Norris City Council

Minutes

Monday, February 9, 2015

 

 

 

BE IT REMEMBERED THAT THE CITY OF NORRIS CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2015, AT 7:00 P.M. WITH THE FOLLOWING COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:  JACK BLACK, BILL GRIEVE, CHRIS MITCHELL, AND LORETTA PAINTER.   NOT PRESENT:  YORK HAVERKAMP.

 

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Chris Mitchell. 

HEAR THE PUBLIC

No comments from the public.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.       The minutes of the January 12th, 2015 meeting were presented for approval.  Motion was made by Council Member Black to approve the minutes.  Motion was seconded by Council Member Painter.   Motion carried by voice vote.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

2.       Board and Commission Vacancies - The following was presented for Council approval:

 

A motion was made by Council Member Grieve to re-appoint Tim Hester to another term as the City's representative on the Anderson County Regional Solid Waste Planning Board.    Motion was seconded by Council Member Black.  Motion carried by voice vote.

3.       Ordinance 577 - Update to Floodplain Management Regulations was presented for second reading.  City Manager Hester stated the update would keep the City in compliance with FEMA regulations.  He reported the Public Hearing on Ordinance 577 was held at 6:30 p.m., February 9th, 2015 with no public attendance or comments.  Motion was made by Council Member Grieve to approve Ordinance 577 on second reading.  Motion was seconded by Council Member Painter.  Motion carried by voice vote.

 

 

4.       Ordinance 578 - Revise Hours for on Premise Consumption of Intoxicating Liquors in the City of Norris was presented for second reading.   City Manager Hester reported the Public Hearing for the ordinance was held at 6:30 p.m. on February 9, 2015 with no public attendance or comments.   Motion was made by Council Member Black to approve the second reading of Ordinance 578.  Motion was seconded by Council Member Grieve.  Motion carried by voice vote.  

 

5.       City Manager Hester presented to Council the CT-0253 form pertaining to the Norris Water Commission Capital Outlay Note in the amount of $218,000 for their information.

 

6.       CITY MANAGER REPORT

City Manager Hester reported on the following:

 

1)      Revenues and Expenditures are tracking to budget - the 2014 Property Tax collection rate is at 96% collected through January 31, 2015.  Overall the City's financial health continues to be very strong.

 

2)      Grant Updates

T-21 Grant Opportunity - Application was submitted November 1, 2014.  Awards are expected to be made in the spring. 

 

Safe Routes to Schools Grant - City Manager Hester reported the application was submitting in January and awards are expected in September 2015.

 

3)      Sales of Surplus Vehicles - City Manager Hester reported the City would be selling three surplus vehicles.  The surplus vehicles are the old City Manager Vehicle and two Public Safety vehicles.   The City is accepting bids on the vehicles and the bids will be opened on February 20, 2015.

 

4)      Oak Road Park Parking Improvements -City Manager Hester reported the Public Works Department is working on improving the parking area at the Oak Road Park.  They are in the process of moving the fence to allow for extra parking.   Project should be completed in a few weeks.

 

5)      Update of Watershed Resource Management Plan - The Watershed Board is currently updating the Resource Management Plan.  The plan pertains to forest management, recreation, and water quality.  Public Hearings are currently being held.

 

6)      See attached City Manager Report. 

NEW  BUSINESS

 

7.       Budget Amendments - None

8.       Resolution 2-2015 - A Resolution Honoring Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention of Anderson County (ASAP)  was presented for approval.   City Manager Hester reported ASAP received the GOT OUTCOMES! Coalition of Excellence Award sponsored by CADCA's National Coalition Institute.   Motion was made by Council Member Grieve to approve the resolution.  Motion was seconded by Council Member Painter.  Motion carried by voice vote. 

9.       The Updated Norris Water Commission Bill Adjustment Policy was presented for approval.  City Manager Hester reported this policy was approved unanimously by the Norris Water Commission.  He noted the Norris Water Commission requested the updated policy be published in the Norris Bulletin and also wants to educate customers concerning maintenance of their water and sewer lines.  Motion was made by Council Member Black to approve the policy.  Motion was seconded by Council Member Painter.  Motion carried by voice vote.

10.   Council Member Jack Black, the City of Norris representative on the Anderson County Planning Commission, reported 800+ new jobs would be coming to Anderson County.   3-M will be   going in the old Food Lion building in Clinton. 

11.   Council Member Loretta Painter reported Norris Little Theatre is currently holding tryouts for the upcoming production, "Smoke on the Mountain".  The production will be held in April 2015 at the Norris Religious Fellowship.

Accounts Payable, Minutes, and Reports

Mayor Mitchell asked Council for questions or comments concerning accounts payable, minutes, and reports - there were no questions or comments.

12.   Motion was made by Council Member Black to adjourn.  Motion was seconded by Council Member Painter.  Motion carried by voice vote at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

TO:                        Norris City Council                                        

FROM:            Tim Hester                                        

RE:                  City Manager's Report

DATE:             February 9, 2015

 

1.   2014-15 Year to Date (Estimated through January) Budget.   YTD Revenues and   Expenditures are on target to budget.  Property tax notices were sent in July and were due by August 31 without penalty.  96% of property tax has been collected through January, which is on pace with previous years.   Other key revenue categories (State Sales Tax, Local Option Sales Tax, Liquor & Beer Wholesale Tax) are all on target to budget. The City finished the 2013-14 budget year with 100% of planned City services and Capital projects funded, and an increase in Undesignated CASH reserves.        2013-14 Year End Undesignated CASH reserves finished at:                                       General Fund  $144,000

  1.  
    1. Watershed Fund         $177,675

Overall, the City's financial health continues to be very strong.

  1. Grant Updates.   
    1. New T-21 Grant Opportunity - Our applications for a T-21 grants was submitted November 1.  This is the same TDOT grant program that was used to build new sidewalks along Reservoir Road and Dairy Pond road over the last few years.  It has often been discussed by the Norris Planning Commission that the existing sidewalk system should be extended to Highway 61.  Awards are expected to be made in the spring.
    2. Safe Routes to Schools Grant Opportunity.  Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a federally funded program focusing on the benefits of children walking and biking to school. Its primary purpose is to encourage elementary and middle school children to safely walk and bicycle to school through infrastructure improvements, educational initiatives and promotional activities.  Projects and activities are 100% federally funded for the 2015 year; no match is permitted.   An application was submitted in January and awards are expected to be made in September 2015.

 

  1. Sale of Surplus Vehicles. A Request for Bids has been placed for 3 surplus City vehicles: 2000 Crown Victoria, 2002 Ford Explorer, and a 2003 Ford Explorer.  Bids will be opened on February 20, 2015.

 

  1. Oak Road Park Parking Improvements.   Public Works has constructed a new parking area at Oak Road Park.   Fencing has been installed and gravel will be added later in the spring.   Great work by Shirley Walker in developing and executing this idea!

 

  1. Update of Watershed Resource Management Plan.   The Norris Watershed Board is working to update and revise the Resource Management Plan.   This plan addresses 3 major categories of activities in the Watershed: forest management, recreation, and water quality.   A public workshop was held on January 29, and additional workshops are scheduled for February 12 & 26 @ 5:00pm.   The public is encouraged to attend these workshops and provide input to the Watershed Board regarding one of Norris' most important resources.