TOWN OF NOLENSVILLE BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2002
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 Bob Notestine, Officer George Poss, Recorder Cindy Lancaster, and 9 citizens.
Mayor Knapper led the prayer and pledge.
Mayor Knapper asked for concerns or comments from the citizens. There were no comments.
Alderman Rositano made a motion to approve the minutes for the regular meeting of October 3, 2002, Alderman Dugger seconded this motion. These minutes were approved unanimously.
Alderman Felts made a motion to accept the Treasurers report, Alderman Phillips seconded. Recorder Lancaster reported the general fund cash on hand as being $505,690.26, with cash disbursements being $37,000. State Street Aid cash on hand is $141,558.95. Recorder Lancaster noted the cash on hand was down due to the $10,000 that was paid to Sessions Paving Company in addition to approximately $10,000 being taken away by the State. She explained that Williamson County had requested taxpayer verification. It was discovered that the Town Of Nolensville had been receiving funding that should have been disbursed to the county. Therefore the state removed approximately $10,000 from the town’s distribution this month. In return, the recorder requested verification from the state and it was discovered that the county had received approximately $1,500 that should have been disbursed to the town. These monies will be forthcoming. The treasurer’s report was unanimously approved.
Mayor Knapper noted that there are four homes that have begun the bid process. After these four, the HOME grant will be completed. Work continues on this project.
Mayor Knapper noted that the referendum had failed at the election on Tuesday. TML feels this was an educational tool and will be presented again in the future.
Mayor Knapper noted that he has continued to work diligently with TDOT, Greater Nashville Regional Council and the MPO. He has been reassured by these groups that there is no work underway on Route 266.
In Planning Commission Chairman Rob Pease’s absence, Willis Wells reported for this group.
In Pat Aldred’s absence Betty Friedlander reported for the Historic District Commission.
Chief Presley Hughes reported for the Nolensville Volunteer Fire Department.
In Mr. Rick Fisher’s absence he had submitted a written report which indicated there was no report.
Mayor Knapper reported for the Codes Department and Public Works Department. Mr. Don Swartz and Lonnie Bowden had submitted a written report and these were disbursed to the Board. He asked if there were any questions. The Aldermen did not have any questions.
Officer George Poss reported for the Police Department. Officer Poss said there had been no major crimes, although there was a home invasion that turned out to be a hoax. Alderman Rositano complemented the Police Department for a successful Halloween. The Mayor stated that the department needs a secure location to place evidence. Due to this, town hall will be making some office changes to accommodate an evidence room.
Public Hearing was opened at 7:32. Counsel Notestine stated that anytime a change is made to the zoning ordinance it is required to hold a public hearing. When the zoning ordinance was compiled this was a misclassification, therefore Ordinance #02-06, an ordinance to amend the zoning map, is necessary. This ordinance is being presented to reflect this change. Mr. Larry Garner asked if this was the 16 – 17 acre parcel? It was noted that this was correct. Counsel noted that the ordinance misstates the parcel number. Due to some confusion at the meeting this ordinance was originally presented with the correct parcel number. This number was changed. Mayor Knapper made a motion to withdraw this ordinance until the next meeting. Alderman Rositano seconded this motion and this passed unanimously.
Second Reading of Ordinance #02-07, an ordinance to amend Ordinance #97-09, an ordinance to provide the maintenance, preservation, and protection of public records. Counsel Notestine noted this is to comply with the recent codification that MTAS performed. This ordinance is stating that the town cannot charge for the time that is spent on providing a service. Alderman Rositano made a motion to approve this ordinance and Alderman Felts seconded this motion and this passed unanimously.
Second Reading of Ordinance #02-08, an ordinance to amend Ordinance #96-10, an ordinance regulating the sale of beer within the Town Of Nolensville. Counsel noted that this ordinance had omitted the order of the meeting and had addressed gambling. Alderman Felts made a motion to approve this ordinance and Alderman Rositano seconded this motion and this passed unanimously.
