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published on 01/30/2004

Official Minutes of SM November Town Council Meeting

Town Recorder

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

Mayor James K Althaus
Vice-Mayor William O. Leonard
Councilmember Rachel Bryant
Councilmember Stephen Ruffin
Councilmember Robert E. White, II

Also present were:

Town Manager Hershel Dick
Town Recorder Diana Campbell
Town Attorney Phil Noblett

The Mayor called the meeting to order and Councilmember Bryant offered the prayer. The Town Recorder called the roll

Vice-Mayor Leonard made a motion to approve the minutes of the October 13, 2003, regular meeting. Councilmember White seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

The first item before the Council was “A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF SIGNAL Mountain, TENNESSEE, TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TML RISK MANAGEMENT POOL ‘SAFELY PARTNERS’ LOSS CONTROL MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM.” The Town Attorney briefly explained the resolution. Councilmember Bryant made a motion to approve the resolution. Councilmember White seconds the motion and it passed unanimously.

The second resolution considered by the Council was “A RESOLUTION REAPPOINTING MEMBERS TO THE TOWN OF SIGNAL MOUNTAIN’S LIBRARY BOARD.” Phil Noblett briefly explained the resolution noting the resumes of the two appointees were attached. Councilmember Ruffin made a motion to approve the resolution. Mayor Althaus seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Vice-Mayor Leonard noted the resumes were impressive. Councilmember White stated having the resumes was a good idea

The next resolution before the Council was “A RESOLUTION REAPPOINTING BOBBY PICKERELL TO THE BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS FOR THE TOWN OF SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TENNESSEE.” Town Attorney Noblett briefly explained the resolution. The Town Manager stated that he had not received the resume for Mr. Pickerell. On the Mayor’s recommendation, the Council decided not to vote on the resolution until the December meeting when the resume could be available. Vice-Mayor Leonard commented on the importance of the Town’s boards and the importance of knowing who was being appointed to the boards.

The next items before the Council was the second and final reading of “AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE SIGNAL MOUNTAIN TOWN CODE BY AMENDING TITLE 18, CHAPTER 7, Entitled STORMWATER RUNOFF REGULATION AND CONTROL BY Inserting NEW DEFINITIONS AND Deleting CERTAIN SECTIONS TO BE PLACED IN THE STORMWATER MANAGEMENT MANUAL.” Phil Noblett explained the ordinance. He noted the amendment added some definitions and took some of the provisions in the original ordinance to be placed in a Stormwater Management Manual that could be revised as needed without continually amending the ordinance. The Mayor further explained that storm water management was mandated by Congress but didn’t provide money for the program. After a brief discussion and questions, Councilmember Bryant made a motion to approve the ordinance. Councilmember White seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

The last ordinance before the Council was the second and Goal reading of “AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE TOWN OF SIGNAL MOUNTAIN MUNICIPAL CODE BY AMENDING TITLE 18, CHAPTER 8, Entitled STORMWATER UllL1TY ORDINANCE.” Phil Noblett explained that the ordinance dealt with how the bills to fund the Stormwater Program were to be paid and when they would be due. He noted they would be delinquent on March 1 the same as the property taxes. After a brief discussion, Councilmember Ruffin made a motion to approve the ordinance. Vice-Mayor Leonard seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

During the citizens’ opportunity to address the Council, Jenny Smith announced the Christmas Lighting Program at the Mountain Arts Community Center on December 5, 2003, at 6:00 pm.

Next, Jean Brye, representing the Library Board addressed the Council and requested the Library be allowed to prorate quarterly the non-resident fee if someone wanted to join during the year. A discussion followed inducing the recalculation of the non-resident fees for all activities. The Recorder explained the current fees were calculated in January of 2002 and were now being calculated for a four-year average cost She noted that a proposal should be ready for the December meeting. Councilmember Bryant made a motion to approve the concept of prorating the Library non-resident fee. Councilmember Ruffin seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Mark Shartle asked the Council about using the Town’s signboard for Sunday on Signal. He stated that the policy of permitting only non-profit organizations to use the signboard was too restrictive. The Mayor stated that the Town should review the policy. A brief discussion followed but no action was taken.

Shawn Craig of 312 Green Gorge Road addressed the Council. She stated that there were no speed limit signs on Green Gorge. She requested signs be placed on the street. After a discussion, it was noted that the Town Manager would speak to the Public Safety Director and the Town Engineer about the signs.

Next, a visiting Red Bank High School student asked the Council what effect on Red Bank High School would occur if Signal Mountain got its own high school. A lengthy discussion followed on the pros and cons of having a high school on the mountain.

Next, Lou Oliphant stated that she did not have a report from the Planning Commission since they had not met.

Councilmember White gave an update on the Strategic Planning process. He briefly explained the purpose and methods used in the process for the benefit of visiting Red Bank High School students. Councilmember White presented various slides showing the Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats developed by the citizens groups and the vote on each item. He noted that the Core Values were five words that identified the citizen’s values. The core values were: Recreational, Educational, Family, Quality of Life, and Safety. Then he presented the mission statement that the citizens groups had developed: To enhance a sense of community where individuals thrive in a safe environment that supports freedom, fellowship, and recreation where families matter and life-long learning is treasured. Councilmember White further explained the Strategic Planning process that was expected to last until mid-March.

Councilmember Bryant noted that bids would be opened on the playground equipment for the area behind the Golf Club on November 19, 2003.

The Town Manager informed the citizens that he had received a letter From Hamilton County stating that some houses in Carriage Hill would need to be renumbered to be in compliance with the plan to have even numbers on one side of the street and odd numbers on the other side. A discussion and questions followed.

The meeting was adjourned.
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