Norris City Council

Minutes

Monday, June 11, 2012

 

 

BE IT REMEMBERED THAT THE CITY OF NORRIS CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION ON MONDAY JUNE 11TH, 2012 WITH THE FOLLOWING COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: JACK BLACK, TOMMY MARINER, CHRIS MITCHELL, LOY JOHNSON,

 AND JOY WILSON

 

 

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Ed McEleney, 123 Reservoir Rd., stated he had attended the Rogers Group proceeding at Anderson County Court and was disappointed in the attendance by the citizens of Norris and Council.

MINUTES

1.      Council Member Jack Black moved to approve Council Minutes as stated.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Tommy Mariner.  Motion carried by voice vote.

 

Council Member Loy Johnson announced she would not be running for another term.  She stated she had enjoyed serving on Council and encouraged others to run and serve on Norris City Council.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

2.  Mayor Mitchell made a motion to appoint Jeff Merritt and Ralph Jordon the Watershed Board.  Motion was seconded by Loy Johnson.  Motion carried by voice vote.

 

The clutter ordinance and recent workshop were reviewed and input was received from the public.  It was agreed during the discussion that the term "clutter" is too broad.  Council Member Loy Johnson said she wanted the topic to continue.  Mayor Mitchell asked Council Members Loy Johnson and Jack Black to work with MTAS concerning the ordinance and to also ask MTAS to review the ordinance submitted by Council Member Black and possibly bring a proposal to the table at the next meeting.

 

3.  Ordinance 551 to rezone newly subdivided property (approximately 20 acres known as the Evans property) to FAR was presented for second reading.  Motion was made by Council Member Jack Black to approve the second reading of the ordinance.   Motion was seconded by Council Member Joy Wilson.Voting aye:  Council Members Black, Mitchell, and Wilson.  Voting no:  Johnson and Mariner.

Motion carried.

 

4.  The 2012-2013 Budget was presented for second reading.   Council Member Mariner stated he would like to add a line item that would ensure the consideration of a city-wide public warning system.    A motion was made by Council Member Mariner to amend the 2012-2013 Budget adding a line item for a public warning system with amount to be determined at a later date.   Motion was seconded by Council Member Mitchell.  Motion carried by voice vote.

 

5.  Ordinance  550, 2012-2013 Budget Ordinance was presented for second reading as amended. 

A motion was made by Council Member Mariner to approve Ordinance 550 as amended on second reading.  Motion was seconded by Council Member Black.  Motion carried by voice vote.

 

CITY MANAGER REPORT

 

City Manager Hester reported the roof replacement at the McNeeley Building was complete and the total cost was covered by insurance.

 

The Norris City Council election will be on November 6, 2012.  The applications for Council are due in August and can be picked up at the Anderson County Election Commission Office in Clinton.

 

See attached City Manager Report.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

6.Ordinance 552 to extend the Gray Water a Permit on the New Norris House was presented for approval of the first reading.  Council Member Tommy Mariner makes a motion to approve the first reading.  Motion was seconded by Council Member Joy Wilson.   Motion carries by voice vote.    City Manager Hester noted a public hearing  wasnot required. 

 

7.Ordinance 553 to Rezone the Valentine property located on Highway a 441 to S-1.  (Owners, Jim and Judy Valentine)   The reason the change is needed to allow the Valentine's to operate a meeting and gathering business.  Council Member Loy Johnson made a motion to approve Ordinance 553 on first reading and to hold the required Public Hearing on 07/09/12 at 6:00 p.m.  The motion was seconded by Council Member Jack Black.  Motion carries by voice vote.

 

8.Ordinance 554 to revise the Recycle Commission Charter was presented for approval. Motion was made by Council Member Tommy Mariner to approve the Ordinance on first reading and to hold the Public Hearing on 07/09/12 at 6:30 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Loy Johnson.  Motion carried by voice vote.

 

9.  City Manager Hester reported the Annexation Study for Parcel 043-023.00 was completed.  The next step is to refer the Plan of Service Study to the Planning Commission for review.  Motion was made by Mayor Mitchell to refer the Plan of Service to the Planning Commission for review.  Motion was seconded by Jack Black.  Voting aye:  Black, Mitchell, and Wilson.  Voting no:  Mariner.  Abstained:  Johnson.  Motion carried.

 

10.  City Manager Hester reported the Annexation Study for Parcel 043-024.00 was completed.  The next step is to refer the Plan of Service Study to the Planning Commission for review.  Motion was made by Mayor Mitchell to refer the Plan of Service to the Planning Commission for review.  Motion was seconded by Joy Wilson.  Voting aye:  Black, Mariner, Mitchell, and Wilson.  Abstained:  Johnson.  Motion carried.

 

11.  City Manager Hester requested the monies raised by Norris Little Theatre and Norris Animal Commission for 2011-2012 be rolled forward into the next fiscal year.  Motion was made by Loy Johnson to approve the request.  Motion was seconded by Joy Wilson.  Motion carried by voice vote.

 

 

12.  Council Member Loy Johnson moved to adjourn.  Motion was seconded by Council Member Jack Black.  Motion carried by voice vote.  8:45 p.m.

 

 

TO:                   Norris City Council                                        

DATE:               June 11, 2012

FROM:             Tim Hester                                                  

RE:                   City Manager's Report

 

1.        2011-12 Year to Date (Estimated through May) Budget.   Revenues and Expenditures are generally on track to budget; however, key misses can now be projected, with no changes since last Council meeting:

REVENUES:Local Option Sales Tax and Wholesale Beer tax are running slightly below budgeted revenue.  A shortfall of ~$5,000 is projected for the current fiscal year.

Court Fines and Costs are running below budgeted revenue.   A shortfall of ~$7,500 is projected for the current fiscal year.

Wholesale Liquor Tax is running below budgeted revenue.  We can now project 2011-12 revenue @ $15,000 to $18,000.   This is half of the original projection and will equate to a shortfall of  $15,000 to $18,000.

TOTAL PROJECTED REVENUE SHORTFALL = ~$30,000.

OFFSET FROM SIDEWALK PROJECT = $32,246

EXPENDITURES:Legal expenses have currently exceeded budget by ~$10,000.  This is due primarily to annexation actions in the current fiscal year and the legal challenge to Annexation Ordinance 545.  Additional legal fees are expected.

Current funds now project to cover expenses through the month of July 2012.  However, all expenditures will be monitored closely to control any unnecessary spending. 

A need to borrow funds may be needed 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.

2.        Grant Updates.

a.       HOME GRANT.   Applications will not be accepted until fall of 2012

b.       LPRF Grant.   Work is underway on the new LPRF grant application by the Norris Recreation Commission.  Representatives from Norris Academy have been invited to participate in all aspects of the planning process.  Applications will be due this summer.

McNeeley Building Roof.Roof has been replaced and the cost has been covered 100% by insurance.

Annexation Updates.    Annexation Ordinance 545 has been challenged.   Court dates have been set for November 27 & 28, 2012.  

Norris City Council Election.   Election for the next two-year term of Norris City Council is on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.  Candidates may start picking up paperwork on May 18th and August 16th at noon is the last day to submit qualifying papers.