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Michelle Horne

Michelle Horne

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:41

November 8, 2011

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
November 8, 2011


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Alderman Melissia Tomlinson, Bill Burnett, Bob Fant and Keith Allen. Also
present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief
Vernon Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield, and Building
Official Paul Sullins. Alderman Tom Bramlett was absent.
Mayor Curry stated there was 1 application turned in to fill the Ward 1 Position 2 spot on the
council. He introduced Dan Cross and Dan talked about his background and tenure on the
Planning Committee. Bob Fant made a motion to approve Cross' appointment to the council and
was seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes;
Keith Allen, yes. Cross was sworn in by Mayor Curry and took his place on the dais.
Mayor Curry asked to amend the agenda to remove Ordinance 2011-07 as it passed last month
and change Ordinance 2011-08 on the second page as it should be Ordinance 2011-09.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the October 11, 2011 council
meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Tom
Bramlett. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the Octobers, 2011 special council
meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by
Keith Allen. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 22 new cases were opened, 16 were closed. Chief
Sisemore stated the department participated in local PR events in the area. Chief Sisemore
stated one of the changes to becoming a district court is the court now accepts credit cards. He
stated they had taken in $3,700.00 since the program began and it was going well. Chief
Sisemore asked the council to consider contracting with a firm that goes after people out of our
area that have not paid their fines. The company takes 25% of what they collect and 75%
comes to the city. He will get more information and will come back with a resolution next month.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department had 15 calls for service. Chief Mills stated they had
done a fire drill with Cox Cable and also participated in the area PR events. The department will
be participating in "fill the boot for MDA" on 11/12/11 from 10:00am to 3:00 pm at Main and
Wilkerson.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the department has been getting caught up
clearing brush and doing regular maintenance.
Building Official Paul Sullins stated he has been helping the mayor and working on information
for the Planning Commission.
City Clerk Jennifer Allen stated property tax has been received ($119,363.49 general fund and
$13,131.25 street fund). Allen stated the format of her report has changed to give the council a
better picture of the financial status of the city today and what income and expenditures are
expected in the near future. Spending by all departments is being closely monitored.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated the court change over is going well and the new court time
will be on the third Wednesday of the month at 2:00 pm starting in January. Wright stated the
"as amended" part of Ordinance 2011-01 is in section 5 on the second page changing Roll Off
to Deffenbaugh. Wright stated he thought the last hold out on signing the easement for the trail
had signed, but found out there is still one more. Wright stated he had obtained some good
guideline books from the ARML for the council and encouraged them to attend the winter
conference in Little Rock in January.
Mayor Curry stated there have been some computer upgrades at city hall; the R/T office has a
new back up hard drive and the computers have been networked to use the main printer. Mayor
Curry stated he is looking to get the website up and going.
Mayor Curry stated he met with the Johnson Road people and has appointed Bob Fant to be in
charge of the project for the city. Mayor Curry stated Fant has met with the land owners and
most of the right-of-way has been secured.
Mayor Curry stated he would like city reserves to be over $1 million. He is looking for ways to
save money and would like to cut the street sweeper from $450.00 per month to an as needed
position.
Mayor Curry stated he knows Main Drive needs to be done but the money is just not available
right now. He would like to have the street department seal the cracks and get another year out
of it. The council agreed to wait on the project.
Mayor Curry invited everyone to attend the city Thanksgiving lunch of beans and cornbread and
fried potatoes on Tuesday, 11/22/2011 at noon.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2011-01 as amended: AN ORDINANCE REGULATING
COMMERCIAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL WITHIN THE CITY OF
JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, REQUIRING REGISTRATION OF HANDLERS OF COMMERCIAL
SOLID WASTE, ESTABLISHING A FEE FOR OVERSIGHT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to read ORDINANCE 2011-08 by title only. Motion was made
by Keith Allen and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes;
Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance
by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the second reading by title only. Motion
was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill
Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2011-08: AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING MINIMUM
BOND REQUIREMENTS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON,
ARKANSAS AND AMENDING THE CITY CODE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Curry
asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2011-08 by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant
and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross,
yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the second reading by title only. Motion was made
by Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes;
Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
New Business:
Mayor Curry stated the city had received an offer from the postal service to buyout the post
office lease. The offer was to pay 36 of the remaining 71 months of the lease at $450.00 per
month for a total of $16,200.00. Discussion was had about accepting the offer or making a
counter offer. Keith Allen made a motion to accept the offer and Dan Cross seconded. Bob Fant
and Melissia Tomlinson voted no with Dan Cross, Bob Fant and Keith Allen voting yes. Mayor
Curry voted yes to provide a majority and the motion passed.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2011-08: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING MAYOR
CURRY TO APPLY FOR A GRANT ON BEHALF OF THE JOHNSON COMMUNITY. City
Attorney Danny Wright read the resolution. Bob Fant made a motion to approve RESOLUTION
2011-08 and Keith Allen seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2011-09: A RESOLUTION APPROVING AN
AGREEMENT WITH AT&T ARKANSAS TO PROVIDE IP ENABLED VIDEO SERVICES TO
JOHNSON RESIDENTS AND USE OF PUBLIC R.O.W. WITHIN THE CITY, SPECIFYING
CONDITIONS REGULATING SAME AND PROVIDING FOR A FEE TO BE PAID TO THE
CITY. City Attorney Danny Wright stated this agreement included a 2% franchise fee to match
Cox and when these both came due again the fee could be increased. City Attorney Danny
Wright read the resolution. Bob Fant made a motion to approve RESOLUTION 2011-09 and
Dan Cross seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2011-10: A RESOLUTION REPLACING TWO
MEMBERS OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, AND
APPOINTING ONE MEMBER TO A TERM BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2012. Mayor Curry stated
this was to update the PC, replacing himself and Fred Barker who has resigned. City Attorney
Danny Wright read the resolution. Bob Fant made a motion to approve RESOLUTION 2011-10
and Bill Burnett seconded. All approved. John Ford will replace Mayor Curry and serve the
remainder of his term until 12/31/13 and Herb Rimel will replace Fred Barker until 12/31/11 and
then is approved for a term starting 1/1/2012 until 12/31/2015.
Mayor Curry adjourned the meeting to go into executive session to discuss the court clerk
position at 7:07 pm. The council meeting was reconvened at 7:27 pm. Bob Fant made a motion
to appoint Denny Upton to Court Clerk effective January 1, 2012 and was seconded by Keith
Allen. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2011-09: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE
PERSONNEL POLICY OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, APPLICABLE TO ALL
EMPLOYEES BY AMENDING THE RULES OF THE SICK LEAVE BANK; AND DECLARING
AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2011-09 by
title only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Melissia
Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, 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. Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Dan Cross. Mayor
Curry asked if there were any questions and there were none. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson,
yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. Mayor Curry asked for a
motion to suspend the rules and continue to the second reading by title only. Dan Cross made a
motion to suspend the rules and continue to the second reading by title only and was seconded
by Keith Allen. Roll call; Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant,
yes; Keith Allen, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry
asked for a motion to approve the second reading by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant
and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross,
yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to suspend the rules and
continue to the third reading by title only. Dan Cross made a motion to suspend the rules and
continue to the second reading by title only and was seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Melissia
Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, 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 Dan Cross and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll
call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
Mayor Curry asked City Attorney Danny Wright to read the emergency clause. City Attorney
Danny Wright read the emergency clause. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the
emergency clause. Keith Allen made a motion to approve the emergency clause and was
seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes;
Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. ORDINANCE 2011-09 was approved.
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 Keith Allen 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 7:30 PM.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:38

