As many of you know, the Council meets during the work day once a month in "agenda meetings". While these were originally initiated for the sole purpose of preparing the agenda for the upcoming Monday night meeting, they have evolved into work sessions where many controversial topics are discussed. Unfortunately, these often don't get the scrutiny that they deserve (in my humble opinion).
I'd like to point out a few items that I think might have general interest. The Council is apparently considering the idea of allowing beekeeping in residential neighborhoods (including front yards). Also, the Council is looking at converting the swimming pool to a salt water system. I've swum in salt water pools in Florida and it wasn't appealing to me, but I honestly don't know if this is the same thing. Nonetheless, those of you who use the pool might be interested.
When I was on the Council, I discovered that Signal Mountain bans rock climbing in the town limits. Since this area is world-renown for this activity, I tried to get the ban lifted, but was shot down by the Town Council. This is again on the agenda and hopefully they'll reconsider.
There is talk about putting a crosswalk across Taft Highway between the shopping centers. Sounds like a great idea, but the primary issue might be the cost. Hopefully a designated cross-walk with a sign would be reasonably within the budget.
Finally, with Fox Run and Windtree entering the town the end of the year, Bill Wallace very appropriately encouraged the council to slow down on board appointments for the New Year to allow residents of those neighborhoods to apply. If you live out there (or anywhere in the town) and are interested in volunteering on a board, go to the town website (http://signalmountaintn.gov/) and apply.
Here is the agenda for tomorrow's "agenda session":
1. Discuss Tentative Agenda for December 10, 2012 Regular Meeting
2. New Employee Introductions
3. Bee Hive Location
4. Sewer Moratorium Update –
Grimes (10:30 am)
5. Pool Salt Water System – Robert Moss (12:00 pm)
6. Climbing – Britt Reynolds (1:00 pm)
7. New Street Criteria
8. Crosswalk Ordinance
9. Administrative Hearing Officer Ordinance
10. Christmas Train
11. Board Appointments
12. Council Strategic Planning
13. WRUD Interconnection
14. Any Other Business