Motion was made by Vice Mayor Beeman to approve the above City and Water budget amendment transfers. Motion was seconded by Council Member Painter. Motion carried by voice vote.
4. TDOT Surplus Property Application- Mayor Mitchell reported another discovery from the
previous City Manager that needed to be addressed concerning property next to Sycamore
Place. An application was sent to the State in August 2018 requesting the property to be
deemed surplus; and the State contacted the City to say they are ready to proceed to the next
phase. If the City wishes to proceed the estimated fair market value cost would be around
$111,000.00 paid directly to TDOT. Brianne Kibler-42 Hickory Trail asked if there was a reason
the manager submitted the application. After further discussion, Vice Mayor Beeman made a
motion to withdraw the application authorizing Mayor Mitchell to submit an email withdrawing
the application as the City does not want to move forward with the purchase. Motion was
seconded by Council Member Painter. Motion carried by voice vote.
5. City Manager Search- Mayor Mitchell stated that Interim City Manager Parks had two different descriptions for the job review for City Manager. Mayor Mitchell noted one of the job descriptions was prepared by Vice Mayor Beeman. Council Member Grieve made a motion to approve with the job description prepared by Larry Beeman. Motion was seconded by Council Member Painter. Motion carried by voice vote.
The City Manager Search Schedule will be as follows: January 18-ad posted, February 8-deadline for applications, February 15- packet will be sent to Council with all applicant’s information, February 25-special called meeting to determine who will be interviewed, March 4 and March 5-interviews, March 6- 2nd interviews, and March 7-Vote on candidate for position. Vice Mayor Beeman stated that he didn’t feel comfortable with the other candidates being in the room while interviews were going on. Karen Robinson-205 West Norris Road asked what is the best way to advertise the publication. Interim City Manager Parks stated they would use MTAS, TML and different newspapers. Council Member Painter stated she was only in favor of using MTAS to publicize the job ad. Council Member Ogburn asked if the Council Members could come up with their own questions, Mayor Mitchell stated it had to be standard interview questions and each Council Member would have around five Minutes with each candidate allowing each interview to be 30-45 minutes long. May Boardman-112 Reservoir stated that she felt that the City should contact other Cities and see what they do and are their interviews open? Mayor Mitchell stated it was standard for Cities to have open interviews. Maggie Sheehy-127 Crescent Road stated that she felt the City Council Members should talk with Joe Deatherage and the City Office Staff while looking for the right person for the job. Jennifer Beeman-56 Dogwood Road asked what order do the Council do the interviews. Interim City Manager Parks stated that they usually go by alphabetical order. Council Member Painter made a motion to approve the City Manager schedule. Motion was seconded by Council Member Ogburn. Motion carried by voice vote.
4. Norris Dog Park- Mayor Mitchell stated there was a grant available through Pet-Safe for $25,000.00. If granted some of the money can be reserved for the maintenance and upkeep of the park. Petition will be available for residents to sign that are in favor. The dog park, if granted, will be between the tennis courts next to the Community Building and Eric Harold Park. Council Member Painter stated that it would be in a great location. Vice Mayor Beeman stated he was very much in favor. If animals get into any fights what are the procedures. Interim Police Chief Sam Ogburn stated that if this happens with the County they have both animals tested to be sure they are up to date on vaccines. Lester Murphy-100 Dale Road stated he felt like dog trainers should have the right to use the dog park. Spencer Boardman-112 Reservoir Road asked if some of the money could be used to fix the bathrooms at the tennis courts. Mayor Mitchell stated that residents could use the bathrooms at the Community Building if it was during office hours. Council Member Painter made a motion to proceed with applying for the grant, motion seconded by Council Member Grieve. Motion carried by voice vote.
5. Norris Little Theatre- Loy Johnson with Norris Little Theatre stated that all members were in shock that the stage had to come down in order to do the pickleball. After much discussion the Council gave the Norris Little Theatre until January 31st to get the stage down with the help of Norris Lions Club. Mayor Mitchell stated that he was very much in favor of the Norris Little Theatre and does not want to see it disband.
6. City Manager Report- Interim City Manager Parks stated the State came and inspected the Used Oil Grant today and it passed inspection.
7. Bills Payable- Mayor Mitchell asked Council for questions or comments concerning accounts payable, minutes, and/or reports. No questions or comments were made.
8. Minutes and Reports- Interim Police Chief Sam Ogburn stated that everything is going as planned and overtime is down for the Police Department. Fire Chief Scott Hackler stated call volume is down and they are still consistent on missed calls.
Motion was made by Council Member Grieve to adjourn, with a second from Vice Mayor Beeman. Motion carried by voice vote. Meeting adjourned at 10:22 p.m.
Heather Phillips, Administrative Asst. Janet Parks, Interim City Manager
To: Norris City Council
From: Janet Parks
1. City Budget as of December 31, 2018 – General Fund Revenues are at 49% and Expenditures are
at 35%. The City’s current financial health continues to be strong and the City is in a good position
to meet current year financial needs.
2. Water Budget as of December 31, 2018 – Water Fund Revenues are at 49% and Expenses are at 47%.
NWC’s current financial health continues to be strong.
3. Grant Updates
a. East Norris Sidewalk Grant – The Notice to Proceed for the Right-of-Way Phase of the project has
been received. Currently working on the required documents pertaining to the ROW.
b. Safe Routes to Schools Grant – ROW documentation has been completed. McGill and Associates
are working to obtain approval of the plans and bid books and also utility and permit certifications.
c. RTP Grant – Kerry Hevel, Public Works Director, has attended the first of three mandatory sessions
on grant administration put on by TDEC. Grant contract should be received in the next 3 months.
d. Used Oil Grant – Trailer, tanks, canopy, and used oil furnace have been installed. State inspection
is scheduled for January 14, 2019.