Town of Nolensville

Board of Mayor and Aldermen Meeting

Date: October 7, 2010, Time 7:00 p.m.

Nolensville Recreation Center

 

Mayor Beth Lothers opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m.  Members present were Mayor Lothers, Aldermen Jimmy Alexander, Larry Felts, and Brian Snyder.  Alderman Tommy Dugger was absent.  Staff present: Counsel Robert Notestine, Town Planner Henry Laird, Engineer Don Swartz, and Recorder Cindy Lancaster.  There were 22 citizens present.

 Ebenezer United Methodist Church Pastor Stacy Cowan led the prayer and Pledge.

 Citizens Input:

 Mr. Bob Haines, 240 Norfolk Lane, shared concerns about unescorted dogs roaming the subdivision.  Another concern is aggressive dogs enclosed by invisible fences, with the possibility of a power/battery failure.

Mrs. Lynda Moses, 6939 Nolensville Road, stated that the county said it would be three to five years before a Recreation Center was built in Nolensville.  She asked the Board why didn’t Town Hall move to this location before sooner? 

Mayor Lothers stated that communication with the County to move to this location had been ongoing since 2007.  This could be verified with Mayor Anderson and Commission Lew Green.  The County being fiscally responsible, utilized this facility, and preempted Town Hall being located in this facility.  Mayor Lothers stated that she was asked specifically to vacate this facility within a year, with the lease reflecting this timeframe. 

Alderman Snyder made a motion to approval the regular meeting minutes of September 2, 2010, Alderman Alexander seconded.  There were no additions or corrections and the minutes were approved unanimously.

Alderman Felts made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report for August 2010, Alderman Snyder seconded the motion.  The vote was taken and this report was approved unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Town Planner Laird reported for the Planning Commission 

Town Engineer Don Swartz reported for the Engineering Department 

Chief Chris Bastin reported for the Volunteer Fire Department 

Mayor Lothers noted she tries to educate the public through the newspaper.  She further added that she would like to have a meeting to discuss various issues. 

Chief Paul Rigsby reported for the Police Department 

 Historic Commission Member Betty Friedlander reported for the Historic Commission. 

Chair Suzie Lindsey reported for the Town Events Committee 

Public Works Director Bob Hayes reported for the Public Works Department 

Alderman Snyder reported for the Emergency Planning Committee 

Mayor’s Report:

  1. Meeting with TDOT 

Mayor Lothers stated that she and Town Engineer Don Swartz recently met with Commissioner Gerald Nicely.  Mayor Lothers thanked Mr. Bob Hayes and Mr. Bob Haines for taking photographs that were taken to the meeting showing various repairs needed on Nolensville Road.  She noted that several of these surfaced after the flood in May.  Signalization and a turn lane for Nolensville and Sunset Road were discussed, in addition to a possible crosswalk in the Historic District of Nolensville. 

Mayor Lothers noted that the turn lanes are currently being constructed.  She added that Commissioner Nicely advised that once the repairs were completed the State will perform a traffic count for the signal, before the end of the school year.  Spot repairs would be performed in the spring.  Engineer Swartz added that it is planned to mill and do an overlay from Burkitt Road to Highway 96 in Triune.

 

     2.  Tourism Trail 

Mayor Lothers noted that the Tourism Committee wants to have a larger launch of the Tourism Trail and are looking at March, 2011 for the kick-off of the brochure.  She noted that Jack Daniels is using their Public Relations firm, therefore it is anticipated to be much larger than originally planned.

     3.  Other 

The Trees and Trails Committee has been diligently working on grants.  Application was made for the Trees and Trails grant although was denied.  

Tomorrow is Walk to School day and will officially kick off at 8:00 a.m. 

Mrs. Janice Bobo, Librarian at Nolensville Public Library, recently retired.  She thanked the Board members for their contribution to her gift. 

The Bennett’s recently spoke at a function about the restoration of the Nolen home.  Mayor Lothers thanked the Bennett’s for all they have done for Nolensville 

Public hearing of Ordinance #10-06, an ordinance to amend Zoning Ordinance #04-09, as it pertains to off-site parking access opened at 7:37 p.m. 

Mr. Larry Gardner, 2536 York Road, asked the board what this was all about.  Mayor Lothers stated that she would provide Mr. Gardner with a copy of the ordinance.  Town Planner Laird explained this ordinance, with Counsel Notestine clarifying. 

Mr. Gardner asked if the signs entering Nolensville could be changed from “City” to “Town”. 

The Public Hearing closed at 7:41 p.m. 

Second reading of Ordinance #10-05, an ordinance to amend Zoning Ordinance #04-09, as it pertains to sign regulations.  Mayor Lothers noted that at the public hearing there were various signs discussed with one recommendation being to change the “City Limits”, “City of Nolensville”, to “Town Limits” and/or “Town of Nolensville”.  

She added that at the Public Hearing yard signs for yard sales were mentioned.  It was noted that this ordinance has been on the books since 1998.  

Planner Henry Laird submitted a memo to the Board explaining this ordinance with recommended changes.  

Alderman Felts discussed at length amending Section 1.7.3, Subsection E, “2.) the number of message changes are limited to one per hour”.  He felt it should be “one per ninety-seconds”. 

Mayor Lothers made a motion to approve the ordinance with Planner Lairds recommended changes, Alderman Alexander seconded.  The vote was taken and this ordinance passed unanimously as amended. 

Reading of Resolution #10-18, a resolution in support of an application for the Tennessee Downtowns Program.  Alderman Snyder read the resolution in it’s entirety.  Alderman Felts made a motion to approve this resolution, Alderman Snyder seconded and the resolution passed unananimously.  

 Other:

 Mayor Lothers read a plaque about communities.

 The meeting adjourned at 8:08 p.m.

 Respectfully submitted,                                                          Approved,

 

Cindy Lancaster                                                                      Beth Lothers

Town Recorder                                                                       Mayor