Norris City Council
February 9, 2015
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
comments from the public.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
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.
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.
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.
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
City Manager Hester reported on the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Payable, Minutes, and Reports
Mayor Mitchell asked Council for questions or comments concerning accounts
payable, minutes, and reports - there were no questions or comments.
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.
Norris City Council
City Manager's Report
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
- Watershed Fund $177,675
Overall, the City's financial health continues to
be very strong.
- Grant Updates.
- 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.
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
- 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.
- 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!
- 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