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Town of Signal Mountain Official Minutes of December 10, 2001
The Town Council of the Town of Signal Mountain held its regular meeting on Monday, December 10, 2001, at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. Those present were:
Mayor James H. Althaus, Vice-Mayor Robert E. Steel, Jr., Councilmember Rachel Bryant, Councilmember Steve Ruffin.
Town Manager Hershel Dick, Town Recorder Diana Campbell, Town Attorney Joe Wagner, Town Advisory Attorney Phil Noblett.
The Mayor called the meeting to order and Councilmember Ruffin offered the prayer. The Recorder called the roll.
Councilmember Ruffin made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 12, 2001, regular monthly meeting. The motion was seconded by Vice-Mayor Steel and passed unanimously.
BEER BOARD CONVENED
The Mayor convened the Beer Board. He explained to the citizens that the Council was the Beer Board. He noted that the Beer Board had two applications from Nino Piccolo to consider, one for the sale of beer and one for brown bagging.
Vice-Mayor Steel made a motion to accept the application for the brown bagging and issue a permit. Councilmember Ruffin seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Vice-Mayor Steel made a motion to accept the application for an on-premises beer permit. Councilmember Ruffin seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The Beer Board was adjourned.
COUNCIL MEETING RE-CONVENED
The first ordinance for the Council to consider was “AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE TOWN OF SIGNAL MOUNTAIN MUNICIPAL CODE BY ADDING TO TITLE 18 A NEW CHAPTER 7 FOR THE PURPOSE OF REGULATING AND CONTROLLING THE RUNOFF OF STORMWATER” for the second and final reading.
Vice-Mayor Steel made a motion to approve the ordinance. Councilmember Bryant seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Bill Wagner, the Town’s Building Inspector, spoke to the Council and explained the next step in complying with the EPA and State laws that required stormwater management and control by cities. The Town, as he explained, would need to produce a map of the stormwater system. The Town had ordered global positioning system equipment that would be used to map the system. A discussion followed with several questions from the Council.
Next Lou Oliphant from the Planning Commission addressed the Council. She noted that the Council had received copies of the minutes of the Planning Commission meeting. She informed the Council that the Planning Commission had recommended to the Council “a resolution adopting proposed areas of annexation to potentially occur with the Urban Growth Boundaries of the Town of Signal Mountain over the next ten (10) years, pursuant to the Urban Growth Master Interlocal Agreement and to publish the mapshowing the proposed areas of annexation south of Taft Highway prior to or by December 31, 2001.”
The Mayor explained to the Council and citizens that the Master Interlocal Agreement worked out between Hamilton County and all the municipalities in the county contained the condition that the municipalities must publish in the newspaper prior to December 31, 2001, a map showing what area might be annexed in the first ten years. He noted that the Agreement included the condition that the municipalities would not annex any residential area for the first five years. He pointed out that commercial areas and any residential area that petitioned to be annexed, however, could be annexed during the first five years. He then explained that another side agreement between the Town of Signal Mountain and the Town of Walden included the condition that the Town of Signal Mountain would not annex anything north of Taft Highway during the second five years. He stated that the Town should put all areas of the Town’s Urban Growth Boundary south of Taft Highway in the map so the Town could consider those areas during the second five-year period. He further explained that if the Town did not include them in the map the Town might not be able to consider them for annexation until after ten years.
Vice-Mayor Steel made a motion to approve the resolution “A RESOLUTION ADOPTING PROPOSED AREAS OF ANNEXATION TO POTENTIALLY OCCUR WITHIN THE URBAN GROWTH BOUNDARIES OF THE TOWN OF SIGNAL MOUNTAIN OVER THE NEXT TEN (10) YEARS, PURSUANT TO THE URBAN GROWTH MASTER INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT AND TO AUTHORIZE THE TOWN RECORDER TO PUBLISH THE ATTACHED MAP SHOWING PROPOSED AREAS OF ANNEXATION WITHIN THE URBAN GROWTH BOUNDARIES OF THE TOWN OF SIGNAL MOUNTAIN PRIOR TO DECEMBER 31, 2001.” Councilmember Ruffin seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The second recommendation from the Planning Commission as stated by Lou Oliphant was “that 2001 evaluation of the Future Land Use Plan map be accepted with no changes made and the Land Use Plan is our zoning map.” Planning Commission member Brendan Olin made a brief presentation. He stated that in December, 1998, the Planning Commission recommended to the Council and the Council agreed that the Future Land Use Plan Map for the Town of Signal Mountain should be for the ensuing three years the existing zoning map. The existing zoning map showed the entire Town in the zoning classifications of each area in the Town. The zoning map must be reviewed every three years. He further explained that the Planning Commission had felt the conditions in the Town were substantially the same as they were in 1998; therefore, they were recommending the map be approved with no changes. The Mayor made a motion to approve for another three years the Future Land Use Plan map unchanged. Both Vice-Mayor Steel and Councilmember Bryant seconded the motion at the same time and it passed unanimously.
During the opportunity for citizens to address the Council, Mr. Ronnie Simpson of Ronnie’s Service Center requested that a zoning ordinance be changed so he would be allowed to put a for sale sign in cars at his business. A discussion followed. Attorney Phil Noblett informed the Council that since April, 1998, any outdoor sales of any type of motor vehicle has been prohibited. In the discussion, it was noted that the Council could not consider a request for a change to a zoning ordinance until the request had been presented to the Planning Commission and they had made a recommendation, therefore, no action was taken.
The next item before the Council the Mayor noted was a request from the Library Board to appoint Mr. Art Dickerson, Dr. Paul Nolan, and Mr. Dave Kemmerer for a three-year term. Vice-Mayor Steel made a motion to approve the appointments. Councilmember Ruffin seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The Council then considered the reappointments to the Planning Commission for Dan Saieed, Jr., Hale Hamilton, and Dick Dillender. Councilmember Ruffin made a motion to approve the appointments. Vice-Mayor Steel seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
The Town Recorder presented information to the Council on a bid item for tree removal. She stated that sealed bids had been opened on December 4, 2001. The lowest bid was from Chattanooga Tree Service for $12,775. She noted that Art Parry, the Town Engineer, had recommended that the Council approve the low bid. Vice-Mayor Steel made a motion to approve the bid from Chattanooga Tree Service. Councilmember Ruffin seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
Councilmember Bryant asked if anything could be done to unsightly partially-completed structures. A lengthy discussion followed. No action was taken.
Councilmember Bryant requested the Council consider the matter of a yearly pass for non-residents to use the facilities and sports activities in the Town. The matter was postponed until the report from the State on recreational facilities in the Town is ready in February, 2002.
Councilmember Ruffin thanked the Town Manager for getting the speed limit enforced and requested that the enforcement continue.
Vice-Mayor steel requested the Council consider an ordinance to prevent derelict houses, unfinished houses or eyesores. He requested the Council revise the current ordinance or adopt an ordinance similar to other cities to control unsightly houses. No action was taken.
The meeting was adjourned.