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Michelle Horne

Michelle Horne

Thursday, 15 October 2015 13:12

June 10, 2014

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
June 10, 2014


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMuilen, Bill Burnett, Bob Fant and Melissa Posinski.
Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright,
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Marshal! Todd Witzigman, Building
Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson and Maintenance Superintendent Gerry
Russell. Aldermen Dan Cross and Tom Bramlett were absent.
Mayor Curry amended the agenda stating the second reading of Ordinance 2014-02
was not needed as all 3 readings were done last month.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the May 13, 2014 council
meeting. Richard McMullen made a motion to approve the minutes and was seconded
by Bill Burnett. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 50 new cases were opened and 39 closed. The
11 still open were all cases of kids breaking into unlocked cars at the apartment
complex off 48th Street one night. Comp time was up 84 hours last month.
Chief Sisemore stated he had filled 1 open position with an officer who left in December
when he moved out of state, but has returned to help care for family and he will start
6/16/2014. Chief Sisemore described the testing protocol that officers have to pass in
order to be considered for employment; written test, physical test, interview with
Captain and Lieutenant; top 3 are sent to the Chief to be interviewed and then reinterviewed
by the Chief and the Mayor. Chief Sisemore stated he would like to hire an
officer who is not certified and will need to be sent to the police academy in the next 9 -
12 months. Mayor Curry stated Chief was presenting this to the council at his request.
David Lee Allen, Jr. introduced himself to the council and gave them a bit of background
on himself. Bob Fant made a motion to affirm the Chiefs selection of Allen and was
seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.
Chief Sisemore stated Officer Steve Rogers retired in May after 10 years with the city
and state statute allows retiring officers to be awarded their service pistol with the
council's approval. Bob Fant made a motion to approve this request and was seconded
by Melissa Posinski. All approved.
Chief Sisemore stated his next request comes from Judge Jeff Harper. As Judge of the
district court, he must approve with the councils consensus, all purchases made with
court automation monies. Judge Harper has is requesting approval to spend $4,500.00
to replace the court computers, 3 PC's and a laptop, that are still running Windows XP
and which will no longer be supported by AC1C after the first of the year. A motion to
approve the purchase of the new computers was made by Bob Fant and seconded by
Melissa Posinski. All approved.
Chief Sisemore stated the last 2 weeks the PD has been having issues with their old,
unstable server. He has received a bid from Quadrivium for a little less than $15,000.00
for the server and installation. This server will support 2 separate domains and can take
care of the court as well since their server is getting older, too. Mayor Curry stated this
money will come out of the general fund. Chief Sisemore stated that Quadrivium has
done excellent work for them and requested the council to waive the need for
competitive bidding. Melissa Posinski stated she also has done business with
Quadrivium and found them to be the best and they were less expensive when her
business also had to replace a server. Online back up was discussed. A motion was
made by Bill Burnett to approve up to $20,000.00 to replace the server and move to
online data backup for the PD, Court and City Treasurer and was seconded by Richard
McMullen. All approved.
Chief Sisemore told the council that on Friday, June 6, 2014, Recorder/Treasurer
Jennifer Allen and Mayor Curry came to his office to file a police report on money
missing from City Hall. Chief Sisemore stated since the issued was city related, he has
forwarded the report to the state police for investigation. Richard McMullen asked
what had happened and R/T Allen told the council that on April 4, 2014, the City of
Johnson was given a $500 cash donation by First Security Bank. This money was to help
pay for the improvements to the pavilion in the park being dedicated to former Street
Superintendent Randy Birchfield, who passed away in August of 2013. The bank
celebrated the opening of their new building at Main Drive and College Ave by cutting a
"ribbon" of cash with half going to the City and half to another area non-profit. Allen
brought the "ribbon" back to city hall to show the staff how cool it was and then
receipted it into the general fund receipt book. On April 23 when Allen did a deposit,
she discovered $200.00 of the donation was missing. Allen stated in the 13% years she
has been the Recorder/Treasurer of the City of Johnson, she had never had a cash
shortage. She was devastated that someone would take the cash, but more so that they
would take money that was intended to honor Randy. Allen told the staff and Mayor
Curry about the shortage when she discovered it. When Allen told the Mayor that she
felt responsible for the money and was going to make up the difference herself, he
contributed $100 as he felt the same way, that the donation was for Randy's memorial,
and the funds had already been spent towards the pavilion. They did not want the
missing money to taint the dedication in any way. Mayor Curry and Allen discussed how
this money could have come up missing. They felt this money had been taken by
someone and it would be very hard to find out how it had happened. Ways to prevent
this from happening in the future were discussed and any cash taken in is now locked
up when received and deposits are being done more frequently. Allen stated that the
Mayor's and her intent in replacing the missing money was to make whole the donation
to their friend and co-worker's memory. In the interest of full disclosure, this incident
was reported to Chief Sisernore and to Barry Miles, our current auditor. Allen stated
this is a sad situation but it was handled in a thoughtful and conscientious manner.
Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman stated May was a slow month with 16 calls for service,
mostly EMS. Witzigman stated 3 new recruits have joined the department as
volunteers.
Maintenance Superintendent Gerry Russel! stated the old house by the shop building
has been demolished. They have worked on the pavilion refreshing for the dedication
and doing a lot of maintenance in the park getting it ready for the summer season.
Russell stated he has been working on festival items and thanked Chief Sisemore for his
help wiring the new electrical service box.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 3 new building
permits. Wilson stated he has worked with Blew & Associates and property owner Kyle
Naples on a large scale commercial development project. Wilson stated he continues to
do a lot of maintenance on the police cars. Police Captain John Taylor thanked Clay for
the way he handled the code violation of his neighbor.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated June Property tax received is $12,356.50.
Legislative Audit has almost completed the audit of the city for 2013 - exit interview is
scheduled for Monday 6/16/2014. Vacation & sick pay for retiring Officer Steve Rogers
depleted our exiting employee contingency funds and Allen will begin to rebuild it next
month. Election packets are available for the fall election. Aldermen running for
position 1 in their ward are running for a 4 year term, position 2 is a 2 year term. Allen
asked that all interested Aldermen see her to receive a packet. Allen stated she would
be attending the ARML Summer Conference in Little Rock next week. Mayor Curry
stated the CD's were back to where they were 4 years ago - over $400,000.00. He said
this has taken a lot of dedication from the department heads and thanked Allen for her
hard work.
City Attorney Danny Wright said Judge Harper has done well by the city by holding
public defender cases here rather than sending everyone to the Springdale court.
Wright said the court has a nice TV to show videos from the new video system but
doesn't have a way to play them so they are being shown on the laptop computer.
Wright stated Detective Keeney is looking for a compatible player. Wright stated he is
still unable to close the Bynum case as they still cannot produce a large scale map.
Wright stated there are 3 pending appeals. Wright stated he is looking at grants to
provide courtroom security.
Mayor Curry reminded the Aldermen that Johnson Festival Day is Saturday, June 14,
2014 and there are 42 vendors signed up so far. He encouraged everyone to attend.
Mayor Curry stated the Johnson Mill Boulevard project is on schedule. He stated there
were some technical difficulties getting power to the stop lights and there may be some
cost to the city, but at this point he has no idea how much it will be if any.
Mayor Curry stated he received project plans for the state aid for streets program and
the project will go out for bid July 23, 2014. The project includes paving Main Drive
from the light west to the railroad track, all of Hewitt Street and from 1-49 west to
where the new pavement begins. Mayor Curry said we may not need our $50,000.00
contingency.
Kim Hesse of Earthplan Designs talked about the $25,000.00 grant available from the
Illinois River Watershed and the design for the new trailhead. Mayor Curry stated the
preliminary cost of asphalt would be about $55,000.00 and pavers slightly higher. He
asked the council to approve putting an additional $20,000.00 with $10,000.00 already
budgeted for trail expenses (total $30,000.00) to put with the grant money to complete
phase one of this beautiful show piece trail head. Motion to approve the funding was
made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.
Mayor Curry stated he received an email from a property owner who still wants NWACC
in Johnson. He stated that an economic development study that is backed by the city
has a lot more weight with developers. Mayor Curry stated there is a company out of
Little Rock who is currently working with the city of Rogers who can do this study and
would like to present it to the mayor and Aldermen on June 30 at 6:00. The cost to do
one persons' property is $20,000.00, but they will do the whole city for $25,000.00. So
far, there is one property owner who is willing to pay half the cost of the study and
Mayor Curry stated he will contact the other property owners and invite them to the
meeting. If they are interested, he is hoping they will help defray some of the cost. The
more that participate, the less it costs the city. Richard McMullen and Melissa Posinski
said they can be at the meeting and the other 2 Aldermen present will check their
calendars.
Unfinished Business: none
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2014-03 A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE
WILLINGNESS OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON TO UTILIZE STATE AID STREET MONIES FOR THE
JOHNSON OVERLAY PROJECT. Bob Fant made a motion to approve this resolution and
Bill Burnett seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to pay the bills from the General Fund, Street Fund, Act
988 Fund and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. Bob Fant made a
motion to pay the bills and Richard McMullen seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and seconded
by Bill Burnett. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:12 pm.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 13:12