Second Reading of Ordinance #02-09, an ordinance to amend Ordinance #98-23, an ordinance regulating the use and operation of motor vehicles. Counsel Notestine stated that a recent state law was passed changing the flashing lights in school zones from 40 minutes to 90 minutes. This ordinance will bring the town in compliance with state law. Officer George Poss addressed the crowd noting the county attorney is researching this issue. Mayor Knapper noted that the county regulates the lights. Alderman Phillips made a motion to defer this ordinance and Alderman Felts seconded this motion. Alderman Felts stated that he had reservations on passing this ordinance. He stated that MTAS is telling us this is the law, although Officer Poss has discussed this issue with Representative Charles Sargent and the county attorney and they are unaware of any law such as this on the books. Alderman Rositano asked Counsel if this law did not take effect, would the town be liable if an incident occurred. Counsel stated that within the 50 minute period the town could be held liable. Counsel Notestine added that if this ordinance is not passed the codification will be adopted with an error. Alderman Rositano felt that it is important to be in sync with state law. The vote was taken for the motion on the floor. Aldermen Felts and Phillips voted for this motion, Mayor Knapper, Aldermen Dugger and Rositano voted against. This motion did not pass. Alderman Dugger made a motion to pass this ordinance as read, Alderman Rositano seconded this motion. Mayor Knapper, Aldermen Dugger and Rositano were for this ordinance as read, Aldermen Felts and Phillips voted against.
First reading of Ordinance #02-10, an ordinance of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the Town Of Nolensville, Tennessee establishing the use of automatic sprinkler systems in all new residential and commercial construction within the Town Of Nolensville. Counsel Notestine stated this is an ordinance to require sprinkler systems in residential homes in addition to commercial. Mayor Knapper stated there had been lengthy discussions in regards to this ordinance. He submitted this ordinance as a “work in progress” and to begin dialogue. He asked Chief Hughes if he had any comments in regards to this ordinance. Chief Hughes stated that when they had previously met with the board an ordinance was presented. The Fire Department representatives feel that the ordinance that was presented at that time was more “up to date.” This ordinance is not and he would like to see that the original ordinance be brought before the board. Mayor Knapper stated that the one that was submitted by the fire department had major clarifications and did not feel that it was clear on various issues. Chief Hughes told the board that he would get a Fire Codes Book, which that ordinance frequently referred to, so that clarifications could be made. Alderman Felts stated that he would love to see this ordinance pass, although he could not pass this particular ordinance. Alderman Felts made a motion to withdraw this ordinance until a meeting could be scheduled with Mr. Trotter, Alderman Phillips seconded and this passed unanimously. Mayor Knapper stated that he would like to have the town attorney and codes official attend this workshop. A date of November 18, at 6:30 was agreed upon.
First reading of Ordinance #02-11, an ordinance adopting and enacting a codification and revision of the ordinances of the Town Of Nolensville. Counsel Notestine stated that this was an ordinance to adopt the MTAS prepared codification. Alderman Rositano made a motion to adopt this Ordinance, Alderman Felts seconded and this passed unanimously.
Reading of Resolution #02-14, a Resolution of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the Town Of Nolensville to make application for a local law enforcement block grant. Mayor Knapper stated that this Resolution was requested by Chief Goforth. Alderman Rositano made a motion to pass this Resolution, Alderman Felts seconded and this passed unanimously.
Mayor Knapper noted that he had met with Mr. Bob Spong with Williamson County School system. There have been several parents that requested better lighting down Stonebrook Boulevard and the surrounding area around the school. The request was made for the town to place two street lights on Stonebrook Boulevard. The Mayor stated that currently the town pays approximately $9.50 per light, per month. Mayor Knapper made a motion to enter into negotiations with Middle Tennessee Electric to place two street lights on Stonebrook near the school, Alderman Rositano seconded. The Board unanimously agreed to move forward on this issue.
Mayor Knapper noted that there were concerns during the election in regards to the public obtaining information in regards to issues at town hall. It was recommended to obtain a website to better serve the public. He announced that immediately following the meeting there would be a demonstration held by Mr. John Lenderman for a website.
Alderman Dugger asked where the town was in regards to the state required training for the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals. Mayor Knapper stated that Ms. Colette Meehan is handling this issue and he would follow up with her.
Mayor Knapper made a motion to adjourn, Alderman Rositano seconded and the meeting adjourned at 8:29 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Approved,
Cindy Lancaster Charles F. Knapper
Town Recorder Mayor