Greg Brown Chosen Lookout Mountain, Tn. Mayor For 2 More Years

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - by Dana Wilbourn

Lookout Mountain, Tn. Town Attorney Brian Smith on Tuesday gave the oath of office to all newly elected town commissioners. They are: Greg Brown, Dan Crates, Carol Mutter, Will Moses, and newcomer Walker Jones. Moments later, Will Moses raised a motion to approve Greg Brown as mayor for another two years. Fellow commissioners voted unanimously to approve the motion.

Attorney Smith also swore in Sherry Pollock as a new director on the Lookout Mountain School Board.

Mayor Brown noted that Bill Mitchell is leaving the commission after 18 years. He said it has been a pleasure to serve with and witness Mr. Mitchell’s loyalty and faithfulness to the commission and to the school. The mayor read a proclamation honoring Mr. Mitchell’s years of service.

In discussing longevity of commissioners and town employees, it was noted that Bobby McDaniel, currently Public Works supervisor, has been employed by the town since 1968.

Mayor Brown suggested and the commissioners voted unanimously on the following appointments:

Carol Mutter – Mayor Pro Temp

Will Moses – Treasurer

Brian Smith – Town Clerk & Town Attorney

Mayor Brown then made the following appointments:

Fire and Police Commissioner – Carol Mutter

Education Commissioner – Walker Jones

Public Works Commissioner – Dan Crates

Parks and Playgrounds Commissioner – Will Moses

Town Marshall – Randy Bowden

Police Chief – Randy Bowden

Building Inspector – Randy Bowden

Town Treasurer – Pat Fricks

Tax Collector – Dwight Montague

Town Consultant – Dwight Montague

The commissioners approved a motion to establish bonds of $50,000 or $15,000 for the various positions in the town’s administration.

Two resolutions were approved. One for payment of election expenses and another for any bank or financial institution qualified to do business in Tennessee to be used for deposits of town funds.

Ansley Moses presented the financial report. Revenues for the month of August were $44,000 and expenses were $173,000. Mr. Moses said this is typical of this time of the year and the Hall Tax revenue received in July allowed the town to remain fiscally sound for the month.

Mr. Moses said the town has eight certificates of deposit with various banks at attractive interest rates. He said he expects several of banks to call in the CDs because interest rates have fallen so low. He also said, he expects the town to meet the budgeted interest for the year.

The general fund reserve for the town, Mr. Moses said, is $2,246,000.

Mr. Moses told the commissioners the property at 120 S. Forrest Ave. has been sold to Mary Ann Rennick. The town had several liens on the property including one for demolition of the house and another for a property survey. The town has been fully reimbursed for the outstanding liens, he said.

Education Commissioner Jones said the school has reported a very smooth transition with the new principal. Enrollment at the school, he said, is nearly equal to last year’s enrollment.

Mr. Jones said the school carnival is Sept. 28, with a rain date of Sept. 30. He said students are presently selling coupon books and Sally Foster gifts.

Public Works Commissioner Crates said the maintenance building was recently painted and was greatly needed.

Jody Clark and Lolly Jones addressed the commissioners about their concern with kudzu vines on the mountain.

Ms. Clark said the kudzu behind the local stores needs to be addressed quickly. There are other locations, she said, but this is the worst. She said a local ordinance places the responsibility on the property owner to remove invasive plants. She asked the commissioners to have any kudzu on town property removed first, to set an example.

Ms. Jones said kudzu was brought to the U.S. in the 1800s for erosion control and livestock feed. The fact that kudzu has no known predators has caused it to become an invasive plant that can be difficult to eradicate. She said she is looking to the commissioners to get the message out to the community by informing residents of their responsibility and need to eradicate the plant.

The commissioners approved on second reading amendments to the floodplain insurance program. The amendments are required by the federal government and are not significant. The town must participate in the floodplain insurance program for property owners to able to purchase the insurance.

