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Michelle Horne

Michelle Horne

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:54

April 9, 2013

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
April 9, 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, Asst. Fire Chief Todd Witzigman, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield and
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. Fire Chief Matt Mills was absent.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minu :es of the March 12, 2013 council meeting. Bob
Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Richard McMullen. All
approved. 
Department Head Reports: 
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 18 new cases were opened, 10 closed. Chief Sisemore stated
there were 177 calls for service, a large increase from last month.
Asst. Fire Chief Todd Witzigman stated the department had a slow month -they received 18 calls for
service.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the front sidewalk is completed and will be backfilled
as weather permits; parking lot construction is going well. Birchfield thanked the fire department for
using the ladder truck to help them put up the new signs for Johnson Mill Boulevard.
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 2 new building permits issued, 3 inspections.
Wilson worked on fleet maintenance and animal control and is still studying for his ICC Residential
Inspector License.
There were no committee meetings.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the 2012 Audit was approved by the Joint Legislative Audit
Committee and an official copy will be mailed to the Aldermen shortly and for the 4th year in a row,
there were no findings and we have a clean audit!! Allen stated the city has spent $9,266 of the
$50,000.00 received for our General Improvement Project. The disbursement of the remaining
$40,734 is included below as it is project specific and cannot be spent for anything other than
proposed projects. Allen stated reservations have been made for 5 rooms for the summer Municipal
League meeting June 19 -21 at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs and if people are planning to attend
they need to let her know ASAP to get registered.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated the city has not been served in the current class action lawsuit
regarding a $10 credit due for wearing a seatbelt when cited for a moving violation. Wright stated
court is going well and having the public defender cases heard here is really helpful. Wright stated he
has started to unravel the PUD that was created along with the Tax Incremental Financing (TIF)
district and Municipal Property Owners Improvement District (MPOID) created at The Steps at
Joyce/Hendrix Heights area. Wright stated the TIF and the MPOID are all tangled up together and it is
going to take some work to get it all straightened out. Wright suggested the city hire attorney Jim
McCord to help in this process. Motion to hire Jim McCord was made by Bob Fant and seconded by
Dan Cross. All approved.
Mayor Curry stated he is working with Steve Hesse on 48th Street and the right of way for making it 3
lanes across the hill to McGuire.
Mayor Curry stated Friday, April 12, 2013 at noon the city is hosting a dedication ceremony for the
Betty Whittaker Court and Meeting Room with a lunch to follow and invited all those present to
attend.
Mayor Curry gave an update on the Johnson Mill Boulevard project stating the signs are up in town
and on 1-540. Mayor Curry stated he learned at a meeting last Thursday the plan is to move traffic to
the new road from Carley to 1-540 in late August.
Mayor Curry stated the Johnson Festival Day will be Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 9:00 - 3:00. Mayor
Curry stated the event is growing and is a great for children and families.
Unfinished Business: None
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-03 AN ORDINANCE APPROVING AN INTERLOCAL
AGREEMENT FOR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INCIDENT RESPONSE SERVICES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY
(AGREEMENT) BETWEEN WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS (COUNTY) AND THE CITIES IN
WASHINGTON COUNTY (CITIES). Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read the ordinance by title only.
Tom Bramlett made a motion to read the ordinance by title only and was seconded by Richard
McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Bob Fant,
yes; Jim Shankle, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry
asked for a motion to approve the first reading which was made by Richard McMullen and seconded
by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Bob
Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-04 AN ORDINANCE REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 75 OF THE
CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS WHICH ORDINANCE REQUIRED ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS OF
ALL SALARIED OR PAID EMPLOYEES OF THE JOHNSON POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND OTHER PURPOSES.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read the ordinance by title only. Bob Fant made a motion to read
the ordinance by title only and waive the second and third readings and was seconded by Tom
Bramlett. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Bob Fant,
yes; Jim Shankle, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry
asked for a motion to approve the first reading by title only and waive the second and third readings
which was made by Bob Fant and seconded byjim Shankle. Chief Sisemore stated that during his
tenure, officers have not been required to have annual physicals; a physical is required at the time of
hire and our insurance has an annual wellness benefit so those annual visits are available to the
officers at no cost to the city. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom
Bramlett; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. ORDINANCE 2013-04 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-05 AN ORDINANCE REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 46 OF THE
TOWN OF JOHNSON WHICH ORDINANCE REQUIRED A CITY WIDE ELECTION TO CONVEY OR
TRANSFER AN INTEREST IN REAL PROPERTY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Curry asked for a
motion to read the ordinance by title only. Tom Bramlett made a motion to read the ordinance by
title only and waive the second and third readings and was seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard
McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. City
Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve
the first reading by title only and waive the second and third readings which was made by Bob Fant
and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom
Bramlett; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. ORDINANCE 2013-05 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-06 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE JOHNSON NO KNOCK
ORDINANCE NO. 2012-05 ALSO KNOWN AS CHAPTER 4.50 OF TITLE 4 OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL
CODE. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read the ordinance by title only. Richard McMullen made a
motion to read the ordinance by title only and waive the second and third readings and was
seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom
Bramlett; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title
only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the first reading by title only and waive the second
and third readings which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard
McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes.
ORDINANCE 2013-06 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-07 AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE COLLECTION OF
WARRANT SERVICE FEES BY THE JOHNSON POLICE DEPARTMENT REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 2002-
10 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read the ordinance by title only.
Dan Cross made a motion to read the ordinance by title only and waive the second and third
readings and was seconded by Jim Shankle. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan
Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the
ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the first reading by title only and
waive the second and third readings which was made by Jim Shankle and seconded by Bob Fant.
Richard McMullen was concerned that the warrant charge was new and R/T Allen told him the
charge wasn't new, just the account to which the funds were to be deposited was changing. Roll call:
Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle,
yes. ORDINANCE 2013-07 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION NO 2013-03 A RESOLUTION AGREEING TO THE CHANGE IN
ZONING C-1TO P-l FOR PROPERTY LOCATED IN FAYETTEV1LLE THAT ADJOINS PARCELS IN JOHNSON.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the resolution which was made by Bob Fant and
Seconded by Tom Bramlett. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked fora 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. 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 Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross.
All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 6:37 pm.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:52

