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Thursday, 15 October 2015 13:17

September 9, 2014

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
September 9, 2014


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 Melissa Posinski. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City
Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman,
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson and Maintenance Superintendent
Gerry Russell.
Mayor Curry stated there was a Codification of Ordinances book available for each
Alderman.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the August 12, 2014 council
meeting. Richard McMullen made a motion to approve the minutes and was seconded
by Dan Cross. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 45 new cases were opened and 41 closed.
Chief Sisemore stated the officers received 192 hours of training. Chief Sisemore said
officer David Allen will received his 10 week evaluation this week and officer Bryen Hill,
who has been off since April because of an injury, has used all his workers comp
benefits, vacation and sick time and his last day with the city was August 31, 2014.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 23 calls for service. The new pagers are in
operation and the department is now being dispatched through Central EMS. Chief
Mills sated the department has received a grant from the Tyson Foundation for $92,000
to purchase 30 new sets of bunker gear. They are putting up a banner thanking Tyson
and there will be a "big check photo op" ceremony when the equipment comes in.
Maintenance Superintendent Gerry Russell stated they have posted new signage and
taken down the old with the opening of Johnson Mill Blvd. Mowing and city
maintenance continues. Russell said at the pre-construction meeting for the State Aid
for Streets project they were told it should start on October 10, 2014. Russell stated his
crew worked hard after hours to remove a tree which fell in a wind storm and blocked
Wilkerson just north of the intersection with Joyce. He thanked the Fire and Police
Departments for their unified effort to get the road open as quickly as possible.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 10 new building
permits and 7 new houses. Wilson said the state inspector has been here to enforce
proper signage & permit posting by sub-contractors. Wilson attended a 2 day plumbing
class in Lonoke.
Richard McMullen spoke for the personnel committee. The annual audit showed a
problem with the documentation of comp time and compensation for such. The
committee has been reviewing the city employee handbook & police SOP and would
like to bring the two together to be in compliance with FLSA and state guidelines. Our
meetings and review have resulted in 2 requests of the council: The Personnel
Committee recommends moving away from comp time altogether and requests
authorization to start using/paying for overtime directly effective January 1, 2015.
The Personnel Committee also requests authorization for the Recorder/Treasurer to
pay off accrued comp time in November, estimated cost of $31,000, in preparation for
moving to a new overtime format which is still being worked out. Mayor Curry asked
for a motion to approve these requests which was made by Tom Bramlett and
seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved. Secondly, the committee requests approval
to continue moving forward with a plan to review and update the personnel policies of
the city and to create and implement a plan to switch to overtime compensation.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve these requests which was made by Bob
Fant and seconded by Tom Bramlett. All approved.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated September Turn back has been received but
Sales tax and Property taxes have not. Allen stated there are 2 contested races in the
fall election. Mayor Buddy Curry is running for re-election against Chris Keeney, and
Henry Layes and Hunter Haynes are vying for Ward 3, Position 2. Election day is
Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated there continue to be very heavy court dates. As of
January 1, 2015, we are moving to 3 court dates- 1st & 3rd Mondays for arraignments
only and the 3rd Wednesday for trials only. He said he has not seen it yet but has heard
that the final trail easement has been secured. Wright stated that Fayetteville Code 119
has some disturbing language regarding contracts between cities.
Mayor Curry asked Danny Wright to read the Mayor's Proclamation declaring Friday,
Octobers, 2014 as "Go Pink for the Cure Day in the City of Johnson in support of
breast cancer awareness month.
Mayor Curry stated he had attended the trail head bid opening and only 1 bid was
received for $150,000 and rejected. He said the grant was still available for now and he
wanted to keep the $30,000 put aside in place and will contact the Walton Foundation
for possible help.
Mayor Curry stated there would be lunch served at the Fire Department tomorrow,
September 10, 2014 to honor the Police and Fire departments sponsored by Woodmen
of the World in remembrance of 9/11 and everyone was invited.
Mayor Curry stated after 10 years, Johnson Mill Boulevard is now open! Mayor curry
thanked Alderman Bob Fant for his help getting the project moving and completed.
Mayor Curry stated at pre-construction meeting for. the State Aid for Streets paving
project he was told because our project came in under budget that the state engineer
has authorization to expand projects and they are looking at working on South Hewitt
Street also. Also, while Time Striping is doing their part of the project west of the
interchange, for 21 cents per foot they will continue the professional striping further
west - estimated cost of about $150 to unify and beautify that stretch of road.
Mayor Curry stated that former Mayor Richard Long passed away peacefully in his sleep
last week and the memorial service was held Saturday, September 6, 2014.
Unfinished Business:
none
New Business:
Joel Gardner, Executive Director of Ozark Regional Transit said the numbers of riders in
Johnson is up and they are working a plan to go west to service the hotels and hospital.
Mayor Curry Thanked him for the service they are providing.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2014-07: A RESOLUTION LEVYING A TAX ON THE
REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FOR THE
YEAR 2014, FIXING THE RATE THEREOF AT 5.0 MILLS AND CERTIFYING THE SAME TO THE COUNTY CLERK OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS. Motion to approve the
resolution was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2014-08; A RESOLUTION AGREEING TO THE
CHANGE IN ZONING FROM C-2 TO C-3 FOR PROPERTY LOCATED IN FAYETTEVILLETHAT
ADJOINS PARCELS IN JOHNSON, City Attorney Danny Wright stated this was a
technicality as Fayetteville can change the zoning without our approval, but it is a
means of letting us know what is happening. A representative of the developer was on
hand to answer questions. Dan Cross made a motion to approve the resolution and Bob
Fant seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry opened discussion of purchasing a new police vehicle. Chief Sisemore
stated they had received 2 bids for Chevy Tahoes, the one presented is lower than the
state bid. Mayor Curry stated he would like to pay off the fleet loan first and look at a
possible trade-in so there is not as much equipment to purchase. Discussion was had.
Dan Cross made a motion to pay off the fleet loan and was seconded by Bob Fant.
Richard McMullen made a motion to approve the purchase of a newTahoe with
$26,000 from the General Fund and $18,000 from the Act 988 fund and to authorize
the Mayor and Chief to negotiate a trade in if it is in the best interest of the city. Dan
Cross seconded and all approved.
Mayor Curry asked fora 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 Dan Cross 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 7:17 pm.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 13:16