May 13, 2014

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
May 13, 2014


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Tom Bramlett and
Melissa Posinski. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney
Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Building
Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson and Maintenance Superintendent Gerry
Russell. Alderman Bob Fant was absent.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the April 8, 2014 council
meeting. Richard McMullen made a motion to approve the minutes and was seconded
by Bill Burnett. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 49 new cases were opened and 44 closed.
Chief Sisemore stated at the Budget and Finance Committee meeting, he had asked the
committee to recommend to the council the approval of rehiring the 13th officer
position that was left unfilled due to budget constraints, and they support it. Discussion
ensued. Dan Cross made a motion to refill this position and Richard McMullen
seconded. All approved. Chief Sisemore said Chris Keeney had been accepted into the
Arkansas Leader class to be held in Little Rock in June. Chief Sisemore said it was an
honor to be invited and everything was paid for but food.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated April had 19 calls for service. Chief Mills stated he had met
with Lance Secor of Tontitown regarding a mutual aid contract with their department
and that it is still problematic as they do not have a department that can reciprocate.
Until that changes, Chief Mills stated he would not sign it.
Maintenance Superintendent Gerry Russell stated they have worked on equipment
maintenance and mowing season has begun. Russell stated they have worked on the
top level parking area and the old house by the shop building is no longer standing.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 5 new building
permits, 9 mechanical permits and he has done a lot of maintenance on the police cars.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated May Property tax has been received
$105,174.64 (94,751.98 General Fund, $10,422.66 Street Fund). Sales tax has not been received for the month. The LOPFI back bill on Jimmy Moore was $6,614.45. $30,000.00 was transferred to LOPFI account to cover this and provide funding through June when the SITT money should be posted to our account. Effective July 1, 2014, the Municipal Health Benefit Fund has lowered our classification from level 6 to level 5 and our premiums will decrease accordingly. Single coverage will be $494 per month and family coverage will be $1,084. The estimated savings to the city will be about $5,580.00. The Municipal Property Program has reduced its rates, and our premium went from $2,785.00 last year to $948.00 this year, a reduction of almost 2/3 of last year's cost.
Legislative Audit has begun to audit our books for 2013. The Auditor's name is Barry
Miles. Allen stated the city has spent $23,333 of the $50,000.00 received for our
General Improvement Project. Allen asked for the council's permission to purchase a
$45,000.00 CD. Motion was made by Richard McMullen and Seconded by Bill Burnett.
All approved.
City Attorney Danny Wright said he was unable to close the Bynum case as they still
cannot produce a large scale map. Wright stated 3 new appeals were filed. There is still
standing room only during court days and options are being reviewed.
Mayor Curry stated he had signed a proclamation designating May as Arkansas Heritage
Month in Johnson.
Mayor Curry stated the west pavilion in the park will be dedicated to former Street
Superintendent Randy Birchfield, Friday at noon. There here will be a cookout
sponsored by First Security Bank and a short ceremony. Mayor Curry invited all present
to attend.
Mayor Curry stated he heard back on the state street aid program and the project plans
will be ready in early June and should go out for bid July 23, 2014.
Mayor Curry stated the letter to the residents of Johnson that we have been working on
was sent out and he has gotten positive feedback on it.
Mayor Curry reminded the Aldermen that Johnson Festival Day will be June 14, 2014
and encouraged everyone to attend.
Unfinished Business: none
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2014-02: AN ORDINANCE DESIGNATING THE
OFFICIAL PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR COLLECTIONS OF FINES IN THE JOHNSON
DEPARTMENT OF THE SPRINGDALE DISTRICT COURT. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to
read the ordinance by title only and to waive the second and third readings. Motion
was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Torn Bramlett. Roll call: Richard McMullen,
yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. City
attorney read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve
this reading which was made by Richard McMuilen and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll
call: Richard McMulien, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Melissa
Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2014-02 was approved and will take effect in 30 days.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2014-01: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE
MAYOR AND RECORDER/TREASURER TO ENTER INTO AN INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT
BETWEEN THE CITY OF SPR1NGDALE, ARKANSAS AND THE CITY OF JOHNSON,
ARKANSAS, REGARDING THE EXTENSION OF 56™ STREET SOUTH FROM DON TYSON
PARKWAY TO JOHNSON MILL BOULEVARD. City attorney Danny Wright stated this is a
formal agreement providing for Springdale to pay 70% and Johnson to pay 30% of the
engineering and design costs of this project. Wright stated the State Attorney General
will have to approve this agreement. Tom Bramlett made a motion to approve this
resolution and Dan Cross seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2014-02: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE
MAYOR TO ENTER INTO AN INFORMAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF
SPRINGDALE, ARKANSAS AND THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, REGARDING THE
FIRST PHASE OF THE EXTENSION OF 56™ STREET SOUTH FROM DON TYSON PARKWAY
TO JOHNSON MILL BOULEVARD. Wright stated this informal agreement allows the
project to progress while the formal agreement is.reviewed by the State Attorney
General. Richard McMulien made a motion to approve this resolution and Bill Burnett
seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to pay the bills from the General Fund, Street Fund, Act
988 Fund and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. Dan Cross made a
motion to pay the bills and Richard McMuilen seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bill Burnett and
seconded by Richard McMulien. Ail approved and the meeting was adjourned at 6:40
pm.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 13:11

