Norris City Council Minutes Monday, August 14, 2017
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Board and Commission Vacancies - None to present.
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.
City Manager Marshall reported on the following:
1) Grant Updates
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.
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
3) Beer Board - A tentative beer board meeting is scheduled
for August 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
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.
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.