Monday April 12, 2010
BE IT REMEMBERED THAT THE CITY OF
NORRIS CITY COUNCIL MET IN REGULAR SESSION ON APRIL 12, 2010 WITH THE FOLLOWING COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: JACK BLACK, LOY JOHNSON,
TOMMY MARINER, CHRIS MITCHELL AND JOY WILSON.
Also present: Jack Piper, Jr., Dwight Disney, Jerry Disney, Susan and
George Miceli, Frances Oates, Jeff Merritt, Eric Paquette, Hazel Guyton, Patti Halsey, C.A. Ridge, Joe Deatherage, Loretta
Black, Ed McEleney, Dean Harshbarger, Tony Wilkerson, Pam Turner, Mike McGhee.
HEAR THE PUBLIC
Director of Norris Library, announced that the Norris Public Library will be having new operating hours effective immediately.
The new hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday from 10:00am till 6:00pm, Wednesday and Saturday will be closed
as usual. Also, announcing National Library Week April 12 thru 17, 2010. A celebration will be at the end of the
National Library Week called swap till you drop. Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate.
Ed McEleney had
concerns on the Census Bureau of when it will take place in the community. City Manager Hester stated that from the Regional
Census Bureau the Census should start taking place the first of May. (Tentatively)
Hazel Guyton Treasurer of the Anderson
County Library Board mentioned that she was delighted in the way the City of Norris has represented the Norris Library and
recommends from the Anderson County Library Board that you will continue to fund the Library as last year. 2009-10 Fiscal
Year budget was at $32,246 with maintenance agreement.
1. Council Member Jack Black moved
to approve the Council Minutes from March 8, 2010. Seconded by Council Member Tommy Mariner. Motion carried by voice vote.
Consideration of Proposed Annexation Ordinance 514, Second Reading. City Manager Hester stated if passed
there is still a 30-day appeal period.
Council Member Jack Black mentioned our Public Safety cares for the Anderson
Crossing currently. City Manager Hester confirmed and noted that the letter submitted from Dollar General at the Public Hearing
specifically acknowledges receiving City of Norris Police services.
If Ordinance 514 passes the property tax collected
will start in August 2011, which is for the Fiscal Year July 2011 thru June 2012.
Council Member Loy Johnson views
this is good because of supporting local small businesses and able to keep taxes low. She has taken a hit in the economy with
her on business in the city and her landlord reduces her rent due to the down turn. She suggested that the Anderson Crossing
owners shoulder a bit of the burden. Ms. Johnson stated if we don’t annex we will see "Helter Skelter" development
in the future.Council Member Tommy Mariner stated that he would like to see Anderson Crossing be part of Norris only if
they so desire. He does not won’t anyone being annexed that does not want to be part of annexation process.
Jack Piper stated concerns with Compressed Air Service being excluded. Mayor Mitchell asked City Manager Hester
to read from the March minutes regarding the annexation. Mr. Hester paraphrased from the March minutes by stating that we
originally started with 21 parcels and that Council amended the proposed annexation by excluding residential properties and
also excluding properties that were not located on a City street and/or were not in existence or under current ownership prior
to the establishment of the Norris Urban Growth Boundary in 2001.
Council Member Jack Black stated that annexation
would come at some time and this taking place would be better than other suitors.
Council Member Joy Wilson stated
that State of Tennessee accepts annexation as long as there are safety and welfare benefits to the area. She feels Norris
is a good neighbor and anyone joining would benefit.
2. Council Member Jack Black makes a motion to pass Ordinance
514 annexing territory and incorporating said territory into the corporate limits of the City of Norris. Seconded by Council
Member Joy Wilson. Voting Aye: Jack Black, Loy Johnson, Chris Mitchell, and Joy Wilson. No: Tommy Mariner. Motion Passes.
3. Council Member Tommy Mariner makes a motion to pass Resolution 4-2010 adopting a plan of services for the properties
annexed into the City of Norris by Ordinance 514. Seconded by Council Member Joy Wilson. Motion carried by voice vote.
Council Member Tommy Mariner makes a motion to pass Ordinance 515 amending the zoning map of the City of Norris by zoning
newly annexed territory C-2: General commercial district, as depicted on the attached map. Seconded by Council Member Loy
Johnson. Motion carried by voice vote.
City Boards and Commissions vacancies/terms.
