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published on 01/26/2004

Signal Mountain Town Coucil Meeting Official Minutes - September 2003

Town Recorder

The Town Council of the Town of Signal Mountain held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, September S, 2003, at 7:00 pm. in the Town Hall. Those present were:
Mayor James H. Althaus
Vice-Mayor William O. Leonard
Councilmember Stephen Ruffin
Councilmember Robert E. White, II

Also present were: Hershel Dick, Town Manager
Diana Campbell, Town Recorder
Phil Noblett, Town Attorney
See attached list for others present

Mayor Althaus called the meeting to order and Councilmember White offered the prayer.

The Town Recorder called the roll and found that Councilmember Rachel Bryant was not in attendance.

Councilmember Ruffin moved that the minutes of the August 11, 2003, regular meeting be approved. The motion was seconded by Vice-Mayor Leonard and passed unanimously.

Mrs. Lolly Durant presented a proposal from the MACC non-resident fee review committee asking for a two-tier plan for taking in non-resident fees. She explained, for example, a class would cost $110.00 for everyone to take, residents of the Town would get a discount and pay $100.00 and those who were not residents would pay $110.00. Registration for classes would be at MACC and the money would be taken in there. As she further explained, if a non-resident took the class three more times, the Town would be making $40. Vice-Mayor Leonard and Councilmember’s White and Ruffin expressed agreement with the proposal. The Town Manager stated he thought the MACC Board should make the decisions on leasing space at MACC. Glenn Showalter said if this passed, the Friends of MACC could have a capital campaign fund. Vice-Mayor Leonard explained that the lessees have to have a million-dollar insurance policy with the Town being named as an insured. Vice-Mayor Leonard moved that the Council accept the proposal for a two-tier plan for taking in non-resident fees for MACC. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Ruffin and passed unanimously.

Bo Patten spoke in behalf of Dr. Wendy Willingham. Mr. Patten stated that Dr. Willingham was attempting to get some mulch from the Recycle Center for use at the shopping center, and he was loading his truck with a front-loading tractor. He was informed by a Recycle employee that he had to load the mulch with a shovel. He was handicapped and was hoping that an exception could be made. The Mayor said all they would have to do would be to tell the employees at the Recycle Center and they would help him. The Town just does not want contractors hauling off the mulch.

Lisa Hawkins advised that October 10 would be National Walk to School Day and invited the Mayor and Councilmember’s to participate. She also thanked Officer Greg Hill for his help last year.

Lou Oliphant, Planning Commission Secretary, advised that the Commission met with the BZA and the Town Attorney for their third hour of training. The Commission would meet in October for the fourth hour of training.

Councilmember White presented the process for creating a Mountain Vision Strategic Plan to guide the Town into the future with a power point presentation. He explained the Town would create a strengths, weaknesses. opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis, and build a plan that would include the Town's core values, mission statement, goals, strategies, tactics, and accountability. It would be a simple plan focusing on what the citizens wanted to do. September 30 would be the kickoff day. There would be five teams, meeting twice a month. He introduced the five team leaders who were Chip Baker. Lisa Hawkins, Art Dickerson, Glenn Baird, and Mark Shartle. There would be training before the kickoff.

The Mayor complimented Councilmember White on the superb beginning and those who had agreed to serve. He noted the key was to get people to turn out. He stated it was the citizens of Signal Mountain the Council wanted to hear from. He emphasized the fact that since the last professional survey was made in 1993. The Town had changed. The Town had to be people-oriented.

Councilmember White said there would be bumper stickers saying “Got Mountain Vision?” He advised they would need a budget since they would need to buy supplies. They will have signs, mailings, information on websites, etc.

Councilmember Ruffin thanked Councilmember White for the presentation. He said he thought the Town needed to communicate more. He encouraged people who could not attend meetings to go by the Town Hall and pick up a copy of the minutes to keep informed about what was going on in the Town.

Vice-Mayor Leonard thanked Councilmember White for doing a wonderful job. He said he felt strongly that this was a good way to move this community forward. He urged the citizens to be pro-active and not reactive.

Mayor Althaus talked about the plan that was done ten years ago. He said the most important thing to the citizens at that time was safety. He advised that two Romanians that visited the mountain two weeks ago they were interested in finding out how things were done in the United States. Signal Mountain Police Officer Bill White would be raising money to go back to Romania in the near future.

Town Manager Hershel Dick announced the Town would be having an auction on Saturday at the Public Works Department on Mississippi Avenue.

Town Attorney Phil Noblett advised that he had given the Councilmember’s information on the request to him from the Council at the last meeting regarding changing the Town’s Ordinance on yard sales. He would like for them to look this over before the next Council meeting. He also stated that he had sent letters to the three homeowners who had not paid their storm water fee for 2002.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
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