August 12, 2014

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
August 12, 2014


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:02 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Bob Fant and
Melissa Posinski. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney
Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman, Building
Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson and Maintenance Superintendent Gerry
Russell. Alderman Tom Bramlett was absent.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the July 8, 2014 council
meeting. Richard McMullen made a motion to approve the minutes and was seconded
by Dan Cross. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the July 15, 2014 special
council meeting. Richard McMullen made a motion to approve the minutes and was
seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 42 new cases were opened and 36 closed.
Chief Sisemore stated the officer who resigned to go work for Wal-Mart in security
came back. Officer Bryen Hill, who has been off since April because of an injury, has
used all his workers comp benefits, vacation and sick time and will leave the force at the
end of the month.
Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman stated there were 18 calls for service, mostly EMS. The
new pagers which operate on the correct frequency for the county dispatch system are
in. Witzigman said there have been some technical difficulties but they should complete
the switch over this week.
Maintenance Superintendent Gerry Russell stated they have been mowing and
trimming which is a constant this time of year. They are also working on site
preparation for the new shop building. Russell stated he would like to trade in the
tanker truck given to the department by the JAVFD for a Ford F800. The truck will allow
more versatility for the department in bad weather and be much more functional. They
have worked out a deal to get a $9,000 trade in and pay $12,200.00 which is in the
budget. Mayor Curry asked for the council for a motion to waive bidding and approve
the trade in of the tanker and pay $12,200 for the Ford FSOO. Motion was made by Dan
Cross and seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 3 new building
permits, 16 mechanical permits and 43 inspections. Wilson stated he continues to do a
lot of maintenance on vehicles and attended an Energy Efficiency luncheon put on by
SWEPCO and Source Gas.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated August property tax and state turn back have
been received. Allen was pleased to announce the 2013 Legislative Audit Report has
been received and for the 4th year in a row we have a clean audit with no findings!!
Allen stated the annual Premium Tax distribution (previously called SITT funding) of
$36,143.26 was received by LOPFI in July and credited to our account. This money will
cover approximately 4 months of the retirement expense paid by the city to the benefit
of our police officers each year. Allen said election packets are available for the fall
election and filing ends 8/15/2014 at noon.
City Attorney Danny Wright said he received the final order removing the City from the
Bynum lawsuit. Wright stated on August 6* the court had the largest docket in 10 years
so they are looking at moving to 3 court dates - 2 for arraignments and 1 for trials only.
Mayor Curry said he had to give kudos to the Street Department for the great job they
did after the last storm. As a courtesy to our residents, any one who calls in about limb
removal is being instructed to pull it out to the curb and the city will take it to our burn
pile.
Mayor Curry stated only one property owner was interested in participating in the
Economic Development Plan that was presented and he recommended the city not
participate. The council agreed and no further action was needed.
Mayor Curry stated Johnson Mill Boulevard should be ready for traffic by the end of the
week. It is nearing completion and looks really nice.
Mayor Curry stated they are making progress on the interchange, still working on
providing power.
Mayor Curry stated he had hoped to have numbers for the trail head project tonight
but it is not quite ready for bids. They should be done by September council meeting.
An Eagle Scout has taken on the rain garden portion of the project and the city is
contributing the last of the remaining blocks for the retaining wall needed. Mark Eaton
is excellent at laying the blocks and will help and direct the scouts. The committee is
looking at a $1,000.00 grant to put in a water fountain designed to fill water bottles and
provide for watering the rain garden until it is established.
Mayor Curry stated the bids are in on the State Aid for Streets paving project and the
$50,000.00 set aside by the city will not be needed for this project. This frees up that
money for other uses.
Unfinished Business:
none
New Business:
Mayor Curry stated he has been approached by APAC about repairing McGuire Street
from Jupiter (old Van Asche) north and opened the issue for discussion. The street was
not maintained by the city during or after the land to the south of Jupiter was taken by
Fayetteville. Mayor Curry said the first bid from APAC was for approximately
$66,000.00, but after discussion about tight city finances, Johns Wiles of APAC came
back with a bid of $60,007.68 which is a significant contribution on their part as there is
no profit. Mayor Curry said he approached the businesses along the street and the old
Fibre Source now Smurfit Kappa pledged $3,333.00 and Joe Maynard has not given a
full confirmation. The plan is to do patching and repairing on the street and add a new
4" base for the east lane before overlaying the whole thing with 2" of pavement. Mayor
Curry stated he would like to transfer $25,000.00 of the $50,000.00 no longer needed
for the State Aid for Streets paving project to the Street Fund and use monies available
in that fund to make up the difference. Dan Cross made a motion to waive bids and
approve moving $25,000.00 to the Street Fund to repair McGuire Street and was
seconded by Bob Fant. Discussion was had. Mayor Curry called for a vote on the motion
on the floor and 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 Dan Cross 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 6:40 pm.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 13:14