March 12, 2013

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
March 12, 2013


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, 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 Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield. Alderman Dan
Cross and Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson were absent.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the February 12, 2013 council meeting.
Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Richard McMullen.
All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 21 new cases were opened, 17 closed, 1 pending. Chief
Sisemore stated there were 128 calls for service. Chief Sisemore stated in December when Denny
Upton left, the council approved running the court with 2 full time employees and 1 part time
employee. Sisemore stated they would like to expand the part time court position back to full time as
there is more work this position can do. Sisemore stated it is more cost effective to have a clerk do
some of the paperwork officers are pulled off the streets to do. Net cost to the city will be an
increase to the budget of $13,527.00. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the full time position
effective the beginning of the next pay period and Jim Shankle seconded. All approved.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department received 17 calls for service. Chief Mills stated the
department has improved the ability to do reports at the scene of an incident with the purchase of
an IPad and software.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated Mark Eaton has been trained on the use of the traffic
counter. Birchfield stated the signs for Johnson Mill Boulevard are in and ready to go up on March
14th. Birchfield stated the insurance check finally arrived and the guardrail at the railroad crossing has
been replaced.
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson was out due to illness. His report showed 3 new building permits,
17 inspections. Wilson worked on fleet maintenance and animal control and is still studying for his
ICC Residential Inspector License.
There were no committee meetings.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the 2012 Audit was completed 3/5/2013 and for the 4th
year in a row, there were no findings and we have a clean audit. Allen stated the official copy will be
mailed once the report is approved by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. Allen stated the city has
spent $7,870 of the $50,000.00 received for our General Improvement Project. Allen stated a savings
line for Vacation/Sick leave payout for employees leaving the city's employment has been added to
this months report; basically a savings vehicle for future needs. Allen stated sales tax received was up
$10,000.00 from the same period last year and there is $15,000.00 more available this month than
last.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated the ARML has filed a motion to dismiss the current class action
lawsuit regarding a $10 credit due for wearing a seatbelt when cited for a moving violation. Wright
stated there will be a number of ordinances coming in the next few months to clean up and address
some really old stuff discovered by reviewing the codification book. Wright stated there has been a
change in the Hazmat program, mainly the name; cost is $.38 per capita. Wright stated the first
public defender cases were heard here last week and it saved a tremendous amount of time and
money to have it here and not Springdale. Wright stated next month we will start taking apart the
PUD that was created along with the Tax Incremental Financing (TIP) district and Municipal Property
Owners Improvement District (MPOID) in the same location. The plan has already been dissolved and
the rezoning can be resolved. The TIP and the MPOID are all tangled up together and it is going to
take some work to get it all straightened out. Discussion was had about current (possible/pending)
legislation in Little Rock.
Mayor Curry stated the new fence is done around the PD, the sidewalk will be poured tomorrow and
work has begun on the City Hall parking lot.
Mayor Curry stated he will email a file of ordinances to be reviewed to each alderman. That way they
can look over them at their leisure before the next meeting.
Mayor Curry stated progress is being made on Johnson Mill Blvd. project. The road name change will
be effective 3/14/2013 and the state highway department should be changing the signs on 1-540 this
week.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-02: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING VARIOUS CODES WHICH
REGULATE ALL CONSTRUCTION OF NEW BUILDINGS, AND ADDITIONS AND MODIFICATION OF
EXISTING BUILDINGS AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS. Mayor Curry asked for 3 motion to read the
ordinance by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call:
Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. City
Attorney Wright read the title. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve this third reading. Motion
to approve was made by Jirn Shankle and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill
Burnett, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. ORDINANCE 2013-02 was
approved.
New Business: None
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to pay the bills from the General Fund, Street Fund, Act 988 Fund,
Warrant Service Fund and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. Tom Bramlett
made a motion to pay the bills and Bob Fant 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 6:35 pm.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:50

