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Michelle Horne

Michelle Horne

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 16:54

RESOLUTION 2009-12

WHEREAS, the City desires to pursue grants from all available sources to fund, in whole

or part, improvements for the benefit of City residents and visitors.

WHEREAS, the Johnson City Council has determined that, at this time, contracting with

a grant researcherAvriter is more advantageous than hiring personnel to pursue such for the City.

WHEREAS, the attached Contract for Services to obtain the sendees of Daniel Hale to

research and write grant proposals for the various departments and needs of the City will accomplish the desires of the Council and is in the best interest of City residents.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY

OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, THAT:

1. That the attached contract for grant researchAvriting of grant

proposals/applications on behalf of the City of Johnson, Arkansas, with Daniel Hale is hereby approved and accepted, all work provide by Mr. Hale since 12-31-2008, is hereby ratified and confirmed.

2. The Mayor and Recorder/Treasurer are authorized to take such steps as are

necessary to execute the contract on behalf of the City obtaining for the citizens of Johnson the services described therein.

APPROVED this /Q day of November, 2009.

LONNIE BARRON, Mayor

ATTEST:

Municipal/coj

Thursday, 15 October 2015 13:25

April 14, 2015

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
APRIL 14, 2015


Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:00pm.
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, Public Works
Director Gerry Russell and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson.
Alderman Hunter Haynes was absent.
Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the March 10, 2015
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 that 53 new cases were opened and 46 closed.
Chief Sisemore stated the department worked on training this month.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 14 calls for service, mostly EMS. Chief Mills told
the council the department is hosting a pancake breakfast on Apri/18, 2015 from 6-10
AM and invited them to attend.
Public Works Director Gerry Russell stated his department has been working on road
maintenance and landscaping around City Hall. Russell stated the mower approved last
month has been purchased and mowing season has begun. Russell stated the trail clean
up will be Apri/18, 2015.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 1 new building
permit and 1 mechanical permit issued. Wilson stated he attended the Planning
Commission meeting.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turn back and Property Taxes have been
received but Sales taxes have not. Allen stated the City's 2014 Audit has been
completed and for the s'h year in row, we received a clean audit!! Aldermen should be
receiving a report once it is approved by Legislative Audit Committee. Allen stated
$22,000.00 was paid to the JAVFD for their purchase of a new brush truck in addition to
their $22,000.00 monthly support and $40,000.00 was transferred to LOPFI account to
cover retirement payments until the SITI payment comes in July.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated there were no new appeals but he was expecting a
long trial on Thursday. With regard to the vacation of the right of way on the unused
portions of Carley Road and Main Drive, Wright stated Springdale was also addressing
this issue tonight. Wright stated Ordinance 201S-01 should be read 1 time tonight and 2
times next month to allow for any additional information from Springdale to be
included.
Mayor Keeney stated the most current information on the ambulance authority
situation is that the City is looking at paying $43,000 a year for the next 5 years and
then it will drop to $21,000 per year. Mayor Keeney stated there may be a secondary
option that he is not yet ready to disclose.
Mayor Keeney stated that $10,000- $15,000 has been pledged to the City to create a
Request For Proposal (RFP) to help develop a Schematic ("Working") City Master Plan.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated that a contract or agreement should be drawn up
stating once the money is in the City's hands, it can only be used for this purpose and
the Council has the authority over how the money is spent.
Mayor Keeney stated there is a lack of a true information system in the City; there is no
mechanism to have minutes, ordinances, etc. searchable. Mayor Keeney stated it will
cost about $2,200 to make this happen and integrate the website. Dan Cross stated it is
important to get an updated website and social media in the future and made a motion
to approve. Richard McMullen seconded and all approved.
Mayor Keeney recognized Ralph Haseman from the Johnson Festival Day Committee
who requested the help of the Aldermen in passing out flyers in their wards. Haseman
stated it would be a great opportunity for the Aldermen to meet their constituents and
would save a lot on postage.
Unfinished Business: none
New Business:
Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2015-01: AN ORDINANCE VACATING PORTIONS
OF MAIN DRIVE AND CARLEY ROAD PURSUANT TO ACA SECTION 14-54-105 AND FOR
OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2015-01 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; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes.
City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a
motion to approve the first reading of ORDINANCE 2015-01 by title only. Motion was
made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes;
Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes.
Mayor Keeney 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 Bob Fant seconded. All approved.
Mayor Keeney 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 13:23

