Norris City Council Minutes
Monday, October 14, 2019
BE IT REMEMBERED THAT THE CITY OF NORRIS CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION ON
MONDAY, october 14TH, 2019, AT 7:00 P.M. WITH THE FOLLOWING
COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: LARRY BEEMAN, BILL GRIEVE,
RON HILL, CHRIS MITCHELL, AND LORETTA PAINTER.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Mitchell.
HEAR THE PUBLIC
Susan Miceli, 98 Butternut Dr., asked if there is currently a ban on burning. City Manager Hackler
stated due to the recent rain there is not currently a ban, but this would be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
He also stated the Norris Fire Department should be contacted to obtain a burn permit before any burning.
minutes of the September 9th, 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. East Norris Sidewalk Grant Status –
City Manager Hackler reported the ROW approval form from the City has been sent in – still waiting on TDOT review results.
Safe Routes to School Grant Status – City Manager Hackler reported a survey of the property lines
showed the existing sidewalk is at the edge of the City property line.
The new sidewalk will have to go in the same location. A construction easement is required due to
the close proximity to the school property. Approval/funding is not expected before November to begin work
on the ROW.
4. TDOT SIA Application – City Manager Hackler stated the funds were received by
the State and the City has received the signed contract.
5. Board and Commission Vacancies – Two letters of interest were received concerning
the one open Watershed position. Council members will individually contact the two applicants concerning
their interest before the November Council meeting.
6. Resolution 6-2019 – Title VI Coordinator and Program Manual - City Manager
the resolution which shows the City Manager as the Title VI Coordinator and establishes a program
was made by Council Member Painter to approve Resolution 6-2019. Motion was
seconded by Vice Mayor Beeman.
Motion carried by voice vote.
7. Resolution 7-2019 – Establishing Red Ribbon Week for the
City of Norris – A resolution establishing
October 23 – 31, 2019 as Red Ribbon Week in Norris to promote drug-free lifestyles and drug
abuse prevention was read
by Eighth Judicial District Attorney Brandon Pellizzari. Vice Mayor
Beeman asked Mr. Pellizzari if any headway
on this problem was being made. Mr. Pellizzari said
It was hard to tell. Working
on prevention and helping those afflicted are key. Motion was made
By Council Member Hill to approve Resolution
7-2019. Motion was seconded by Council Member
Grieve. Motion carried
by voice vote.
8. BUDGET AMENDMENTS
The following Budget Amendment Transfers were presented for approval:
General Fund - 110
General Fund - 110
Motion was made by Vice Mayor Beeman to approve the budget amendment transfers. Motion was
Seconded by Council Member Hill. Motion carried
by voice vote.
Commission Workshop – City Manager Hackler reviewed the results of the recent Water
City Manager Hackler discussed the findings of the workshops which
shows future budget needs totaling $95,000 which includes
adding a full-time water employee
($56,000), $20,000 for a contingency fund, $11,000 for part-time workers, and $8,000 for chemical
training and equipment and would require a 22% water rate increase. City Manager Hackler
stated the Norris
Water Commission will have a called meeting on November 4th, 2019 to vote on a
proposed rate ordinance to present
to City Council at the November 2019 meeting.
10. Beer Board
Meeting – City Manager Hackler reported Archers Food Center had sold alcohol to a
a recent County Sting Operation in April 2019. City Manager Hackler stated he is
if the sale was wine or beer. As a result, the Norris Beer Board will need to meet to
issue and determine if any fines will need to be assessed. A notice of the meeting will
be in the
Bulletin and the store owner will be required to attend the meeting. Motion was made by
Painter to set the Norris Beer Board Meeting for Friday, November 15th, 2019 at
Motion was seconded by Vice Mayor Beeman. Motion carried by voice vote.
November City Council Meeting - City Manager Hackler reported the November 11th, 2019
falls on Veteran’s Day and typically as a result, the meeting date for November is changed.
Motion was made by Council Member Painter
to change the November Council Meeting to Friday,
November 15th, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. Motion was seconded by Vice Mayor Beeman.
Motion carried by
12. CITY MANAGER REPORT
City Manager Hackler reported
on the following:
1) City Budget – as of 9-30-19 property tax collection
is on track at 87% and personal property tax is at 125%. Total expense is 25.6%.
2) Water Budget – as of 9-30-19 total expense is 21.9%.
3) The part-time administrative assistant position has been
advertised and will be filled in 2 weeks.
4) The Police Chief position has been
internally advertised and will be filled in 2 weeks.
next series of planned workshops will begin with a focus on the 2014 Land Use Plan. This plan will be the
cornerstone for many other city functions including but not limited to zoning, development, signs, sidewalks, streets, recreation,
police, fire, public works, water, sewer, etc.
Continue to attend most board and commission meetings due to the value in information shared and coordination between
7) Grant Updates were already discussed.
a. East Norris Sidewalk
Grant – the design has been confirmed with past comments. ROW
have been sent to the State. Still waiting on TDOT review results.
b. Safe Routes to Schools Grant
- A property line survey was completed to confirm the
city/county property lines near the sidewalk project area. Approval/funding is not
before November to begin work on the ROW.
The third Water Dept. Workshops have resulted in a funding amount needed to be considered
a rate change on the water side.
9) The Boy Scout
Eagle Project has been completed.
Paving repair of the Town Center entrance was completed. Additional pot hole repair has been
Performed on Butternut and Hickory, but not completed.
needs and specifications for a communication technology package continues. The
focus in on SCADA capabilities.
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 made.
14. Motion was made by Council
Member Grieve to adjourn. Motion was seconded by Council
Member Painter. Motion carried by voice vote at 8:15 p.m.
Scott Hackler, City Manager
Janet Parks, City Recorder