Norris City Council Minutes

Monday, February 11, 2019




The meeting was called to order by Mayor Mitchell.





Jennifer Burnette- ASAP, gave an update of a training opportunity concerning opioid addictions for healthcare providers. The training will be held on March 5, 2019 at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. More information about the training can be found on the ASAP website.  


Lester Murphy- 100 Dale Road, asked about keys to the Community Building to be able to get into the facilities when the Police Department was unavailable to give them keys. Interim City Manager Parks stated that the City has policies and procedures in place concerning keys. Interim Police Chief Ogburn stated that he is going to try to be better with having someone in there to hand out the keys. George Miceli-98 Butternut, asked about the possibility of a push button type box to keep keys in. After further discussion, the Council decided that it would be best to discuss this when the new City Manager comes on board. Lester Murphy stated it would be good to look into an electronic key system. Vice Mayor Beeman stated that he was available to help out if there was an issue with getting into the building.





The minutes of the January 14, 2019 Council Meeting were presented for approval. Motion was made by Vice Mayor Beeman to approve the minutes with no changes. Motion was seconded by Council Member Grieve. Motion carried by voice vote.


Old Business


  1. Boards and Commissions Vacancies – there were none.


  2. Industrial Road Status Update/Resolution 1-2019 – Vice Mayor Beeman reported that in December 2018 he had a meeting with Randy McNally. McNally feels that it is in the City’s best interest to go on with the application process. Vice Mayor Beeman asked City Council to approve Resolution 1-2019 to go forward with applying for the grant. After much discussion, Council Member Painter made a motion to go forward with applying for the grant, with a second from Council Member Grieve. Motion carried by voice vote.


    New Business


Budget Amendments- The following 2018-2019 budget amendments were presented for approval:


INCREASE                             DESCRIPTION                                       AMOUNT

General Fund - 110 

110-42000-110                      Police Overtime                                    $10,000

110-42000 -261                     Police - Vehicle and Mait. Repair            $2,000

110-42000 - 331                    Police Fuel                                           $4,500


                                             Total                                                 $16,5000


DECREASE                           DESCRIPTION                                       AMOUNT 

General Fund - 110

110-42000-142                     Police Dept. - Hosp. & Health Ins.          $16,500


                                           Total                                                    $16,500 


Motion was made by Council Member Painter to approve the budget amendments, with a second from Council Member Grieve. Motion carried by voice vote.




  1. Arbor Day Proclamation- Interim City Manager Parks read the Arbor Day Proclamation. Arbor Day will be celebrated on Friday, March 1, 2019 at Norris Elementary School and everyone is invited to attend. Council Member Grieve made a motion to approve the proclamation, with a second from Council Member Painter. Motion carried by voice vote.


  2. Emergency First Response Program Agreement- Fire Chief Scott Hackler presented a mutual aid agreement with Anderson County. It is not only for EMS but will have mutual aid for all surrounding volunteer fire departments. Vice Mayor Beeman made a motion to accept the agreement, with a second from Council Member Painter. Motion carried by voice vote.


  3. City Manager Search Update- Interim City Manager Parks stated that there had been 25 applicants who have applied for the City Manager position and that the resumes would go out to the City Council on Tuesday. Reminder that the selection on who to interview will be on February 25th 2019.


  4. JourneyPure- Mayor Mitchell stated that Journey Pure had contacted him concerning playground equipment at their facility that is not needed. The facility wanted the Norris Recreation Committee to look into moving the equipment to a park. With further discussion there was a motion from Vice Mayor Beeman, and a second from Council Member Grieve to have Interim City Manager Parks work with MTAS, Brianne Kibler, and Loretta Painter concerning the insurance liabilities and if the structures can be moved. Motion carried by voice vote.


  5. City Manager’s Report- Interim City Manager Parks stated that the City and Water Departments were both on track, and everything is going good. Cannon and Cannon are on schedule to continue work on the right away phase. RTP grant is being looked at and the City may have to pull out if no equipment can be found to purchase that is American made, there will be no penalties if the City decides to drop out of the grant. Interim City Manager Parks stated that Mark Bolton came from Anderson County Sheriff’s Department and is now working with on our Police Department, and David Bailey with Public Works retired after 44 years of service.


  6. Bills Payable- Mayor Mitchell asked Council for questions or comments concerning accounts payable, minutes, and/or reports. No questions or comments were made.



  7. 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. Brianne Kibler with Norris Recreation stated Pickleball is going great and Summer Recreation activities will be starting sometime in June/July.



    Motion was made by Council Member Grieve to adjourn, with a second from Vice Mayor Beeman. Motion carried by voice vote. Meeting adjourned at 8:14 PM.



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Heather Phillips, Administrative Asst.                                     Janet Parks, Interim City Manager