March 10, 2015

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
March 10, 2015


Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:00pm.
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, Public Works
Director Gerry Russell and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson.
Alderman Hunter Haynes was absent.
Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the February 10, 2015
council meeting. Richard McMullen 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 39 closed.
Chief Sisemore stated there was a head on accident with injury at Main Drive & Ball
Street last week. This is the first such accident in 10 years .
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 18 calls for service, mostly EMS. Chief Mills
stated Tyson has purchased property on the south side of Johnson Mill Boulevard west
of the patio homes and has given the department permission to train there and burn
the old barn and house. Chief Mills stated there was some overtime used during the
winter weather.
Public Works Director Gerry Russell stated he attended a preconstruction meeting with
the Illinois Watershed folks for the rain garden and resting area to be built next to the
trail and some minor adjustments were made to the plan. Russell stated trail clean up is
scheduled for April 18. Russell stated his department sanded and plowed during the
recent snow storm. Russell stated he had received 3 bids for the purchase of a new
mower. The lowest bid came in from William's tractor, but Russell requested that the
council approve the middle bid of $12,116.40 from The Hardware Store for the
purchase of a Scag Turf Tiger with a water cooled engine. Bob Fant made a motion to
approve the purchase of the mower presented and Dan Cross seconded. All approved.
Dan Cross asked if there were still plans to build a gravel driveway to get to the trail.
Russell said yes, eventually, but in the meantime Walt Robinson was allowing access
across his property .

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 6 new building
permits and 7 mechanical permits issued. Wilson stated he attended a preconstruction
meeting with EDA and Bates and Associates and a class on the ARC Fault plugs and
breakers in Bella Vista.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turn back has been received but
Property taxes and Sales taxes have not. Allen stated the City's 2014 Audit began last
month and is going well. Sarah Martin of the Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit is
working with us this year. Allen stated she has increased the amounts set aside for both
the engineering of 56th Street and the Central EMS contribution to $145,000.00 in
anticipation of those forthcoming bills. She will continue to set aside funds as cash flow
allows. Allen stated only 1 Statement of Financial Interest Form for 2014 is still
outstanding and asked that it please be turned in as soon as possible.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated that the right of way field work for vacation of the
streets has been done by Bates & Associates but there is a delay wit the legal
description and there will something actionable for the council next month.
Mayor Keeney stated that ESI brought up the cost analysis of 56th Street project and the
the ambulance authority is adding a new ambulance. Discussions are ongoing.
Mayor Keeney stated the charette held the first week of the month for property on
Johnson Mill Boulevard went well and paperwork is being prepared to present a P.U.D.
for Planning Commission and the Council.
Mayor Keeney stated the grand opening for the Razorback Greenway will be held on
May 2, 2015 with local events in the morning and the larger celebration in the
afternoon at Shiloh Park in Springdale.
Unfinished Business: none
New Business:
Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2015-04: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING
EXECUTION OF A LEASE OF CITY PROPERTY AND BUILDING AT SW CORNER OF
WILKERSON AND MAIN DRIVE. Mayor Keeney stated he has come to an agreement with
the current tenants by Michael Schreiber and Terri Bitting who run the Bowenwork
Center for $700 per month for 36 months with an opt out with a full3 months notice
on either side. Bob Fant made a motion to approve Resolution 2015-04 and the new
lease and was seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.
Mayor Keeney 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 Bob Fant seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney 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 6:25pm.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 13:21

