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published on 10/19/2001
Town of Signal Mountain Official Minutes of September 10, 2001
The Town Council of the Town of Signal Mountain held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, September 10, 2001, at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall.
Those present were:
Mayor James H Althaus, Vice-Mayor Robert Steel, Councilmember Rachel Bryant, Councilmember Steve Ruffin.
Town Manager Hershel Dick, Town Recorder Diana Campbell, Town Attorney Joe Wagner, and Advisory Attorney Phil Noblett. See list at bottom for additional people.
The Mayor called the meeting to order and Vice-Mayor Steel offered the prayer. The Recorder called the roll.
Councilmember Ruffin made a motion to approve the minutes of the August 27, 2001, special called meeting. The motion was seconded by Vice-Mayor Steel and passed unanimously.
The first item before the Council was an ordinance titled “AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SIGNAL MOUNTAIN ORDINANCE 8-107, TO DELETE ANY PROHIBITION FOR ON-PREMISE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND TO RENUMBER THE CURRENT SECTION 8-108 AS SECTION 8-107, AND TO CREATE NEW SECTIONS 8-108 THROUGH 8-135, WHICH SHALL PROVIDE FOR BROWN BAGGING PERMITS FOR ON-PREMISE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WITHIN THE TOWN OF SIGNAL MOUNTAIN; AND TO INSERT A NEW SECTION 8-209, ET. SEQ. REGARDING ON-PREMISE CONSUMPTION OF BEER WITHIN THE TOWN, AND TO DELETE SECTION 8-203 WHICH PROHIBITS THE SALE OF BEER FOR ON PREMISE CONSUMPTION IN THE TOWN OF SIGNAL MOUNTAIN. Attorney Phil Noblett explained that he had prepared the ordinance and made wording changes at the Council’s request. He explained some of the provisions and points of the ordinance. A discussion of the ordinance followed. Councilmember Bryant requested that the Section 8-214-B, which deals with loitering about the place of business after the hours of operation, be amended to delete “under the age of twenty-one (21) years.” Councilmember Bryant also requested that Section 8-255 permitting and regulating outdoor advertising be removed. The Mayor asked for a motion to approve the ordinance with the changes to Section 8-214-B and Section 8-255. Vice-Mayor Steel made a motion to approve the ordinance with the changes and Councilmember Ruffin seconded the motion. The Council voted 3 to 1 to approve the ordinance with Councilmember Bryant opposing.
The next item before the Council was the “RESOLUTION SETTING WATER AND SEWER RATES FOR THE SIGNAL MOUNTAIN GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB.” Hershel Dick explained that the golf course had been receiving a reduced rate and the resolution increased their rate to be the same as all other customers. Vice Mayor Steel made a motion to approve the resolution. Councilmember Ruffin seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The Council then considered the next resolution, “A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE TOWN MANAGER OF THE TOWN OF SIGNAL MOUNTAIN TO PAY A PROPORTIONATE AMOUNT OF THE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER AT RED BANK HIGH SCHOOL.” The Mayor briefly explained the situation with the resource officer. Councilmember Ruffin made a motion to approve the resolution. Mayor Althaus seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
During the citizen’s opportunity to address the Council, Glenn Baird informed the Council of a letter his family had received advising of a natural gas pipeline extension requested by East Tennessee Natural Gas (ETNG), a division of Duke Power, through the Town of Signal Mountain. He explained ETNG proposed to purchase 36 acres of his family’s property and construct an eight-acre compressor station. He requested help from the Town to try to prevent this from being built in the middle of a residential area in close proximity to the new elementary school. A discussion followed. The Mayor made a motion to give Phil Noblett the authority to file a Motion to Intervene. Steve Ruffin seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Joe Wagner asked the Council to authorize him and Attorney Phil Noblett to mediate the case of Tabbs, LLC, versus the Town of Signal Mountain that is presently in Chancery Court. He explained that Chancelor Brown had suggested the Town go to mediation. Vice-Mayor Steel made a motion to give the authority to the attorneys. Mayor Althaus seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned.
List of additional people in attendance:
Pris and Mark Shartle
Cheree and Joe Dumas