TOWN OF NOLENSVILLE BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN
THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2001
NOLENSVILLE TOWN HALL, 7:00 P.M.
Mayor Charles Knapper opened the meeting at 7:04. In attendance were Mayor Knapper, Aldermen Tommy Dugger, Larry Felts, Gail Phillips and Joe Rositano. Counsel Robert Notestine, Officer George Poss, Recorder Cindy Lancaster, and eight citizens.
Alderman Rositano led the prayer and pledge.
Mayor Knapper asked for citizen’s input. There were no citizens that addressed the board.
Regional Planning Authority – Mayor Knapper stated that he had met with the County Executive and various County Commissioners in regards to becoming the Planning Authority. He noted that this was going to be very cumbersome. Mayor Knapper and other city managers believed this will not work. Mike Walker with the City of Brentwood introduced an interlocal agreement that may assist in this attempt. County Executive Callicott will be working on this issue. If this is not agreed upon, annexation may have to be a possibility.
Abandoned Bridge Issue – Mayor Knapper stated that the town received a grant three years ago. Expenses have been incurred such as title search and engineering work. The total spent to date is $1,450. A report that was submitted by the town engineer will be brought before the board on this project.
Planning Commission Change – Mayor Knapper stated that over the past six months there has been a deterioration of the Historic District Commission. An ordinance will be forthcoming to expand the Planning Commission to nine members and a sub-committee of five members will service as the Historic Commission. Mayor Knapper noted that the town needs individuals who are knowledgeable about the process of a city. This will be addressed in the near future.
Chamber of Commerce – Mayor Knapper stated that he had spoken to Ms. Nancy Conway with the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce. The Nolensville chamber is investigating being affiliated with the Williamson County Chamber or the Brentwood Chamber. Ms. Conway would like to place a phone with an answering machine in Town Hall. The cost to man this would be approximately $6,000.
Alderman Felts made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting of May 3, 2001, Alderman Rositano seconded and this passed unanimously.
Recorder Lancaster submitted the Treasurer’s Report noting that $414,311.75 was the total cash on hand in the General Fund, with $40,000 being the disbursements. The State Street Aid has cash on hand of $83,293.91. Alderman Rositano made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, Alderman Felts seconded and this motion passed unanimously.
Alderman Felts stated that earlier the Board was approached in regards to donating funds to the Nolensville Elementary School for playground equipment. Alderman Felts made a motion to donate $1,500 to Nolensville Elementary School. Alderman Rositano seconded. Alderman Dugger asked for clarification from Counsel in regards to this issue. Counsel Notestine stated that this has been investigated and if the board agreed to donate these funds, his recommendation is to write the check to the school and earmark it for the playground. Mayor Knapper noted that he received a bulletin distributed by the PTO. It stated that over $14,000 was raised through the Fun Run event at the school. In addition, the Lions Club has donated approximately $2,000 from the Pancake Breakfast. Therefore, the $19,000 goal has almost been achieved. This was voted on and passed unanimously.
Mayor Knapper reported for the Planning Commission. He noted that this group has been discussing the design guidelines. The mayor stated that Colette Meehan would be bringing the attorneys comments to the zoning ordinance, in addition to several other items to the next Planning Commission meeting.
There was no report for the Historic District Commission.
Chief Presley Hughes reported for the Fire Department. The Chief thanked the Town for sending letters in support of the grant. He noted that several letters were received from state leaders. Chief Hughes stated that the Fire Department wants to be ready for the growth, as does the city. The department has just received four new probationary members. The Chief thanked George and the Nolensville Police Department for everything that his department has done. He noted that the Mayor had met with several members of the department and the annual agreement was discussed. The new agreement will be a base figure with a 2-3% increase each year. This arrangement should better assist the Town and the Fire Department in their budget planning. The Mayor noted that this would be forthcoming.
Mayor Knapper noted that he had previously discussed the Chamber of Commerce, therefore this report had already been made.
Mayor Knapper stated that it is anticipated that by July there will be a report for the Codes Department.
Officer George Poss reported for the Police Department. He noted that last month 217 stops were made, 41 warnings, 106 tickets, 2 arrest, 1 runaway, and 2 miscellaneous reports were made. Officer Poss discussed the “Watch Your Car” program. He noted that this program is voluntary and will be statewide. He noted that if a car has a “Watch Your Car” sticker attached and is out between 1:00 – 6:00 a.m., it will be stopped by law enforcement. He also noted that the computer was in the cars and working well.
