Norris City Council Minutes
Monday, April 8, 2019
IT REMEMBERED THAT THE CITY OF NORRIS CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION ON MONDAY, APRIL 8TH, 2019, AT 7:00 P.M.
WITH THE FOLLOWING
MEMBERS PRESENT: LARRY BEEMAN, BILL GRIEVE,
MITCHELL AND LORETTA PAINTER.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Mitchell.
HEAR THE PUBLIC
Jennifer Burnette, ASAP,
stated the Norris Police Department would be holding a DEA National Takeback Day on April 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at the Norris Police Department. Citizens can drop off old prescription medicine during this time.
Lester Murphy, Chairman of the Norris Animal Shelter Commission, requested a City Council Member attend the next
regularly scheduled meeting of the Norris Animal Shelter on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 7 p.m. Council Member
Painter volunteered to be at the April 15, 2019 meeting.
City Manager Scott Hackler introduced the new Norris Volunteer Fire Chief,
Jeremy Carden. Chief Carden has been with the Norris Volunteer Fire Department for approximately 7 years
and he is also a member of the Andersonville Volunteer Fire Department.
Ed Stooksbury, 24 Deer Ridge
Rd., asked when an announcement would be made concerning the Norris Police Chief position. He stated
he thought the announcement would have already been made naming Interim Police Chief Ogburn as the new Police Chief. City
Manager Hackler stated he had only been on the job for a week and the Police Chief position was on the list of things he needed
Roger Bollinger, 43 West Circle Place, stated he had a big concern as to why Covenant Life Church
kept cutting down trees. Mr. Bollinger stated the City has a 1 foot right-of-way on 441 and he had copies
of documentation he had collected about 7 years ago concerning the greenbelt right-of-way when trees were first cut by the
church. Mr. Bollinger stated future discussion concerning the clearing done by the church should
also include TDOT. Mr. Bollinger stated the City has a 1 foot right-of-way on each side of
Phyllis Helton, 59 Dogwood Rd., stated she was concerned because Covenant Life Church
had cleared everything off of the property where the City of Norris has a right-of-way. Ms. Helton
said she was told the church got approval from the State to clear the property, but they forgot about getting approval from
the City. She stated she hopes someone from the Council will officially inform the church of
the right-of-way and she was very upset about what had happened. Vice Mayor Beeman stated City
had asked him to arrange a meeting with the church and he thought that was a start; and there are several other issues that
need to be discussed including the proposed road to the industrial park.
Joe Deatherage, 122 CCC Camp Rd.,
complimented the Norris Police for police coverage in the TVA Songbird Trail area to keep cars from driving on the grassy
areas of the park. Mr. Deatherage stated the police had been patrolling the area and had recently caught
two individuals - one with a felony. He stated hopefully word would get around that the Norris Police
Dept. is patrolling this area and hopefully put a stop to this problem.
Lindsay Pirkle, 54 Dairy Pond Rd.,
she had to contact the Norris Police in January 2019 for the first time. She stated she has complete
confidence in the department. She stated she appreciates them and hopes City Manager Hackler will
consider all the public comments in support of Interim Police Chief Ogburn when filling the Police Chief position.
Chuck Nicholson, 65
Pine Place, said the Norris Tree Commission has concerns over the recent clearing by Covenant Life Church. He
stated the Tree Commission has invested a lot of money and volunteer hours since the initial clearing occurred about 8 years
ago. Mr. Nicholson stated the commission is very disappointed with the recent clearing.
Mr. Nicholson stated the church did a lot of earth moving and wanted the City to determine if the area cleared exceeds
the 1-acre threshold and whether they should have obtained a stormwater permit. Mr. Nicholson also
commented on the recent CUB effort to rebuild the Norris powerlines. He stated he was disappointed
there was not a public meeting some time ago co-hosted by CUB and the City concerning the rebuilding of the powerlines to
let residents know and also have the opportunity to make comments about the changes. He noted in
a lot of areas of the city there are two or three poles of different ages and heights within a few feet of each other.
Mr. Nicholson asked what efforts are going to be made to get the old poles out. Mayor Mitchell
stated he had contacted Comcast and AT & T concerning the old poles and both companies told him they do not want to restring
the lines until the CUB work is complete. Mayor Mitchell stated this statement is not in writing
but is verbal.
The minutes of the Special Called Meetings of February
25, 2019, March 4, 2019, March 5, 2019, March 7, 2019, and March 21, 2019 and the regular scheduled Council Meeting of March
11, 2019 were presented for approval. Motion was made by Vice Mayor Beeman to approve the minutes.
