Norris City Council
January 11, 2010
BE IT REMEMBERED THAT THE CITY OF NORRIS CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION ON JANUARY 11, 2010 WITH THE FOLLOWING
COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: JACK BLACK, LOY JOHNSON, TOMMY MARINER, CHRIS MITCHELL AND JOY WILSON.
HEAR THE PUBLIC
George Miceli mentioned
a liquor store in Norris for revenue base. City Manager Hester would take action and inform Mr. Miceli of the requirements.
Guest speaker Pam Forgety, Executive Director for
Meadow View Senior Living Community presented information on the community’s facility. In this facility are thirty-two
apartments with 3 different styles to meet state regulations and able to exit within thirteen minutes. The hallways are named
after the history of Norris and surrounding area. The facility offers various activities, health necessities and laundry care.
Security is in force and on all doors. Everyone is welcome to come visit the facility. Ms. Forgety is glad to be apart of
this organization. Mayor Mitchell has seen the facility and is impressed and it looks first class. Council Member Wilson says
that the facility is very nice and is a good environment.
McEleney stated concerns with the proposed charter revision that does not include a recall provision. He feels it was a mistake
to not include a recall provision. Council discussed and will follow up in the January 25th workshop meeting. Also,
stated concerns with the recycling on site of public works facility, which was removing the paper recycle and replacing it
with the container drop off for glass. Mayor Mitchell mentioned that there will be a recycle committee meeting the following
day to discuss matters of the change.
Eric Paquette mentioned
his Norris Bulletin publication has been unbroken for 52 weeks in the year 2009 and would like to continue that steadiness.
Norris Bulletin editor Paquette has asked the council if the Norris Bulletin paper could be the newspaper of record for the
City of Norris. City Manager Hester mentioned that a change would need to be by resolution. City Manager Hester will take
action on this and check with various legal sources and follow up at the next council meeting.
1. Council Member Tommy Mariner
moved to approve the Council Minutes as amended. Seconded by Council Member Joy Wilson. Motion carried by voice vote.
2. Council Member Jack Black moved to approve the January 4, 2010 Charter of the
CITY OF NORRIS workshop minutes as written. Seconded by Council Member Loy Johnson. Motion carried by voice vote.
Mariner mentioned to add the word CHARTER in the title and anywhere else in Ordinance 512 has needed.
3. Council Member Tommy Mariner moved to approve Ordinance 512 as amended. Seconded
by Council Member Joy Wilson. Motion carried by voice vote. Also,
was mentioned by Council Member Mariner to add the word CHARTER in the Ordinance 513.
4. Council Member Jack Black moved to approve Ordinance 513 as amended. Seconded
by Council Member Loy Johnson. Motion carried by voice vote.
Proposal Regarding "Community Development Board" Membership. Increasing the current five (5) voting members
to seven (7) voting members with staggered terms as follows: 1. Council representative (Joy Wilson) term to be concurrent
with Council term. 2. Planning Commission representative (Jeff Merritt) term to be concurrent with Planning Commission term.
3. Community representative terms shall be three (3) years each except for the one time below changes required to establish
a set of future staggered three (3) year terms. Effective December 1, 2009, the below named members will serve as follows:
a. Jack Mitchell’s term to be three (3) years.b. George Miceli’s term to be three (3) years.c. Loretta Painter’s
term to be two (2) years.d. James Hayes term to be two (2) years. e. Ron hackler’s term to be one (1) year. New members
are as follows:Community Development Board – George Miceli Planning Commission – Gene OatesTree Commission –
5. Council Member Tommy Mariner moved to
accept the slate as amended. Seconded by Council Member Loy Johnson. Motion carried by voice vote.
The TEA-21 grant, Dairy pond sidewalk is still ongoing and a TDOT review has to
be completed before we can proceed to the next step.
Development Board update on a Norris Merchant’s sign. Jack Mitchell stated that the Community Development had nothing
to report on this yet, but recommended that to go ahead and put up the "Welcome to Norris" sign. The Council agreed
by consensus that the original sign should be put up at the same location as before.
The City Charter Review Update is scheduled for Monday January 25, 2010 at 5:30pm.
Council Member Jack Black came back to council to discuss striping on Norris roads. Council Member Black had several
quotes that were mentioned and council would like to go forward. Mr. Black will ask Planning Commission to develop criteria
for road striping.
CITY MANAGER REPORT
Update on Year to date budget. Property Tax Collections for the current year continue
on target at $534,997.00, or 99.5% of budget. State Sales Tax and Local Option Sales Tax are running slightly below budget
at 96% of expected revenue. Expenditures are in line to budget.
Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant update. Grant application was completed and submitted. Applications will be reviewed
in January 2010. No timetable for announcing grant awards has been determined yet. The final grant application concentrates
on Energy Efficient Retrofits for the Community Building, Public Safety Building, and Water Plant.
Alvin York Machine Gun contract has been drafted.
Council Member Tommy Mariner makes a motion to approve the Contract for Permanent Lease of the Sgt. Alvin C. York Machine
Gun to the Museum of Appalachia. Seconded by Council Member Jack Black. Motion carried by voice vote.
Proposed 28-day pay cycle for Public Safety Officers.
7. Council Member Joy Wilson makes a motion to approve the 28-day pay cycle starting
in March 2010. Seconded by Council Member Jack Black. Motion carried by voice vote. New Home grant program of $500,000 is up for applying, if the City Council so chooses. The grant workshop is due
to be held late January in Maryville. Concerns with the Grant expressed by Council Member Johnson are that the designs of
homes are plain, that they are "not the best fit for Norris". Council Member Loy Johnson would like to go to the
January meeting. Council Member Joy Wilson would like to see criteria and review before next meeting.
CDBG Resolution to consider for Council to acknowledge and support.
8. Council Member Tommy Mariner makes motion to accept Resolution 1-2010 as proposed.
Seconded by Council Member Jack Black. Motion carried by voice vote.
Consideration of Transient Home Rentals.
Transient rentals are defined by the State of Tennessee as home rentals of less than 30 days. After discussion, Council would
like for planning commission to review the topic and make a recommendation to Council
9. Council Member Tommy Mariner moved to adjourn. Seconded by Council Member Joy Wilson. Motion carried by voice