OCTOBER 2011

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
SPECIAL MEETING
MEETING MINUTES
OCTOBER 3, 2011


Interim Mayor Jennifer Allen called the meeting to order at 4:00 pm.
Present were Alderman Melissia Tomlinson, Bill Burnett, Buddy Curry, Tom Bramlett,
Bob Fant and Keith Allen. Also present were City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief
Vernon Sisemore, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield, Fire Chief Matt Mills,
Building Official Paul Sullins and Administrative Assistant Jacqueline Brookshier.
Jennifer Allen read letter of resignation from Mayor Lonnie Barron.
Bob Fant made a motion to accept resignation with deep sorrow and regret. Keith Allen
seconded the motion. All approved.
Danny Wright explained our options. Option #1: Have a special election or Option #2:
City Council can elect a Mayor at the October 11, 2011 City Council meeting.
Bob Fant made a motion to not have a special election but to elect through the council.
Discussion was had. Bill Burnett seconded the motion. Roll Call: Melissia Tomlinson,
yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; and Keith
Allen, yes. All approved.
Danny Wright also stated that a notice to the public needs to be done in case someone
else in the City is interested in the position. Also, Danny stated that any changes in the
Mayor's salary will need to be done before electing a Mayor. Otherwise, the current
salary stands until end of this term.
Buddy Curry made a motion to adjourn. Keith Allen seconded the motion. All approved
and the meeting was adjourned' at 4: 10 pm.

 