December 11, 2012

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
December 11, 2012


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, and Bob Fant. Also
present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police
Chief Vernon Sisernore, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield,
and Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. Alderman Tom Bramlett was absent.
Chief Vernon Sisemore introduced the 2 new officers, Jerry Bowen and Richard Duncan.
Chief Sisemore stated they were both certified, experienced officers.
Mayor Curry introduced the 2 candidates for the open Alderman position vacated by
Keith Allen. Melissa Posinski and Jim Shankle both spoke to the council about why they
wanted the position and Mayor Curry adjourned the meeting to go into executive
session at 6:10 pm. Mayor Curry reconvened the meeting at 6:34 pm and asked for a
motion to appoint the new council member. Dan Cross made a motion to appoint Jim
Shankle and Bob Fant seconded. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan
Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. Bob Fant stated-it was a very difficult decision and asked
Posinski if she would serve on the Economic Development Committee. Mayor Curry
swore Shankle in and he took his place on the council.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the November 13, 2012
council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was
seconded by Dan Cross. Ail approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 21 new cases were opened, 15 closed. Chief
Sisemore stated there were no vehicle accidents this month, only the second time in 19
years that has happened.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department received 19 calls for service, 8 were EMS.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the street project is actually ahead of
schedule with the good weather we have had and the trail project is going well.
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 11 new building permits this
month. Wilson stated he has been studying for his ICC Residential Inspector License and
will take the test soon.
John Taylor stated the Econ Development Committee will meet the first of the year.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the Budget and Finance Committee met and
discussed the following line item changes to the budget: Gross wages PD reduced from
$515,810 to $505,679; Benefits reduced by $10,945; Cushion increased from $61,461 to
$72,406. Allen stated the city investigated changing medical insurance due to
Washington Regional being excluded from the network and the deductible going from
$500 to $1,200; closest bid was from QualChoice but the employees elected to stay
with MHBF. Allen stated she attended the IIMC Regional meeting in Rogers on 12/7/12.
Allen reminded the Aldermen that all candidates must file the Campaign Contribution
and Expenditure Report with the Washington County Clerk by 4:30 pm on December
31, 2012.
Mayor Curry read a resignation letter from Denny Upton as Court Clerk effective
immediately and asked for a motion to accept his resignation. Motion was made by Bob
Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved. Mayor Curry stated that we have known
this was a possibility for a while and a plan is in place to restructure the court. Mayor
Curry stated he would like to promote Rachel Duck to acting Court Clerk until the end of
the year. Dan Cross made a motion to appoint Duck and was seconded by Richard
McMullen. All approved. Mayor Curry stated he would meet with the new judge and he
would like to appoint Duck as Court Clerk at $18.00/hour/ keep Suzy Walker as a full
time deputy Court Clerk at $15.65/hour and hire a part-time person at $12.00/hour.
Bob Fant made a motion to approve this plan and Bill Burnett seconded. All approved.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated Ordinance 2012-11 needed to be postponed until
January or February to allow time to get it published. Wright stated there is new
ordinance passage procedure to expedite the process by reading the title and waiving
the reading second and third reading requirements. Wright encouraged the Aldermen
to attend the Municipal League Winter Conference in Little Rock.
Mayor Curry stated the Planning Commission revoked the preliminary plat for the PUD
up in the Hendricks Heights area. Mayor Curry stated the property owners have been
sent a letter stating the city intends to rezone the property to C-l, giving them 30 days
to respond. Mayor Curry stated that the property in question was not developed as
planned, and if it stays zoned PUD, no one can do anything with it.
Mayor Curry stated a letter was received last week from the state asking why a letter
had not been sent in for $50,000.00 general improvement funding approved by the
state. In reviewing what needs to be done the projects chosen were to expand the City
Hall parking lot, install a sidewalk from the PD lot to the front sidewalk leading up to
City Hall, install required fencing on wall in front of PD building, tear down old house
and pour a slab for a three sided storage building, improve the dog kennel and repave
Bryan Street. Richard McMullen asked why the stop light for the new road wasn't
included and Mayor Curry told him he didn't think it would qualify and there is already
savings to cover it.
Mayor Curry invited all present to the City Christmas Luncheon on December 20, 2012
at noon at City Hall.
Bob Fant stated on behalf of the Budget and Finance Committee that he appreciated
the perfectly clean audit received for 2011. Fant then made a motion to approve a one
time pay increase to net employees who have been with the city 6 months or more
$175.00 and $50.00 for those with less than 6 months service. Bill Burnett seconded, all
approved.
Mayor Curry discussed the new ordinance passage procedure to expedite the process
by reading the title and waiving the reading second and third reading requirements.
Mayor Curry stated it would only be used on items that truly needed to be passed in
one meeting. It was agreed by all Aldermen present to use the expedited procedure
where appropriate.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-11: AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING MINIMUM
ENERGY STANDARDS FOR THE DESIGN OF NEW BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES OR
PORTIONS AND ADDITIONS TO EXISTING BUILDINGS THAT PROVIDE FACILITIES OR
SHELTER FOR PUBLIC ASSEMBLY, EDUCATION, BUSINESS, MERCANTILE, INSTITUTIONAL,
STORAGE AND RESIDENTIAL OCCUPANCIES, AS WELL AS THOSE PORTIONS OF FACTORY
AND INDUSTRIAL OCCUPANCIES DESIGNED PRIMARILY FOR HUMAN OCCUPANCY BY
REGULATING THEIR E)CTERIOR ENVELOPES AND SELECTION OF THEIR HVAC, SERVICE
WATER HEATING, ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION AND ILLUMINATING SYSTEMS AND
EQUIPMENT FOR EFFECTIVE USE OF ENERGY. City Attorney Danny Wright stated this
ordinance was passed in good faith last month and then more requirements were
found and he wrote a letter requesting that we approve this later. Mayor Curry asked
for a motion to repeal ORDINANCE 2012-11 since less than 30 days have passed since
its approval. Bob Fant made a motion to repeal ORDINANCE 2012-11 and Richard
McMullen seconded. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes;
Bob Fant, yes; Jim Sharikle, yes. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to send a letter stating
we will pass the energy code in its entirety when the state is ready. Bob Fant made the
motion and Richard McMullen seconded. All approved.
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-12: AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR
COMPENSATION FOR MEMBERS OFTHE JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION AND
REPEALING ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH, AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED
THERETO. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to expedite the reading of this ordinance.
Bob Fant made a motion to suspend the rules to read the ordinance one time by title
only and waive the second and third readings, and was seconded by Richard McMullen.
Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Jim
Shankle, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright stated the number of meetings needed to be
determined. It was agreed to list up to 15, a monthly meeting plus 3 special meetings.
City Attorney Wright read the title. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve this first
reading. Motion to approve was made by Richard McMullen and seconded by Bill
Burnett. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant,
yes; Jim Shankle.
Mayor Curry Presented ORDINANCE 2012-13: AN ORDINANCE TO RENAME A PORTION
OF GREAT HOUSE SPRINGS ROAD AND TO NAME A NEW STREET WHICH EXTENDS THE
RENAMED PORTION OF GREAT HOUSE SPRINGS ROAD AND RUNS EASTERLY TO
CONNECT WITH JOHNSON ROAD NORTH OF THE RAILROAD TACKS AND SANDY CREEK;
AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read the
ordinance by title only. Motion was made by Richard McMullen and seconded by Bob
Fant. Roil call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes;
Jim Shankle, yes. City Attorney Wright read the title. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to
approve this first reading. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by
Bill Burnett. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant,
yes; Jim Shankle, yes.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-14: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING
DISTRICT CLASSIFICATION AND BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY IDENTIFIED IN
REZONING PETITION OF FIRST SECURITY BANK APPROVED NOVEMBER 26, 2012 BY
JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to expedite the
reading of this ordinance. Bob Fant made a motion to suspend the rules to read the
ordinance one time by title only and waive the second and third readings, and was
seconded by Jim Shankle. Roll call: Richard McMuIien, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross,
yes; Bob Fant, yes, Jim Shankle, yes. City Attorney Wright read the title. Richard
McMullen asked for clarification of the zoning and it was verified that R-2 was correct.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to accept the ordinance as read. Motion for acceptance
was made by Bill Burnett and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes;
Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. ORDINANCE 2012-14
was approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2012-10: A RESOLUTION AMENDING RESOLUTION
2011-13 OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS; AMENDING THE BUDGET FOR THE
PERIOD BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2012 AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2012. Richard
McMullen made a motion to approve and was seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked the council to consider amending the City's contract with the JAFD
to allow an increase of funding from $240,000.00 to $264,000.00. Fire Chief Matt Mills
stated the increase in funding is needed for three reasons: to increase man power for
automatic aid 3 member response; Springdale has altered their radio to a narrow band
frequency so to participate in the automatic aid the department needs new radios; as
budget allows the department would like to be staffed on Saturdays expanding
coverage. Richard McMullen made a motion to approve the increase in funding and was
seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2012-11: A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR AND
ADOPTING A BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FOR THE TWELVE (12)
MONTHS BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2013, AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2013;
APPROPRIATING MONEY FOR EACH AND EVERY ITEM OF EXPENDITURE THEREIN
PROVIDED FOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Curry stated the budget includes a
6% wage increase for our employees and the city is $100,000.00 in the black with the
approved changes to the court salaries. Richard McMullen made a motion to approve
the budget and was seconded by Bob Fant. All approved. Bob Fant stated he
appreciated the handling of the budget process through the Budget and Finance
Committee and thanked Mayor Curry for letting him be part of the process. Mayor
Curry thanked him and the other members of the committee for serving.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2012-1: A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF
STATUTORY AMENDMENTS TO AUTHORIZE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE INFORMATION
PROVIDED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS BY THE STATE OF ARKANSAS RELATED TO
COLLECTIONS OF LOCAL SALES AND USE TAXES. Mayor Curry stated that currently only
limited information is available to mayors only. Bob Fant made a motion to approve and
was seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved. City Attorney Danny Wright stated
this was a good first step and that letters need to be sent to all of our representatives
with a copy of the resolution.
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 Richard McMullen seconded. All
approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Jim Shankle and
seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:42 pm.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:49

