Norris City Council Minutes
Monday, May 13, 2019
BE IT REMEMBERED THAT THE CITY OF NORRIS CITY COUNCIL MET
IN REGULAR SESSION ON MONDAY, MAY 13TH, 2019, AT 7:00 P.M. WITH THE FOLLOWING
COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: LARRY
BEEMAN, BILL GRIEVE,
CHRIS MITCHELL, AND LORETTA PAINTER.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Mitchell.
HEAR THE PUBLIC
Cynthia Edrington, 75 Chestnut
Drive, asked if drainage repairs could be made to the tunnel on East Norris Road. She said every
time it rains, mud washes down in the tunnel. City Manager Hackler acknowledged Robert Ulino,
with the Lions Club. Mr. Ulino stated this tunnel in on the project list the Lions Club will be working
on this year.
Christopher Nelson, Eagle Scout Candidate, reviewed the proposed Eagle Scout Service Project – Norris Commons
Sycamore Improvement Project. The project was submitted to City Manager Hackler and has the support of
the Norris Tree Commission. The project will improve a designated area at Norris Commons around the large
sycamore tree. City Council Members gave their support of the project.
Corky Phillips, 136 Pine Rd., stated
about six years ago a major renovation was done on the rock foundation on Reservoir Hill Road. He stated
he was at the location last week and there is water standing around the wall and there needs to be a ditch installed to help
with the standing water. Mr.
Phillips stated he would assist with rebuilding the wall. City Manager Hackler stated he was working
on a project nearby with Public Works Director Hevel and he would include this problem with the current project.
The minutes of the April 8, 2019 Council Meeting
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.
2. Board and Commission Vacancies
– Mayor Mitchell stated there are several vacancies to review
and vote on tonight. The City had received
four letters of interest in the City Council vacancy –
Will Grinder, Ron Hill, Shawn Madison, and Mindy Wells. Each candidate gave an overview
and explained the reason for their interest in filling the
position. Mayor Mitchell asked the
Council Members on what process they wanted to do, and once decided he would lead through it.
Mayor Mitchell stated there are many ways to do this.
Council Member Painter stated she had
someone she would like to nominate – Ron Hill. Council Member Painter stated Ron had
Council before and during
that time had attended meetings of difference boards and commissions.
She said he has an understanding of the time commitment.
Mayor Mitchell stated he too liked
Ron Hill, but he is not his first choice. Mayor Mitchell stated Mindy Wells brings a perspective
the current Council does not have. After Council discussion, Council Member Painter made a
motion to nominate Ron
Hill to the City Council Member position. Motion was seconded by Vice
Mayor Beeman. Motion carried by a show of hands.
Voting for: Beeman, Grieve, and Painter.
Voting against: Mitchell. Immediately
after the vote, Ron Hill was sworn in as a City Council
Member by City Manager Scott Hackler.
Norris Water Commission – City Manager Hackler stated the City
received two letters of interest
the open position – Spencer Boardman and Sue Hill. Both candidates gave an overview and
explained the reason for interest in filling the position.
After Council discussion, Vice Mayor
Beeman made a motion to nominate Spencer Boardman to the Norris Water Commission. Motion
was seconded by Council Member Grieve. Mr. Boardman
thanked Council for their vote of
He stated he is on several boards and commissions and he withdrew his name from
consideration. With the withdrawal of Mr. Boardman,
Council accepted his withdrawal and all
voted no. Motion was made by Council Member Painter to appoint Sue Hill to the Norris Water
Motion was seconded by Vice Mayor Beeman. Motion carried by voice vote.
Board of Zoning and Appeal – Mayor Mitchell made a
motion to re-appoint Ed Meyer to the Board
of Zoning and Appeal.
Motion was seconded by Council Member Grieve. Motion carried by
Recreation Commission – Mayor Mitchell made a motion to appoint Angie Musick to the Recreation Commission.
Motion was seconded by Council Member Painter. Motion carried by voice vote.
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 first 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. The sales
was provided to the City Manager. Motion was made by Council Member
Painter to approve Ordinance 612 on first reading. Motion was seconded by Council Member Hill
Voting for Ordinance 612: Painter, Hill.
Voting against: Beeman, Grieve and Mitchell.
Mayor Mitchell made a motion to request the
Planning Commission review the zoning on all
on Highway 61 and make change recommendations if needed. Motion was seconded
by Vice Mayor Beeman. Motion carried
by voice vote.
