Norris City Council
Minutes
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

Patty Halsey, 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.

MINUTES

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.

OLD BUSINESS

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.

4. 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.

5. Council 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.

Norris 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 ratification.

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.

Annual Spring 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.

8. Council 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.)

NEW BUSINESS

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.

Norris 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

 

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Tim Hester, City Manager                                                 Joseph Taylor, City Recorder

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