November 13, 2012

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
November 13, 2012


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Tom Bramlett and
Bob Fant. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny
Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Street Superintendent
Randy Birchfield, and Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson.
Mayor Curry amended the agenda to add Resolution 2012-09 in new business after first
reading of Ordinance 2012-11.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the October 9, 2012 council
meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded
by Tom Bramlett. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 33 new cases were opened, 29 closed. Chief
Sisemore stated interviews started for the 2 vacant officer positions.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department received 24 calls for service, including a •
train/car crash. Chief Mills stated they completed the first fioor of the training trailer
that had been donated and the upper level will be modular. Chief Mills stated he met
with the new Springdale chief and automatic aid agreements will be in place soon.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated they have replaced the hot water heater
(under warranty) and replaced the a/c unit in City Hall. Birchfield stated both the the
street and trail projects are going well.
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there was 1 new building permit and 12 code
violations and he has been studying for his Residential Inspector License. Wilson stated
a large renovation has started at Willow Creek Hospital.
John Taylor stated the Economic Development Committee met with all the big property
owners and the meeting went very well. Taylor stated the proposed dance studio for
the area has increased from 35,000 square feet to 60,000 square feet and they have
met with the folks from Crystal Bridges for financial backing. Taylor stated the
Chambers Bank tower is full and the second tower may start soon.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the Budget and Finance Committee met on
October 29, 2012 and discussed the 2013 budget at length. Allen stated the budget
approved by the committee will be discussed later in the meeting.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated property tax received this month totaled
$127,438.10 but collections are still $26,000.00 behind last year. Allen referred the
council to 2 proposals for insuring the city's property. The cost for premiums with the
ARML Municipal Property Program (MPP) is $2,785.20 compared with $6,649.00 with
Berkshire Hathaway, our current company. The deductible is $5,000.00 with MPP, $500
with Berkshire Hathaway, but the premium savings almost make up the difference in 1
year. Allen asked the for the council's recommendation for which company to go with.
Motion to approve changing the coverage to MPP was made by Bob Fant and seconded
by Dan Cross. All approved. Allen stated she attended a financial software training class
on budgeting in Little Rock on October 22, 2012 and pointed out the difference in the
format of the reports and how much easier they are to read.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated the 4 year term on the November ballot passed so in
2 years half of the council will be elected to this new term. Wright asked the aldermen
again to read about the Municipal League Winter Conference, and encouraged them to
attend.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to accept Keith Allen's resignation from the council.
Mayor Curry stated Allen has purchased a home in Farmington and will be moving.
Motion to accept the resignation was made by Bob Fant and Seconded by Dan Cross. All
approved. Mayor Curry stated applications for the vacant position will be taken and
reviewed at the December meeting.
Mayor Curry stated at the pre-construction meeting on the Johnson Road project he
learned that by January 2014 traffic should be running on the new road.
Mayor Curry stated the PUD will be discussed at this month's Planning Commission
meeting. Mayor Curry stated the final plat was never approved by council and the city
can rezone the property.
Dan Cross gave the trail committee update saying the dirt work was completed and
they are about ready for paving. Cross stated they have spent about $500,000.00 this
quarter and will probably spend $1,000,000.00 next quarter.
Unfinished Business:
There was no unfinished business.
New Business:
Mayor Curry opened discussion on the proposed 2013 budget and Recorder/Treasurer
Jennifer Allen gave an overview of the figures and answered questions. Mayor Curry
stated the proposed budget includes a 6% raise for all city employees and a 9% raise for
R/T Allen. Mayor Curry stated Allen has done a lot for the city during the lengthy
illnesses of the previous mayor and has had near perfect audits for the last number of
years and he would like to look at a special increase again next year also. Bob Fant
stated that for the first time in 14 years there is a Budget and Finance Committee to
look at city finances and he appreciates Mayor Curry for doing that. The aldermen were
encouraged to review the budget and it will be voted on at the December meeting.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-11: AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING MINIMUM
ENERGY STANDARDS FOR THE DESIGN OF NEW BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES OR
PORTIONS AND ADDITIONS TO EXISTING BUILDINGS THAT PROVIDE FACILITIES OR
SHELTER FOR PUBLIC ASSEMBLY, EDUCATION, BUSINESS, MERCANTILE, INSTITUTIONAL,
STORAGE AND RESIDENTIAL OCCUPANCIES, AS WELL AS THOSE PORTIONS OF FACTORY
AND INDUSTRIAL OCCUPANCIES DESIGNED PRIMARILY FOR HUMAN OCCUPANCY BY
REGULATING THEIR EXTERIOR ENVELOPES AND SELECTION OF THEIR HVAC, SERVICE
WATER HEATING, ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION AND ILLUMINATING SYSTEMS AND
EQUIPMENT FOR EFFECTIVE USE OF ENERGY. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read
ORDINANCE 2012-11 by title only. Motion was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by
Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom
Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, 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 Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill
Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes. Mayor Curry stated that
the ordinance has to be passed by the end of the year or the city will be in violation of
state law. Mayor Curry stated there were a number of other issues to be addressed at
the December meeting and asked if the council wanted to continue and give all 3
readings tonight to get it taken care of. The council agreed and Mayor Curry asked for a
motion to suspend the rules and continue on to the second reading 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. 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 Tom Bramlett and
seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross,
yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, 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 Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan
Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, 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,
e yes. ORDINANCE 2012-11 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2012-09: A RESOLUTION CONCERNING
APPOINTMENT AND APPROVAL OF MUNICIPAL ATTORNEY FORTHE CITY OF JOHNSON,
ARKANSAS. Mayor Curry stated this agreement WITH Danny Wright included a 5% raise
and is a 2 year agreement. Dan Cross made a motion to approve RESOLUTION 2012-09
and Tom Bramlett seconded. 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 Dan Cross 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.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:48

October 9, 2012

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
October 9, 2012


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fantand
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 Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. Alderman Dan Cross was
absent.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the September 11, 2012
council meeting. Richard McMullen 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 28 new cases were opened, 19 closed. Chief
Sisemore stated 2 officers resigned. Chief Sisemore stated the department participated
in the Home Depot Home Safety Day.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department received 18 calls for service, most of which
were EMS. Chief Mills stated they had been working on the training trailer that had
been donated.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated they have been working on the retaining
wall around the north side of the PD parking lot with the excess block and doing
maintenance around town.
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were no new building permits so he
had been working on code violations and studying for his Residential Inspector License.
Wilson stated he has been reviewing plans for a large Willow Creek Hospital renovation.
There were no meetings of the Economic Development Committee or the Budget and
Finance Committee this month. Budget and Finance Committee is scheduled to meet
the end of the month.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated she attended a 6 day Municipal Clerks
Institute in September and will receive 40 certification hours once the class is
completed by writing a 6 page paper. Allen stated she would be attending a financial
software training class on budget prep in Little Rock on October 22, 2012.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated he and Denny Upton met with the new judge; court
dates and times will remain the same. Wright asked the aldermen to look at the current
issue of City and Town Magazine to read about the Municipal League Winter
Conference, and encouraged them to go.
Mayor Curry stated the Johnson Road project got final approval from the state last
Thursday and the pre-construction meeting should be early next week. ,
Mayor Curry asked Bill Burnett for a Trail committee update. Burnett stated the ground
breaking event held last Friday, October 5, 2012 was a success and was very well
attended. Burnett stated the trail runs through a beautiful area.
Mayor Curry stated the state has kind of dismissed the idea of a preferred last line for
our addresses, but he is not giving up. Mayor Curry stated he was going to contact
Senator John Boozman for help.
Mayor Curry invited everyone to participate in the city's Trunk-or-Treat event on
October 31, 2012 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Mayor Curry stated the event has grown every
year and they encourage local businesses to participate.
Mayor Curry stated Amendments 1 and 2 on the November ballot are important
funding mechanisms for road work and retirement funding.
Mayor Curry stated he would be attending an Arkansas Municipal League Federal
Employment Law workshop on October 20, 2012.. Mayor Curry also encouraged the
aldermen to attend the ARML Winter Conference in January in Little Rock, stating the
city would pay for the registration, hotel and mileage for this worthwhile opportunity
for education.
Keith Allen stated he has purchased a home in Farrnington and will be moving. Allen
stated he has enjoyed being part of the council. Mayor Curry thanked Allen for his
service and said he hated to see him go.
Unfinished Business:
There was no unfinished business.
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2011-08: A RESOLUTION LEVYING A TAX ON THE
REAL AND PERSONAL-PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FOR THE
YEAR 2012, 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
Bob Fant seconded. 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. 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 Keith Allen and
seconded by Tom Bramlett. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 6:27 pm.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:47