April 8, 2014

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
April 8, 2014


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:10 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett and Tom Bramlett. Also present
were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief
Vernon Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay
Wilson and Maintenance Superintendent Gerry Russell. Alderman Bob Fant and Dan
Cross were absent.
Mayor Curry stated Melissa Posinski has applied for the open Alderman position on the
council serving Ward 2 in Position 2. Posinski stated being on the council was important
to her because Johnson is her home. Tom Bramlett made a motion to appoint Posinski
to the vacant position for the remainder of the term ending 12/31/2014 and was
seconded by Richard McMullen, Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Tom
Bramlett, yes, Mayor Curry, yes. Posinski was sworn in by Mayor Curry and took her
place on the council.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the March 11, 2014 council
meeting. Richard McMullen made a motion to approve the minutes and was seconded
by Tom Bramlett. McMullen, Burnett, Bramlett and Mayor Curry voted yes and the
minutes were approved. Posinski did not vote as she was not present at the meeting.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore introduced Michael Lisenbee, the newest officer on the
force who started in February. Sisemore stated Lisenbee had 8 years of service at
Springdale PD and is bilingual in Spanish. Chief Sisemore stated that 38 new cases were
opened and 37 closed,. Chief Sisemore said the department had received 30 hours of
training and everyone had passed their quarterly weapons qualification. Chief Sisemore
presented a graph showingthe upward trend in criminal cases so the council would be
aware of the continuing increases.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated March had 22 calls for service. Chief Mills stated over % of
the overtime budget has been used with the tough winter weather and the need for
overnight OT shifts. Chief Mills stated they were getting the gator in service..Chief Mills
stated he had issues with signing a mutual aid contract with Tontitown when they did
not have a department with the ability to reciprocate. Springdale and Fayetteville are
having the same issues, and Chief Mills stated he would not sign it.
Maintenance Superintendent Gerry Russell stated they have worked on equipment
maintenance, sweeping chat and finishing the kennels. Work orrthe upper parking lot
wall continues and Mayor Curry stated this will create 7 new parking places that will be
paved at some time in the future.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 2 new building
permits, 8 mechanical permits and he has done 68 inspections. Wilson stated all his
paperwork has been turned in to the state for his electrical license and he will attend
class in October.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated that Legislative Audit should be here the first
part of May to begin the 2013 audit. Allen stated she is working with LOPFI on the back
bill for part time officer Jimmy Moore, which could potentially be $10,000.00 or higher
and hopes to have it settled by the end of the month. Allen stated the city has spent
$22,063 of the $50,000.00 received for our General Improvement Project.
City Attorney Danny Wright said there is no bad news - all pending appeals have been
taken care of. Wight stated court continues to grow, there is standing room only twice
per month.
Mayor Curry introduced Joel Gardner and Jeff Hatley from Ozark Regional Transit. They
told the council there is bus service through Johnson now with another route starting
the end of the month. They thanked the city for our support and said that public
transportation is for everyone and ORT is here to stay.
Mayor Curry stated the trail opening ceremony is scheduled for April 12, 2014 and will
be held at 1:00 pm by the cell tower
Mayor Curry stated a $25,000.00 grant is available through the Illinois River Watershed
program to build a pervious cement parking area for a trailhead. Mayor Curry stated he
wanted the council to be aware of this opportunity as he may need to request some
funding to complete this project at next month's meeting.
Mayor Curry stated with regard to the road project there was visible progress. Mayor
Curry stated Carley Road will be closed from 4/19/2014 - 4/28/2014 for construction of
the intersection of that street with Johnson Mill Boulevard, and the signal should be
back in place at 48* Street in 3 weeks. Mayor Curry stated the new completion date is
scheduled for August 29, 2014 and that there should be traffic on it by July 1.
Mayor Curry stated there was no new news on the state street aid project and he will
follow up this week.
Mayor Curry asked the Aldermen to please volunteer for the Johnson Festival Day on
Saturday, June 14, 2014. Mayor Curry said new events have been added and the
planning is going well.
Unfinished Business: none
New Business:
City Attorney Danny Wright stated he is working on getting the Bynum lawsuit settled
with the City. Wright said he is waiting on a larger map to be able to read the legal
fence line and south of Main Drive right of way. Wright requested the council's
permission to settle the suit on behalf of the city. Tom Bramlett made a motion to allow
Wright to act on the City's behalf and was seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to pay the bills from the General Fund, Street Fund, Act
988 Fund and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. Tom Bramlett
made a motion to pay the bills and Bill Burnett seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Richard McMullen and
seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:18 pm.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 13:10

March 11, 2014

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
March 11, 2014


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Dan Cross, Tom Bramlettand Bob Fant.
Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright,
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman and Maintenance
Superintendent Gerry Russell. Alderman Bill Burnett and Building Official/Maintenance
Specialist Clay Wilson were absent.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the February 11, 2014
council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes and was seconded by
Richard McMullen. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 29 new cases were opened and 28 closed, 145
total calls and 6 wrecks. Chief Sisemore said the department used 80 hours of sick
leave.
Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman stated February had 27 calls for service including 3
structure fires. Witzigman stated volunteer Justin Lee graduated form the academy as a
firefighter 2.
Maintenance Superintendent Gerry Russell stated they have stripped the empty house
and are readying it for demolition. Russell stated they put the old carport on the back of
the shop to shade the kennels. Russell stated the backhoe, Polaris ranger and sweeper
have all been picked up as of yesterday and they are happy with the new equipment.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson was absent due to illness. Mayor
Curry stated Wilson had reviewed 2 building permits, 4 mechanical permits and done 26
inspections. Mayor Curry stated they have both been working with a local business who
has appealed to the state for issues pertaining to a new building meeting fire codes.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated that $54,583.48 approved last month has
been spent on new equipment for the Street Department. Equipment purchased: New
Holland back hoe for $38,412.50 which was offset by a $25,000.00 General
Improvement Grant, a Polaris Ranger for $10,744.53 and $5,426.45 fora street
sweeping brush for the tractor. Net cost to the City = $29,538.48. Other larger than
usual expenditures for March include training for the police officers for the year @ UFC
Gym for $4,741, fire hydrant rental of $2,370, $2,167 for bulk oil purchase and $3,358
for vehicle maintenance. Allen stated the city has spent $21,783 of the $50,000.00
received for our General Improvement Project.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated the Bynum lawsuit carries on. Wright stated there is
1 appeal this month and 1 in April. Wright stated whenever there is a new judge
appeals pick up but as he is here longer they settle down.
Mayor Curry asked Dan Cross for a trail update. Cross stated the Walton Foundation is
funding a trail opening ceremony scheduled for April 12, 2014. Cross stated the final
punch list should be completed soon. Mayor Curry stated he met with the Illinois River
Watershed people and there are funds available for trailheads with environmental
protection features and we are working with Steve Hesse to see if the City can qualify.
Cross stated they are working on Phase 2 from Ball Street to ARVEST Ballpark.
Mayor Curry stated the 56th Street project is underway as TAC approved funding for
design, engineering and environmental study. Mayor Curry stated the City's share will
be $15,000.00.
Mayor Curry stated the City was approved for the state street aid project as was
discussed last month and he is still waiting to hear when that will begin.
Mayor Curry stated APAC has requested an extension to complete Johnson Mill
Boulevard due to utility and weather issues, but they have a plan in place for
completion.
Mayor Curry stated he has had some preliminary talks with landowners about the '
possibility of land being available for the new NWACC campus. Mayor Curry stated
there is a local business person on the board who brought this possibility to his
attention and there is a meeting scheduled 3/12/14 at 10:00 am.
Mayor Curry stated the Johnson Festival Day will be Saturday, June 14, 2014. Richard
McMullen stated the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission accepted his invitation to
participate and are bringing at 320 gallon tank. Mayor Curry stated there will also be a
Civil War camp on the lawn of City Hall. Mayor Curry said the planning is going well and
invited everyone to attend.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2014-01: AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING POLICY
FOR USE OF THE PEDESTRIAN/BIKE TRAILS WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON AND
PROVIDING FOR A PENALTY FOR VIOLATION OF SUCH POLICY AND AMENDING THE
JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE BY ADDING CHAPTER 12.01 AND CHANGING THE NAME OF
TITLE 12. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2014-01 by title only.
Motion was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard
McMullen, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Pant, yes. City Attorney Danny
Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the
reading by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Tom Bramlett.
Roll call: Richard McMuilen, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes.
New Business:
Mayor Curry stated Jim Shankle has resigned from the council and thanked him for his
service. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to accept his resignation. Bob Fant made the
motion with regret and was seconded by Dan Cross. All approved. Mayor Curry stated
Melissa Posinski, who is in the audience, has already applied for the position. Anyone
else interested should apply at City Hall and it will be the first item on the agenda next
month.
Dan Cross stated he was concerned about the effective date on the trail ordinance if
the final reading was not done until next month. Mayor Curry agreed and asked for a
motion to suspend the rules and continue on to the third reading of ORDINANCE 2014-
01: AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING POLICY FOR USE OF THE PEDESTRIAN/BIKE TRAILS
WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON AND PROVIDING FOR A PENALTY FOR VIOLATION OF
SUCH POLICY AND AMENDING THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE BY ADDING CHAPTER
12.01 AND CHANGING THE NAME OF TITLE 12, by title only. Motion was made by
Richard McMullen and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Dan
Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the
ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the third reading by
title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call:
Richard McMullen, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes. ORDINANCE
2014-01 was approved.
Mayor Curry announced Spring Clean Up would be April 25 - May 5, 2014.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to pay the bills from the General Fund, Street Fund, Act
988 Fund and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. Dan Cross made a
motion to pay the bills and Richard McMullen seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and seconded
by Dan Cross. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 6:36 pm.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 13:04

