JANUARY 8, 1998, 7:00 P.M



The meeting was called to order by Mayor Charles Knapper at 7:04 p.m. In addition to Mayor Knapper, Alderman Tommy Dugger, Recorder Cindy Lancaster, Council Bob Notestine and 17 citizens were present. Alderman Parman Henry was absent.


Mayor Knapper made a motion to approve the minutes from the December 4, 1997 and December 30, 1997 meeting. Alderman Dugger seconded this motion, and this passed unanimously.


Council Notestine explained Ordinance number 97-20. He explained that Mid-South Cable was operating in Nolensville without a Franchise and upon passage of this ordinance they would be authorized to operate within the Town Limits. Mayor Knapper made a motion to accept this ordinance as read, Alderman Dugger seconded and this ordinance passed unanimously.


Fire Chief Presley Hughes submitted quarterly reports from the Fire Department to the Board.


Mayor Knapper noted that Jim Finley, Codes Enforcer, was attending the Planning Commission meeting that was taking place in the Nolensville Elementary School Library.


Mr. Mark Lee, Chairman of Public Safety, reported that this Committee met on Monday evening. Mr. Lee presented a letter to the Board for review.


Mayor Knapper made a motion to accept the recently performed audit by the firm of Hinton, Warren, Denney and Wallace. This motion included the recommendations made by the auditing firm. Mayor Knapper noted that the changes recommended by this firm were to purchase a fire proof safe and the need for separate individuals reviewing deposits and depositing monies of the Town. Alderman Dugger seconded this motion and this passed unanimously.


Recorder Lancaster gave the Treasurers Report noting that $86,290.03 was in the General Fund savings accounts, in addition to $15,167.08, being in the State Street Aid Fund savings account. Alderman Dugger made a motion to accept the Treasurers Report as read and Mayor Knapper seconded this motion. This passed unanimously. Mayor Knapper noted there would be a budget public hearing on February 19, to discuss the 1998-99 Budget.


The Mayor stated that Mr. Finley was currently at a pay of $10.00 per hour. He requested that Mr. Finley’s pay be raised to $15.00, and in 6 months reconsidered at $17.50 per hour. The Mayor also explained that due to the work load Mr. Finley has worked approximately 40 hours per week since he was hired. He is currently due 96 hours compensation. Therefore the Mayor requested that he be allowed to work 40 hours per week versus the 24 hours per week he was approved at earlier. It was noted that the Mayor did not need approval to implement this, although he did want the Board to be knowledgeable of this change. Mr. Phil Jones stated that he will be busy for the next year comparing construction of 1997 to 1998.


Noting the volume of the work load that the office was incurring, the Mayor also asked the Board to hire a implement a part time secretarial position. Alderman Dugger was in favor of this.


The Mayor stated that the State Local Planning Office would be taking over the Planning for the Town of Nolensville. He explained that the transition period would be for the next 30 to 60 days.


Council Notestine spoke briefly on the radar gun. He explained that this device would not be practical for the Town of Nolensville due to not having the capacity to enforce it. Alderman Dugger asked about the recently passed new speed limit and when it would be enforced. Mayor Knapper stated that the signs were to ordered and erected before enforcement would commence.


The Mayor noted that the Town Attorney, Bob Notestine, had submitted his annual contract. This agreement has been renewed for another year.


Mayor Knapper asked for approval to request bids for a town vehicle. Mayor Knapper then placed this in motion form. Alderman Dugger seconded and this motion passed unanimously.


Office renovation was discussed. It was noted that walls were being removed, in addition to wall paper being hung. Alderman Dugger made a motion for approval of improvements not to exceed $5,000.00, Mayor Knapper seconded. This motion passed unanimously.


The Mayor stated that he would be meeting with residences on Sunset Road, in addition to Jim Haley, Matt Dobson and J.T. William’s in regards to annexation. The Mayor and Alderman Henry recently met with the City of Brentwood and they plan to protect their borders.


The Mayor then introduced Mr. Dan Murph. Mr. Murph will begin distributing a Nolensville news paper. Mr. Murph spoke to the crowd stating that his paper will come out bi-monthly beginning on January 15.


Mr. Joe Townsend, owner of Two-Way Market, distributed a copy of a newspaper article that quoted the Mayor. These quotes were circled and were in regards to the new Sonic that would be coming to Nolensville. Mr. Townsend was offended by this article and the Mayor apologized, noting that the comments highlighted in this article were not intended to be directed to his establishment.


Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.


Respectfully submitted, Approved,




Cindy Lancaster, Charles F. Knapper,

Town Recorder Mayor