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published on 08/15/2002

Official Minutes

Town Recorder

The Town Council of the Town of Signal Mountain held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 8, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. Those present were:

Mayor James H. Althaus
Vice-Mayor Robert E. Steel, Jr.
Councilmember Rachel Bryant
Councilmember William C. Steele, Jr.

Also present: Town Manager Hershel Dick
Town Recorder Diana Campbell
Town Attorney Phil Noblett
See list at end of minutes for additional people

The Mayor called the meeting to order and offered the prayer. He informed the Council that Councilmember Ruffin had called to say he was out of Town. The Recorder called the roll.

Vice-Mayor Steel made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 8, 2002, regular meeting and the June 17, 2002, special called meeting. Councilmember Steele seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.


The Mayor explained briefly the public hearing was being held to allow citizens to ask questions or make comments on the proposed “STORMWATER UTILITY ORDINANCE”. The Town Manager, Town Attorney, and Mayor answered questions from the citizens and Councilmembers.


Councilmember Steele made a motion to approve the “STORMWATER UTILITY ORDINANCE”. Vice-Mayor Steel seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

The first resolution before the Council was a “RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE TOWN MANAGER AND TOWN RECORDER TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH THE HAMILTON COUNTY WASTEWATER TREATMENT AUTHORITY TO JOIN THE TOWN’S WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEM TO THE AUTHORITY”. The Town Manager answered various questions on the transfer. After some discussion, Councilmember Bryant made a request to postpone the decision until each Councilmember had time to review the final version of the agreement, which had just been given to the Council, and to be able to present questions to the Town’s Attorney. The Town Attorney pointed out the changes to the final version. Mike Dowlen, representing Temo Enterprises and Dowlen Construction addressed the Council. He stated that they had the St. Ives sewer contract. He said they were in dispute with the sewer system going into the WWTA. He requested that the agreement between the Town and the WWTA be postponed until the questions concerning the St. Ives sewer agreement get resolved. A discussion followed. The Council agreed to delay taking action on this matter until the next regular monthly meeting.

The next resolution before the Council was “A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE TOWN MANAGER TO ESTABLISH AN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAM, DEVISE RULES AND REGULATIONS, AND TO PROVIDE FOR A DIRECTOR AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SUCH PROGRAM”. The Town Manager explained that OSHA required this program be established. It was noted that the resolution states the Town Manager would be designated as the Director of Occupational Safety and Health. The Town Manager stated that it should be the Town Manager or his designee. It was noted the resolution would have “or his designee” added to the section on Administration in the first line following Town Manager. A discussion followed regarding OSHA and their regulation. Councilmember Steele made a motion to approve the resolution. Vice-Mayor Steel seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Lou Oliphant informed the Council that the Planning Commission had met Wednesday, July 3, 2002. She noted that they heard a request to rezone property at 1161 Ridgeway Avenue from Low-Density Residential to Highway Commercial. She stated that after much discussion and hearing from the people in the area, the Planning Commission decided to recommend to the Council that the request be denied for the following reasons: That would be spot zoning, the State plan showed no more Commercial zoning in the area, approval would encourage additional similar requests, and the lot was surrounded by Low-Density Residential and Moderate-Density Residential. The Council discussed the location but no action was required or taken by the Council.

The members of the Council, the Town Manager, the Town Attorney, and various citizens brought several matters to the Council for discussion but no other action was taken.

The meeting was adjourned.

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