December 10, 2013

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES 
CITY HALL ,
December 10, 2013


Mayor Buddy Curry, called the meeting to order at 6:01 pm. 
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Bob Fant and Jim Shankle. Also present
were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore,
Fire Chief Matt Mills, Maintenance Superintendent Gerry Russell and Building Official/Maintenance 
Speciaist Clay Wilson. Aldermen Dan Cross and Torn Bramlett were absent. 
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the November 12, 2013 council meeting.
Richard McMullen stated he did not make the motion to approve the October minutes as he was not
at the meeting and asked that this be corrected. Bob Fant a motion to approve the minutes with the
correction and was seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved,
Department Head Reports
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 37 new cases were opened and 35 closed. Chief Sisemore
said the department has been busy. 
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 18 calls for Service, mostly EMS, 250 year to date. Chief Mills
said there was a fire on the golf course and automatic aid was received from Fayettevitle, Chief Mills
stated Danny Farrar was retiring and was recognized at the annual banquet. Chief Mills introduced
Todd Andrews, as the new Assistant Chief, a 3 year part time-fire fighter with Johnson who works full
time With Springdale Fire-Department. 
Maintenance Superintendent Gerry Russell stated the his department completed buiidtng- he new inside dog kennels, started hauting rock for the next phase of parking lot behind City Hall and  prepared for bad weather. Russell stated Ken Mathes was hired to fill the vacant position. Mayor
Curry stated the department has worked a lot of hours this week and Gerry's doing a great job as
Superintendent. 
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated 3 building permits and, 12, mechanical permits we're issued. He has taken the old camera systems out of the units and stripped down the durango to trade In. Mayor Curry said the new Tahoe is in and Clay is working on it and getting the
new camera systems installed. 
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the Capital Improvement loan that paid for the wall was paid
off in full last month leavlng the only city debt less than $82,000 for the police cars Alien stated the PD
Camera Grant was $36,295, and the total cost was $39,420. Allen stated the 2014 Budget for all funds was
included in the packets and will be discussed later in the meeting. Allen asked for the Council's approval to
invest $25,000 in a CD. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve this request which was made by Bob Fant
and seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved, Allen stated the city has spent $20,911 of the
$50,000.00 received for our General Improvement Project. The disbursement of the remaining
$29,089 is project specific and cannot be spent for anything other than proposed projects,
Attorney Danny Wright stated there has been no movement in the lawsutt with the Bynums, but
the City has been dismissed.
Mayor Curry stated the old house is being stripped to get it ready to be removed. Mayor Gerry stated
the heating and cooling unit, appliances and any items of value are being removed.
Mayor Curry stated he talked to Representative Randy Alexander about the grant money to purchase
a backhoe and Alexander told him the money may be here next week. 
Mayor Curry reminded the council the Arkansas Municipal League Winter Conference is being held in
Rogers on January 29-31, 2014, 
Mayor Curry stated he met with the Ozark Regional Transit (ORT) people and they are looking at a
new route running through Johnson shown oil the map provided. Mayor Curry asked that in light of
this, the,$3,500 line item be left in the budget.  The Council agreed.
Mayor Curry stated the 1-540 interchange, project would be let for bid on December 11, 2013.
Current plans call for the 4 lanes under the overpass to narrow to 3 as per the original Johnson Mill
Blvd. design, but since the plans have been changed to 5 lanes through there to avoid the, retaining  wall construction, a change order is in the works to match the new. design. This project has a 45 day build date. 
Mayor Curry stated they are working on the Johnson Mill Boulevard project, paving all they could
before it snowed.
Mayor Curry stated there is a man coming from the state to see if the City qualifies for heip with
some of our repaying projects.
Mayor Curry invited the Council to the Christmas Luncheon on December 20, 2013 at noon. Mayor
Curry stated we may have to have an emergency meeting that day as he is meeting with John Tyson
about the extension of 56th Street and having him pay our 20% required to secure the federal grant
money. The meeting would be to approve this so the application can be made before the end of the year. 

Unfinished Business
None
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-11: PLANNING AREA BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION AND MAP
APPROVAL Mayor Curry stated this has been, passed by the'Planning Commission and the City of
Fayetteville. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2013-11 by title only and to waive
the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Jim Shankle. Roll call:
Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett,.yes; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright
read the ordinance by title only/Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the reading by title only.
Motion Was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Jim Shankle, Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill
Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. ORDINANCE 2013-11 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2013-08: A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR AND ADOPTING A BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS; FOR THE TWELVE (12) MONTHS BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2014, AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2014; APPROPRIATING MONEY FOR EACH AND EVERY
ITEM OF EXPENDITURE THEREIN PROVIDED FOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Recorder/Treasurer Allen stated the only major changes from the budget presented last month were that the medical
insurance premiums fine has been reduced to match the current rates and the remainder of the
General Improvement Project money has been added. Mayor Curry stated the ORT budgeted
amount Of $3,500 would be left in. Motion to approve Resolution 2013-08 was made by Bob Fant
and seconded by Jim Shankle. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2013-09: A RESOLUTION AMENDING RESOLUTION 2012-11 OF
THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS; AMENDING THE BUDGET FOR THE PERIOD BEGINNING JANUARY 1/2013 AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2013. Mayor Curry stated this is item that is addressed every year to bring the formal budget-for the year up to speed with all the authorized changes the Council,
has approved throughout the year. Motion to approve Resolution 2013-09 was made byJim Shankle and seconded by bill Burnett. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to pay the bilis from the General Fund, Street Fund, Act 988 Fund
and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. Bill Burnett made a motion to pay the
bills arid Jim Shankle seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen.  All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 6:38 pm.

