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Town of Nolensville
Board of Mayor and Aldermen Meeting
Date: February 1st, 2018 Time 7:00 p.m.
Nolensville Town Hall, 7218 Nolensville Road
Mayor Jimmy Alexander opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. Board members present: Mayor Alexander, Aldermen Tommy Dugger, Jason Patrick, and Brian Snyder. Staff present: Administrator Ken McLawhon, Counsel Robert Notestine, Town Engineer Don Swartz, Town Planner Sarah Sitterle, and Recorder Kali Mogul. Alderman Larry Felts was absent. There were 25 citizens present.
Alderman Jason Patrick said the prayer and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ms. Kim Steinle and her daughter Miss Ali Steinle of 3380 Redmon Hill shared information about a fundraiser they are starting in Nolensville in conjunction with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention called “Out of the Darkness Walk.” Ms. Steinle provided statistics on mental health and suicide rates in young adults. She said they would like the walk to start from Town Hall at 3:00 p.m. on April 22nd. She asked the Board members to support the walk and participate if they are able.
Ms. Christa Tidwell of 1505 Halsey Drive indicated she is in favor of reducing the speed limit in the Summerlyn subdivision to 20 miles per hour. She said that Summerlyn has a lot of traffic because of the schools. Ms. Tidwell’s opinion is that 30 miles per hour is too fast when kids are playing outside and because the high school track team runs through the Summerlyn neighborhood.
Ms. Karen Hofer of 408 Ramblewood Lane opposed reducing the speed limit. She said if there are speeders, the drivers should be ticketed. In Ms. Hofer’s opinion, the Greystone subdivision needs street lights.
Mayor Alexander moved to approve the minutes from the Board meeting of January 4th, 2018, seconded by Alderman Snyder. The motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Alexander then made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report through December, 2017, seconded by Alderman Patrick. There was a question about the interest rates. Finance director Julie Wilson explained that the rate is variable. FNB Bank has confirmed that the interest rates will never fall below what is currently shown. When the vote was taken on the Treasurer’s Report, the approval passed unanimously. Town Administrator Ken McLawhon mentioned that department heads will turn in their initial budgets on February 2nd. Preliminary meetings with department heads will be held in-house in the next week or so prior to presenting the first draft to the mayor and the budget committee.
Town Planner Sarah Sitterle reported on behalf of the Planning Department and Planning Commission.
At the January 9th Planning Commission meeting, action was taken on the following:
* Asher subdivision entrance sign site plan, approved
* Nolen Mill phase 1 final plat, approved
* Rezoning of 7186 Nolensville Road from estate residential (ER) to commercial services (CS), approved and recommended to BOMA
* Mill Creek Brewing Company silo site plan, approved
* A workshop was held after the January 9th Planning Commission meeting on P.U.D. regulations and staff procedures and will be continued after the February 13th Planning Commission meeting
Alderman Snyder noted that the landscaping was removed from the FNB Bank site. There was a short discussion about the requirements for replacement landscaping, which include submission of a plan to Town staff.
With regard to speed limits, Town Engineer Don Swartz commented that a new speed measurement device was purchased earlier in the year, and speed studies have been conducted in a number of spots. He gave some details about standard speed limits and analysis.
Swartz also delivered updates on the following:
* The Small Town Connections project is quickly being wrapped up; Contractors and subcontractors are working on a final punch list
* The environmental study for the Stonebrook Safe Routes to School project must be recertified in order to proceed; an application for recertification has been filed
Swartz provided confirmation that the data collected by the speed devices can be shared with Homeowners’ Associations.
Mr. McLawhon said he anticipates bid documents for Sunset Road soon. Mr. Swartz clarified that the Town is still in the right-of-way acquisition phase, which is progressing as expected. Counsel Notestine indicated that three of the right-of-ways have closed, with another scheduled to close on February 2nd.
There was no report for the Fire Department. Keith Rosenbery has resigned as fire chief. A new chief will be elected.
Police Chief Roddy Parker presented his monthly report. He concurred with Mr. Swartz’s explanation on speeding. He said the best way to combat speeding is with constant police presence or a traffic calming device. Parker said they are continuing to investigate a string of vehicle break-ins in the Stonebrook subdivision. Unfortunately, all of the vehicles burglarized were left unlocked. Two more officers will start in February, and Juli Dickerson recently started as administrative assistant/records clerk in the Police Department. The Chief confirmed to Alderman Snyder that the Nixle app will remain active.
