TOWN OF NOLENSVILLE BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN
THURSDAY, JULY 5, 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, Public Works Lonnie Bowden, Recorder Cindy Lancaster, and thirteen citizens.
Alderman Phillips led the prayer and pledge.
Mayor Knapper asked for citizen’s input. Mr. Allen Green noted that he lived at 878 Battle Road and was a member of the Nolensville United Methodist Church. He stated that there is a light beside the church that was shining in the house adjacent to the church. He covered the suspected light that was shining into his home, which was on the church property. This light is not the light that is causing this residents problem. It is the light on the street. Is there anything that can be done to get this light from not shining into his home?
Mayor Knapper stated that he had been in contact with Mr. Ozment, the resident, and with Middle Tennessee Electric. There are state guidelines that must be met due to this being a state highway. The town/MTE moved a light that previously shone into his home. We will try our best to rectify this problem.
Regional Planning Authority – Mayor Knapper stated that he has made several attempts to contact the county in regards to the Regional Planning Authority. It appears that an agreement cannot be reached with the county, therefore Brentwood is annexing various areas. This will be investigated further.
MPO – On July 18, Mayor Knapper will be making a presentation to the MPO. They have put together a study committee to extensively investigate this issue. In addition to several cities with population of 5,000 or less, we have support from Mr. Sam Edwards, who is with Greater Nashville Regional Council.
Mayor Knapper will be posting hours in the paper in order for citizens to discuss issues and concerns. He will be hosting a “Mayors Night In”. There will also be neighborhood walks to discuss issues that citizens may have. The Mayor is currently investigating expanding the Mayor’s Advisory Committee.
The Mayor then discussed important dates. On July 12, at 6:45 the Planning Commission will meet. On July 24, Chamber of Commerce will meet at 6:30, the Mayor will be speaking. On August 9, the presentation of the Zoning Ordinance to the Planning Commission. On September 6, the Zoning ordinance will be presented to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. On September 13, there will be review and recommendation by the Planning Commission. On October 4, the public hearing and final reading for the zoning ordinance.
Alderman Felts made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting of June 7, 2001, Alderman Rositano seconded and this passed unanimously.
Recorder Lancaster submitted the Treasurer’s Report noting that $404,861.09 was the total cash on hand in the General Fund, with $50,000 being the disbursements. The State Street Aid has cash on hand of $83,994.87. She noted the unaudited budgeted and actual figures. Mayor Knapper noted that approximately $90,000 was in the black after the year-end. Alderman Rositano made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, Alderman Dugger seconded and this motion passed unanimously. Alderman Rositano complimented the budget committee and staff for all their hard work.
Mr. Rick Fisher reported for the Planning Commission. He noted that this group has been discussing the design guidelines. A workshop was held in June for this discussion. This commission is trying to get a “good” document for the Zoning Ordinance and Design Guidelines.
Mayor Knapper reported for the Historic District Commission. He stated that an announcement would be forthcoming once the proper notification is made to the necessary individuals.
Chief Presley Hughes was not in attendance due to medical reasons. Chief Hughes submitted a written report and Mayor Knapper read this to the group. The Chief stated that the Fire Department should be notified this month about the grant that was previously submitted to FEMA.
Mr. Rick Fisher reported for the Chamber of Commerce, noting that they will be meeting on the 24th at 6:30 at Firehouse Pizza and then will come to Town Hall for the business meeting. The Aldermen will be invited to this meeting to discuss the privilege tax. Mr. Fisher also noted that they will be making a decision on the affiliation with Brentwood or Franklin.
Mayor Knapper stated that Mr. Don Swartz began on Monday in the Codes Department. He noted that Mr. Swartz is very intelligent and a no-nonsense individual. We are very fortunate to have him in the Codes Department.
Officer George Poss reported for the Police Department. He noted that last month 991 miles were driven, 111 stops with 10 warnings, 58 tickets, 1 arrest, 1 wreck, and 1 theft report being made. Mr. Aldred, from the audience, asked how many offenders came before the judge? Officer Poss stated that the majority of them appeared in court and the court cost was $40. Some are allowed to go to school. If the citation is ignored they are sent to the state where their licenses will be suspended. Mayor Knapper noted that letters have been sent to various Police Departments in Tennessee advertising the Police Chief position.