Motion was seconded by Council Member Grieve. Motion carried by voice vote.
Member Jessica Ogburn submitted her resignation effective March 21, 2019. The
resignation letter was
read at the City Council March 21, 2019 called meeting. Motion was made
by Council Member Painter to accept the resignation.
Motion was seconded by Council Member
Grieve. Motion carried by voice vote.
3. Board and Commission Vacancies
– Mayor Mitchell made a motion to appoint Jessica Ogburn to
the Recycle Commission as a regular member. Motion was seconded by
Council Member Painter.
Motion carried by voice vote.
Council requested City Manager Hackler run an ad in the paper concerning the open City Council position, Norris Water
Commission position and any other open board or commissions vacancies.
will accept letters of interest concerning the vacancies.
4. RTP Grant – City Manager Hackler reported Buy America waiver certificates
would not be issued
for this RTP Grant
cycle and as a result the City would need to withdraw the application. The
City can submit a new application during the next grant cycle.
Motion was made by Council
Painter to approve the withdrawal of the RTP grant application. Motion was seconded
by Council Member
Grieve. Motion carried by voice vote.
5. Ordinance 612 –
An Ordinance Amending the Zoning Map of the City of Norris, Tennessee by
Zoning Parcel 031 12400 000 I-1: Light Industrial District, was presented for second reading.
City Manager Hackler
stated the Public Hearing on Ordinance 612 was held On April 8th,
2019 at 6:30 p.m. Spot zoning was discussed
and Mayor Mitchell reported Norris Planner Dan
Hawk told the Norris Planning Commission it would not be spot zoning. After Council discussion
and comments from the public, Council decided to table Ordinance
612 until additional
is received pertaining to sales tax and property tax. Motion was made by Vice Mayor
Beeman to table Ordinance 612. Motion was seconded
by Council Member Grieve. Motion
carried by voice vote.
Budget Amendment – The following 2018-2019 budget amendments
were presented for approval:
Water - 413
Motion was made by Council Member Painter to approve the above Water budget amendment transfers. Motion
was seconded by Council Member Grieve. Motion carried by voice vote.
7. CITY MANAGER REPORT
Manager Hackler reported on the following:
to Date (Estimated through March) City Budget – Overall YTD General Fund Revenues are at 60% and General Fund Expenditures
are 67%. Overall the City’s current year financial health continues to be strong, and the City
is in good position for meeting current year financial needs.
2018-2019 – Year to Date (Estimated through March) Water Commission Budget –
Overall YTD Norris Water Commission Revenues are at 72% and Norris Water Commission Expenses are at 66%.
NWC’s current financial health continues to be strong.
New 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. As of 2-6-2019, Cannon and Cannon
Engineer Jeff Beckett, stated outside the ROW requirements, the City is still on schedule to get the approvals.
He spoke with Sarah Sutton with TDOT local programs and they are doing all they can to complete this approval.
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 – TDOT official, Jane Polansky,
told the Buy America waiver certificates
would not be issued for this grant cycle. The City can withdraw and submit a new
application during the next grant cycle.
4) 2019-2020 Budget preparation is ongoing and budget schedule has
been set. The
first draft will be distributed to City Council members on April 8, 2019.
5) Brush Dump – The
brush dump will be closed indefinitely for public use. The area is full
and cannot accept any additional material.
Public Works Director Hevel has obtained an
estimate of $7,000 to sort and burn the existing material. The policy for future use is
interview, and selection activities for Watershed Trail Maintenance and
Summer Recreation staff is under way.
7) Fire Chief Position – The fire chief position has
been filled by Jeremy Carden effective
April 1, 2019.
8) I would
like to commend all the city staff for making my first week a pleasant and productive
Experience. Kudos for those you put forth
extra effort to keep city services rolling along
during the transition.
See attached City Manager Report.
Vice Mayor Beeman reported the Industrial Park road meeting with TDOT was a very positive
reported the old Sawmill Road is the only one that will work.
Payable, Minutes, and Reports - Mayor Mitchell asked Council for questions or comments
concerning accounts payable, minutes, and/or reports. No questions or comments were
was made by Vice Mayor Beeman to adjourn. Motion was seconded by Council Member Grieve. Motion
carried by voice vote at 8:50 p.m.
Scott Hackler, City Manager
Janet Parks, City Recorder