The Norris City board met on Monday, May 1 at the Village Hall at 7 p.m. All members answered roll call except for Joe Skaggs and Carl Whipple. The prayer was said and the Pledge of Allegiance. The April minutes, April Treasurer’s report and April bills were all approved. The meeting was adjourned. Roll call for the new meeting of the new year with the new board was made with all present except for Joe Skaggs and Carl Whipple. All newly elected officers recited the oath of office. The appointments for City Superintendent, Chief of Police and Treasurer remained the same.
On the agenda was Brown and Roberts Engineering representative Eric Boe, who was not in attendance. He was to address the board about the MFT plans for 2017. He did send a map with the areas marked for improvements. The total cost was $25,924.40 for streets and two designated areas of sidewalk.
Rob Wielt address the board about electric rates on the City’s accounts. The 3 year rates for municipality properties is 5.564 cents per KWH. Because of being used on off-peak hours, the three year rate for street lights is 4.214 cents per KWH. The board moved to authorize Mayor Kissel to sign the contract by a 4-0 vote.
It was brought up for discussion that west bound Cherry Street in the 400 to 500 blocks is starting to give. The westbound lane endures more abuse because westbound trucks come out of Spectra fully loaded with fuel. The engineer is looking the situation over to determine what needs to be done.There may need to be another MFT bid sought for that later. Sue James noted that a ditch needs to be cleaned and there is a bridge problem on 5th Street.
Judy Daubs noted that at Barnes and 2nd Streets, there is a water problem.
Jack Johnson noted that the city needs a 7.5 or 10 HP motor when used by Wells. The boat also need to be outfitted with life jackets.
The police report showed two warrants, DUI, no insurance, illegal transportation of alcohol, speeding, vehicle accident, informational report on sex offender, home invasion, found property (Pills) aggravated battery, disorderly conduct and aggravated assault. There were three arrests: two warrants and a DUI; eight citations: three for speeding, two for no insurance, DUI, Illegal transportation of alcohol, stop sign. There were eleven off road vehicle registration renewals. There were eight calls to County Dispatch, 18 to 911, 13 to NC police/office and 39 citizen call or contact.
All four officers participated in mandatory annual taser re-certification with the Carmi Police Department and White County Sheriff ’s Office. Registered sex offender compliance checks were conducted throughout White County by Chief D. Tharp, White County Deputies, Carmi Police officers and U.S. Marshalls.
Dog catcher report. A dog in custody had previously attacked another dog and no owner was found nor was there anyone who would take the dog, so it was put down. It had previously attacked another dog.
The ISO inspection may result in a small drop in homeowner’s insurance.
The townwide cleanup is May 8-12. Please call the Village Hall office by May 10 if you have anything to pick up.
Money from the TIF may be used to assist a new business in Norris City. Danielle Healy is looking to locate Wild Bunch Athletics, LLC in Norris City and gave the board a proposal. The facility would be a place for softball training, volleyball and basketball. A lot for building has not been definitely chosen yet.The Board gave its approval to proceed.
The board approved purchase of a new light for the tennis courts at the high school. They may need more lights in the future. The vote was 4-0 to proceed with the money for the first light.
Reminder of ATV Stickers: They are issued from May 1 to April 30. You must be a licensed driver and small children must be in seat restraints, etc.
Discussion was made concerning the purchase of a new village pickup truck. The current truck is an F150. The board will consider the need for an F250.
The board adjourned.