TOWN OF NOLENSVILLE BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN
THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2002
NOLENSVILLE TOWN HALL, 7:00 P.M.
Mayor Charles Knapper opened the meeting at 7:01. In attendance were Mayor Knapper, Aldermen Tommy Dugger, Larry Felts, Gail Phillips and Joe Rositano. Counsel Bob Notestine, Recorder Cindy Lancaster, Officer George Poss and fourteen citizens.
Alderman Rossitano led the prayer and pledge.
Mayor Knapper asked for concerns or comments from the citizens. Mrs. Ann Rucker, 801 Alec Court presented a petition signed by citizens requesting a stop sign to be erected at Dortch and Alec Court. Mayor Knapper stated that he had spoken to the Town Engineer. The Town Engineer will be performing a study and investigate the possibility of a stop sign being placed at that intersection.
Mr. James Solomon, 7044 Nolensville Road, presented a petition to the Board requesting if Nolensville annexes the property on Nolensville Road going north to the Davidson County line, that it remain suburban residential, which is the current county zoning. Mayor Knapper stated that he would be reviewing this issue with the Town Planner Colette Meehan.
Alderman Rositano made a motion to pass the minutes for the regular meeting of May 2, 2002. Alderman Felts seconded this motion. Mayor Knapper noted that Chief Goforth had submitted a written report on speed limit which will be on the agenda for the next meeting. These minutes were passed unanimously.
Recorder Lancaster submitted the Treasurer’s Report noting that $504,722.00 was the total cash on hand in the General Fund, with $30,000 being the disbursements. The State Street Aid has cash on hand of $48,063.92. Alderman Phillips made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, Mayor Knapper seconded and this motion passed unanimously.
The Mayor noted that the MPO did not meet last month, although he had been advised that Metro is planning to build a High School across from the “Beverly Hills” Motel on Nolensville Road. He also noted that a convenience market would be around the Bluff Road area. These issues have not come before the MPO, although he will keep the board informed.
Mayor Knapper noted that three homes have been completed on the HOME grant.
Mayor Knapper stated that Sunset Road is completed. The Town Engineer, Lonnie Bowden and the Mayor reviewed roads and a priority list will be forthcoming.
Mayor Knapper noted that he will be attending a TML Conference in Knoxville this weekend. State tax issues will be discussed extensively at this meeting. Mayor Knapper will report back with his findings.
Mayor Knapper stated that the Board had met with Fire Chief Presley Hughes, and the Franklin Fire Administrator in regards to ordinances that pertain to fire safety. These issues will be forth coming.
In Planning Commission Chairman Rob Pease’s absence Larry Gardner reported that paving in the McFarlin Woods area was discussed, in addition to the Village Fringe area. Approval of a “Home Occupation” was issued by the Commission at the last meeting.
Chairwoman of the Historic Commission Pat Aldred noted that at the next meeting two Certificate of Appropriateness request would be made to this Commission.
Chief Presley Hughes reported for the Nolensville Volunteer Fire Department.
Mr. Rick Fisher submitted a written report for the Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Knapper stated that the Board of Mayor and Aldermen had been invited to attend the meeting on July 9, to discuss the budget and various issues that are currently before the town. Mayor Knapper noted that he had met with Nancy Conway of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. The survey that had recently been completed stated that a recruitment of business was needed in Nolensville, in addition to an annual festival.
Mayor Knapper reported for the Codes Department. He noted that Mr. Don Swartz had submitted a written report that was before the Board. He asked if there were any questions. The Aldermen did not have any questions.
Officer Poss reported for the Police Department.
Mayor Knapper reported for the Public Works Department.
§ Mowing has begun.
Reading of Resolution #02-08, a resolution to make application for a COPS grant. Counsel Notestine noted that this resolution is to make application for a grant. Alderman Phillips asked if this was for the next fiscal year budget. Mayor Knapper stated that this grant was for next fiscal year. He noted that the deadline is July and wanted to get prior approval. Alderman Felts made a motion to pass this resolution, Alderman Rossitano seconded and this passed unanimously.
Reading of Resolution #02-09, a resolution to enter into an agreement with Williamson Medical Center. Counsel Notestine stated that this is authorizing the Mayor and Chief to enter into an agreement with Williamson Medical Center to provide EMS with a defibulator the town will purchase. This agreement prioritizes calls. Alderman Rositano made a motion to pass this resolution, Alderman Phillips seconded and this passed unanimously.
Mayor Knapper noted that he had spoken to Metro Water & Sewer and dates for sewer are forthcoming. He noted that 85% of the easements have been retained at this time.
Mayor Knapper called for a recess at 7:40.
The meeting reconvened at 7:49 and the Public Hearing opened at 7:51.
Mayor Knapper noted that this was the first reading of Ordinance #02-01, an ordinance to adopt a budget for fiscal year July 1, 2002 – June 30, 2003. Mayor Knapper went over various items within the budget. Alderman Rossitano complimented the Budget Committee on their hard work. Mayor Knapper noted that with this budget there should be an approximate $14,000 surplus. Mayor Knapper noted that it was the sub-committees recommendation to give 1 – 3% raises based upon merit to the full time employees. Mr. Gardner asked where the funding was coming from? Mayor Knapper stated the majority comes from State-Shared Revenues. Alderman Rositano made a motion to approve this ordinance, Alderman Dugger seconded and this passed unanimously.
The public hearing was closed at 8:03.
Mayor Knapper stated that the Tennessee Municipal League contacted him and requested that he be on a phone relay team if legislature got close to passing the budget that was currently being discussed. Mayor Knapper agreed and was contacted by TML. Mayor Knapper contacted Representatives and Senators stating that if this budget passed Nolensville would proceed with a lawsuit stating that this act would be unconstitutional to mandate municipalities to provide services with out providing funding.
Mrs. Aldred noted that she had attended a meeting in Murfreesboro in regards to Nolensville being placed on the Greenway Map with the Greater Nashville Regional Council.
Alderman Rossitano stated that one good thing that has come out of this issue is that individuals and cities are relying on the Constitution.
Alderman Felts encouraged everyone to call their representative to pass an open container law and .08 alcohol level.
Mayor Knapper noted that the Board would not meet on July 4th, although would have this meeting on Thursday, June 27, 2002.
Meeting adjourned at 8:18 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Approved,
Cindy Lancaster Charles F. Knapper
Town Recorder Mayor