TOWN OF NOLENSVILLE BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2001
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 Robert Notestine, Chief Jeff Goforth, Officer George Poss, Recorder Cindy Lancaster, and ten citizens.
Alderman Phillips led the prayer and pledge.
Mrs. Pat Aldred stated that on November 11, 2001 at 1:00 the Girl Scouts would be planting four trees at the library. On November 12, 2001, Trails and Trees group will be sponsoring a tree planting at Nolensville Elementary School at 8:00 a.m. She invited everyone to attend these events.
Mayor Knapper introduced Chief Goforth noting that the Swearing In Ceremony was at 6:00 this evening. Mayor Knapper thanked Officer George Poss for all the hard work that he has done. Mayor Knapper noted that Chief Goforth and he had been reviewing information in regards to the “Homeland Security”. Chief Goforth stated that Governor Sunquist had sent a letter and basically reiterated what President Bush had previously stated in regards to security. This memo focuses on larger cities, although some issues could be applied to small cities such as Nolensville. Mayor Knapper stated that there has been increased activity in drug and traffic control.
Alderman Phillips made a motion to pass the minutes for the October 4, 2001 meeting and October 15, 2001 Beer Board meeting. Alderman Dugger seconded this motion. These minutes were passed unanimously.
Recorder Lancaster submitted the Treasurer’s Report noting that $454,001.85 was the total cash on hand in the General Fund, with $42,000 being the disbursements. The State Street Aid has cash on hand of $97,292.90. Alderman Felts made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report, Alderman Rositano seconded and this motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Knapper addressed a concern from citizen Larry Gardner at the October meeting. Mr. Gardner inquired about the lights on Nolensville Road in the downtown area. After consideration Mayor Knapper stated that the lights have been addressed and does not feel that a change would be forthcoming.
Mayor Knapper and Alderman Rossitano had walked through the subdivision to meet with citizens. There were several issues addressed by concerned citizens and Mayor Knapper felt that overall this was successful. This will be done again on December 11, 2001 from 5 – 7. Mayor Knapper will be in the office on November 20, 2001 from 4-6 for a “meet the mayor” session.
Regional Planning Authority – Mayor Knapper noted that Nolensville Planner Colette Meehan and he had met in regards to the Regional Planning Authority. The conclusion was that they are not sure if and agreement will be reached with Williamson County to become the Regional Planning Authority. Therefore, annexation in the area north of Nolensville will be up for discussion in January.
MPO – The MPO remains in sub-committee.
Brentwood- The Interlocal agreement has been discussed at length with Brentwood and the Town Attorney, Mr. Notestine. Currently Counsel is waiting to hear from Brentwood City Manager Mike Walker; currently he is out of town.
Housing Grant – Mayor Knapper stated that Mr. Pope’s home would be torn down by the end of next week. Minor septic repair will begin on the McClain’s next week, with tearing down to be initiated in two to three weeks. The state environmental department is assessing the remaining three homes.
Mayor Knapper stated that he would be bringing names to the Board in December for approval for the Board of Zoning Appeals, Historic Commission and Planning Commission.
Mayor Knapper handed out paving tabulations in regards to bids that were received on October 11, 2001. There will be a total of $103,700.55 paving initiated in the next two weeks.
Mayor Knapper stated that the fee structures are currently being reviewed for the town. Counsel Notestine, Judge Petersen, Mayor Knapper and Chief Goforth will be reviewing the court cost. Mayor Knapper noted that salaries alone for court are approximately $8,500.
A press release will be forthcoming on the possibility of a property tax increase. Property and Privilege taxes will be brought back in January for discussion. Mayor Knapper noted that if the town loses state taxes that would be approximately 60% of the budget. The Town Of Nolensville must find another way to make-up the town’s budget.
Mayor Knapper asked Counsel Notestine to address the $50 fine issue. Counsel Notestine stated that the Nashville and Chattanooga case went to the Supreme Court. Nolensville’s was transferred back to the court of appeals. Counsel stated that the Town must have a supplemental appellate brief submitted by Monday. They have asked the town to restate its position.
Mayor Knapper reported for the Planning Commission reading a memo that was submitted by Chair Rob Pease. This memo stated that revisions were being finalized on the zoning ordinance, along with a review being initiated on the subdivision regulations. It was further noted that Mr. Gary Anderson with the Williamson County School Board would be attending the next Planning Commission meeting.
Chief Presley Hughes reported for the Nolensville Volunteer Fire Department. He noted that firefighters were at Nolensville Elementary School for two days and one day at the library. This was to discuss fire safety and prevention.
Rick Fisher reported for the Chamber of Commerce, noting that the survey that would be sent to Nolensville businesses was being finalized. Sandy Glenn with First Tennessee Bank is compiling a business address list from Nolensville Utility. The next meeting will be on November 27, at 5:30 here in town hall. Mr. Fisher also advised the board that there were two phone calls received in regards to bringing businesses to Nolensville.
Mayor Knapper reported for the Codes Department. He stated that 4 building permits were issued, in addition to various violation warnings sent out.
Chief Goforth reported for the Police Department. He stated that a schedule had been implemented for the coming month. He and Mayor Knapper have discussed the hiring of another officer.
Mayor Knapper reported for the Public Works Department. He stated that this department has been busy putting up Christmas lights on the tree at the library. He noted that Lonnie Bowden, Bob Hayes and Alderman Rossitano had recently attended a pipeline emergency conference. Mr. Rick Fisher complimented this department noting that the streets are looking good. Alderman Rositano noted that the conference was fascinating and very interesting.
Reading of Resolution #01-14, a resolution to enter into an agreement with Stantec, amending Resolution #01-07. Counsel Notestine stated that this resolution would give the Mayor authority to enter into an agreement with Stantec, the Town Of Nolensville’s Engineering firm. The first amendment would be for the turning lane on Sunset Road and the second amendment is for the Major Thoroughfare Plan. Alderman Phillips made a motion to pass this as read, Alderman Rositano seconded and this passed unanimously.
Reading of Ordinance #01-06, an ordinance to amend zoning ordinance #98-22. Ms. Colette Meehan, Nolensville Town Planner addressed the Board stating the first goal was to try and make the zoning ordinance “user friendly”. The second goal was to make the terms coincide with the “true” meaning in the document. Therefore, the definition section has been expanded. A new zoning, “Farm House Cluster” was added that would allow an individual with a farm to have low-density housing.
Ms. Meehan stated that the next step would be to review and revise the Comprehensive Plan. She anticipated that this would be brought to the Board in the spring of 2002. Alderman Phillips noted that this Zoning Ordinance was much easier to read than the current one that is in place. Alderman Rositano stated that Ms. Meehan has done an excellent job on this document. Alderman Dugger asked for the recommendation vote from the Planning Commission. Mayor Knapper stated that the Planning Commission would be voting on this Ordinance at their next meeting. Mayor Knapper stated that due to the timeframe, he was asking the Board to vote on the first reading this month, with the public hearing being scheduled on November 27. Alderman Rositano made a motion to pass this ordinance on first reading, Alderman Felts seconded. This passed unanimously.
Meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Approved,
Cindy Lancaster Charles F. Knapper
Town Recorder Mayor