The commissioners also approved on second reading an amendment to fully adopt the 2008 International Electric Code and the 2006 International Building Code. The town has been requiring compliance to these codes but the town ordinance had not been changed to reflect the new codes.

In the Mayor’s Report, Mayor Brown asked each commissioner to meet with their department heads and list any projects needed in the coming year.

Mayor Brown also said the town should consider taking a proactive role in promoting Lookout Mountain. He said there are currently over 100 homes for sale on the mountain. He showed the commissioners an old publication of government services available to citizens. He suggested the publication be updated and sent to residents.

The mayor also said he and Mr. Montague are working on an information publication about the town government, businesses, and churches. The publication will be offered to realtors to give to potential home buyers.

Mayor Brown wanted to state for the record the golf cart policy for Lookout Mountain, Tn. The town, he said, follows the state’s policy. Golf carts are not allowed on the streets. Only ‘low-speed vehicles,’ as defined by the state, are legal on the roads. Low-speed vehicles may look like a golf cart but have distinct differences like a VIN number and standard safety equipment like headlights, tail lights, and seat belts. A golf cart cannot be upgraded to a low-speed vehicle.

Mayor Brown said he has agreed to give a talk at the Natural Bridge Park on Oct. 17. The talk will be about the history and significance of the park and is a repeat of the talk he gave to the Lookout Mountain Garden Club.

Avery Duff, who has been a great friend of Lookout Mountain and whose parents live on the mountain is a screen writer, Mayor Brown said. The film “Takers,” which is currently playing in theatres, is one of his creations.

Fire and Police Commissioner Mutter gave the following statistics for August.

Police calls – 66

Miles patrolled – 5,404

Burglar alarms – 17 (all false)

Assist citizen calls – 7

911 calls – 13

Traffic citations – 9

Warnings – 9

Stolen property reports – 2

Auto accidents – 2 (no injuries)

Medical calls – 13

Fire alarms – 7 (all false)

The next meeting of the commissioners is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m.

Dana Wilbourn
dbwilbourn@yahoo.com


Burglary Suspects Arrested By Chance, Due To Malfunctioning Tag Lights

Hamilton County deputies arrested burglary suspects by chance after pulling over a vehicle because of malfunctioning tag lights on July 25. When deputies walked up to the vehicle, they noticed the rear seat passenger making very sudden movements. They also saw him stuff something into a back pack.  While at the window, deputies noticed a large knife lying out in the ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Man Arrested On Child Rape Charges

A Chattanooga man was taken into custody after he admitted to police that he raped his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. According to police, the young girl was with her grandmother the following day and told her what her father, Michael Skellenger, had done.  Her grandmother immediately rushed her to the hospital for an examination. They were directed to the Children's ... (click for more)

Senator Bob Corker: An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Wamp Refuses To Stoop

With less than two weeks before the Aug. 7 th election and the last week of early voting now underway in Hamilton County, Congressional challenger Weston Wamp sounded upbeat and relaxed early yesterday afternoon. “I’m pleased to say that I believe we are right where we need to be … maybe even more than we had hoped.” Wamp, who is challenging two-term incumbent Chuck Fleishmann ... (click for more)

Recap of 17 Stop, Prep Football Tour

Starting at Soddy Daisy at 7:44 a.m. and leaving Silverdale 14 hours later ( 9:58 p.m.), the fifth annual Chattanoogan.com prep football tour made whistle stops at 17 schools covering 220 miles.   The Chattanooga Jamboree is Aug. 15-16 at Finley Stadium and the season openers are Thurs. Aug. 21   - Cleveland vs. McCallie (Finley Stadium) ... (click for more)

NPSL National Championship To Be Played At Red Bulls Arena

The NPSL announced on Monday that the national championship match between Chattanooga FC and the Red Bulls U23 will be played on Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.  The match will be played following an MLS match between New York Red Bulls and the New England Revolution.   Local fans took to social media to appeal for the game to be played in Chattanooga. ... (click for more)