Norris City Council

Minutes

Monday January 9, 2012

 

BE IT REMEMBERED THAT THE CITY OF NORRIS CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION ON MONDAY JANUARY 9, 2012 WITH THE FOLLOWING COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: JACK BLACK, TOMMY MARINER, CHRIS MITCHELL, LOY JOHNSON AND JOY WILSON

 

HEAR THE PUBLIC

No comments at this time.

MINUTES

1.  Council Member Tommy Mariner moved to approve Council Minutes as stated.  Seconded by Council Member Jack Black.  Motion carried by voice vote.

 

OLD BUSINESS

John Pannell with HG&A Associates presented the Annual Audit Report for Fiscal Year 2010/2011.  This being John's first year with the City of Norris states, everything was in good standing and overall an excellent Audit.  John Pannell commended Finance Director Joseph Taylorfor his preparation and completion of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).  John gave an overview of the CAFR mentioning the Management's Discussion and Analysis is an excellent way to see an overview of the Audit to the Audit Findings and Recommendations that was minor in scope.  He thanks the City of Norris for allowing the Audit to carry forward. 

 

Mayor Mitchell recommended the following people to serve:

 

Board of Zoning Appeals-Jim Tomlinson

Planning Commission-Matthew Zorvan

 

2.  Council Member Tommy Mariner made a motion to accept the Boards and Commission updated list above.  Seconded by Council Member Loy Johnson.  Motion carried by voice vote.

 

 

Capital Loan Update

Discussion was made by Council.  Refer to next month.

 

Street Light request -Draft Policy

Council Member Joy Wilson would like to consider more time. 

Council Member Tommy Mariner would like to defer to next month. 

 

A member from the audience spoke out, Paul Linkes, states he has concerns with the city seeming to move towards annexing his property and the surrounding area of his property.  If City does he is against the City annexing his property.  Feels the City does not have anything to offer him and does not want or need the City'soffers.  Does not feel the need to pay property tax and picking out individual properties like the City has is wrong.  Mr. Linkes will do whatever he has to do financially to stop the City of Norris form annexing his property. 

 

CITY MANAGER REPORT

See attached Report

 

NEW BUSINESS

2012 Home Grant Resolution

 

3.  Council Member Tommy Mariner makes a motion to adopt this Resolution 1-2012.  Seconded by Council Member Loy Johnson. Motion carries by voice vote. 

 

Mayor Mitchell continues his recommendation of the following people to serve:

Recycle Commission-Bruce Hicks

Community Development Board-James Hayes

Recycle Commission-Jackson Spurling

 

4.  Council Member Tommy Mariner makes a motion to accept the Boards and Commission updated list above.  Seconded by Council Member Joy Wilson.  Motion carries by voice vote. 

 

BUDGET AMENDMENTS

5.  Council Member Jack Black moves the following appropriations in the 121 Street Aid Fund.  Seconded by Council Member Joy Wilson.  Aye: Jack Black, Loy Johnson, Chris Mitchell and Loy Johnson.  No:  Tommy Mariner.  Motion carries. 

 

Increase Expenditure Code:

121-43100-268                     Repair & Main. Roads and Streets            $        10,000.00

 

Decrease Code:

121-27000                               Unassigned Fund Balance                       $        10,000.00

 

City Manager Hester states that striping will be complete on East Norris Road when weather issues are better. 

 

21st Century Norris

Council Member Jack Black would like to see the City to go green.  Focus more on electronic formatting and less paper.  Council Member Tommy Mariner has concerns that 30% still do not have access to computers.  City Manager Hester states will continue to be proactive and make necessary changes as appropriate. 

 

Recycle Commission would like to change Charter to reflect the name and scope.  They would like the new name to say Energy Conservation and Recycle.  Would like to draft and bring to Council.   Council supported this request and will look forward to receiving a recommendation.

 

Lester Murphy has concerns with the Health and Safety issue on Dale Services Road.  Mayor Mitchell would first like to mention that he feels the City offices is handling the Ordinances and guidelines of the City well.  There is nothing on books to address this issue but Council can research and come up with an option through an Ordinance.  City Manager Hester will work with MTAS of a legal Ordinance in TN. 

 

Mayor Mitchell brings to council from Planning Commission that the City needs to address appropriate businesses in the City of Norris.  Some of the possible nuisance Businesses would be:

  • Sexual Adult Oriented Businesses
  • Pain Clinics
  • Massage Parlor
  • Tattoo Parlor
  • Piercing Parlor
  • Pawn Shop
  • Permanent Outdoor Farmers/Flee Market
  • Outdoor Livestock Swap, Trade and Sale Site

 

Mayor Mitchell would like to place a moratorium on this list of Businesses until the end of the 2012 State Legislative Session in hopes of the State shining more light on the definition of such Businesses and possible zoning.

 

Mayor Mitchell would like to propose to not take Business License until after the moratorium when legislative closes. 

 

6.  Council Member Tommy Mariner makes a motion to approve not taking Business Licenses until after the moratorium when legislative closes.  Seconded by Council Member Jack Black.  Motion carries by voice vote. 

 

A member from the audience spoke out, John Irwin, states he has concerns with the city seeming to move towards annexing his property and the surrounding area of his property.  Mr. Irwin has a petition out and signed by property owners in the area stating they will fight and do whatever it takes to keep City of Norris off their land. 

 

Council thanked those in attendance for their comments, and invited them to meet with Council members following the meeting to discuss further if they wished.

 

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

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

TO:                  Norris City Council

DATE:             January 9, 2012

FROM:            Tim Hester

RE:                  City Manager's Report

 

  1. 2011-12 Year to Date (Estimated through December) Budget.   Revenues and Expenditures are on track to budget, however, projected revenue from the opening of a package store may fall short of budget due to the store not opening as early as originally expected.  The Norris package store did open in December and we will monitor revenue closely.
  • 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. TEA-21 Sidewalk Grant.   Project is on target to complete soon!  Final punch list work is now in process.
    2. LPRF Grant.  The playground equipment has been installed.   Rail fencing has also been installed.   Rubber mulch will be delivered within the next 1-2 weeks and installed.  An Eagle Scout project is underway to furnish 2 new picnic tables and trash/recycle bins. 
    3. FEMA Grants.   Estimated lead-time on delivery of the truck is February 2012.
  2. City Audit.  The annual audit of City & Norris Water Commission financials has been completed by HG & A Associates.    All is in order with the results.   A special thank you to Joe Taylor for his work to prepare the final report or CAFR.
  3. Annexation Updates.       Annexation ordinance 544 is now final.   Please welcome into the City the Appalachian Craft Center and the Meadowview Assisted Living facility.  

 

Annexation Ordinance 545 has been challenged.   A suit was filed in the Chancery Court of Anderson County in late December.  The City Attorney has reviewed and will prepare the appropriate response to the challenge.