July 10, 2012

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
July 10, 2012


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 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, Building Official Todd Witzigman and Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the June 12, 2012 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 34 new cases were opened, 21 closed and 2 are pending.
The case for theft by fraud for a house built in Clear Creek goes to trial August 10, 2012. Chief
Sisemore stated that since the fleet program has gone into effect, there has been less mileage
put on the cars and fuel costs are down.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department received 23 calls for service. Chief Mills stated the
department has installed smoke detectors in some area apartments. Chief Mills stated a new
grant cycle has opened and the department is applying for a $73,000.00 grant for air packs with
the voice modulator built in.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield thanked the JAVFD for putting on a CPR/first aid class
and getting the guys in his department certified.
Building Official Todd Witzigman stated they had been doing mostly residential inspections.
Witzigman stated there were 3 new building permits issued for very large houses in Clear
Creek. Witzigman stated Clay Wilson has been going on all inspections and is doing a great job
of learning all aspects of the Building Official's job.
There were no Special Committee meetings in June.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated property taxes are down $25,000.00 from this time
last year. Allen stated effective July 9, 2012 the city has changed cell phone providers to AT&T;
the change should save the city $250.00 per month and get better customer service. Allen
stated fuel costs are down $700.00 from last month. Allen stated election packets are available
in her office. Mayor Curry stated that since we have been tracking the available funds each
month, we have had $90,000.00 to $100,000.00 available per month consistently and have still
been able to put aside $120,000.00 for the stop light. Mayor Curry stated we are in good shape
financially and are making headway.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated the city has not been sued in a long time and there are no
appeals. Wright stated in the Municipal League packets included a booklet titled "Getting
Started & Staying in Compliance" and recommended it highly. Wright stated they are making
some refinements to the court process and going back to court dates twice a month with
arraignments only on the first date and arraignments and trials on the second date. Chief
Sisemore stated in January there will be a new judge and he wants to go back to night court.
Mayor Curry stated that he and Richard McMullen and John Taylor attended the ARML meeting
in Hot Springs and had a great time with good courses. Mayor Curry stated he and McMullen
have received 9 hours of credit towards the 21 needed to be a Certified Municipal Official
through the League.
Mayor Curry recognized Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen for her accomplishment of
becoming a Certified Arkansas Municipal Clerk with a framed certificate. Mayor Curry stated
Allen was recognized at the ARML meeting, but since she couldn't be there he wanted her to be
recognized in front of the Council. Mayor Curry stated only 3 people earned this honor this year
which requires 100 educational hours and a lot of work. Mayor Curry congratulated Allen and
thanked her for her service to the city.
Mayor Curry asked Bob Fant for an update on the status of the Johnson Road project. Fant
stated the right of ways have been submitted to the state and should be back any day at which
time the project can be let for bids.
Mayor Curry stated he still hasn't heard back on the preferred last line address change.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-07: AN ORDINANCE CALLING FOR AN
ELECTION IN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS ON THE QUESTION OF ELECTING
THE TWO ALDERMEN FOR EACH WARD TO FOUR YEAR TERMS AND PRESCRIBING
OTHER MATTERS PERTAINING THERETO. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read
Ordinance 2012-07 by title only. Motion was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Keith
Alien. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes;
Bob Fant, yes; Keith Ailen, 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 Tom Bramlett. Roll call: Richard McMuilenJ yes; Bill Burnett, yes;
Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. ORDINANCE 2012-07 was
approved.
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-09: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 3,
ANIMALS AND FOWL OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE AND FOR OTHER
PURPOSES. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2012-09 by title only. Motion
was made by Richard McMullen and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes;
Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, 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 Bob Fant and seconded by Dan
Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes;
Bob Fant, yes; Keith Alien, yes.
City Attorney Danny Wright apologized for not having a rezoning ordinance. Wright stated he
had questions about the appropriateness of zoning this property C-1, if wasn't more appropriate
for it to not be a nursing home with the flooding issues. Discussion was had. Wright stated he
would have the ordinance next month.
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. Keith
Allen 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 Dan Cross and seconded by
Tom Bramlett. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 6:28 pm.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:46

June 12, 2012

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
June 12, 2012


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMulIen, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fant and Keith Allen. Also
present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief
Vernon Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills and Building Official Todd Witzigman. Street
Superintendent Randy Birchfield and Aldermen Bill Burnett and Dan Cross were not present.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the May 8, 2012 council meeting.
Keith Allen made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Richard
McMullen. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the May 22, 2012 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 23 new cases were opened, 18 closed and 5 open cases.
One case was theft by fraud for a house built in Clear Creek and the lady not paying the
contractors. Chief Sisemore stated 1 open case in April was closed in May. Chief Sisemore
stated the officers completed 40 hours of training.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department received 24 calls for service. Chief Mills stated the
new bunker gear purchased has arrived. Chief Mills stated a new grant cycle has opened and
the department is applying for air packs with the voice modulator built in.
Mayor Curry stated Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield is on vacation. Mayor Curry stated
the department did a lot of preparation for the Johnson Festival Day and has gone back to the
6:00 to 2:30 hours in the summer heat.
Mayor Curry stated the Maintenance Specialist has been helping with inspections and taking
care of animal complaints.
Building Official Todd Witzigman stated they had completed 22 inspections in May, mostly
residential.
There were no Special Committee meetings in May.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the May property tax payment received was a little
over $98,000.00, down $30,000.00 from last year. Allen stated election packets are available.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated May was a slow month. Wright stated the fence ordinance
received in the packets was the wrong copy and the duplicate language discussed last month
has been taken out.
Mayor Curry asked Bob Fant for an update on the status of the Johnson Road project. Fant
stated the condemnation has been filed for the warehouse. Fant stated the project is only 7
days behind the projected timeline.
Mayor Curry stated Johnson Festival Day on June 9, 2012 was a great success. Mayor Curry
thanked everyone who worked so hard to make it happen. Mayor Curry stated it is estimated
that 800 - 1,000 people attended. Mayor Curry stated there were 50 cars in the car show, free
pony rides, 25 vendors, the Naturals mascot Strike was here, Lowes did crafts with the kids and
much more making for a fun and exciting day.
Bob Fant stated he has spoken with the administrator at Washington Regional and the MHBF
and was assured that negotiations are ongoing to get a new contract between the two.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-01: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING COMMERCIAL
DESIGN STANDARDS FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS. Mayor Curry asked for a
motion to read ORDINANCE 2012-01 by title only. Motion was made by Tom Bramlettand
seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Tom Brarnlett, 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 Bob Fant and
seconded by Tom Brarnlett. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes;
Keith Allen, yes. ORDINANCE 2012-01 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-03: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE TEXT OF
SECTION 106 OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON ZONING REGULATIONS AND FOR OTHER
PURPOSES. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2012-03 with amendments by
title only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll cail:
Richard McMullen, 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 to approve third reading was made by Bob Fant and seconded by
Keith Allen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen,
yes. ORDINANCE 2012-03 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-05: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE JOHNSON
MUNICIPAL CODE TO PROVIDE FOR A NO KNOCK LIST OF CITY RESIDENTS WISHING
TO AVOID UNINVITED PEDDLERS AND SOLICITORS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2012-05 by title only. Motion was made by
Keith Allen and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, 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 to
approve the third reading was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Bob Fant. Discussion
was had about Springdale having changed their approach and going to a sticker system. Mayor
Curry stated that the no knock list is a good starting point and we will continue to monitor and
see what works best. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith
Allen, yes. ORDINANCE 2012-05 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-07: AN ORDINANCE CALLING FOR AN
ELECTION IN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS ON THE QUESTION OF ELECTING
THE TWO ALDERMEN FOR EACH WARD TO FOUR YEAR TERMS AND PRESCRIBING
OTHER MATTERS PERTAINING THERETO. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read
Ordinance 2012-07 by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen.
Roll call: Richard McMullen, 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 Tom Bramlett and seconded by
Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith
Allen, yes.
New Business:
There was no new business.
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. Ail approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Keith Allen and seconded by
Richard McMullen. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 6:18 pm.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:45

