published on 06/11/2002
Town of Signal Mountain Official Minutes of Meeting on May 13, 2002
The Town Council of the Town of Signal Mountain held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 13, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. Those present were:
Mayor James H. Althaus, Councilmember Rachel Bryant, Councilmember Stephen Ruffin, Councilmember William C. Steele, Jr..
Also present were:
Town Manager Hershel Dick, Town Recorder Diana Campbell, Town Attorney Phil Noblett. See list at bottom for additional people.
The Mayor called the meeting to order and Councilmember Ruffin offered the prayer. The Recorder called the roll.
Councilmember Bryant made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 8, 2002, regular meeting and the April 17, 2002, special called meeting. Councilmember Ruffin seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The first item before the Council was “A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OF THE TOWN OF SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TENNESSEE, TO RENEW THE LEASE AGREEMENT WITH THE HAMILTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR THE SIGNAL MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR AN ADDITIONAL THREE-YEAR PERIOD COMMENCING ON AUGUST 1, 2002, THROUGH JULY 31, 2005”. Phil Noblett explained that the lease agreement with the Hamilton County Board of Education for the former Signal Mountain Elementary site has a renewal option that would allow the Town to renew the lease for an additional three years for a rental fee of $3.00. Councilmember Steele made a motion to approve the resolution. Councilmember Bryant seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The second item before the Council was “A RESOLUTION APPOINTING JAMES T. SMITH, GENIE HENRY AND DEBBIE TRUMPETER TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE HEALTH, EDUCATIONAL AND HOUSING FACILITY BOARD FOR THE TOWN OF SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TENNESSEE”. Phil Noblett explained that there was a corporation established known as the Board of Directors for the Health, Educational and Housing Facility Board. He explained that it was created in 1982 as a non-profit corporation apparently to allow funding through bonds to be issued for health, educational and housing services in the Town of Signal Mountain. He further explained that the Town of Signal Mountain had the power to name members to the Board, that the terms had expired of three of the members, and that a request had been received to appoint three members. The Mayor explained that Alexian Village had requested this Board be created when they were in the process of obtaining financing for expansion of their facilities. A brief discussion followed. Phil Noblett noted that the Town of Signal Mountain would not be responsible for the Alexian Village bond in the case of a default. Councilmember Steele made a motion to approve the resolution. Councilmember Bryant seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
During the citizens’ opportunity to address the Council, Tim Thelen requested the Town abandon a road right-of-way at Lot 34 St. Ives. A discussion followed. Mr. Thelen was instructed to discuss the matter with the Town Manager and then go to the Planning Commission.
Next there was a request from Tom Wicks with Joshua’s Landscaping for the Town to abandon fees charged to contractors who are residents of the Town. A lengthy discussion followed. The Council did not waive the fee but decided to look at the fee structure and consider charging more for non-biodegradable materials than for biodegradable landscaping debris.
Lou Oliphant noted there was no Planning Commission report since they had not met.
The Council set the date of May 25, 2002, to conduct a meeting in which they planned to meet with the Town Manager, Town Recorder, and the various Department Heads to review the proposed 2003 budget. The meeting was scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. and last until the complete budget was reviewed.
Councilmember Bryant inquired regarding the status of the sewer system. Hershel Dick explained the Hamilton County Wastewater Treatment Authority was very interested in taking over the Town’s sewer system. He further explained that he was also in discussion with the City of Chattanooga regarding taking over the system. He informed the Council he would be making a recommendation soon.
The Mayor informed the citizens that the census of the Town’s residents had been completed with about 280 additional people added to the official census count. He thanked the employees that had worked on this and briefly explained the count process.
The meeting was adjourned.