Norris City Council
Monday, October 8, 2012
BE IT REMEMBERED THAT THE CITY OF NORRIS CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION
ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 8TH, 2012, AT 7:00 P.M. WITH THE FOLLOWING COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: JACK BLACK, LOY JOHNSON, TOMMY MARINER,
CHRIS MITCHELL, AND JOY WILSON.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Chris Mitchell.
John Alvis, Fox Hollow Lane, Andersonville stated he is not here with a question but a comment.
He is opposed to the stricter regulations of the Scenic zoning. I am not happy - he agreed he prefers S2 over S1, but
he prefers the way the property was zoned when he bought it. Mr. Alvis stated he was upset over an article in the Clinton
C. A. Ridge, 1119 Dairy Pond Rd., member of the Norris Planning Commission, said Mr. Alvis never stated
he was endorsing the zoning changes at the Planning Commission meeting. He only stated he preferred S2 over S1.
Bobby Braden, Andersonville Highway,asked if there any other studies being completed and if any additional properties were
being looked at for annexation. Mayor Mitchell reported there were no active requests for any Annexation Studies at
Alisha Alvis, wife of John Alvis, asked the Council to take back the vote on the annexation of their
property. She stated she does not understand why the City was imposing restrictions on the property and why they
would be paying higher taxes. She asked the council to reconsider the annexation and to start over. Vice Mayor
Mariner asked City Manager Hester if an ordinance to rescind the annexation would require two readings. City Manager
stated it would require two readings. Vice Mayor Mariner stated he could not bring up a motion to reconsider because
he voted against it.
Dusty Tindell, Andersonville Hwy., stated there were a lot of people not only from
Bethel but other areas that are against annexation. Stopping the annexation would put away a lot of the hard feelings.
Bobby Braden, Andersonville, no one from the interstate to the Union County line wanted Clinton to come across the
interstate. The City is its own worst enemy and you are acting like Clinton.
Council Member Loy Johnson said
she does not take this lightly. She does not feel we are acting like Clinton and you can see what unrestricted
development has done. The Smithsonian says the Museum of Appalachia is a natural living treasure. Highway
61 is Norris's heart and we are moving forward to annex and set a tone for future development. As a steward of what
comes ahead, Norris is going to take better care of Highway 61 than the county.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
1. The minutes of the August 13, 2012 meeting were presented for
approval with proposed amendments from Vice Mayor Mariner. Motion was made by Vice Mayor Mariner to approve the minutes
with proposed amendments. Motion was seconded by Council Member Johnson. Voting for: Black,
Johnson, Mariner, and Wilson. Abstained: Mitchell.
The minutes of the September 10, 2012 meeting were presented for approval. Motion was made by Council
Member Johnson with word amendment in the Hear the Public section to approve the minutes. Motion was seconded by Vice
Mayor Mariner. Motion carried by voice vote.
3. Mayor Mitchell recommended
the appointment of Michelle Mitzler to Norris Little Theatre Board. Motion was made by Mayor Mitchell and seconded by
Council Member Johnson to approve the appointment. Motion carried by voice vote.
4. Ordinance 560, An Ordinance Amending the Zoning Map of the City
of Norris, Tennessee, by Zoning Newly Annexed Territory S-2, Scenic (2) Highway District, As Annexed by Ordinance 555 was
presented for first reading approval. City Manager Hester noted a Public Meeting will be required. This zoning change has
been approved by the Norris Planning Commission. Motion was made by Council Member Black to approve the first reading
of Ordinance 560. Motion was seconded by Mayor Mitchell. Voting for: Black, Johnson, Mitchell, and Wilson.
Voting against: Mariner.
561, An Ordinance Amending the Zoning Map of the City of Norris, Tennessee, by
Zoning Newly Annexed
Territory S-2, Scenic (2) Highway District, As Annexed by Ordinance 556 was presented for first reading approval. City
Manager Hester noted a Public Meeting will be required. This zoning change has been approved by the Norris Planning
Commission Motion was made by Council Member Mitchell to approve the first reading of Ordinance 561. Motion was seconded
by Council Member Black. Voting for: Black, Johnson, Mitchell, and Wilson. Voting against: Mariner.
