Planning Commission Minutes

 Monday 7, January 2013

 

Minutes of the Norris Planning Commission meeting, held in the Council Room of the Norris Community Building, 20 Chestnut Drive.

Monday 7, January 2013

Commission Members Present: Chairman-Spencer Boardman, Secretary-Jeff Merritt,  Jack Black, Chris Mitchell, Matt Zorvan and C.A. Ridge

Also Present: May Boardman, Loretta Black, Ed & Jean McEleney & Pam Turner

 

I.          Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. by Chairman Spencer Boardman

II.         Hear the public:

No member of the public spoke.   

III.       Minutes 3, December 2012

Mr. Ridge asked that his comments be changed in regards to the Montana lighting ordinance being out dated; his comment about the IESNA Handbook should read 2011, not this past January.  Mr. Black made motion to approve with correction, Mr. Zorvan seconded.  All voted unanimously to approve. 

IV. New Business

1.         Election of Officers:

i.            Chairman - Mr. Jeff Merritt made motion to nominate Mr. Spencer Boardman to

            continue as Chairman.  Mr. Jack Black seconded motion.  All voted unanimously

            to approve.

ii.          Vice Chairman - Mr. Spencer Boardman made motion to nominate Mr. Matt

            Zorvan as Vice Chairman.  Mr. Jack Black seconded motion.  All voted             unanimously to approve. 

iii.            Secretary - Mr. Spencer Boardman made motion to nominate Mr. Jeff Merritt

            to continue as Secretary.  Mr. Matt Zorvan seconded motion.  All voted

            unanimously to approve.

 

iv.         Board of Zoning Appeals - Representative Mr. C.A. Ridge made motion for

            Mr. Jeff Merritt to continue as Board of Zoning Appeals Representative Mr       Zorvan seconded. All voted unanimously to approve.

             

 

 

 

2.         Ethics Disclosure Statements

Mr. Tim Hester, City Manager gave overview of the Tennessee state required Ethics Disclosure Statement.  Mr. Hester also gave copies of the statements to each Commissioner and asked that each statement be completed and returned to him by 21, January 2013, so that he can have record and forward to state for filing.  Mr. Hester also asked that if any Commissioner completed the statements online, that he be forwarded the confirmation number given by the state.

 

3.            Planning and GIS service review - East Tennessee Development District

Mr. Tim Hester, City Manager reviewed with Commission, the past history of the states planning services it made available to the City of Norris.  After the state discontinued this service, Norris contracted with the Anderson County Planning Service.  This too has now been discontinued, due to budget cuts at the County level. 

Mr. Hester suggested contracting with the East Tennessee Development District that has most of the old state planners available with the same level of services as did the state.  A planner would be available to attend meetings and offer suggestions and advice on planning matters, and GIS services would also be available.  The contract amount would be $5,200.00 per year and would require City Council approval. 

Mr. Hester advised if City Council approved of the contract the planner that would be made available to Norris already has committed to Campbell County for the first Monday of the Month for the 7:00pm time slot.  Mr. Hester said that Commission by charter must hold its monthly meeting on the first Monday of the Month, but did not specify the time; Commission could change the charter or the time its meeting took place.

After discussion between Commission, the public and City Manager Hester, Commission agreed to change its monthly meeting to 5:00pm the first Monday of the month, if City Council approved the contract with the East Tennessee Development District.

 

V.        Old Business

Missoula Lighting Standards & Review of Workshop Material

Mr. Jack Black went over the Lighting Standards Ordinance Presentation as it will be introduced to the public and answered Commissions questions.

Mr. C.A. Ridge passed out to Commissioners a one page editorial titled IESNA TM-15-11 Luminaire Classification System for outdoor lighting.  Mr. Ridge asked Commissioners to read this handout as further proof that the Missoula Montana Lighting Ordinance is out dated.  Discussion ensued between Commissioners and it was agreed that the proposed ordinance would go forward to the public workshop. 

Mr. Mitchell suggested that a newspaper article be crafted and submitted to the Norris Bulletin for publication prior to the workshop.  Mr. Black and Mr. Boardman agreed to author and submit the article.

With no further business, Mr. Ridge made a motion to adjourn.  Mr. Zorvan seconded.  Commission voted unanimously to adjourn.

 

Submitted by Jeff Merritt, Secretary