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Norris City Council Minutes Monday, August 14, 2017

 

BE IT REMEMBERED THAT THE CITY OF NORRIS CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION ON MONDAY, AUGUST 14rn, 2017, AT 7:00 P.M. WITH THE FOLLOWING COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT:  JACK BLACK, CHRIS MITCHELL AND

LORETTA PAINTER.  NOT PRESENT:  BILL GRIEVE AND YORK HAVERKAMP.

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Mitchell.

 

HEAR THE PUBLIC

 

Spencer Boardman, 112 Reservoir Road, stated Public Works did a great job on cleaning up after the recent storm. He reported tree branches and limbs are hanging over some of the City sidewalks and in some instances you have to leave the sidewalk to get around them. He stated he had a map of the sidewalks indicating problem areas and would appreciate City Manager Marshall reviewing the areas indicated on the map.

 

Mayor Mitchell asked Fire Chief Scott Hackler to report on the house fire that occurred on Dale Road. Fire Chief Hackler reported the Fire Department was on the scene within 10 minutes and Andersonville Fire Department provided mutual aid. He reported 14 firefighters and 2 police officers were on the scene.  There was no equipment loss and no one was hurt.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

1.           The minutes of the July 10th, 2017 City Council Meeting, the July 31st, 2017 Special Called Meeting, and the August 7th, 2017 Special Called Meeting were presented  for approval.  Motion was made by Council Member Painter to approve all minutes with correction to July 31st, 2017 Special Called Meeting. Motion to approve minutes was made by Council Member Painter not Council Member Black.  Motion was seconded by Council Member Black.  Motion carried by voice vote.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

2.           Proclamation - Jesse Jordan Day - Mayor Mitchell read a Proclamation declaring August 12th, 2017 as Jesse Day. Jesse is an active Fire Mascot for the Norris Volunteer Fire Department and is always willing to offer an extra hand.

 

3.           Resignation Acceptance of Vice Mayor York Haverkamp - Vice Mayor Haverkamp notified Council last month that he was moving to Scotland where his wife had been accepted as a graduate student, and as a result, he would be resigning as a member of City Council. Vote on the resignation was delayed until the August Council Meeting. Motion was made by Council Member Black to accept the resignation. Motion was seconded by Council Member Painter. Motion carried by voice vote.

 

4.          Vacant Council Position - Letters of Interest - City Manager Marshall stated he had received four letters of interest concerning the vacant council position - Larry Beeman, Jonathan Pirkle, Sharon Wallace, and Ron Hill. City Manager Marshall had provided copies of the letters of interest to City Council. Mayor Mitchell gave Larry Beeman, Jonathan Pirkle, and Sharon Wallace an opportunity to speak; Ron Hill was not present.  Motion was made by Council Member Black to nominate Larry Beeman to fill the vacant city council position. Motion was seconded by Mayor Mitchell. Motion carried by voice vote. City Manager Marshall stated Beeman will be sworn in at the September Council Meeting.

 

5.           Election of Vice Mayor- With the resignation of Vice Mayor Haverkamp, the vice mayor position is open. Motion was made by Mayor Mitchell to nominate Loretta Painter as Vice Mayor. Motion was seconded by Council Member Black. Motion carried by voice vote.

 

6.          Recycling Commission Resource Conservation Policy - Conservation/Recycling Committee Member George Miceli presented a Resource Conservation Policy approved by the Conservation/Recycling Committee. The policy would be applicable to all City facilities and operations, City employees, and citizen users of City facilities. Mayor Mitchell stated it is his understanding the policy is guidance and not a requirement. Motion was made by Vice Mayor Painter to approve the Resource Conservation Policy. Motion was seconded by Council Member Black. Motion carried by voice vote.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

7.           Board and Commission Vacancies - None to present.

 

8.           Ordinance No. 603 – 2nd Reading – An Ordinance to Adopt Section 10-217-220 Dealing with Title 10, Animal Control, Chapter 2 was presented for second reading by City Manager Marshall. City Manager Marshall reported the Public Hearing on Ordinance 603 was held on August 8, 2017 at 7 p.m. Mayor Mitchell stated he supported the ordinance and noted it was most likely one of the most restrictive animal control ordinance in the state and in the country. Questions pertaining to the enforcement of the excessive barking ordinance were discussed. Motion was made by Council Member Black to approve Ordinance 603 on second reading. Motion was seconded by Vice Mayor Painter. Motion carried by voice vote.