May 8, 2012

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
May 8, 2012


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 Keith Allen. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny
Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills and Street Superintendent Randy
Birchfield.
Mayor Curry stated he was changing the agenda to address a Police Department proposal, -
unfinished and new business then move department head reports.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the April 10, 2012 council meeting.
An earlier modification requested by Bob Fant has already been made. Bob Fant made a
motion to approve the minutes as written with the modification and was seconded by Dan
Cross. All approved.
Chief Vernon Sisemore stated the police department discontinued taking home the police units
effective April 9, 2012. Sisemore stated in a further effort to control costs and run a more
efficient fleet, he would like to sell 5 of the older chargers that are out of warranty to Joe Watts,
a dealer in Oklahoma who has offered $32,500.00 for all 5. Chief Sisemore stated he would like
to use these proceeds to purchase a 2012 unit and equip it for $28,500.00 and use the
remaining money to leave a buffer in the Act 988 account which makes the fleet payment each
month. Chief Sisemore stated he would also like the council's permission to sell the 6 rifles no
longer needed in squad cars for $900.00 apiece. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the
selling of the cars and rifles and purchase of the new squad car. Keith Allen seconded and all
approved.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-01: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING COMMERCIAL
DESIGN STANDARDS FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS. Mayor Curry asked for a
motion to read ORDINANCE 2012-01 by title only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and
seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, 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 Keith Allen and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen,
yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-04: AN ORDINANCE REDfSTRICTING CITY
WARDS. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2012-04 by title only. Motion was
made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill
Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, 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 Tom Bramlett and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Richard
McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Alien, yes.
ORDINANCE 2012-04 was approved and will take effect immediately.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-03; AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE TEXT OF
SECTION 106 OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON ZONING REGULATIONS AND FOR OTHER
PURPOSES. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2012-03 by title only. Motion
was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Tom Bramlett. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill
Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, 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. Richard McMullen stated there was some duplication of language between section
General B and General C. City Attorney Danny Wright stated he would make the corrections
and the amended ordinance would be presented next month for the third reading. Motion to
approve second reading was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Tom Bramlett. Roil call:
Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-05; AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE JOHNSON
MUNICIPAL CODE TO PROVIDE FOR A NO KNOCK LIST OF CITY RESIDENTS WISHING
TO AVOID UNINVITED PEDDLERS AND SOLICITORS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. .
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2012-05 by title only. Motion was made by
Keith Allen and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan
Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, 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 Keith Allen and seconded by Tom Bramlett. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill
Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-06: REZONING PROPERTY ON 2ND STREET FOR
ROB STANLEY. Mr. Stanley explain his plan to tear down the existing old house and build 2
new ones in its place similar to what he had done further down the street a few years ago.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to read ORDINANCE 2012-06 by title only. Motion was made
by Dan Cross and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes;
Dan Cross, 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 Keith Allen and seconded by Tom Bramlett. Roll call: Richard
McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes. Mayor
Curry stated that the other readings would be completed next month unless Mr. Stanley had
need for rezoning to be done sooner. Mr. Stanley asked that the process move forward so he
could get the project started as soon as possible. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to suspend
the rules and continue on to the second reading by title only. Motion was made by Dan Cross
and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross,
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 Keith Allen and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMuilen,
yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, 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 Dan Cross and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett,
yes; Dan Cross, 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 Tom Bramlett and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call:
Richard McMullen, yes; Bill BurnettJ yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
ORDINANCE 2012-06 was approved and will take effect in 30 days.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-07: ELECTING ALDERMEN TO FOUR YEAR
TERMS. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2012-07 by title only. Motion was
made by Keith Allen and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMulien, yes; Bill
Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, 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 Richard McMullen. Roll cali:
Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
Mayor Curry led the discussion of a CODE RED program in Johnson, allowing the city to
participate with other small towns in the area to have phone calls made to registered residents
in the event of a weather emergency. Mayor Curry stated that services were the main thing the
city can provide for our residents. Keith Allen made a motion to participate in the program with a
maximum cost of $2,200.00 and to be the host city if needed. Richard McMullen seconded and
all approved. Mayor Curry stated we will know by May 16th if the city is in or out.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 16 new cases were opened, 10 closed and 2 open cases
from March were closed in April. Chief Sisemore the department had weapons qualifications
and all the officers passed.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department received 10 calls for service. Chief Mills stated they
had used grant money to purchase a second thermal imaging camera and traffic safety vest
and had a 40' trailer donated for a training facility. Chief Mills stated 2 firefighters have
graduated from the academy. Chief Mills stated the department had completed a disaster drill
with willow Creek Hospital.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated he and Gerry Russell went to chemical
application class in Bentonville and are now certified for 5 years. Birchfield stated the city clean
up was going well and the basketball court in the park has been repainted.
Captain John Taylor stated the Economic Development Committee met with Flake and Kelly
and another business will be opening in the strip mall.
The Budget and Finance Committee will meet May 14th at 1:00 pm.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated May is the first large payout month for property taxes
and the city received $119,000.00 last year. Allen stated she has earned the title of Certified
Arkansas Municipal Clerk. Allen stated it took a number of years and 100 education certification
hours to earn this honor. Allen stated election packets will be available in her office next week.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated he has moved his office and has new contact information.
Wright stated some past bills for Wright and Baker were discovered as the offices were
separated and apologized for the error. Wright stated the city has not been sued in over a year.
Wright reminded the aldermen how important the information they could receive at the
Municipal League Convention is and encouraged them all to go.
Mayor Curry stated there is a vacancy on the Planning Commission as Connie Test has moved
to Springdale and had to resign. Mayor Curry thanked Connie for her years of service to the
city. Mayor Curry stated she did a great job and will be missed. Mayor Curry stated he would
like to appoint Roy Edwards, a volunteer firefighter for Johnson, to fill the rest of Connie's term.
Bob Fant made a motion to approve Edwards' apointment and Keith Allen seconded. All
approved.
Mayor Curry asked Bob Fant for an update on the status of the Johnson Road project. Fant
stated every piece of property in Johnson has settled and the right of way has been secured
except for the warehouse that is in both towns. Fant stated a contingency meeting may be
required if we have to condemn this piece of land. Fant stated we are looking at a mid-August
start date and Springdale has been great to work with.
Mayor Curry stated the state has replied on the preferred last line of Johnson on our addresses.
Mayor Curry stated he has the maps and is waiting on the database to send to Little Rock and
then will wait for further instructions.
Mayor Curry stated he will email the flyer for Johnson Festival Day on June 9, 2012. Mayor
Curry stated there will be kid's games and a Nitron gardening class and a detail demonstration
by Action Detail along with the car show and food. Mayor Curry stated he has been working to
talk up the event and make it a success. Mayor Curry encouraged all the aldermen to attend.
Mayor Curry stated the city owns an old pick up that has known transmission problems among
other issues and would like the council to waive the bidding process to sell it. Mayor Curry
stated a city employee who is familiar with all the issues with the truck will pay $600.00 for it
which is a fair price and he likes that this person knows all about the vehicle and is comfortable
with that. Keith Allen made a motion to waive the bid process on the truck and was seconded by
Bob Fant. 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. Keith
Allen made a motion to pay the bills and Tom Bramlett seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by
Keith Allen. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 PM.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:44

