TOWN OF NOLENSVILLE BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2001
NOLENSVILLE TOWN HALL, 7:00 P.M.
Mayor Charles Knapper opened the meeting at 7:03. 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, Codes Enforcer Don Swartz, Recorder Cindy Lancaster, and eleven citizens.
Alderman Dugger led the prayer and pledge.
Mr. Parman Henry addressed the crowd by requesting everyone’s support as he ran for the Board of Directors for Middle Tennessee Electric. Mayor Knapper stated that he would write a letter in support of Mr. Henry to be submitted to the paper.
Regional Planning Authority – Mayor Knapper stated that he met with County Executive Clint Callicott, Mr. Joe Horne with Williamson County Planning and Town Planner Colette Meehan. The Mayor conveyed to the county that he did not want to get into a situation that occurred previously. Prior to the town obtaining the zoning authority the county allowed a particular zoning which went against the vision and zoning in Nolensville. They will be working on an interlocal agreement where the county and Nolensville will work together on the zoning within the Urban Growth Boundary.
MPO – At the last meeting of the MPO, July 18, Mayor Knapper made a presentation to this Board. This request was turned over to a sub-committee to study the feasibility of allowing cities with population of 5,000 or less to become members of this board. This decision should be forthcoming.
Mayor Knapper noted that he had spoken to Metro Water Department and condemnation process is not far from completion. The sewer will be arriving in Nolensville in about 12 months.
On August 17, 2001, there will be a press conference at Town Hall at 1:00 in regards to the Home Grant Program.
Mayor Knapper read a portion of the “Town and City” newspaper discussing the state budget and the negative effect this will have on the cities. Mayor Knapper noted that the COPS grant is on hold until the budget issue is more complete.
The Core of Engineer study has ceased due to Williamson County and Brentwood not participating in this project.
Mayor Knapper stated that a “Mayor’s Nite In” was held and there was no attendance. He noted he had spoken to MTE in regards to the light issue that has been previously addressed. The town has done everything it can to rectify the lighting situation.
Alderman Phillips made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular meeting of July 5, 2001, Alderman Rositano seconded and this passed unanimously.
Recorder Lancaster submitted the Treasurer’s Report noting that $412,905.54 was the total cash on hand in the General Fund, with $27,000 being the disbursements. The State Street Aid has cash on hand of $88,980.86. Mayor Knapper made a motion to transfer $14,846.65 from the legal fund and place into the Growth Fund. This was unanimously approved. Alderman Rositano made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, Alderman Felts seconded and this motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Rick Fisher reported for the Planning Commission. He noted that this group had scheduled a workshop, although it was cancelled. This Commission is working on the Design Guidelines in addition to the PUD.
There was no report for the Historic District Commission.
Chief Presley Hughes reported for the Nolensville Volunteer Fire Department. He stated that 7.3 million dollars of grant money has been distributed to 189 Fire Departments. Nolensville has not been given a response on the status of their grant. He noted that a first responder’s class was currently being held at the Fire Department. He also stated that the department is now performing automatic reporting to the state via computer.
Mr. Rick Fisher reported for the Chamber of Commerce, noting that they have officially voted to be affiliated with the Williamson County/Franklin Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Don Swartz reported for the Codes Department. He stated that six building permits were issued in July, with five inspections being made. Mr. Mark McCoy with Southtrust Bank called and will begin paving by next week. Various code issues have been addressed in this department.
Officer George Poss reported for the Police Department. He demonstrated the computer that the city purchased last year. He noted that this computer works very well and will be enhanced once on-line with Brentwood and Williamson County.
Lonnie Bowden reported for the Public Works Department. He stated that this department has been busy keeping up with the grass mowing. He noted that Britain Lane was being cut today.
The Board briefly addressed the Personnel Policy. Mayor Knapper discussed vacation, nepotism, application process, retirement, and insurance. Alderman Dugger stated that he would like to address the hours of full-time employees. Mayor Knapper stated that he would like for the Human Resource Committee to meet and report back to the board next month in resolution form.
Mayor Knapper made a motion to install a phone line, in addition to allowing the Chamber of Commerce to house an office in town hall. Alderman Felts seconded this motion. Alderman Dugger asked for Counsel Notestines opinion. Counsel noted that he has not previously discussed this with any board member and would like to investigate prior to officially giving his opinion. He asked if this group was a federal non-profit organization. Mr. Rick Fisher stated that he thought it was a 501-C organization. Alderman Rositano stated that with the state shared revenue situation the main issue the town needs to look at is the businesses and their tax base. The chamber attracts businesses, in turn contributes a continued amount of revenue. In the long run it will benefit Nolensville. Mayor Knapper called for a vote Knapper, Phillips, Felts, and Rositano, were for, with Dugger abstaining.
Mayor Knapper stated that he has requested that the Planning Commission be increased to nine members. Alderman Dugger asked for the names of the current members. It was noted that Chair Rob Pease, Secretary Frank Wilson, Rick Fisher, Charles Lawson, Willis Wells, Alderman Rositano, and Mayor Knapper are currently serving on this commission. Two positions will be available to increase this commission to nine. He further noted that the Historic District Commission would consist of five of the Planning Commission members. Mayor Knapper stated that the 5 members that currently serve on the Historic District Commission have done a great job and have served admirably. Mayor Knapper stated that he would be nominating Pat Aldred. The others that have shown interest were the current members of the Historic District Commission, in addition to Larry Felts, Larry Gardner, and Bob Haines. There was discussion on using a paper ballot to cast votes. Alderman Dugger and Phillips stated that they felt comfortable with discussing this openly. Mayor Knapper stated that in order not to offend anyone, this should be done by paper ballot. The Aldermen voted and Mayor Knapper read out the following:
Pat Aldred 4 votes
Larry Gardner 2 votes
Larry Felts 3 votes
Betty Friedlander 1 vote
Bob Haines 1 vote
Counsel Notestine noted that the Mayor has the appointing authority.
Mayor Knapper stated that Alderman Felts has previously noted that the town should investigate the purchase of land. Alderman Felts stated that he hated to bring this particular subject up during a time of “shortfall”. He stated Tenneseasons was a great location to store equipment. He feels that land will only increase and the feasibility of the purchase should be investigated. Mayor Knapper noted that he would like for Aldermen Dugger and Felts be on a sub-committee to review the possibility of the purchase of this land.
Mayor Knapper also stated that he would like Aldermen Phillips and Rositano to investigate the privilege tax issue. Alderman Rositano asked if citizens could be allowed to participate on this committee. Mr. Rick Fisher was asked to be on this committee.
Alderman Felts announced that he was asked to become President of MADD and he has accepted this position.
Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Approved,
Cindy Lancaster Charles F. Knapper
Town Recorder Mayor