 

Johnson City Council
Special Meeting
December 20, 2013


Councilmen Attended: Bob Fant, Richard McMullen, Dan Cross, Bill
Burnett
Mayor Curry called meeting to order at 11:33 am.
***Resolution 2013-10 A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE
WILLINGNESS OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON TO COOPERATE
WITH THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE TO APPLY FOR STPA
FUNDING TO BEGIN ENVIRONMENTAL AND INITIAL
DESIGN WORK TO WIDEN AND EXTEND 56th STREET
FROM DON TYSON PARKWAY TO JOHNSON MILL
BOULEVARD
Mayor Curry explained the 56th St. project to the council. He stated if we
agree with this, at this time we are only committing to $16,000.00.
Discussion was had.
Bob Fant made a motion to accept Resolution 2013-10. Richard McMullen
seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Bob Fant made a motion to adjourn. Dan Cross seconded the motion.
Motion passed.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 13:02

November 12, 2013

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
November 12, 2013


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:01 pm.
Present were Aldermen Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fant and Jim Shankle. Also
present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon
Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Maintenance Superintendent Gerry Russell and Building
Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. Alderman Richard McMulIen was absent.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the October 8, 2013 council meeting.
Richard McMulIen made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Dan
Cross. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 42 new cases were opened and 40 closed; criminal activity
cases year to date are 430, total for last year 341. Chief Sisemore said the department has been
busier than ever; they have answered 1,519 call year to date with last year's total only being 1,371
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 26 calls for service, mostly EMS. Mayor Curry stated they
have been working on issues with the fire truck that the City will pay for. Mayor Curry stated he has
asked the department to price new tires needed for the truck so they can be included in next year's
budget.
Maintenance Superintendent Gerry Russell stated the his department has been doing a lot of
building and equipment maintenance around City Hall, worked on clearing the trail head and worked
on building the new kennels.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated 3 building permits and 18 mechanical
permits were issued. He has been doing vehicle maintenance for the PD and Street departments and
handling code violations and animal complaints. Wilson stated he has attended an HVAC training
meeting in Siloam Springs and Planning Commission training class in Ft. Smith.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Alien stated the Budget and Finance Committee met after council in
October to discuss the preliminary budget and salaries. After some questions were answered by
Chief Sisemore the committee met again and the Preliminary budget for 2014 is included in your
packet and will be discussed later in the meeting. Allen stated Property tax received this month
totaled $138,738.46 ($124,989.76 general and $13,748.70 street). Allen stated the payoff amount for
the wall financing loan is $20,636.47 and requested council approval to add $15,636.47 to the $5,000.00
monthly payment to pay this loan off in full. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to pay off the wall loan which
was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Bill Burnett. Al! approved. Allen stated health insurance rates will
remain the same for next 6 months (MHBF re-evaluates every 6 months), but the deductible is going up from
$1,200.00 to $2,000.00. Mayor Curry asked the council for a onetime pay increase for our employees of $175
like last year, but also asked the council to approve adding $400 to that to cover half the large deductible
increase. Mayor Curry stated $625 would net $577 to the employees, the $175 + $400. Bob Fant made a
motion to approve the onetime pay increase with a letter stipulating the assistance on the deductible was this
one time only and was seconded by Dan Cross. All approved. Allen stated $17,000.00 (budgeted) was
transferred to LOPFI to pay police retirement for December and January. Allen stated the city has spent
$20,911 of the $50,000.00 received for our General Improvement Project. The disbursement of the
remaining $29,089 is project specific and cannot be spent for anything other than proposed projects.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated there has been no movement in the lawsuit with the Bynums.
Wright stated there are more cases on appeal to the circuit court, probably because the judge is
sending people who don't pay to jail. Wright stated things have definitely picked up; last year we
held court once a month, this year it is twice a month and it is standing room only.
Mayor Curry thanked the visitors in the audience for attending and told them there would be a time
for any comments they wanted to make at the end of the meeting.
Mayor Curry stated he attended a NWA Regional Council trail strategy meeting; they discussed what
is working and what isn't to help the council come up with guidelines on how to proceed expanding
the trail system.
Mayor Curry asked Dan Cross for an update on the trail. Cross stated the Johnson part of the project
is complete and they hope to turn the trail over to the City at the next council meeting. Mayor Curry
stated they are working on digging out trees in the area being cleared for the trail head.
Mayor Curry stated AT&T did not bury their fiber optic lines deep enough and they are holding up
the Johnson Mill Boulevard project on the west end. Mayor Curry stated the light at 48th Street is
going to have to be dismantled and that intersection will become a 4 way stop.
Mayor Curry stated he received and signed off on plans for the traffic lights at the 1-540 interchange
agreeing the city would pay for the electricity and upkeep of the lights.
Mayor Curry stated he thought Representative Randy Alexander would be bringing grant money to
purchase a back hoe, but he brought a grant application instead. Mayor Curry applied for $40,000
instead of just $25,000 in hopes we can purchase a new one if the money comes through.
Mayor Curry reminded the council the Arkansas Municipal League Winter Conference is being held in
Rogers on January 29-31 and encouraged all council members to attend.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-10: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING DISTRICT
CLASSIFICATION AND BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY IDENTIFIED IN REZONING PETITION 2013-
05 OF WALTER ROBINSON APPROVED AUGUST 26, 2013 BY JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2013-10 by title only. Motion was made by Dan
Cross and seconded by Bill Burnett. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob
Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry
asked for a motion to approve the third reading by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and
seconded by Jim Shankle. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes;
Jim Shankle, yes.
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2013-06: A RESOLUTION APPOINTING FOUR MEMBERS TO THE
PLANNING COMMISSION FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FOR TERMS BEGINNING JANUARY
1, 2013 AND JANUARY I, 2014. Motion to approve Resolution 2013-06 was made by Bob Fant and
seconded by Jim Shankle. Dan Cross abstained, all others approved.
Mayor Curry presented the 2014 preliminary budget. Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated there
have been no significant changes from the 2013 budget. Allen stated this budget included a 10%
contingency to fund any increase in health insurance costs but since rates will remain the same, that
will be removed. Mayor Curry stated he met with Ozark Regional Transit today and they were asking
the city to contribute 20% of our % cent sales tax revenue to fund them. Mayor Curry asked for the
council's opinions about this and the $3,500 the city has paid in the past to ORT. After discussion, the
20% of the % cent sales tax was rejected and the $3,500 will be discussed again in December.
Mayor Curry adjourned the council meeting at 6:54 to go into Executive Session. The council meeting
was reconvened at 7:19 pm. Dan Cross stated the council is leaving the Building Official position as is.
There were some concerns voiced by citizens in the audience who live on Cardwell Street about
possible flooding in their area.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to pay the bills from the General Fund, Street Fund, Act 988 Fund
and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. Tom Bramlett made a motion to pay the
bills and Bob Fant seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Tom
Bramlett. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:27 pm.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 13:01