April 10, 2012

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
April 10, 2012


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 Keith Allen, Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny
Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, and Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield. Fire Chief
Matt Mills and Building Official Todd Witzigman were out of town.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the March 13, 2012 council meeting.
Richard McMullen requested the spelling of his name be corrected. Keith Allen made a motion
to approve the minutes as written with the correction and was seconded by Dan Cross. All
approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 25 new cases were opened, 18 closed, 2 pending
warrants. Chief Sisemore stated effective April 9, 2012 there will no longer be home storage of
police units. Chief Sisemore stated this could save the city $10,000.00 to $15,000.00 per year.
Dan Cross stated he would like to see the previously opened cases shown closed somewhere
so we see their status.
Mayor Curry stated Fire Chief Matt Mills and Assistant Fire Chief Todd Witzigman were out of
town. Mayor Curry stated the department has received a $6,000.00 grant from Firehouse Subs
for safety equipment along with the $10,000.00 the city received as a non-matching grant to
purchase equipment for the fire department.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfieid stated the department has been working on certification
and safety classes. Birchfield stated his department has been working on the FEMA projects on
Hewitt Street.
Mayor Curry asked the council to look over the reports for the Maintenance Specialist (certified
plumbing inspector and will get HVAC in July) and Building Official (credentials all in place).
Captain John Taylor stated the Economic Development Committee has been talking to
businesses that are all waiting for the road to start. Taylor stated he will be meeting with Flake
and Kelly soon.
The Budget and Finance Committee did not meet this month.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the city has spent over $5,000.00 of the $15,000.00
budgeted for the Street FEMA projects. Allen stated the new financial software will allow
employees to get paid by direct deposit. Allen stated the city has received a refund of
$10,078.00 from Workforce Services for over payment in 2011. Allen stated the new software
has changed the format of monthly reports and they will be come more user friendly as time
goes on and they are customized.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated that with the new animal sheltering agreement, he would like
a code provision committee to look at the existing ordinance to have it amended by July when
the county comes online. Mayor Curry appointed Wright as chairman, Vernon Sisemore, Randy
Birchfield and Clay Wilson to the committee. Wright stated the no knock ordinance later in the
meeting has the Springdale revisions. Wright stated court is going well. Wright stated at the
end of the month he will be moving his practice closer to Johnson off Green Acres Road.
Mayor Curry asked Bob Fant for an update on the status of the Johnson Road project. Fant
stated the investors who had promised to donate the rights of way from their properties have all
done so. Fant stated he believes the project will be underway soon and will be finished. Mayor
Curry stated we need to be thinking about a name for the road. Johnson Springs Road and
Johnson Mill Road have both been suggested. Mayor Curry would like to see the name change
all the way to the city limits on both ends of the road.
Mayor Curry stated the state has replied on the preferred last line of Johnson on our addresses.
Mayor Curry stated he will schedule a meeting with 911 to get the addresses straightened out
and would like to coordinate the road name change with the address correction.
Mayor Curry stated if the city wanted the aldermen's terms to change to a staggered 4.year
system it needed to be voted on in an election and would require passage of an ordinance to
get it on the ballot. KKeith Allen made a motion to draw up the ordinance and Dan Cross
seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry stated a grant for a Civil War marker to go out by the mill has been received and it
should be installed soon.
Mayor Curry stated he and Richard McMullen attended training for Elected Official Certification
on April 4th in Little Rock. McMullen stated the session was very informative and he learned a
lot. McMullen stated the ARML is there to help cities any way they can.
Mayor Curry stated Danny Male's contract expired at the end of 2011 and in a letter to the
JAVFD Hale stated he is not grant writing anymore. Mayor Curry stated Richard McMullen had
volunteered to work on grants for us; he will be critiqued on this in the future and can use the
experience. Bob Fant made a motion to let McMullen work on grants for the city in the interim
and was seconded by Keith Allen. All approved.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-01: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING COMMERCIAL
DESIGN STANDARDS FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS. Mayor Curry stated the
committee met and ironed out some changes to this ordinance. Mayor Curry stated the
changes had been seen by the Planning Commission and there were no objections. Mayor
Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2012-01 by title only. Motion was made by Keith
Allen and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call; Richard McMullen, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom
Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Alien, 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 Bill Burnett and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill
Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-04: AN ORDINANCE REDISTRICTING CITY
WARDS. Mayor Curry asked fora motion to read Ordinance 2012-04 by title only. Motion was
made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill
Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, 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 Bill Burnett and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Richard
McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-03; AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE TEXT OF
SECTION 106 OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON ZONING REGULATIONS AND FOR OTHER
PURPOSES. Mayor Curry stated this was the new fence ordinance that had been in the
Planning Commission for months. Discussion was had for clarification of the changes. Mayor
Curry asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2012-03 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; 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 Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill
Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-05; AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE JOHNSON
MUNICIPAL CODE TO PROVIDE FOR A NO KNOCK LIST OF CITY RESIDENTS WISHING
TO AVOID UNINVITED PEDDLERS AND SOLICITORS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. .
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2012-05 by title only. Motion was made by
Keith Allen and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan
Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, 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 Tom Bramlett. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill
Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the owner of the property on Amberwood with
the drainage issues has offered to take care of the problem by paying $15,000.00 to put rip rap
in and has asked if the Street Department can haul the rock and help put it in. Discussion was
had. City Attorney Danny Wright stated since there is a drainage easement, Birchfield should
get a price for the project and ask the man to make a contribution and run it as a city project.
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 Dan Cross and seconded by
Keith Allen. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:07 PM.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:43

