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published on 03/12/2003

Official Minutes of February SM Town Council Meeting

Town Recorder

The Town Council of the Town of Signal Mountain held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 10, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. Those present were:

Mayor James H. Althaus, Vice-Mayor William O. Leonard, Councilmember Rachel Bryant, Councilmember Stephen Ruffin.
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: No list attached. Must go to Town Hall to see list.)

The Mayor called the meeting to order and Vice-Mayor Leonard offered the prayer. The Recorder called the roll.

Councilmember Ruffin made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 13, 2003, regular meeting. Councilmember Bryant seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

The first item before the Council was “A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE TOWN MANAGER TO PURCHASE ONE (1) FIRETRAINER® T4000 40-FOOT STRUCTURAL FIRE TRAINING SYSTEM, IN THE AMOUNT OF ONE HUNDRED FORTY-THREE THOUSAND AND 00/100 ($143,000.00) DOLLARS TO BE USED BY THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR THE TOWN OF SIGNAL MOUNTAIN.” The Town Manager explained the purchase and noted that the Town had been awarded a grant of $162,015.00 that covered 90 percent of the cost of the unit. He answered several questions from the Council. After a brief discussion, Vice-Mayor Leonard made a motion to approve the resolution. Councilmember Bryant seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

The next item before the Council was “AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND ORDINANCE NO. 2002-3, ENTITLED ‘AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE FY 2 TOWN BUDGET’ SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN CHANGES IN EXPENDITURES BY THE TOWN OF SIGNAL MOUNTAIN AS SET FORTH IN THE AMENDED FY 2 TOWN BUDGET.” The Recorder explained that the ordinance was necessary to make the purchase for the fire trainer. She explained that the budget included only $16,201 that represented the Town’s portion of the grant. The ordinance would add the grant revenue and additional expenditure of $145,814. After a brief discussion, Councilmember Ruffin made a motion to approve the ordinance. Councilmember Bryant seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

During the opportunity for citizens’ and others to address the Council, John Clark spoke regarding the Shackleford Ridge Park. He informed the Council that the new concession stand/restroom facility was under construction and progressing very well.

Next Glen Showalter and Stan Crewe appeared before the Council and explained that they would like to build a model wooden train as a Christmas decoration. They requested permission to place the train on the grassy area at James Park for about 1-1/2 months at Christmas time. They showed the Council a drawing of the proposed model. After a discussion, Councilmember Ruffin made a motion to approve the request. The Mayor seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Mark Shartle asked if the Town picked up trash for businesses. The Town Manager said there was a list and he would check into the matter.

Bill Gallagher made a request to the Council that the Town put something in the budget to fund adult softball.

Councilmember Bryant inquired about the new roundabout being constructed at the foot of the W. Road and Mountain Creek Road. The Town Manager explained and answered several questions regarding the intersection.

Councilmember Ruffin inquired regarding the Town’s status on salt and sand for the bad weather. The Town Manager gave a brief analysis of the situation.

Vice-Mayor Leonard noted that there had been a lot of complaints about unrestrained and barking dogs. He said the Police had been answering a lot of calls on dogs. He asked the newspapers, the Post and Mirror, to include an article on the subject.

The Mayor commended the Fire and Police for the work they had done in the previous five or six weeks on fires in the Town.

The Town Manager gave the Council an update on the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater.

No other action was taken and the meeting was adjourned.
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