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published on 02/18/2002

Town of Signal Mountain Official Minutes of January 14, 2002

Town Recorder

The Town Council of the Town of Signal Mountain held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, January 14, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall. Those present were: Mayor James H. Althaus, Vice-Mayor Robert E. Steel, Jr., Councilmember William C. Steele, Jr., Councilmember Rachel Bryant, Councilmember Stephen Ruffin. Also present were: Town Manager Hershel Dick, Town Recorder Diana Campbell, Town Attorney Phil Noblett.

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

Vice-Mayor Steel made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 10, 2001, regular monthly meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Ruffin and passed unanimously.

The first resolution for the Council to consider was “A RESOLUTION APPOINTING PHILLIP A. NOBLETT AS TOWN ATTORNEY FOR THE TOWN OF SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TENNESSEE, PURSUANT TO ARTICLE VI, SECTION II, OF THE TOWN CHARTER AND FIXING THE COMPENSATION OF THE TOWN ATTORNEY”. The Council briefly discussed the resolution and appointment and then voted unanimously to approve the resolution.

The second resolution before the Council was “A RESOLUTION APPOINTING A LIAISON TO THE SIGNAL MOUNTAIN GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB BOARD”. The Council briefly discussed the resolution appointing Ollie Benton. Councilmember Steele made a motion to approve the resolution. Councilmember Ruffin seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

Lou Oliphant from the Planning Commission addressed the Council. She noted that the Council had been given the Planning Commission’s annual report. She informed the Council that the Planning Commission had finished a complete review of the Town’s Zoning Ordinance and would be making recommendations to the Council.

The next item the Council considered was a proposal from Tennessee American. The Mayor informed the citizens that Tennessee American had made an informal proposal to buy the Town’s water system. The Mayor made a motion to decline the offer and Vice-
Mayor Steel seconded the motion. Councilmember Bryant asked that the vote be postponed and let the Town Recorder prepare a report to the Council explaining Tennessee American’s proposal. The matter was postponed until the next Council meeting.

Next, the Council discussed barking dogs and complaints from neighbors. Attorney Phil Noblett explained the current Town ordinance. No Council action was taken.

The Recorder read a memo from the Town Manager to the Council explaining the repair that was needed to the boiler at MACC. The memo stated that the MACC boiler had gone out in December during freezing temperature. The memo also stated that the Town was told that Jake Marshall Service, Inc. was the only authorized service representative for this type of boiler so the Town called them. They assessed the situation and gave a proposal to make all the necessary repairs and install a thermostat for a total of $18,192. The memo further explained that because of the emergency situation and the danger of pipes freezing and causing extensive damage to the building, a purchase order had been issued. The Council discussed the repair. Councilmember Ruffin made a motion to approve the purchase. The Mayor seconded the motion. The Council voted four in favor and one opposed. Councilmember Bryant did not approve the expenditure.

The Council brought up various subjects and requested the status on those subjects. The Council discussed the subjects but no action was taken.

Dan McCaffrey came before the Council to discuss a construction site behind his house on Timberlinks Drive. The Council discussed the situation and what could or could not be done. No action was taken.

The meeting was adjourned.
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