March 13, 2012

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
March 13, 2012


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fant and Keith Allen. Also
present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief
Vernon Sisemore, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield, and Building Official Todd
Witzigman. Fire Chief Matt Mills was out of town.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the February 14, 2012 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 18 new cases were opened, 10 closed. Chief Sisemore
stated it has been a quiet month.
Assistant Fire Chief Todd Witzigman stated the department had 18 calls for service. Witzigman
stated they had completed 47 fire pre-plans and inspections. Mayor Curry announced that the
city has received a $10,000.00 non-matching grant to purchase equipment for the fire
department.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the city wide clean up would be May 4th through
May 21st. Birchfield stated his department has been working on the FEMA projects.
Building Official Todd Witzigman stated he has done 10 inspections, mostly residential, and
issued 3 building permits. Witzigman stated the city has contracted with Steve Cash to do
plumbing and HVAC inspections until he can get re-certified. Witzigman stated he and Clay
Wilson were going to Mt. Home the end of the week to take the plumbing certification class and
that he would be going to Hot Springs March 27, and Wilson would go in July to get HVAC
certified.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the Budget and Finance Committee met and
discussed major income sources for the city and the timing of those receipts. Allen stated the
committee would discuss the budgeting process at the next meeting.
Captain John Taylor stated the Economic Development Committee met on February 15, 2012.
Taylor stated they are in the process of visiting with all of the major landowners realizing that
commercial growth really hinges on the construction of Johnson Road. Taylor stated they have
received only positive feed back and will meet again on March 13th.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the new computer was set up and financial software
installed in her office last week. Allen stated the city's CD matured and was split in two with
staggered maturities. Allen stated city funds are protected by a safe keeping pledge of
securities by the bank and there are no concerns about being over the FDIC limits because of
this.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated since the city has passed the commercial solid waste
ordinance and the trailer park was contacted, there are Deffenbaugh trash cans in the trailer
park and no more Waste Management ones. Wright stated the sign ordinance passed in
February doesn't take effect for 30 days which would be March 15 so we are not in any
jeopardy by rescinding it at this meeting. Wright stated a no knock list ordinance would be in the
packets next month.
Mayor Curry asked Bob Fant for an update on the status of the Johnson Road project. Fant
stated 2 businesses want to build there. Fant stated the best case scenario timeline is as
follows: complete all initial contact with property owners 3/15/12, make final offers 3/31/2012,
obtain right-of-way and easement donations 4/1/2012, Recommend condemnations to
appropriate city council if needed 4/16/2012, obtain orders of possessions 5/30/2012, submit
certification of right-of-way to AHTD 6/1/2012, advertise for bids 6/10/2012 - 6/17/2012, open
bids 6/28/2012, AHTD authorization and Springdale City Council award contract 7/10/2012,
construction begins 8/15/2012. Fant stated he believes it is going to get done.
Mayor Curry stated he is working on establishing the identity of the City of Johnson. Mayor
Curry stated he has contacted the proper person at the USPS to request a preferred last line on
our addresses; all zip codes would stay the same, but the city would be Johnson instead of
Fayetteville or Springdale. Mayor Curry stated his focus is for all residents and businesses to
know they are in Johnson.
Mayor Curry stated Johnson Festival Day would be June 9th and he would appreciate any
feedback or ideas. Mayor Curry stated they are working on activities in the park for kids, a car
show and assorted vendors. Keith Allen stated he would like to see a banner announcing the
event.
Mayor Curry stated he would be attending training for Elected Official Certification on April 4th or
5th in Little Rock and invited members of the council to join him.
Unfinished Business:
Dan Cross stated the trail committee is waiting on the federal money to be released so the
Walton foundation can release our funding. Cross stated in the fall of 2010 the committee
asked for the city to pay % of the engineering fees that had been accrued and the city
graciously helped. Cross stated that since April of 2011, EDA has accrued approximately
$12,000.00 in engineering fees and has been very patient about being paid. Cross stated it will
be the end of June at the very earliest before any money is released for the trail and he asked
that the council to continue with the 50% support to be able to pay EDA $6,000.00. R/T Allen
stated that all the money previously budgeted for this was not used. Mayor Curry stated the trail
will be great for the city and he thinks the city should offer this support since we currently have
the money to do so. Discussion was had. Cross made a motion to amend the 2012 budget to
put in $6,000.00 for trail expenses and Bill Burnett seconded. All approved.
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-01: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING COMMERCIAL
DESIGN STANDARDS FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS. Mayor Curry asked for a
motion to read ORDINANCE 2012-01 by title only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and
seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullin, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, no; Bob
Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. Mayor Curry stated this ordinance spent many months in the
Planning Commission being discussed and revised. Tom Bramlett stated he doesn't like this
ordinance because he feels it puts undo pressure on folks wanting to build here. Dan Cross
stated the PC made similar comments and that is why some of the criteria were changed from
"must" to "should". Cross stated this was a guideline, not a mandate and is far less
cumbersome than Fayetteville or Springdale; this is a point at which to start discussions. Keith
Allen stated he likes the mandates because without them the rules are not enforceable. Mayor
Curry asked that the council pass one reading tonight and review and make changes to
specifics before the next meeting. Bramlett stated many areas were counter-productive.
Discussion was had. Bill Burnett stated the primary stake holders should be asked to
participate. Richard McMullin stated there does need to be a standard. Mayor Curry asked for a
motion to table this ordinance to committee. Bob Fant made the motion and asked Mayor Curry
to set the committee, seconded by Richard McMullin. Mayor Curry asked for volunteers,
appointing Keith Allen as chairman, with Tom Bramlett, Richard McMullin as members.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-02: AN ORDINANCE REPEALING SECTIONS 3, 4,
5, 6, AND 7 OF ORDINANCE 201112, DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST AND FOR
OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2012-02 by title only.
Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Richard McMullin, yes;
Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Alien, 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 Bob
Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullin, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, 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 second reading by title only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Bob
Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullin, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, 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 Keith
Allen and seconded by Richard McMullin. Roll call: Richard McMullin, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan
Cross, 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
Keith Allen and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullin, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan
Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. Bob Fant excused himself as he
had another meeting to attend. 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 Keith Allen. Roll call: Richard McMullin, yes; Bill Burnett, yes;
Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the
emergency clause. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause. Motion
was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Tom Bramlett. Roll call: Richard McMullin, yes; Bill
Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes. ORDINANCE 2012-02 was
approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-04: AN ORDINANCE REDISTRICTING CITY
WARDS. Discussion was had about which ward map to use, 1 or 1 A, as designated by the
NWARPC. Dan Cross made a motion to approve map 1A and was seconded by Richard
McMullin. All approved. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2012-04 by title only.
Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Bill Burnett. Roll call: Richard McMullin, yes;
Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, 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 Bill Burnett and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call:
Richard McMuilin, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2012-01: A RESOLUTION APPROVING A CONTRACT
BETWEEN WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS AND THE CITY OF JOHNSON,
ARKANSAS TO PROVIDE ANIMAL SHELTERING SERVICES TO THE CITY OF JOHNSON,
ARKANSAS BEGINNING IN 2012. Motion to approve was made by Keith Allen and seconded
by Richard McMuilin. 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. Dan
Cross 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 Keith Allen and seconded by Bill
Burnett. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:05 PM.