Member Chris Mitchell makes a motion to nominate Emily Haverkamp to be on the Recreation Committee. Seconded by Council Member
Loy Johnson. Motion carried by voice vote.
6. Council Member Chris Mitchell makes a motion to re-nominate Ed McEleney
to be on the Watershed Board. Seconded by Council Member Joy Wilson. Motion carried by voice vote.
Bulletin, proposed Paper of Record, Ordinance 516
7. Council Member Jack Black makes a motion to pass Ordinance
516 amending title 20, chapter 4 section 20-401 of the city of Norris city charter: Tennessee Miscellaneous administrative
provisions, to amend the official newspaper of the City of Norris. Seconded by Council Member Loy Johnson. Voting Aye: Jack
Black, Loy Johnson, Chris Mitchell, and Joy Wilson. No: Tommy Mariner. Motion Passes.
City of Norris Charter
Ratification passed the House and is waiting for Governor Signature, then will come back for council to review and consider
Letter from the Planning Commission stating that they have completed the consideration of transient rental
of single-family residences in Norris as was requested by the Council. "Accordingly, the Commission voted unanimously
to table any further consideration of the question unless we were presented with a demonstrated need for further action by
the Planning Commission." per letter.
Council Member Jack Black presented the speed bump and speed ramp issue in Norris. The cost of a speed table
going 30miles would be about $5,000 and cushions would be about $900. City Manager Hester stated we could get this out of
Street Aid Fund, but advised that it could affect the road paving projects. He suggests that we form a Workshop for this project
and develop for a 5year plan. Council agreed, and a time for a workshop will be considered at the May Council meeting.
CITY MANAGER REPORT
Year to date budget. Property Tax Collections are on target. State Sales
Tax and Local Option Sales Tax continue to run below budget, and Expenditures are in line to budget to date. Expenditures
are in line to budget to date, except for $7k expenditure to repair the Ford dump truck. This expense was offset by savings
on City liability insurance.
The Council will initiate a Budget Workshop April 20, 2010 at 7:00pm.
Household clean up scheduled for April 12-16 and is in force. Council Member Loy Johnson stated that Public Works Director
Shirley Walker does an outstanding job and really appreciates the work being finished in her community.
The 6 month
Annexation progress report Public Hearing. A progress report is required under State Law to indicate if the Plan of Service
for a particular annexation has been fulfilled. This must be done as a Public Hearing per State Law. May 6, 2010 at 10:00am
is the planned date to conduct such a hearing in regard to last year’s annexation of property in the northern boundary
of the Norris Urban Growth Boundary. The Plan of Service for that annexation has been completed.
Member Joy Wilson makes motion to have Public Hearing May 6, 2010 at 10:00am. Seconded by Council Member Jack Black. Motion
carried by voice vote.
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded
to City of Norris for six consecutive years by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
(GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition
in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment
by a government and its management.
The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the
program including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial
story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving
approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C. City Manager Hester
stated he would like to congratulate all that participated.
(Hardcopy of minutes
show an image of the above mentioned certificate, here amid the text.)
A new Animal Brochure is being put together
by our Animal Commission Board. Mayor Mitchell stated that we need to give most of the credit to Leanne Eldred that is on
the Animal Commission Board. She has done a fantastic job and more is to come in the Brochure. There will be a Rabies Clinic
by the Anderson County Health Department April 24, 2010 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm at the Norris Elementary School.
Water Commission proposes a rate increase.
9. Council Member Loy Johnson makes a motion to pass Ordinance 517
to amend the Norris Municipal code, title 18, utilities and services, chapter two, water and sewer service, section 18-208,
schedule of charges for water and sewer service. Seconded by Council Member Jack Black. Motion carried by voice vote. 10.
Council Member Loy Johnson makes a motion to schedule a Public Hearing Jun 7, 2010 5:30pm for the public to be heard on Water
and Sewer increases. Seconded by Council Member Joy Wilson. Motion carried by voice vote.
All thanks goes out to the Norris Volunteer Firefighters who took
part in the recent fire at the Watershed area. It was well contained and controlled.
11. Council Member Loy
Johnson moved to adjourn. Seconded by Council Member Joy Wilson. Motion carried by voice vote. 8:20pm
Hester, City Manager Joseph
Taylor, City Recorder