Norris City CouncilMinutes
May 10, 2010
BE IT REMEMBERED THAT THE CITY OF NORRIS CITY COUNCIL MET
IN REGULAR SESSION ON JUNE 15, 2010 WITH THE FOLLOWING COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: JACK BLACK, LOY JOHNSON,
TOMMY MARINER, CHRIS MITCHELL AND JOY WILSON.
HEAR THE PUBLIC
Guest speaker, Jim Hackworth State Representative, comes to thanks council for bringing back
the City of Norris Charter. The council will vote tonight on the City Charter to send back to the State
for approval. State Rep. Hackworth congratulates council on energy grant. This is a
very good and productive grant. Encourages applying for grants that are out there. State
Rep. Hackworth appreciates the community’s support. If there is a need in the
community State Rep. Hackworth is available for developing strategies to better help the people. City Manager Hester speaks on Tax Assessments. The assessment went up about
30%. The city will off set that by adjusting the tax rate. If you have any questions
pertaining to the tax assessment call the county property Assessors office. This is who handles the
assessment rates along with the State. Fred
Fields mentioned that he would like to see meals be delivered to the homes of elderly in need. Make this
not a non-for-profit but for profit organization, asking if council could help this need. Mayor Mitchell
suggested that this issue be followed up by Community Development Board and that the board establishes the meeting not facilitate.
All council members agreed. Ed McEleney had concerns with the Tax Assessments that went up saying cities went up more than
county it should stay the same. Patty Halsey, Director of Norris Library, announced that the Norris Public Library will be having
a spring clean up around the Library and welcomes everyone to come out and help with this special day. May
14, 2010 2:30-6pm. Stephanie Whaley has concerns with the City of Norris not allowing her to have checkens on her
City property. There are a growing number of Cities allowing this now. This is educational
for her children. She understands that the City law prohibits her to have them and would like to request
the Council re-look at the ordinance for change. She has a petition that she went around the neighborhood
to see what everyone thought. Council Members viewed the petition.
Council Member Tommy Mariner makes a motion to have planning commission look at the ordinance pertaining to the law not having
chickens in residential zones and send back to council for review. Seconded by Council Member Joy Wilson.
Motion carried by voice vote.
A. Ridge mentioned on behalf of Lions Club stating that they would donate money to the City of Norris to purchase defibrillators
that wil be used for the community. Mentioned if possible the Lions may also assist with a community wide
CPR training program. Asking that the City look at what state requirements are before purchase.
The donation will be 3,000.00. Council Members appreciate the Lions Club.
Council Member Tommy Mariner moved to approve the Council Minutes from April 12, 2010. Seconded
by Council Member Jack Black. Motion carried by voice vote.
City Boards and Commissions vacancies/terms
3. Council Member Jack
Black makes a motion to nominate William Borgers to the Archives Committee and Mary Dodge to the
Recreation Commission. Seconded by Council Member Tommy Mariner. Motion
carried by voice vote.
Norris Bulletin, proposed Paper of Record, Ordinance 516, 2nd Reading.
4. Council Member Jack Black makes motion to accept the
2nd reading on Ordinance 516. Seconded by Council Member Joy Wilson. Voting
aye: Jack Black, Loy Johnson, Chris Mitchell, and Joy Wilson. No: Tommy
Mariner. Motion Passes.
Discussion on speed tables/cushions
Suggested road striping criteria, as approved by the Norris
Planning Commission. Norris secondary roads are recommended to be striped with a solid white lane at the
edge of the roadway. 1. Where roadway has no existing curb. 2. Where the depth of an
adjoining roadway ditch exceeds 2 inches (as measured from the roadway surface). 3. Where
road width is 18 feet or less. Striping criteria does not apply to service drives. City
Manager Hester will delay the process until workshop meeting as begun. Meeting is scheduled for Thursday
July 1, 2010 at 7pm.
City Charter Ratification
5. Council Member Tommy Mariner makes a motion to ratify
the Charter. Seconded by Council Member Joy Wilson. Motion carried by voice vote.
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. Revenue for
the year is projected to be approximately $40,000 short of budget. However, expenditures are on track
to be $40,000 under budget, so we are currently on track to balance at year-end. There is little
margin for unplanned expenses at this point in time.
EECBG update. Awards
have been announced. The Grant for Norris is for $100,000 and will be used to implement energy saving improvement projects
at the Norris Community Building, Public Safety Building, and the Norris Water Commission Water Plant. Conducted
by Hopco, Inc. as approved by City Council last year.
FEMA Fire Grant update. City was notified that the City would not receive the Grant applied
for a new fire truck this year. The City will re-apply the next grant cycle.
TEA-21 Sidewalk Grant has been under review by TDOT and will soon be approved
to bid the project. The project is on schedule to be completed late this summer.
Revised Cell Tower contract, request to extend existing contract.
Member Jack Black makes a motion to leave current lease of Crown Castle cell tower and not to extend contract.
Seconded by Council Member Loy Johnson. Carried by voice vote.
Discussion held on donations made to specific causes, such as
the Norris Little Theatre and Library. Should funds donated for a specific purpose is held only for
7. Council Member Chris Mitchell makes
a motion to roll any special donations that come in the City office to be rolled over to the following Fiscal Year.
Seconded by Council Member Loy Johnson. Motion carried by voice vote.
City Budget Ordinance 518 is up for first reading.
8. Council Member Tommy Mariner makes
a motion to approve on 1st reading Budget Ordinance 518. Seconded by Council Member Joy Wilson.
Motion carried by voice vote.
Council Member Loy Johnson moved to adjourn. Seconded by Council Member Jack Black.
Motion carried by voice vote. 8:50pm