Norris City Council

Minutes

Monday September 12, 2011

 

BE IT REMEMBERED THAT THE CITY OF NORRIS CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 WITH THE FOLLOWING COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: JACK BLACK, TOMMY MARINER, CHRIS MITCHELL, LOY JOHNSON AND JOY WILSON

 

HEAR THE PUBLIC

George Miceli had concerns with the sign at Butternut Dr. needs to be replaced.  City Manager Hester said it is on order.  

Ed McEleney has concerns with holes in Reservoir Rd area need to be patched.  City Manager will look at it.

MINUTES

1.  Council Member Jack Black moved to approve the August 22, 2011 Council Minutes.  Seconded by Council Member Joy Wilson.  Motion carried by voice vote.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Follow up request to use City property for pet memorial garden

Discussion was made to utilize a pet memorial garden on City property located behind St Francis Episcopal Church to all citizens.  Council Members were in favor of this action as long as the church maintained the garden and it was open to all Norris residents.

 

2.  Council Member Jack Black makes a motion to approve this memorial garden.  Seconded by Council Member Jack Black.  Motion carried by voice vote. 

 

Street paving contract -put out bid and received three bids.   Rogers's group submitted lowest bid. Mr. Mariner is not happy with Rogers's group at this time.  Mr. Mariner will never vote in favor with City of Norris giving money to Rogers's group.  Mr. Mariner states that Roger group has violations and fines in other cities. 

Chris Mitchell disagrees with Mr. Mariner's opinion.  He does not see why the city cannot take the lowest bid in this matter.  The City has 3 bids and now down to 2. He thinks this will affect future bids because this is sending a bad message. 

Jack Black states the city should not go with an issue just because you do not like someone.  The City of Norris cannot afford this.

Joy Wilson states people make ethical decision everywhere.  This business has been a big issue for this City.  Joy does not want people to go back to the archives saying that Mrs. Wilson is for Rogers's group paving our streets, when they are affecting our air, water, and the community where our children live.  She understands the City's financial state; City Manager Hester has informed us of this.    Mrs. Wilson says we have to do what is right for our community.  Mrs. Wilson does not support to sale out with a business because of cost.  Mrs. Wilson's concern is the asphalt in the air. Mrs. Wilson is not prepared to endorse this company because of these issues. 

3.  Council Member Joy Wilson makes a motion to pass the second lowest bid that was presented.  Seconded by Council Member Loy Johnson.  Voting Aye: Loy Johnson, Tommy Mariner and Joy Wilson.  No:  Jack Black and Chris Mitchell.  Motion carries. 

 

PLAN-OF-SERVICES PREPARED IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 6-51-102 OF THE TENNESSEE CODE ANNOTATED FOR TERRITORY ANNEXED BY ORDINANCE 531

 

4.  Council Member Tommy Mariner moved to amend Ordinance 531 and to add statement "and ordinance 541."  Seconded by Council Member Joy Wilson.  Motion carried by voice vote. 

 

 

ORDINANCE 532 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF NORRIS, TENNESSEE BY ZONING NEWLY ANNEXED TERRITORY P-1: PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIL DISTRICT, AS DEPICTED ON THE ATTACHED MAP.

 

5.  Council Member Tommy Mariner moved to amend Ordinance 532 and to add statement "and ordinance No. 541."Seconded by Council Member Loy Johnson.  Motion carried by voice vote. 

 

 

Annexation Agreement; Loy Johnson has concerns with the statement stated below....

2. In exchange for exempting the Property from Norris permitting and inspection services for the twenty-four (24) month period, Dunn agrees to waive any contest under Tenn. Code Ann. § 6-51-103 and Tenn. Code Ann. § 6-58 111 to Ordinance Nos. 531 and 541 and to allow Norris to annex the Property into the municipal boundaries of the City of Norris pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 6-51-101, et seq., and Tenn. Code Ann. § 6-58-101, et seq. Dunn further agrees to waive any objection to the Plans of Services as provided in Tenn. Code Ann. § 6-51-108 and to deem the annexations proper with respect to the Property.  

Tommy Mariner agrees with Ms. Johnson but since we still have an amount of control he thinks the City will be fine. 

Chris Mitchell agrees as well.  Mr. Mitchell states that he does not plan to sign until Council approval.

 

6.  Council Member Tommy Mariner makes a motion to pass this Annexation Agreement.  Seconded by Council Member Jack Black.  Motion carried by voice vote. 

 

MTAS Model Debt Policy; City Council agreed with the MTAS draft policy and that the City Manager should proceed to make it specific to the City of Norris and have ready for adoption. 

 

Proposal to move and consider relegating certain businesses to I-1 Zone.  Council requested that we look at zoning plans and take to planning commission for further review.

