Norris City Council

Minutes

Monday April 11, 2011

 

BE IT REMEMBERED THAT THE CITY OF NORRIS CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION ON APRIL 11, 2011 WITH THE FOLLOWING COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: JACK BLACK, TOMMY MARINER, CHRIS MITCHELL AND LOY JOHNSON.  NOT PRESENT: JOY WILSON

 

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Ed McEleney would like everyone to be aware that State Senate is looking at Norris Dam State Park area about the old Lighthouse conference center. 

Paul Wolfe is currently on planning commission and would like to give his concerns on the apartment complex coming in beside the City. The City does not have control over.  The City needs to look at a large annexation.  Developing on Hwy 61 is a key.  Would like to see council move forward in this.

C. A. Ridge is currently on planning commission and has concerns with if City decided to annex multiple properties that the City may have a lot of cost and expense associate with this.  The City may not be able to afford this service. 

Council Member Loy Johnson would like for the planning commission to look at this matter.  We need to move forward in annexation. 

Eric Paquette has concerns with going back to 1988 and before when the City tried to annex and had issues trying to annex large areas at one time.

MINUTES

1.  Council Member Jack Black moved to accept the Council Minutes from March 21, 2011 for the Council meeting as written.  Seconded by Council Member Loy Johnson.  Motion carried by voice vote.

 

CITY MANAGER REPORT

See attached Report 

 

2. Council Member Loy Johnson makes a motion to have a special workshop meeting to finalize plans for the LPRF Grant May 16, 2011 at 6pm.  Seconded by Council Member Jack Black.   Motion carried by voice vote. 

 

NEW BUSINESS

Overview of the Annexation Plan of Services. 

3. Council Member Loy Johnson makes a motion to pass Ordinance 527 annexing territory and incorporating said territory into the corporate limits of the City on First reading.  Seconded by Council Member Jack Black.  Motion carried by voice vote. 

 

4.  Council Member Loy Johnson makes a motion to pass Ordinance 528 amending the zoning map of the City by zoning newly annexed territory far: Forest, Agriculture and Recreation District on First reading.  Seconded by Council Member Jack Black.  Motion carried by voice vote. 

 

5.  Council Member Jack Black makes a motion to schedule a meeting May 9, 2011 at 6:30pm for a Public Hearing on Ordinance 527 and 528.  Seconded by Council Member Loy Johnson.  Motion carried by voice vote. 

 

6.  Council Member Jack Black makes a motion to schedule a Budget workshop meeting April 25, 2011 at 5pm.  Seconded by Council Member Loy Johnson.  Motion carried by voice vote. 

 

Council Member Loy Johnson would like to discuss more about the property area that is going to have an apartment complex and down Hwy. 61.  This is her primary thrust and interest regarding annexation.  She would like to move forward and let planning look at this annexation process.  Knowing if we annex we get a say in zoning.  We need to know more about this process. 

 

General discussion regarding annexation and growth ensued.

 

Council Member Chris Mitchell states that we are doing things, it just takes time.  Feels we all have a common goal.  Council Member Loy Johnson agrees. 

 

7.  Council Member Loy Johnson moved to adjourn.  Seconded by Council Member Jack Black.  Motion carried by voice vote.  8:30pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 DATE:               April 11, 2011

RE:                   City Manager's Report

 

  1. 2010-11 Year to Date (Estimated through March) Budget.   YTD expenditures are in line with the budget, with the exception of legal expenses associated with the annexation of property along Highway 61.     The majority of revenues are on track thus far with State Sales Tax and property taxes tracking to budget (99% of property and personal property taxes were collected through February (this is on pace to last year's collections). 

Local Option Sales tax is currently tracking short of budget.  As reported earlier, the decline is from reassignment of revenue by the State Department of Revenue.   This means that the projected Local Option Sales Tax revenue will be short by approximately $10,000 to budget.   This State adjustment will have no effect on prior fiscal years and we are working to curb expenditures accordingly.

 

  1. 2010 Census, Review of Initial Data.   The 2010 Census count for the City of Norris is 1,491, which is an increase of 3.1% over the 2000 Census (State of Tennessee had growth of 11.5%).   The count noted 742 households within Municipal boundaries.    Data is being reviewed for accuracy.  Challenges can be reviewed with the Census Bureau up until June 1, 2013. 

 

  1. Grant Updates
    1. EECBG.    Engineering specifications are complete and materials for some projects to be completed by Public Works have been purchased.  Larger projects such as heat system upgrade in the Community Building have been released for bid and bid will be available for Council review late April.  Target date for completing the Grant funded projects is June 30, 2011.
    2. TEA-21 Sidewalk Grant.   Work has begun!  
    3. LPRF Grant.  The state contract has been signed by the Mayor and returned to the state for processing.    We expect the executed contract to be returned by the state by June.   Based on citizen feedback from earlier meetings, final plans are being developed for review.  These plans can be reviewed at the May 9 regular meeting of City Council, or a special workshop can be scheduled at Council's discretion.
    4. FEMA Grants.   Fire truck has been released for bid.   Bids are due end of April and bids will be available for Council review at the May Council meeting.

 

  1. Request for Annexation.  The City of Norris has received a request from Robert and Robin Sain to annex their property located at 169 Scruggs Cemetery Lane into the City.   An Annexation Study was conducted with the help of the State Local Planning Office.  The Plan of Services from the State Local Planning Office has been completed and was presented to Planning Commission on April 4.

 

  1. Highway 61 Annexation, Review of Plan of Services.    8 new parcels are now in the City Limits.   The Plan of Services outlines the City services to be provided.  Highlights are:  
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    1. Police and Fire protection went into effect April 8
    2. Billing procedures for water and sewer to be put in place by June 8
    3. 2 fire hydrants are to be installed within 18 months
    4. Up to 5 street lights will be installed within 24 months

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