Amendment – None
Police Chief – City Manager Hackler stated Sam Ogburn had been appointed Norris Police Chief
effective today. He recognized Chief Ogburn and congratulated him on this promotion.
6. Robert Ulion, Norris
Lions Club – Mr. Ulino presented a proposed project to paint a mural
on the Norris Elementary School tunnel. City Manager Hackler and the Council had no objections
to the project. Project will begin in the next few months.
Resolution 3-2019 - TDOT – Industrial Road Project – Vice
Mayor Beeman reviewed the project and
he feels we are getting close to having some positive things happen. He stated the State of
Tennessee cares about economic growth and offers the State Industrial
Access Program. Vice
Mayor Beeman stated this is not a grant, but a program. Vice Mayor Beeman said he had met
with Lt. Governor Randy McNalley and County Mayor
Terry Frank concerning the project. The
project cost is estimated to be $3,170,000 and will be paid by the state. The City’s part
½ the cost the right-of-way
purchases and ½ cost to relocate any utility lines. The state is
estimating the cost for the right-of-way purchases and relocation of
any utility lines to be around
of which the City would be responsible for $70,000. Vice Mayor Beeman state County
Mayor Frank said she feels the County would help with this project.
City Manager Hackler and
Mayor Beeman will be meeting with the Anderson Co. Budget Committee in 2 – 3 weeks
concerning this project. Motion was made by
Vice Mayor Beeman to approve Resolution 3-2019
and also authorize the Mayor to sign the State Industrial Access Program application. Motion
seconded by Council Member
Grieve. Motion carried by voice vote.
8. Ordinance 613 – First Reading - An Ordinance of the City of Norris, Tennessee
Adopting the Annual
and Tax Rate for the Fiscal Year Beginning July 1, 2019 and Ending June 30, 2020 – City
Manager Hackler reviewed Ordinance 613.
Hackler stated there is a proposed property tax
increase of 11 cents – The current property tax rate is 1.67 and would go to 1.78. The
tax increase is needed
as a result of the loss of the Halls Income tax over the last 4 years (average
yearly Halls Income Tax before decrease was $42,000). Motion was made by Council Member
Painter to approve Ordinance 613 on first reading.
Motion was seconded by Vice Mayor Beeman.
Motion carried by voice vote. City Manager Hackler stated the Public Hearing on the 2019-2020
Budget would be on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at 6 p.m.
9. CITY MANAGER REPORT
Manager Hackler reported on the following:
to Date (Estimated through April) City Budget – Overall YTD General Fund Revenues are at 62.1% and General Fund
Expenditures are 72.5%. 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 April) Water Commission
Budget – Overall YTD Norris Water Commission Revenues are at 81.2% and Norris Water Commission Expenses are at 71.8%.
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 5-10-19, Title Deed changes
have been confirmed by TDOT and the Title Co.
Awaiting approval signatures.
TDOT sent a reminder checklist of items to be completed by 7-1-19. Estimates for project total
cost were completed in 2012., There
Is a potential for a project
risk of 30% additional Estimate at Completion (EAC). The
Schedule is tight.
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. There have been no changes since the last
4) 2019-2020 Budget workshops have been completed.
The 1st reading of the Budget
Ordinance 613 is on schedule for 5-13-19. This will be followed by a public hearing to be
scheduled on 5-30-2019.
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 consolidated material
to allow continued use by the city brush pick up program. The policy for future
public use is being evaluated.
Advertisement, interview, and selection activities for Watershed Trail Maintenance and
Summer Recreation staff
has been completed. Interviews have been performed, offers
were made and accepted.
Chief Position – The fire chief position has been filled by Sam Ogburn effective
May 13, 2019.
8) Police Officer position #6 has been advertised
and will be filled in the near future. This
position is accounted for in the budget FY 19 and FY 20 and will enable the police officers
to take needed vacation.
Tackett Enterprise (RTE) has donated materials and labor to fit the back of the rescue
truck with a generator and flooring to carry
fire hose. This project will increase fire
fighting capabilities to several homes with long narrow driveways. Continued thanks to
Ray and other supporters of the Norris
Volunteer Fire Department.
10) I would like to commend all the city staff for making my first month
a pleasant and productive experience. I continue to get outstanding support as I learn to be more
the city manager role.
See attached City Manager Report.
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 Council Member Grieve to adjourn. Motion was seconded by Council Member Hill. Motion
carried by voice vote at 9:15 p.m.
Scott Hackler, City Manager
Janet Parks, City Recorder