September 10, 2013

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
September 10, 2013


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fant and Jim
Shankle. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police
Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay
Wilson.
Mayor Curry stated he wanted to amend the agenda to add Ordinance 2013-09 for a third reading
under unfinished business and that Ordinance 2013-09 listed under new business should read
Ordinance 2013-10
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the August 13, 2013 council meeting. Bob
Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Dan Cross. All
approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 39 new cases were opened and 33 closed; there were 183
calls for service. Chief Sisemore stated the Tahoe approved by the council last month should arrive
by the end of this month.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 20 calls for service. The department is focusing on training
and education.
Mayor Curry gave the street report stating the guys have been doing a lot of mowing and clearing
culverts and general maintenance around town followingthe rains.
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated 10 building permits were issued. He has been doing
vehicle maintenance for the PD and Street departments and handling code violations and animal
complaints.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen congratulated Mayor Curry on his appointment to serve on the
Second Class City Advisory Council of the Arkansas Municipal League. Allen stated the Act 988 Fund
has reached a critical level; the monthly fleet payment of $2,834.53 cannot be made form this
account with the reduced level of no insurance fee income being received from the court. Allen
requested the council's consent to make the fleet payment from the General Fund until this fund can
be built back up to make the required payment. Mayor Curry stated he would like to see the 2014
General Fund budget set up to take over these payments allowing the Act 988 Fund to build up
enough to be able to purchase a car at a time with no financing. Bob Fant made a motion to approve
the fleet payment from the General Fund and Jim Shankle seconded. All approved. Allen stated
$16,073.06 was paid from the Street Fund to overlay the west end of Johnson Mill Boulevard. Allen
stated the city has spent $20,462 of the $50,000.00 received for our General Improvement Project.
The disbursement of the remaining $29,538 is project specific and cannot be spent for anything
other than proposed projects.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated the city has been sued by the mom of Autumn Bynum who owns
the house across the street regarding strips of property between the fence line of the park and the
right of way. Wright stated he has filed a motion to dismiss; the city maintains the fence line on the
west side of the park and right of way is right of way. Wright stated court is going well.
Mayor Curry recognized Dan Cross for a trail update. Cross stated Fayetteville put up a sign saying
the trail is open to Ball Street but the city does not own it yet; any liability is the contractors until we
take ownership in about 60 days. Cross stated they will create a punch list with Boulder Construction
before the city takes possession. Cross stated construction on the final bridge is moving along and
should be done by the end of the year. Cross stated the project is potentially under budget enough
to be able to engineer the west side to Willow Creek Hospital and ARVEST Ball Park in concert with
Springdale. Cross stated they are waiting on legal deeds to start the driveway and parking lot for the
trailhead which needs to be dug out and back filled because they are in the flood way.
Mayor Curry stated the he plans to fill the Street Superintendent position by the October meeting.
Mayor Curry stated he met with the Springdale engineers regarding putting rip rap and grout in the
creek from Elmore down to where the creek drops to stop the tracks from washing out and causing
flooding; this is about a $55,000 project and it is believed the rail road will pay a portion. After
discussion, the council came the consensus that Mayor Curry should offer to pay 25% of the cost up
to $15,000.00.
Mayor Curry stated the survey on the trailhead property is completed.
Mayor Curry stated in the course of widening the driveway on the PD side, it was determined the
small remaining rock wall on the west side need to come out to improve visibility and traffic flow.
Mayor Curry stated to maximize usage of the facilities in place, he would like the council's consent to
put the dog kennels inside the back of the shop where the concrete floor can be sanitized and doggie
doors can be put in to allow access to the out doors; estimated cost is about $3,000 and would come
from the building and equipment maintenance line item of the budget. Richard McMuflen made a
motion to approve the moving of the kennels and was seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.
Mayor Curry stated part of the grant money was going to be used to construct a wall by the grassy
area behind city hall by the church and add 7 parking spaces. Mayor Curry stated this should allow
the parking on Main Drive to be changed to parallel parking in keeping with our city code.
Mayor Curry invited everyone to a cookout to honor the Fire and Police Departments tomorrow in
commemoration of Patriots Day, tomorrow, 9/11. The luncheon will be at the Fire Department at
noon and is being hosted by Woodmen of the World.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-09: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING DISTRICT
CLASS1FICATION AND BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY IDENTIFIED IN REZON1NG PETITION NO.
2013-03. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2013-09 by title only. Motion was
made by Dan Cross and seconded by Jim Shankle. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes;
Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read
the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the third reading by title only.
Motion was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill
Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes.
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-10: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING DISTRICT
CLASSIFICATION AND BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY IDENTIFIED IN REZONING PETITION 2013-
05 OF WALTER ROBINSON APPROVED AUGUST 26, 2013 BY JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2013-10 by title only. Motion was made by Bob
Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes;
Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance
by title only. Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the first reading by title only. Motion was
made by Bob Fant and seconded by Jim Shankle. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes;
Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2013-04: A RESOLUTION TO PROVIDE FOR PERIODIC REVIEW
AND ELIMINATION OF COMMENTS TO CITY ELECTRONIC POSTINGS. Discussion ensued. Resolution
2013-04 died on the floor for lack of a motion.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to pay the bills from the Genera! Fund, Street Fund, Act 988 Fund
and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. Dan Cross made a motion to pay the bills
and Bob Fant seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Richard McMullen and seconded by
Bob Fant. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:10 pm.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:58

