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published on 10/17/2002
Official Minutes Town Council Meeting
The Town Council of the Town of Signal Mountain held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, September 9, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. Those present were:
Mayor James H. Althaus, Vice-Mayor Robert E. Steel, Jr., 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. (Editor's note: to view the list, go to the Town Hall. PNS)
The Mayor called the meeting to order and offered the prayer. The Recorder called the roll.
Vice-Mayor Steel made a motion to approve the revised minutes of the August 12, 2002, regular meeting. The Mayor explained a change to the minutes that had been sent to the Council. Councilmember Ruffin seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The first resolution before the Council was “A RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE RECORDS RETENTION MANUAL APPROVED BY THE MUNICIPAL TECHNICAL ADVISORY SERVICE AS THE OFFICIAL RECORDS RETENTION SCHEDULE OF THE TOWN OF SIGNAL MOUNTAIN.” The Recorder explained the records status of the Town and the need for a schedule for disposing of records. The Town Attorney further explained the preparation of the schedule by the Municipal Technical Advisory Service of the University of Tennessee. Councilmember Steele made a motion to approve the resolution. Vice-Mayor Steel seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The next resolution for the Council’s consideration was “A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OF THE TOWN OF SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TENNESSEE, TO EXECUTE AN AMENDMENT TO THE INTERLOCAL COOPERATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN AND AMONG, CLEVELAND, TENNESSEE, AND ALL CITIES AND/OR POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS WHICH HAVE ADOPTED AND APPROVED THIS INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT FOR CHIPPING, SHREDDING AND/OR GRINDING OF YARD WASTE SERVICE AND TO ALLOW THE CITY OF CLEVELAND TO ENTER INTO AN INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF SWEETWATER TO PROVIDE THE CITY OF SWEETWATER WITH CHIPPING, SHREDDING AND/OR GRINDING OF YARD WASTE SERVICES.” The Town Manager explained the agreement and arrangement of the chipping services and the joint ownership of the truck that does the chipping. He explained that Signal Mountain, Cleveland and three more cities jointly own and share the chipping truck. He further explained that this contract would allow Sweetwater to participate and share the costs. After a short discussion of several questions from the Council, Councilmember Steele made a motion to approve the resolution. Vice-Mayor Steel seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The next resolution before the Council was “A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE CHATTANOOGA URBAN AREA BICYCLE FACILITIES MASTER PLAN.” The Mayor informed the citizens of the bicycle master plan prepared by the Metropolitan Planning Organization. He noted that adopting the plan would not require the plan to be implemented. As he further explained that in the future if Signal Mountain did choose to provide bicycle transportation then the plan before the Council would be followed. Councilmember Ruffin made a motion to approve the resolution. Councilmember Steele seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The last resolution before the Council was “A RESOLUTION ADOPTING A PROCLAMATION TO CELEBRATE THE CHARACTER OF THE HEROES OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, ON BEHALF OF THE TOWN OF SIGNAL MOUNTAIN.” Phil Noblett read the proclamation. Councilmember Ruffin made a motion to approve the resolution. Councilmember Steele seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Dick Dillender addressed the Council and requested the Council’s permission to plant a series of Leland Cypress trees in the buffer area between Ridgeway Avenue and the service drive to the Westfield development. Councilmember Steele made a motion to approve the request. Councilmember Ruffin seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Next Laura Ryan and some of the 180 swimmers on the Signal Mountain Swim Team presented the trophy they had won for the city championship to the Council. She explained the team won the city championship for swimming for the fourth consecutive year and also this year they won the city championship for the combined swimming and diving.
Robert White made a presentation to the Council of a CD Rom made of the history of the Town and the Historic District of Olde Town. He stated that it included all the streets and pictures of each house in the Historic District. He also presented 5 copies for the Signal Mountain Library.
The last person to address the Council was Jay Sanders representing Voice Stream Wireless. He requested they be allowed to add an antenna to the existing tower at 1026 Ridgeway Avenue. After a brief discussion, Councilmember Ruffin made a motion to approve the resolution. Vice-Mayor Steel seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
During the time for the Councilmembers to bring up new business, Councilmember Ruffin stated that he had come to know the Council over the previous two years he had worked with the Council. He praised the work Mayor Althaus, Vice-Mayor Steel and Councilmember Steele had done for the Town. He noted that no one loved the Town any more than Vice-Mayor Steel. He thanked the Mayor for giving so much of his time and praised Councilmember Steele for voting his conscience and standing up for what he believed to be right. He told the citizens that the Council had worked well together.
Vice-Mayor Steel made an appeal to the Signal Mountain Post to discourage them from putting the names of people in the paper who had been arrested.
Attorney Noblett informed the Council of a question of a constitutional change that would be coming up in the election in November to allow cities and towns to charge more than $50.00 for municipal fines. He explained that the provision in the Tennessee Constitution limiting the fines to $50.00 goes back to 1796. He explained that this provision should be changed to allow larger fines. He encouraged the citizens to vote for the provision when they vote in the election.
The meeting was adjourned.