Mr. Kyle Billingsley represented the Public Works Department. He detailed the monthly written report. The department recently purchased a scale and determined they collected 380 pounds of trash during the month. The department has been frustrated with the contractor hired to repair sidewalks in Bent Creek and Catalina. That particular contractor was terminated, but two new potential vendors have been identified. The street sign for the Sheldon Valley subdivision will be replaced.
There was no report for the Historic Zoning Commission. Alderman Snyder noted that the Town Events Committee will meet next week.
Ms. Kelley Crummitt reported for the Trees and Trails Committee. The committee is conducting a study on the trees in Bent Creek to determine which species may have created problems with the sidewalks.
Mr. Scott Arata of Lakeland and Mr. Ross Arata of Murfreesboro represented Resolution 18-03, a resolution granting a certificate of compliance to United Investments, LLC d.b.a. Smoke N’ Barrels for a retail package liquor store at 7175 Nolensville Road in Nolensville for a period of two years. There were a number of questions about the application regarding the structure and ownership of the LLC, their references, and work experience of the two applicants. Mr. Arata discussed some of the plans they have for the store if they are granted the certificate of compliance. There was also a discussion about the involvement of the two partners, who would manage and work at the store.
Mr. Scott Arata asked about the size restriction of a liquor store as written in the municipal code. The applicants are interested in adding a humidor. Counsel Notestine recalled that the code was written to prohibit single purpose supermarket-style stores, and that legislators at the time desired a small store. Mr. Arata said he would be interested in expanding the size of the current store.
After continued discussion, Alderman Patrick moved to defer the item for one month so the applicant might provide a more complete submittal. Mayor Alexander seconded the motion. Alderman Patrick clarified that the Board does not have plans at this time to amend the code to allow larger retail package liquor stores. In discussing future plans, Mr. Arata stated he would like to increase the performance of the store by using social media and other advertising outlets, installing a humidor, and becoming involved in the community. When the vote was taken, the deferral passed unanimously.
At 8:37 p.m. the Mayor opened a public hearing of Ordinance 18-02, an ordinance to amend Article 1 of Zoning Ordinance 04-09 adding section 1.14.0, single family dwellings. There were no comments, so the public hearing was closed at 8:37 p.m.
Mayor Alexander then moved to approve Ordinance 18-03, an ordinance to amend the zoning map of Nolensville, Tennessee to rezone 7186 Nolensville Road from Estate Residential (ER) to Commercial Services (CS). Alderman Patrick seconded the motion. Alderman Dugger recused himself from the vote. Alderman Patrick asked for clarification on why the parcel would not have the Commercial Corridor Overlay (CCO). Town Planner Sarah Sitterle said there is no requirement in the Zoning Ordinance to automatically apply the overlay. Dugger commented that he also thought a rezoning in this area would require the overlay. Mayor Alexander said that this parcel has been purchased by the owner of Hillside Center and would become part of that site. The right-of-ways will be identical to those at Hillside Center, and any plan brought forward will need Town approval. Upon a vote, the motion passed 3 – 0 on first reading.
Mayor Alexander introduced Resolution 18-04, a resolution to approve the use of funds for acquisition of right-of-way associated with the Sunset Road improvement project. Mayor Alexander made a motion to approve, seconded by Alderman Patrick. There was extensive discussion on the appraised value of Tract 35, especially regarding the rock wall and landscaping. There were also concerns regarding the right-of-way at Providence Baptist Church and the negotiations with Winterset Woods and Benington Homeowners’ Associations. The appraiser was not present to answer questions from the Board, so Mayor Alexander rescinded his motion to approve, and Alderman Patrick rescinded his second. The Mayor then moved to defer action on Resolution 18-04 for one month. Alderman Patrick seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
The Mayor acknowledged the annual food and beer sales report as provided to the Board. The workshop on P.U.D. regulations and staff processes will be continued after the February 13th Planning Commission meeting.
The Mayor adjourned the meeting at 9:03 p.m.