August 13, 2013

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
August 13, 2013


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:02 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Bob Fant and Jim Shankle. Also
present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon
Sisemore, Assist. Fire Chief Todd Witzigman and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson.
Alderman Tom Bramlett, Fire Chief Matt Mills and Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield were
absent.
Mayor Curry stated Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield suffered a stroke following surgery last
week and although he is paralyzed on the right side, he has shown improvement. Mayor Curry visited
him today and asked everyone to keep him in their prayers.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the July 9, 2013 council meeting. Richard
McMullen made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Bill Burnett. All
approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated there was flooding on Saturday, August 3 that shut down every
street in town from 7:00 to 11:30 am. Chief Sisemore stated there was also flooding on Thursday,
August 8 and people were rescued from Stacey and Roxanne Streets at 4:00 am. Chief Sisemore
stated that this morning there was flooding that shut down Elmore. Chief Sisemore thanked
everyone for their help and quick response times.
Chief Sisemore stated the department needs to replace a vehicle. He said that they have lost 3
engines that have been fixed and 1 is pending; Dodge is only going to fix 4 of the 5 cars that are only
2 years old. Chief Sisemore said the Dodge warranty goes by hours operated rather than mileage and
that is where the issue is. Chief Sisemore stated they would like to start replacing the chargers with
Chevy Tahoe 2WD Super 8's and purchase one now to see how it performs. Mayor Curry stated he
and the Chief have discussed this and would like to see the city buy a new car each year rather than
borrow money and buy them 5 at a time as has been done in the past. Bob Fant made a motion to
purchase the new Tahoe for $29,000.00 and was seconded by Dan Cross. Discussion ensued. Mayor
Curry asked for a vote on the motion to go ahead with the purchase and all approved.
Chief Sisemore stated that in May, State Senator Jon Woods got a $37,000.00 grant to purchase new
video equipment for the patrol cars. Chief Sisemore stated that case files for the year are trending up
with 29 new cases opened and 24 closed; there were 156 calls for service.
Assistant Fire Chief Todd Witzigman stated there were 24 calls for service. The department is
focusing on training and education.
Mayor Curry gave the street report stating he and Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield met with
everyone involved regarding the road. It was agreed that the Elmore Street bridge needs to be built
ASAP and the creek needs to be straightened out. Mayor Curry stated they will close the road to get
it done, but he'd rather get 20 calls asking about the road being closed than getting one call asking
why someone's house flooded. Mayor Curry stated the parking lot is done and waiting for paving;
APAC was the lowest bid at $2,800.00. Mayor Curry stated rip rap and grout were added at the old
Cardwell bridge site. Mayor Curry stated Randy applied for a Greening of Arkansas grant to get
$1,500 for flowers and trees to plant in the city.
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated 3 building permits were issued. He has been doing vehicle
maintenance for the PD and Street departments and handled 14 animal complaints.
John Taylor from the Economic Development Committee stated the Johnston property may be
developed as they are actively recruiting rather than just trying to sell lots.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen thanked Jacqueline Brookshire for taking minutes in July. Allen
stated each Alderman should have received a copy of the report from Joint Legislative Audit showing
a clean audit for 2012. Allen stated procedures require the audit be discussed in open council and
she would be glad to answer any questions. Bob Fant stated he was pleased with the audit results
that have been received the last 3 years and understands better all that goes into making that
happen. Allen stated the SITT money (premium tax distribution) was received and applied to our
LOPFI account in July. The amount received was lower than expected at $31,885.26. Allen stated the
LOPFI payment is roughly $8,100 per month so the city will need to transfer about $12,000 more
than budgeted to the LOPFI account to meet this obligation. Allen stated the city has spent $16,654
of the $50,000.00 received for our General Improvement Project. The disbursement of the remaining
$33,346 is project specific and cannot be spent for anything other than proposed projects.
City Attorney Danny Wright asked the council to please read over Resolution 2013-04 and give him
feedback before it is voted on. Wright stated the last 2 court dates the building was bulging at the
seams and there will be 2 circuit court appeals coming up.
Mayor Curry recognized Dan Cross for a trail update. Cross stated the project is on time and on
budget and should be complete in about 90 days.
Mayor Curry stated the land being donated by Walt Robinson needs to be surveyed.
Mayor Curry stated he was very pleased with the turnout at Municipal League Summer Conference.
Mayor Curry stated the city paid for dumpsters for the flood victims to assist with cleanup.
Mayor Curry stated the Johnson Mill Boulevard project has been progressing - he had a meeting with
the engineers about the big wall needed to across from the mill. It is cheaper to put in 5 lanes than
to build the wall so Mayor Curry okayed this change.
Mayor Curry stated plans have been received for an upgrade to exit 69 interchange with 1-540;
scheduled to be let out for bid in October. Mayor Curry stated it would include turn lanes and traffic
lights at the exit both ways.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the city received the first month of turn back that includes
the %. cent sales tax increase, about $2,300.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-09: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING DISTRICT
CLASSIFICATION AND BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY IDENTIFIED IN REZONING PETITION NO.
2013-03. City Attorney Danny Wright stated we haven't gotten official word from Fayetteville that
they approve of this rezoning which is needed because it touches their border. He recommended
that this third reading be tabled until next month's meeting. Motion to table was made by Bob Fant
and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.
New Business: none
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to pay the bills from the General Fund, Street Fund, Act 988 Fund
and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. Richard McMullen made a motion to pay
the bills and Jim Shankle seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross.
All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:10 pm.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:57

June 11, 2013

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
June 11, 2013


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:01 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fant and Jirn
Shankle. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police
Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield and
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the May 14, 2013 council meeting. Dan
Cross made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Richard McMullen. All
approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore introduced Officer Justin Belew and Officer Clinton Luond to the
council. Chief Sisemore stated 32 new cases were opened, 27 closed and there were 141 calls for
service.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 21 calls for service, mostly EMS. The department is focusing
on training and education. Keeping the guys well hydrated - especially important in the heat.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the cost of Bryan Street overlay was $9,930 and the
parking lot was $3,250. The job was done by APACwho was the cheapest and got it.done before the
festival day. Birchfield stated the west end of Johnson Mill Boulevard between New hope and the
city limits was in really rough shape and he had 2 bids to have it milled, a leveling coat done and
overlaid - $15,933.75 APAC and $15,644.54 DECCO. Mayor Curry stated that they would like the
council's permission to pave this section to meet up with the new paving done by Springdale from
the city limits out to HWY 112. Mayor Curry asked the council, with the remainder of the $30,000
approved last month, to approve having APAC do the job as they can do it quicker and maybe will
take the one lane bridge out for nothing. Bob Fant made a motion to waive competitive bidding and
hire APAC and was seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated he had attended a building official meeting in Lowell and
is now certified on the new3M products. He has been keeping up with vehicle maintenance for the
PD and Street departments and handled 12 animal complaints.
John Taylor from the Economic Development Committee stated he was told by Flake and Kelley
there is a new business going in by the Marriot, but they wouldn't say what it was. Taylor stated the
property out there is much more expensive than other comparative areas, making it hard to drum up
interest by developers.
The Budget and Finance Committee met to discuss possible future line item adjustments to the
budget due to higher than anticipated legal fees and the Act 988 account not generating enough
income to pay the fleet payment. The fleet payment may have to come out of the General Fund by
fall. First Security Bank was authorized for purchase of $25,000.00 CD approved by council last
month.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated an invoice received from the City of Springdale for $70,363.07 was paid towards the light on Johnson Mill Boulevard. $70,000.00 was transferred to the
Street fund to pay this invoice. New balance of $105,000.00 reserve is reflected on her report. Allen stated the fire truck has been paid off! The city has spent $11,095 of the $50,000.00 received for our
General Improvement Project. The disbursement of the remaining $38,905 is project specific and
cannot be spent for anything other than proposed projects. Allen stated she will be attending the
ARML Summer Conference in Hot Springs June 19 -21, 2013.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated he dealt with Mr. Hoskins and the other property owners to get
the legal descriptions for the parcels being rezoned up in the PUD area. Wright stated the county has
been carrying on about the cost of the animal shelter and to watch fora future request for an
increase in financial report. Wright stated he was pleased so many aldermen were attending the
ARML Summer Conference.
Mayor Curry recognized Dan Cross for a trail update. Cross stated Walt Robinson is interested in
donating 3.5 acres of property for a trail head and park south of Joyce across Wilkerson from Yvonne.
The tentative plan is to have a gravel road entranceway and parking lot and look for grants in the
future to improve and pave it. Cross stated there were many details to be considered and asked the
council if the trail committee should proceed with the process. The council was favorable towards
proceeding with this opportunity. Cross stated the JCCTC was looking at doing a soft opening of the
trail since people were already using it.
Mayor Curry stated the Johnson Mill Boulevard project has been progressing - paving has started to
keep the guys busy while the utility work is completed. SWEPCO is finally moving the lines which are
crucial because old poles are in the new roadway.
Mayor Curry stated the Johnson Festival Day went really well. Everyone seemed to have a great time
with all the activities. There will be a Festival Committee meeting July 15 at 6:30 to discuss the event
and start planning for next year.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-03 AN ORDINANCE APPROVING AN INTERLOCAL
AGREEMENT FOR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INCIDENT RESPONSE SERVICES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY
(AGREEMENT) BETWEEN WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS (COUNTY) AND THE CITIES IN
WASHINGTON COUNTY (CITIES). Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read the ordinance by title only.
Tom Bramlett made a motion to read the ordinance by title only and was seconded by Dan Cross.
Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Bob Fant, yes; Jim
Shankle, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a
motion to approve the third reading which was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Tom Bramlett.
Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Jim Shankle, yes.
ORDINANCE 2013-03 was approved.
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-08: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AND ENACTING A NEW
MUNICIPAL CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, ESTABLISHING THE SAME;
PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF CERTAIN ORDINANCES NOT INCLUDED THEREIN, EXCEPT AS HEREIN
EXPRESSLY PROVIDED; PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF SUCH CODE AND A PENALTY FOR
THE VIOLATION THEREOF; PROVIDING FOR THE MANNER OF AMENDING SUCH CODE; PROVIDING
FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST AND FOR
OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read the ordinance by title only. Bill Burnett
made a motion to read the ordinance by title only and waive the second and third readings and was
seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom
Bramlett; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title
only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the first reading by title only and waive the second
and third readings which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard
McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. City
Attorney Danny Wright read the emergency clause. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the
emergency clause which was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard
McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes.
ORDINANCE 2013-08 was approved and goes into effect immediately.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-09: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING DISTRICT
CLASSIFICATION AND BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY IDENTIFIED IN REZON1NG PETITION NO.
2013-03. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read the ordinance by title only. Richard McMullen
made a motion to read the ordinance by title only and was seconded by Bill Burnett. Roll call: Richard
McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. City
Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve
the first reading which was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call:
Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Jim Shankle, yes.
Mayor Curry opened discussion on the City Attorney Agreement. The issue came to light as an
agreement to change the City Attorney's contract with the city from a two year to a four year
agreement to match the new Alderman's term was presented by City Attorney Wright. Mayor Curry
was concerned about the definition of the word "normal" used in the agreement and noted that the
legal billing has been trending up since City Attorney Wright moved into his own office in May 2012.
Mayor Curry also noted that fines and court costs received by the city have declined since the city
changed to a district court in January 2012. City Attorney Wright stated there were 2 kinds of work
he does for the city - city work and prosecuting attorney work. Wright stated that issues that are out
of the ordinary (not "normal") were billed to the city at an hourly rate above and beyond his salary.
Wright stated bills have gone up because he had made corrections in his billing system and he had
been doing more work beyond the "normal". Discussion was had about the differing definitions of
"normal" and the effect a change or perceived change in this definition makes to how the city is
billed. The consensus of the council was to have City Attorney Wright bill in a way that Mayor Curry is
comfortable with and to be open to questions defining what each bill is for. It was agreed to give it
until the end of the year to see if this can be worked out in a way that is amenable to both the Mayor and the City Attorney.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to pay the bills from the General Fund, Street Fund, Act 988 Fund,
Warrant Service Fund and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. Bob Fant made a
motion to pay the bills and Tom Bramlett seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Dan
Cross. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 8:05 pm.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:54