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
OCTOBER 11, 2011


RecorderlTreasurer Jennifer Allen called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Alderman Melissia Tomlinson, Bill Burnett, Buddy Curry, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fant and Keith
Allen. Also present were City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills,
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield, and Building Official Paul Sullins. Jacqueline Brookshier took
minutes during first portion of meeting.
RecorderlTreasurer Allen asked to amend the agenda to include Resolution 2011-06 regarding the Ad
Valorem Tax.
RecorderlTreasurer Allen opened the floor for discussion of the Mayor's salary. Discussion was had.
RecorderlTreasurer Allen asked for clarification of the transportation allowance. Bob Fant made a motion to
maintain the current salary of $52,088.00 per year for a full time Mayor plus $300.00 per month
transportation allowance and was seconded by Tom Bramlett. All approved.
City Attorney Danny Wright explained the process of the election. Jack Davis and Buddy Curry, the two
candidates, were given an opportunity to present themselves and their backgrounds. Melissia Tomlinson
made a motion to adjourn to executive session and was seconded by Tom Bramlett. All approved and the
Aldermen adjourned to executive session at 6:53 pm.
RecorderlTreasurer Allen reconvened the meeting at 7:28 pm. Keith Allen made a motion to elect Buddy
Curry to the position of Mayor of Johnson and Tom Bramlett seconded. Buddy Curry recused himself from
the vote. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen,
yes. Buddy Curry was elected to the position of Mayor of the City of Johnson and was duly sworn in by City
Judge Dianne Boyd.
Mayor Curry thanked RecorderlTreasurer Jennifer Allen for the great job she did filling in for Mayor Barron
in his absence. Mayor Curry stated RecorderlTreasurer Allen held things together during difficult times and
that he appreciated her hard work and commitment.
Mayor Curry took his place as chair of the meeting and RecorderlTreasurer Allen moved to her position to
complete the meeting minutes.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the September 13, 2011 council meeting. Bob
Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Tom Bramlett. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the October 3,2011 special council meeting.
Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Keith Allen. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 22 new cases were opened, 14 were closed, and 5 are pending. Chief
Sisemore stated the department participated in Home Depot Safety Day and has scheduled a
Neighborhood Watch program for the Saddlebrook POA on Oct. 16, 2011. Chief Sisemore encouraged
everyone to attend Trunk or Treat at the Shops at the Mill on Oct. 31, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department had 17 calls for service. Chief Mills stated Todd Witzigman
attended an 80 hour arson school. Chief Mills stated the ISO rating will move down to a 4 effective October
1, 2011, the same as Fayetteville.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the department has added much needed mulch to the city
park. Birchfield stated the repairs that need to be made to the Main Drive Bridge over the Little Sandy
Creek are less than originally thought; they can pack seal the crack as there is no damage to the beam.
Birchfield stated bids have been opened on the overlay of Main Drive, but discussion of the bids will be
postponed to next month to further evaluate the city's financial picture.
Building Official Paul Sullins stated his report gave an overview of what he has been doing.
City Clerk Jennifer Allen stated special expenses this month include $16,575.00 for equipment to complete
the city's portion of the Fire Department matching grant received last year. Allen stated she attended
Municipal Clerks Institute from September 18-23, 2011 in Fayetteville, sponsored by International Institute
of Municipal Clerks and the U of A. Allen stated she is working on professional certifications at the state and
national levels. Allen stated the department heads are being asked to hold the line on all spending as the
freeze is still in effect.
City Attomey Danny Wright stated the court is proceeding with the city to district court merger and is
working through issues as they arise. Wright stated he wanted the council to know there is a possibility of
an imminent domain lawsuit for the trail in the near future.
Mayor Curry thanked the council for their support, stating he has an open door policy and welcomes any
and all ideas and input.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented for the second reading ORDINANCE 2011·07: AN ORDINANCE APPROVING THE
FIRST AMENDMENT TO INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT FOR AMBULANCE SERVICES ("AGREEMENT")
BETWEEN WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS ("COUNTY") AND THE CITIES OF ELKINS,
FARMINGTON, FAYETTEVILLE, GOSHEN, GREENLAND, LINCOLN, PRAIRIE GROVE, WEST FORK,
WINSLOW AND JOHNSON ("CITIES"). Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2011-07 by
title only. Motion was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes;
Bill Burnett, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the
ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the second reading by title only. Motion
was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes;
Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to suspend the rules
and continue on to the third reading by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Keith
Allen. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen,
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 Keith Allen and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call:
Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. ORDINANCE
2011·07 was approved.
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2011·06: A RESOLUTION LEVYING A TAX ON THE REAL AND
PERSONAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FOR THE YEAR 2011, FIXING
THE RATE THEREOF AT 5.0 MILLS, AND CERTIFYING THE SAME TO THE COUNTY CLERK OF
WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS. City Attorney Danny Wright read the resolution. Tom Bramlett
made a motion to approve RESOLUTION 2011-06 and Keith Allen seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2011·08: AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING MINIMUM BOND
REQUIREMENTS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS AND AMENDING
THE CITY CODE, PROVIDING FOR THE EMERGENCY CLAUSE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor
Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2011-08 by title only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and
seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant,
yes; Keith Allen, 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. Motion was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Keith
Allen. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen,
yes.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2011·07: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN CITY
OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE CHECKS AND DRAFTS ON SPECIFIED ACCOUNTS OF THE CITY OF
JOHNSON AND THE JOHNSON POLICE DEPARTMENT. City Attorney Danny Wright read the resolution.
Keith Allen made a motion to approve RESOLUTION 2011-07 and Melissia Tomlinson seconded. All
approved.
Mayor Curry stated that with his move to the position of mayor, the Ward 1, Position 2 seat on the city
council is now open. Mayor Curry asked that any interested parties fill out an application and there would
be an election by council at the November City Council Meeting.
Mayor Curry stated that with his move to the position of mayor, he also must resign his position on the
Planning Commission. Bob Fant made a motion to accept this reSignation and was seconded by Keith
Allen. All approved.
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 Melissia Tomlinson seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Melissia
Tomlinson. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 PM.

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