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published on 02/16/2006

Diana Campbell Named Town Manager

By staff writer

Diana Campbell, holding roses, with her family
On Monday, February 13, 2006, Boy Scout Troop 116 led over ninety people gathered in the Signal Mountain Town Hall in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Afterwards, Councilmember Robert White offered a prayer. Mayor Bill Leonard called the meeting to order. Also present at this meeting were Councilmembers Lizetta Paturalski and Bob Linehart as well as the town attorney Phil Noblett and town recorder Diana Campbell. Vice-mayor Steve Ruffin was out of town.

The first order of business was to approve a resolution appointing Diana Campbell who has been acting town manager to official town manager. After a brief history of the process so far, Mayor Leonard called for a vote, which was unanimous. Later in the meeting Diana recognized the other town employees, including former town manager Hershel Dick, who were present at the meeting as well as her family.

In other business five other resolutions were presented for approval. One, appointments to the Design Review Commission was tabled until the next meeting. The Council voted to approve the purchase of a new police car for the town of Signal Mountain. SM Police Chief Bo Veal, present at the meeting answered questions by the Council before the resolution was approved. Next a resolution entering into a new employer contribution rate as recommended by the TCRS (Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System) with whom the Town’s employees are insured.

The fourth resolution concerned the replacement of the starting blocks at the Signal Mountain Swimming Pool used by the swim team, the Green Giants. Immediate past president of the Swim Team League, Martha Nagle was present to answer any questions. To replace eight of the sixteen damaged blocks it will cost of $25,000. The Council voted to support the Team up to $25,000 but knew going into it that the swim team has reserved $6,000 and is trying to secure other funds from the Town of Walden and Hamilton County to which a portion of swim team members live. Only the swim team uses the blocks.

The last resolution pertained to the grant currently being used to rehabilitate the Rainbow Lake Trail. Part of that grant was to go to a handicap trail to which the Town decided to not pursue so the grant needed to be amended. In order to get the full amount of the grant a letter from the Town stating where the handicap trial will be placed must be sent to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, from where the grant is coming. The council voted to amend the grant and look into a replacement for the handicap trail and then write the necessary letter to receive the full funds of the grant.

In further business the Council voted on two ordinances, both second readings. The first amends the town code pertaining to terms of boards and committees. The second deals with the establishment of certain procedures for the review of proposed memorials and monuments and will be subject to the approval of the Design Review Commission. The third ordinance amends the town budget to include the $25,000 needed for the swim team blocks. This ordinance will require a second vote at next month’s meeting, however, all three ordinances passed.

Lou Oliphant, secretary of the Planning Commission passed out an annual report and list of names and phone numbers of members of the commission.

Todd Faulk and Taylor Gill from the Signal Mountain Tackle Football League, Inc. (SMTFL) addressed the Council sharing the news that SMTFL has entered into an agreement with Hamilton County to use the old soccer field behind Thrasher Elementary. They are currently cleaning the field up replacing the French drains and clearing away brush. They no longer need to use any of the town’s fields but are willing to offer the use of their field to the town’s flag football league if needed. They also requested the town dispose of the brush being cleared to which the Mayor asked the town manager to look into.

Councilmembers Robert White and Lizetta Paturalski both spoke in praise of the Hat’s Off column we published in the February issue of the Signal Mountain Mirror calling for all citizens to unite and accept the changes being made on our mountaintop. Attorney, Phil Noblett reminded the Council and others of the importance of the upcoming Planning Commission as it related to the development of the Shackleford Ridge Road area. And finally Mayor Leonard addressed several issues. He noted that TDOT is making an intense study of the intersection where the streetlight is on Ridgeway at the new CVS Pharmacy. Also, a study of the traffic in front of Thrasher shows that it will be necessary to extend the school zone on James Boulevard. The town is also concerned about the cut-through streets, Albert and Miles and has asked the acting town engineer to look into possible options. And finally he noted the improvements the town is doing to both Russell and Scott fields in parking and drainage.

The meeting ended at 8:25 PM. The next scheduled meeting of the Town Council is Monday, March 13, 2006, at the Town Hall.
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