July 8, 2014

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
July 8, 2014


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Bob Fant 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 Tom Bramlett arrived late.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the June 10, 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 41 new cases were opened and 36 closed with
2 pending. Chief Sisemore stated Officer Richard Duncan resigned to go work for Wal-
Mart in security.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 27 calls for service, mostly EMS. Chief Mills
stated he met with the Springdale Fire Department who after 32 years are in the
process of removing themselves from the rural dispatch and ambulance service which
raises a conundrum for JAVFD. In order to be dispatched through Central EMS, they
need to purchase 30 new pagers for $499 each which operate on the correct frequency.
Chief Mills requested $30,000.00 to move ahead with the new dispatch system. Motion
to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.
Maintenance Superintendent Gerry Russell stated it is mowing season which keeps
them very busy and he worked hard on Festival preparations. Russell stated he has
been working with SWEPCO and Traffic Lighting Systems to get the stop lights on
Johnson Mill Boulevard ready to go. Mayor Curry stated the intersection at 48th Street
and Johnson Mill Blvd. should be striped and open with operating lights by Thursday.
Russell stated they are beginning wprk on the new shop building by clearing the area
and he also attended ARML meeting June 18-20, 2014 in Little Rock.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 2 new building
permits and 2 final inspections. Wilson stated he continues to do a lot of maintenance
on vehicles. Wilson stated he received his state electrical license and will go to school in
October for a 16 hour, 2 day class.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated June Property tax received is $11,326.77.
Exit interview with Legislative Audit was held on Monday 6/16/2014. The final report
will be available once it has been approved by the Legislative Audit Committee. Allen
attended ARML Summer Conference in Little Rock June 18-20, 2014. Allen stated
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. Filing begins
7/25/2014 and ends 8/15/2014 at noon.
City Attorney Danny Wright said he signed the consent decree to remove the City from
the Bynum case on July 6, 2014. Wright stated he also attended the summer conference
for his Continuing Legal Education. Wright said the first day was boring and the second
day was terrifying, but it was a good meeting. Wright said there are 3 appeals pending.
Wright asked that the city limits be marked on the trail for jurisdictional and liability
reasons.
Mayor Curry stated that we are waiting on the easement filing from the glass company
to complete the trail. Dan Cross stated all items with Fayetteville will be closed out
within 60 days. Mayor Curry stated Kim Hesse has determined that due to the waterline
placement, we need to proceed with plan B for the trailhead project. She has asked the
Illinois Watershed grant people for more money for core soil sampling and is waiting to
hear back on that. Discussion was held about using our "Welcome to Johnson" stencils
to mark the trail at the city limits and Richard McMullen made a motion to do so.
Motion was seconded by Bob Fant and all approved.
Mayor Curry stated the Johnson Mill Boulevard project is still moving along. He stated
there was work being done at Shady Oaks to remove the dip and Main Drive is being
dug out for the new road. APAC hopes to be paving it by the end of the week. Mayor
Curry said the cement work needs to be done before they can move traffic to the new
road but they hope to have that done by August 1.
Alderman Tom Bramlett arrived at 6:35.
Mayor Curry stated that Johnson Festival Day was a big success. Fire Chief Matt Mills
said they made $1,500.00 and flipped a lot of pancakes.
Mayor Curry stated all the Aldermen were at the Planning Commission meeting where
the Economic Development Plan was presented and asked for feedback. Discussion
ensued. It was determined that more information was needed and all of the property
owners in the area needed to be involved before a decision can be made.
Unfinished Business:
none
New Business:
TH
Joel Gardner of Ozark Regional Transit (ORT) passed out new maps for the routes that
run through Johnson. He said ridership is up on all services they provide: fixed routes,
on demand and para-transport.
Mayor Curry stated an Eagle Scout has volunteered to build the rain garden at the
trailhead and will get his troop to help.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2014-04: A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE
WILLINGNESS OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON TO UTILIZE FEDERAL-AID MONIES FOR THE 56
STREET WIDENING AND EXTENSION PROJECT. City Attorney Danny Wright stated the
wording has been revised to make the state happy. Bob Fant made a motion to approve
this resolution and Richard McMullen seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2014-05 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE
MAYOR TO EXECUTE AND DELIVER AN AGREEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE
CITIES OF SPRINGDALE AND JOHNSON AND THE ARKANSAS STATE HIGHWAY AND
TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT. City Attorney Danny Wright discussed the
indemnification language. Bob Fant made a motion to approve this resolution and Dan
Cross 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 Dan Cross 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 7:33 pm.

 

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
July 15, 2014


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 12:16 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross and Bob Fant. Also
present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen and City Attorney Danny Wright.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2014-06: A RESOLUTION AMENDING RESOLUTION
2007-03 AND NOMINATING AND CONFIRMING REPLACEMENT MEMBERS TO THE
JOHNSON PERSONNEL COMMITTEE. Motion to approve the resolution was made by
Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.
Mayor Curry stated that there now is a known cost to solve the technical difficulties
getting power to the stop lights at the 1-49 interchange. The cost for SWEPCO to provide
the power is $8,809.93, but they are unable to bore underneath Johnson Mill Boulevard
to get the power lines to the second junction box. Northwest Electrical can start on the
boring tomorrow and run the line to the other box for $4,800.00. Topic was discussed.
Bob Fant made a motion to approve $15,000.00 from the General Fund to secure the
power for the stop lights at the 1-49 interchange and Dan Cross 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 12:26 pm.

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.