6. The Public Hearing for Ordinance 560 and
Ordinance 561 will be held on Thursday, November 8th at 6:00 p.m. Motion was made by Council Member
Wilson to approve the date for the Public Hearing. Motion was seconded by Vice Mayor Mariner. The motion carried
City Manager Hester gave an update on the MTAS Model Ordinance to update Chapter 13 of the municipal code
pertaining to Property Maintenance Regulations. The current Norris Code is not updated and the MTAS Model Ordinance
meets all the new requirements. Mayor
Mitchell would like to schedule a Work Shop concerning
the ordinance before the first reading. The Work Shop will be held on November 15, 2012 at 7 p.m. Motion was made
by Council Member Johnson to approve the date for the Work Shop. Motion was seconded by Vice Mayor Mariner. Motion
carried by voice vote.
CITY MANAGER REPORT
City Manager Hester reported on the following:
1) Budget is on track
and Annual Audit is in process.
2) The City received the Certificate of Achievement
for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 9thconsecutive year.
Grant in the amount of up to $5,000 has been applied for. It is not a matching grant.
LPRF Grant - reported we did not receive a grant this year.
5) Annexation Challenge
Update - The court date is set for November 27 and 28, 2012.
6) City Council election
is November 6, 2012. Certification will not occur before the November 12, 2012 meeting
City Manager Report.
7-2012 - A Resolution Requiring Minimum Mandatory Training Requirements For Employees of Beer Permit Holders was presented
for approval. Michael Foster with AFSAP presented an overview of the program and reported Anderson County passed a similar
resolution in March of this year. Mayor Mitchell said no one wants alcohol to be sold to anyone underage.
After council discussion, the resolution will be presented at a future meeting allowing time for council review.
8. City Manager Hester presented three rate quotes and fees pertaining
to a Capital Outlay Note up to $60,000 with a 72 month period.
The loan proceeds will purchase a 4 x 4 truck for
Public Works, repair the Public Safety roof, and pay for installation of fire hydrants. City Manager Hester recommended
Municipal Bond Fund quote since the overall cost was the lowest. Motion was
made by Vice Mayor Mariner to approve the loan request to Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund up to $60,000. Motion was seconded
by Council Member Black. Motion carried by voice vote.
Motion was made by Council Member Black to adjourn. Motion was seconded by Council Member Wilson.
Motion carried by voice vote at 8:43 p.m.
Norris City Council
October 8, 2012
City Manager's Report
- 2012-13 Year to Date (Estimated through September)
Budget. Revenues, with ~84% of property tax collected, and Expenditures are on track to budget.
Reminder: Final Fiscal Year 2011-12 figures will be available later this year as the annual audit is now underway.
- Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The Government
Finance Officer Association presents us this award to recognize that the City of Norris achieves the highest
standards in governmental accounting and financial reporting. This is the ninth consecutive year that Norris
has been presented this award.
- Grant Updates.
- Archives Grant. An application has been submitted to the State. This grant
would fund the purchase of metal shelving and supplies for the Archives located in the museum section of the McNeeley
- HOME GRANT. Applications will not be accepted until fall of
- LPRF Grant. The 2012 grant has been submitted. It features
improvements for both Ridgeway Park and Oak Road Park, and includes play and exercise equipment for all ages!
Grant awards are expected to be announced in October.
- Planning Grant.
Supplies and services associated with this grant are now complete. The City's request for reimbursement
of funds will be made in October. This grant was to help fund the transition process from the State Local Planning
Office to County and City resources.
- Annexation Updates. Annexation Ordinance 545 has been challenged.
Court dates have been set for November 27 & 28, 2012.
555 & 556 are due to be final on October 11, 2012. The City has received an anonymous contribution of $3,000 to
assist with any legal fees related to these actions.
2012 City Council Election. The election
for the next term of Norris City Council will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Early voting period begins
on Wednesday, October 17, 2012.