May 14, 2013

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
May 14, 2013


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Tom Bramlett and Jim Shankle.
Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief
Vernon Sisemore, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield and Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson.
Alderman Bob Fant and Fire Chief Matt Mills were absent.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the April 9, 2013 council meeting. Bill
Burnett made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Dan Cross. All
approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 26 new cases were opened, 14 closed. Chief Sisemore stated
there were 161 calls for service.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated Mark Eaton & Gerry Russell took a block laying class
and the parking lot wall looks great.
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated he received a grant from the Washington County Animal
League which enabled him to get bite proof gloves, a tranquilizer gun with darts, 2 kennels for the
truck and stainless steel bowls. Wilson stated he picked out what he needed and they paid for it.
There were no committee meetings.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the MHBF rate will stay the same for the second half of the
year. Allen stated May Property Tax received was $80,269.68, an 18% decrease compared to the May
payment received last year. Allen stated she and Mayor Curry would like the council to consider
using some of our available balance to pay off the fire truck loan for $37,120.05 and to put
$25,000.00 in to a CD to rebuild our contingency funds. Allen also requested combining the
$3,769.67 fire truck payment with the $1,415.00 for the loan on the wall and pay $5,000.00 towards
getting that loan paid off early also. A motion to approve the pay off of the fire truck loan, purchase
of a CD and increasing payment on the wall loan to $5,000.00 was made by Dan Cross and seconded
by Tom Bramlett. All approved. Allen stated the $1,200.00 annual fee for the administration of and
tax preparation fees for the 401(k) plan was paid with forfeiture funds held by the 401(k). Allen
stated the city has spent $10,381 of the $50,000.00 received for our General Improvement Project.
The disbursement of the remaining $39,619 is project specific and cannot be spent for anything
other than proposed projects. Allen stated there is 1 room left for the summer Municipal League
meeting June 19 -21 at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs and to let her know ASAP if anyone else
was interested in attending.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated the 2 cases that had been appealed to circuit court have been
closed out - one came to an agreement and the other was tried and convicted.
Mayor Curry recognized Dan Cross for a trail update. Cross stated the two bridges were installed last
week and Mayor Curry stated there are pictures on the website.
Mayor Curry stated the Johnson Mill Boulevard project has been going well, but is currently held up
by the utilities on the west end.
Mayor Curry stated Bryan Street is in horrible shaped and there is currently $36,000 available in the
street fund. Mayor Curry stated the last estimate received on the project is $24,000 and asked for
the council's approval to get 3 bids and get the project done if it is less than $30,000. Discussion was
had. City Attorney Danny Wright stated if the project cost over $20,000, by state law it required
engineering. Dan Cross made a motion to approve the project of engineering and overlay of Bryan
Street not to exceed $30,000 and was seconded by Jim Shankle. All approved.
Mayor Curry stated he would be in Little Rock Wednesday and Thursday for the Arkansas
Transportation Planning Conference. Mayor Curry stated the code books were ready and he would
pick them up while he was there.
Mayor Curry stated the Johnson Festival Day will be Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 9:00 - 3:00 starting
with the fire department having a pancake breakfast. Mayor Curry encouraged everyone to attend.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-03 AN ORDINANCE APPROVING AN INTERLOCAL
AGREEMENT FOR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INCIDENT RESPONSE SERVICES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY
(AGREEMENT) BETWEEN WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS (COUNTY) AND THE CITIES IN
WASHINGTON COUNTY (CITIES). Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read the ordinance by title only.
Richard McMullen made a motion to read the ordinance by title only and was seconded by Dan
Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Jim Shankle,
yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to
approve the second reading which was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Richard McMullen.
Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Jim Shankle, yes.
New Business: none
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to pay the bills from the General Fund, Street Fund, Act 988 Fund/
Warrant Service Fund and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. Tom Bramlett
made a motion to pay the bills and Jim Shankle seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Tom
Bramlett. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 6:38 pm.