Lonnie Bowden reported for the Public Works Department. He stated that this department has replaced several speed limit signs with larger letters. He noted that paint was spilt on Norfolk Drive and this department spent all day cleaning this from the road. Mr. Bowden presented the Board with pictures of this spill and clean-up. Mr. Bowden noted the fireworks debries was on the roads throughout the subdivision.
Second reading of ordinance 01-04, an ordinance to amend zoning ordinance #98-22. Counsel Notestine explained that this changes development timeframe from one-year to six-months. Alderman Rositano made a motion to pass this as read, Alderman Felts seconded this motion and this ordinance passed unanimously.
The Board unanimously agreed by acclamation to withdraw reading of ordinance 01-03, an ordinance to amend ordinance #98-13 and #99-13, establishing a privilege tax.
First reading of ordinance #01-05, an ordinance to amend ordinance #98-13 and #99-13, establishing a privilege tax. Counsel Notestine noted that this is a graduated increase of this tax over a period of time. Mayor Knapper made a motion to approve this ordinance, Alderman Rositano seconded this motion. Alderman Felts stated that he has written another proposal that eventually he would like to present to the board. He stated that he would like to see this ordinance tabled until the Chamber meets to discuss this issue and the board has more time to investigate. Alderman Rositano agreed with Alderman Felts. He stated that he would feel more comfortable with more citizen and business input. Aldermen Dugger and Phillips agreed with Alderman Felts. Alderman Dugger asked if citizens could be allowed to speak due the sensitivity of this issue. Mayor Knapper stated yes.
Mr. Ken Kelley, owner of Piggly Wiggly stated that he did not understand why this is being imposed? Mayor Knapper noted that this was a private act at state level. The Mayor has attempted to contact Representative Charles Sargent to determine the capability of changing the residential and non-residential amounts. The Mayor stated that when the sewer comes in and the town is faced with infrastructure expenses, Fire Department, Police Protection, Roads, and more Planning and Zoning expenses will be incurred by the town. I am very opposed to property taxes. Sometimes you have to make tough decisions and this is one of those times.
Mr. Kelley stated that he had plans to finish his building and the businesses that occupy his space will bring taxes into the town. I do not see that this tax will fix the “revenue” problem. It would cost me an extra $40,000 to build out my building.
Alderman Rositano stated that you cannot “over tax” business. I do not think the businesses that are here should be penalized. The bottom line is that we have to look at ways to accommodate each situation. We must hammer out a plan that is workable.
Mayor Knapper stated that he must have vision and trying to defend taxes is very hard to do. Alderman Felts made a motion to table this ordinance, Alderman Rositano seconded, this passed unanimously.
Reading of resolution #01-05, a resolution to enter into an agreement with Robert J. Notestine, III, attorney at law. Mayor Knapper noted that the next three resolutions were based upon the budget ordinance that was passed last month. These resolutions authorize the Mayor to enter into various agreements based upon the recently passed budget. Alderman Felts made a motion to pass this resolution, Alderman Rositano seconded and this passed unanimously.
Reading of resolution #01-06, a resolution to enter into an agreement with Judge Jim Petersen. Alderman Felts made a motion to pass this resolution, Alderman Rositano seconded and this passed unanimously.
Reading of resolution #01-07, a resolution to enter into an agreement with Stantec Engineering Firm. Alderman Phillips made a motion to pass this resolution, Alderman Dugger seconded and this passed unanimously.
Alderman Felts noted that computers were forthcoming. There will be three new ones purchased at an approximate cost of $2,500.
Alderman Rositano addressed the citizens, stating that he wanted them to feel free to contact him with any comments that they may have.
Mrs. Pat Aldred from the group noted that the Garden Tour would be on July 21. Funds will be filtered through the Franklin Heritage Foundation.
Mayor Knapper noted that he would be meeting with the State Enviornmental and Conservation office in regards to a grant.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00.
Respectfully submitted, Approved,
Cindy Lancaster Charles F. Knapper
Town Recorder Mayor