from a book that local children created, “If I Were Mayor for the Day”.
Mayor Lothers noted that Mr. Orville Norton’s wife, Oleita Norton, recently passed away. As a founding Incorporation Member and letter was sent from the Town on behalf of our sympathies.
Mayor Lothers asked Alderman Snyder to read an email she had received from Aubrey Preston. This is a special event tied around. “Trashersize for____________”. It will be a great American clean up with a treasurer hunt. This project will address littering, in addition to the need for exercise. Mayor Lothers added that a Boy Scout group is interested in participating in litter pick up as a project as well.
Mayor Lothers stated that she has reviewed the contract with the Nolensville Volunteer Fire Department. She noted that it has been updated once in approximately 14 years. Counsel Notestine is reviewing this contract. She has requested Mr. Ray Crouch, Fire Consultant with MTAS, to research and perform a study. She added that a Committee would be composed of a couple of Fire Fighters, Police Officers and other citizens to review public safety issues as an extension of the Williamson County Public Safety Task Force she serves on.
Alderman Felts made a motion to approve the second reading of ordinance #09-21, an ordinance to amend Zoning Ordinance #04-09, as it pertains to impervious surface standards in the Suburban Residential and Estate Residential zoning districts, Alderman Snyder seconded. With no discussion this passed unanimously.
Alderman Alexander made a motion to approve on second reading of ordinance #10-01, an ordinance to amend Title 19, Chapter 2, and Subsection 19-204, of the Municipal Code pertaining to Piedmont Gas Franchise, Mayor Lothers seconded. With no discussion this passed unanimously.
First reading of ordinance #10-02, an ordinance to amend the Zoning Map of Nolensville, Tennessee to rezone property currently Suburban Residential (SR)/Annexation Buffer Overlay (ABO) to Commercial Regional (CR) located 7047 Nolensville Road was forwarded to the Board by the Planning Commission. Alderman Alexander made a motion to disapprove this ordinance noting that the recommendation made by the Planning Commission was to disapprove, it does not comply with the Town’s Land Use Policy Plan, there are annexation buffer issues and there are several flood plain issues, Alderman Snyder seconded. Disapproval of this ordinance was unanimously approved by the Board.
Reading of resolution #10-04, a resolution to formally enter into an agreement with Mr. John Poole, CPA, to perform the annual Nolensville audit. It was noted that Mr. Poole’s fee has doubled, although after the Town Recorder researched other pricing this remains the most reasonable cost, in addition this is the first increase in six years. Alderman Felts made a motion to approve this resolution, Alderman Snyder seconded, and this was approved unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at 8:37 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Approved,
Cindy Lancaster Beth Lothers
Town Recorder Mayor