Norris City Council

Minutes

Monday, April 8th, 2013

 

 

BE IT REMEMBERED THAT THE CITY OF NORRIS CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION ON MONDAY, APRIL 8TH, 2013, AT 7:00 P.M. WITH THE FOLLOWING COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: JACK BLACK, BILL GRIEVE, YORK HAVERKAMP, CHRIS MITCHELL, AND LORETTA PAINTER.

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Chris Mitchell. 

 

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Susan Miceli, 98 Butternut Drive, wanted to thank the City for the way an incident that happened in her neighborhood was handled.   There was a recent death on their street and she stated the Norris Public Safety Officer were wonderful.  The officers were there for most of the afternoon and were very supportive of the gentleman left at the house.  She thanked the officers for the way they handled           the situation.

Mike Carberry, 46 Dogwood Rd., requested the Council's support and assistance in creating a means to accept tax-deductible monetary donations to develop a Norris Community Garden.   The proposed site of the garden would be on open land at the Norris Middle School.   The only cost to the City would be labor.  The Norris Community Garden would be responsible for providing a perimeter fence around the entire garden site.  Water used will be provided by the Norris Middle School.  Mr. Carberry stated the Norris Community Garden has the support of Norris Middle School Principal Jeff Harshbarger and City Manager Tim Hester.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.      The minutes of the March 11th, 2013 meeting were presented for approval.  Motion was made by Council Member Grieve to approve the minutes.  Motion was seconded by Council Member Painter.  Motion carried by voice vote.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

2.      Mayor Mitchell made a motion to appoint Ricky Staples to the Norris Animal Commission and Madison Jones to the Recycle Committee.  Motion was seconded by Council Member Haverkamp.  Motion carried by voice vote.

 

 

3.      Public Hearings for Zoning Ordinance 565 and 566 to rezone property to C-2 Commercial were scheduled for Monday, May 13, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.   A Public Hearing for Streetlight Ordinance 567 was scheduled for Monday, May 13, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.  Motion was made by Council Member Haverkamp to approve the dates for the Public Hearings.  Motion was seconded by Council Member Grieve.  Motion carried by voice vote.

 

CITY MANAGER REPORT

 

City Manager Hester reported on the following:

 

1)      The 2012-2013budgets are on track.  Property tax collection is 99.8%.  Expenditures are on track as of 03/31/2013.

2)      Reported the City had received approval of a $4,000 Archives Grant.

3)      The dates for Spring clean-up are April 8-12, 2013.

4)      City Manager Hester reported Arbor Day was held in March 22, 2013.  The City has been named a Tree City for 34 consecutive years.  City Manager Hester thanked the Tree Commission for their efforts.

5)      City Manager Hester reported the annual Watershed Cleanup would be Saturday, April 13th beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Lunch will be provided for the workers.

6)      City Manager Hester reported the challenge pertaining to Annexation Ordinance 545 will be heard in Chancellery Court on May 29 and 30, 2013.

 

See attached City Manager Report.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

5.      The request to establish a revenue general fund account for the Norris Community Garden and accept tax deductible donations and maintain the funds was presented for approval.  Motion was made by Council Member Haverkamp to approve the revenue general fund account.  Motion was seconded by Vice Mayor Black.  Motion carried by voice vote.

6.      A motion to approve a Budget Workshop on Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. was made by Council Member Haverkamp.  Motion was seconded by Council Member Painter.  Motion carried by voice vote.

7.      Motion was made by Vice Mayor Black to adjourn.  Motion was seconded by Council Member Grieve. Motion carried by voice vote at7:35p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

TO:                  Norris City Council                                      

DATE:             April 8, 2013

FROM:            Tim Hester                                                           

RE:                  City Manager's Report

  1. 2012-13 Year to Date (Estimated through March) Budget.   Revenues are tracking to budget:
  • ~99.8% of property tax collected
  • 77% of estimated Local/State sales tax, beer, and wholesale liquor tax collected, which is slightly ahead of budget

Expenditures are on track to budget, with 80% of budgeted expenses paid through the end of March. 

  1. Grant Updates.
    1. Archives Grant.  City has been notified that we have been award a grant in the amount of $4,000.  This grant will fund the purchase of metal shelving and supplies for the Archives located in the museum section of the McNeeley Building.   Congratulations to the Archives Commission for their work on this.

 

  1. Annual Spring Clean up.   Dates have been set for April 8-12 for the annual clean up.  The City will pick up objects at curbside that are not too heavy for two men to handle.  Items that cannot be picked up are tires, paint or solvents, unused cleaning supplies, freezers or refrigerators, building materials, or anything with asbestos.

 

  1. Arbor Day.  The annual Arbor Day celebration was held on March 22nd at the Norris Elementary School.    The City of Norris received recognition as a "Tree City: for the 34th consecutive year, and it was noted that Norris was the first in state so recognized.  Clinton Utilities Board was also recognized as a "Tree Line USA Utility" for 11th year.   Thanks to the Tree Commission for all their hard work! 

 

  1. Annual Spring Watershed Clean up.   The Watershed Board is asking hikers, bikers, horseback riders, and other users to assist in picking up litter on trails and roadways in the Watershed.  The date for the cleanup is Saturday April 13, 2013, from 9:00am until noon.  The meeting point will be at the intersection of Upper Clear Creek Road and Clear Creek Trail.   Trash bags will be provided, and the use of work gloves and good hiking shoes is strongly recommended.   When the cleanup has been completed (around 11:45am), volunteers will gather at the Norris Community Building on Chestnut Drive for lunch.

 

  1.  Annexation Updates.   Court dates have been set to hear the challenge brought in regard to Annexation Ordinance 545.   Dates are Wednesday May 29, 2013 and Thursday May 30, 2013.