Mayor Knapper reported for the Public Works Department. He stated that this department has installed paddleboards at the culverts and bridges throughout town. The engineer has met with the county in regards to bridge repair and an interlocal agreement should be completed in the near future.
Second reading of ordinance #01-02, an ordinance to adopt a budget for fiscal year 2001-2002. Counsel Notestine noted that this is the second and final reading. Alderman Phillips made a motion to pass the budget and Alderman Rositano seconded. The floor was then opened for discussion. Alderman Rositano stated that he would like to increase the Police salary to approximately $40,000. This would give the Mayor a wider range to negotiate a salary. Alderman Rositano stated that he did not feel that the town was compatible with other cities. Alderman Dugger noted that the average in surrounding cities was approximately $28,000 - $29,000 for a Chief. He stated further that he felt the $40,000 was way above the average. Alderman Rositano stated he wanted to give the Mayor some lead way when hiring the Chief. Alderman Dugger asked if this individual would be required to live in Williamson County. Mayor Knapper stated that the Safety Committee would be reviewing the criteria. Alderman Felts said he did not want to see our town become a training ground. He would like to see an increase of $1000 - $1,500. Mayor Knapper stated he had spoken with Rex Barton to investigate a contract with the Chief. Alderman Rositano made a motion to amend the budget for Police Salary to increase to $38,000. Alderman Felts seconded. Aldermen Felts and Rositano voted for this amendment, Aldermen Phillips and Dugger and Mayor Knapper voted against. This motion did not pass.
Mayor Knapper stated that he had spoken to MTAS and it was felt that the per capita would be approximately $1.00. With the increase in the town’s population through the 2000 U.S. Census, this should increase the revenue approximately $80,000. Mayor Knapper made a motion to amend by increasing the two part-time officer’s line item to three part-time officers. This would increase the line item by $16,640. Alderman Rositano seconded. Alderman Dugger stated that he would have to vote against this due to the budget situation. Aldermen Felts, Rositano and Mayor Knapper voted for this increase. Aldermen Dugger and Phillips voted against. This amendment passed with the majority vote. Alderman Rositano thanked the budget committee for their hard work. The vote was then taken on the amended budget and this was passed unanimously.
First reading of ordinance 01-03, an ordinance to amend ordinance #98-13 and #99-13, establishing a privilege tax. Counsel Notestine noted that this ordinance was passed and amended. He stated that the maximum amount that can be received from the private act is $1.00 for residential and $2.00 for commercial. This ordinance will increase the tax to the maximum amount. Alderman Rositano made a motion to pass this as read, Mayor Knapper seconded this motion and this ordinance passed unanimously.
First reading of ordinance 01-04, an ordinance to amend zoning ordinance #98-22. Counsel Notestine explained that this is merely clarification and setting shorter periods for developers.
At 8:09, Mayor Knapper opened the public hearing. Mr. Larry Garner asked for clarification. Mayor Knapper stated that with the current reading of the zoning ordinance, a developer could present a plan to the Planning Commission, if the plan were approved, they would have two years before they had to initiate building. The amendment will only allow an individual six months. Mr. Garner stated that this might hurt someone who is trying to develop. If a developer runs into a problem this may cause a delay that is beyond the developer’s control. The public hearing was closed at 8:16.
Alderman Dugger asked for clarification on the issue that was brought up by Mr. Garner. Mayor Knapper stated that if no progress had been made the developer would have to resubmit the plan to the Planning Commission. Alderman Rositano made a motion to approve this ordinance as read, Alderman Felts seconded and this passed unanimously.
First reading of resolution #01-04, a resolution to enter into a lease agreement with Kelley Properties. Counsel Notestine stated that this is a lease agreement between Kelley Properties and the Town to lease the current occupied space. Alderman Dugger asked if the 10% CAM charge was on top of the rent. Counsel Notestine stated that it was in addition to the rent. Alderman Dugger made a motion to pass this resolution as read, Alderman Phillips seconded and this passed unanimously.
Alderman Felts noted that an approximate figure of $2,500 would be needed to allow for back up and up-grade of the town computers.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30.
Respectfully submitted, Approved,
Cindy Lancaster Charles F. Knapper
Town Recorder Mayor