 

Resolution No. 8-2011; Resolution to adopt the Anderson county multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan; City Manager Hester recommends adopting as written. 

 

7.  Council Member Joy Wilson makes a motion to adopt Resolution No. 8-2011.  Seconded by Council Member Loy Johnson.  Voting Aye:  Jack Black, Chris Mitchell, Loy Johnson and Joy Wilson.  No:  Tommy Mariner.  Motion carries. 

 

Discussion was made to start sounding the siren again in Norris, and if we could also look at an electronic notification system.  This will notify everyone in the community if there is an emergency of some kind.  City Manager Hester is going to look at possible Grants for this action.

 

CITY MANAGER REPORT

See attached Report

 

Loy Johnson has concerns with how liquor applications will be evaluated in the future and would like to have council view and consider all potential applicants if another applicant were considered.  Mrs. Johnson would like attorney to look at this process.  City manager Hester thinks it is not prudent to engage on an attorney at this time.  Mrs. Johnson accepts.  It would be prudent to put your name in the hat Mrs. Johnson states. 

Jack Black would like for City Manager Hester to act now and go to MTAS for detail and more clear understanding of this process.  Mr. Hester agreed to do so.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Norris Little Theatre Resolution for Grant Application; RESOLUTION 8-2011, A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE APPLICATION FOR A GRANT FROM THE TENNESSEE ARTS COMMISSION;

 

8.  Council Member Joy Wilson makes a motion to approve resolution 8-2011.  Seconded by Council Member Loy Johnson.  Motion carried by voice vote. 

 

Proposed S-2 Scenic Highway Zoning Ordinance 542;

9.  Council Member Tommy Mariner makes a motion to approve Ordinance 542 on First Reading.  Seconded by Council Member Joy Wilson.  Motion carried by voice vote. 

10.  Council Member Joy Wilson makes a motion to have a public hearing on Ordinance 542 October 10, 2011 at 4:45pm.  Seconded by Council Member Jack Black.  Motion carried by voice vote.

Mayor Chris Mitchell asks to have a study be done on two additional annexations.  1): parcels by Craft Center and Meadowview Assisted Living and 2) on two parcels on the north side of Highway 61, west of Joe Owens Road.   Mr. Mitchell is requesting a study to be done from planning commission and then report back to council.  

Loy Johnson would like to know the value at this time.  Mayor Mitchell will conclude after the study has been conducted. 

11.  Council Member Chris Mitchell makes a motion to have this annexation study be done and brought back to council after review by the Planning Commission.  Seconded by Council Member Loy Johnson. Motion carried by voice vote. 

Council Members thank Mayor Mitchell for working to make things better for the City. 

 

12.  Council Member Chris Mitchell moved to adjourn.  Seconded by Council Member Loy Johnson.  Motion carried by voice vote.  9:10pm.

 

 

 


TO:                 Norris City Council

DATE:            September 12, 2011

FROM:           Tim Hester

RE:                 City Manager's Report

 

  1. 2010-11 Year End Review of Budget.   Final numbers for 2010-11 came in as expected.   After adjustments made for reimbursable grants, revenues totaled $903,691; or $19,193 short of projections.

After adjustments made for reimbursable grants, Expenditures totaled $950,322; or $14,101 less than budget.

The 2010-11 budget planned for $34,000 to be used from the 110 Undesignated Fund.   This means that we had a total revenue shortage of $12,631, which has also been covered from the 110 Undesignated Fund.

The 110 Undesignated Fund Balance as of July 1, 2011 is  $70,437.

  1. 2011-12 Year to Date (Estimated through July) Budget.   Revenues and Expenditures are on track to budget.

Barring any unforeseen expense or revenue loss, current funds (including the 110 Undesignated Fund) should cover expenses through the month of June 2012.   

However, a need to borrow funds is projected in July 2012 to meet normal operating expenditures for the beginning of the 2012-13 fiscal year prior to August 2012 tax collections.  The amount that will be needed will vary based on factors that may include: actual 2011-12 revenues, unplanned expenses, and changes and/or adjustments in City services.    Funds may be borrowed from internal and/or external sources, and plans to repay such a loan will need to be included in the 2012-13 budget.  The current cash shortfall is projected to be approximately $50,000.

  1. Grant Updates
    1. EECBG.    Work has now been completed.   We plan to submit our final request for reimbursement by the end of September and also plan to complete the required final project reports.     
    2. TEA-21 Sidewalk Grant.   Project is on target to complete by late September.   The recent heavy rains have created some unplanned delays.
    3. LPRF Grant.  Paperwork has been submitted to the State for approval.   Planning work has begun for the remaining items such as fencing and parking.
    4. FEMA Grants.   Estimated lead-time on delivery of the truck is 6 months.

4.       REMINDER: Public Hearing scheduled for 5:00pm 10/10/11

 

 

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