 

9.           CITY MANAGER REPORT

 

City Manager Marshall reported on the following:

 

1)     Grant Updates

a)     T-21 Grant Opportunity - The City has notified Cannon and Cannon to start the Environmental Phase of the project. The status of the easement needed for the project is being researched. The Environmental Phase of the project will take approximately 6-8 months to complete. The latest date to start construction is November 01, 2018. City Manager Marshall attended the required Local Government Guidelines Manual Training and Right of Way Training.

b)      Safe Routes to Schools Grant - Grant has moved out of NEPA and is in the Design Phase. City Manager Marshall met with the design firm and walked the project in the field. Evaluation of where the crosswalks are and determination of the best location for the crosswalks is currently in process. Identification of areas where ADA compliance will be the least costly is also currently in process. City Manager Marshall stated paint has been ordered to do school crosswalks.

 

2)     Recreation - The swing set has arrived and our Public Works Department will be installing it in the coming weeks.

 

3)     Beer Board - A tentative beer board meeting is scheduled for August  23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

4)     TCAT Ribbon Cutting - A ribbon cutting will occur at TCAT on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.  City Council is invited to attend.

 

5)     See attached City Manager Report.

NEW BUSINESS

 

 

10.        Budget Amendments – None

 

11.        Fund Balance Commitments 2016-2017 - City Manager Marshall reported the following committed, carryover balances for the 2017 FTE: Norris Little Theatre - $8,909.61; Norris Animal Shelter Commission - $6,191.11; Norris Volunteer Fire Department - $3,756.48; Disc Golf- $564.00 - Recycle Commission - $135.00; and Concert on the Commons - $55.00. Motion to approve the committed, carryover balances was made by Vice Mayor Painter. Motion was seconded by Council Member Black. Motion carried by voice vote.

 

12.        Council Member Black reported on a meeting with the Anderson County Chamber and the Anderson County Development Board to develop a get together of property owners outside of old Norris. In October, the Chamber and Anderson County Development Board will sponsor a get together which will probably be held at the Museum of Appalachia.  Every property owner on 61 whether in the county or in the City of  Clinton or the City of Norris will be invited to  the get together.

 

Council Member Black also discussed putting a splash pad in Norris. He noted that both Clinton and Rocky Top have splash pads. Council Member Black suggested proceeding with checking the feasibility of a splash pad. A splash pad does not require a lifeguard and does not run 24/7 - a button is pushed when you want it operational; additionally, it has a timer and will shut off at a preset time. A motion was made to establish a Subcommittee by Council Member Black. The members of the committee will be: Jack Black, Larry Beeman, Spencer Boardman, Jim Ed Wallace, and Jesse Jordan. Motion was seconded by Vice Mayor Painter. Motion carried by voice vote. City Manager Marshall stated any meeting of the Subcommittee would need to be advertised in advance.

 

13.        Accounts Payable. Minutes. and Reports

 

Mayor Mitchell asked Council for questions or comments concerning accounts payable, minutes, and/or reports.  There were no questions or comments from Council.

 

14.        Motion was made by Vice Mayor Painter to adjourn. Motion was seconded by Council Member Black. Motion carried by voice vote at 8:55 p.m.

 

    
  
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



TO: Norris City Council

 

FROM: Matthew Marshall

RE:      City Manager's Report

DATE:  May 8, 2017

 

  1.  
    1. Grant Updates.

a.                    New Sidewalk Grant. The city has notified Cannon and Cannon to start the Environmental Phase of the project. The status of the easement needed for the project is being researched. The Environmental Phase will take approximately 6- 8 months to complete. The latest we can start construction is 11/01/2018. I have attended the required Local Government Guidelines Manual Training and Right of Way Training

 

 

  1.  
    1.  
      1. Safe Routes to Schools Grant. This grant has moved out of NEPA and is in the Design Phase. I have met with our design firm and we have walked the project in the field. We are evaluating where the crosswalks are and determining the best location for them. We are also attempting to identify areas where ADA compliance will be the least costly.

 

 

  1.  
    1. Recreation The swing set has arrived and our public works department will be installing in the coming weeks.

    2. Beer Board. A tentative beer board meeting is scheduled for August 23rd at 7:00 PM.

    3. TCAT Ribbon Cutting. A ribbon cutting will occur at TCAT on Wednesday August 16th at 10:00 AM. Council is invited to attend.


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