December 9, 2014

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
December 9, 2014


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. Mayor Curry amended the
agenda allowing the items under New Business to be heard before the Department
Head Reports.
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 Captain John Taylor, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Building
Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson and Maintenance Superintendent Gerry
Russell.
New Business:
Tim Conklin of ALTA Design discussed the planning process for the expanded trail
system stating the intent is to create an expanded world class bike & pedestrian trail
system. Conklin said the Johnson portion of the Razorback Greenway is one of the most
beautiful portions of the trail. Conklin said his purpose was to encourage the City to
participate in the process and amend our plan to the regional plan, trying to set design
standards for continuity.
Joel Gardner of Ozark Regional Transit stated there has been a greatly expanded
ridership in 2014 of 403 from only 61 in 2013. He expressed CRT's appreciation of the
City's continued financial support and asked that the contribution be increased for
2015. Mayor Curry stated the budget to be presented tonight reflected an increase in
funding from $3,500 in 2014 to $5,000 in 2015.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the November 11, 2014
council meeting. Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated she had made corrections to
Resolution 2014-10 correcting the minutes to reflect it was the City's intent to vacate
the roadways mentioned, not that it was already done. Richard Me Mullen made a
motion to approve the minutes with corrections and was seconded by Dan Cross. All
approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 40 new cases were opened and 35 closed.
Chief Sisemore state there were 123 calls for service and officers used vacation and sick
time. Chief Sisemore stated Captain John Taylor has retired from the department and
his accrued sick and vacation time has been paid out. Chief Sisemore stated the new
Tahoe is in and they are waiting on parts. Dan Cross asked the Chief how the officers
like the new personnel and pay policy and he said it was going well.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 23 calls for service, mostly EMS. Chief Mills
stated all the new bunker gear purchased with the $92,000.00 grant from the Tyson has
been issued out. He said they had applied for 2 more grants and were very hopeful on
the air pack grant and should know something in February or March.
Maintenance Superintendent Gerry-Russell stated the contract with Myrick
Construction for the new storage building has been signed and construction will start
soon. Russell stated the Christmas decorations were up and they had been working on
sealing cracks on numerous streets before winter sets in. Russell said he attended a
NWARPC meeting where widening HWY. 112 to 5 lanes was discussed but stated there
is no specific time frame they are just working on a preliminary design.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 3 new building
permits, 264 inspections year to date. Wilson stated he held a technical plat review
meeting, but Planning Commission was postponed. He will work more on the new
Tahoe when the parts come in.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated Turnback has been received but Property and
Sales taxes have not.
Allen stated The "Benefit Fair" on Friday, November 14, 2014 went very well with 100%
attendance. The cost to the city for PD Comp time payout was $28,060 and $475 for the
Street Dept. Payout of John Taylor's remaining vacation time and sick leave due to his
retirement was $14,930. Payout of Chris Keeney's vacation time was $5,800. Total extra
payroll costs due to these one time occurrences totaled $49,265. Due to LOPFI Board
Rule #2, LOPFI was not paid on any of these amounts as it does not apply to one time
bulk payouts. Allen stated the new payroll system is up and working well.
Allen stated Budget and Finance Committee approve the purchase of a $100,000 CD
putting the City's reserves over $500,000.00. Allen stated $20,000.00 was transferred to
our LOPFI account to pay retirement expenses through at least March of 2015. Allen
stated the City paid $20,051.00 for new Tahoe out of Act 988 Fund. The cost was
$28,051.00 with $8,000.00 trade in allowance. Any additional equipment costs will
come out of the General Fund as approved by Council.
Allen stated the traffic light at 48th St. has been paid for and the final bill was
$105,091.07. This amount has been removed from the 2015 Budget affecting both
surplus carryover and expenses but not altering the bottom line.
Bob Fant made a motion that $675 be paid to each full time employee and the Mayor
and Recorder/Treasurer as a one time pay increase, to help offset the reduction in pay
the new payroll system is causing right before the holidays. All approved.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated there were no appeals filed in October and
November. Wright reminded the Council of the court changes effective in January -
arraignments on the first and third Mondays, trials on the third Wednesday of the
month. Regarding the allegations made by Jimmy Moore that records kept by the PD
were not accurate, Wright stated R/T Allen & Chief Sisemore are coordinating efforts to
ensure their accuracy in the future.
Wright stated there are 2 ways to go about the abandonment of old roadways:
1. Have the adjacent property owners bring forth the request
2. The City brings it forth.
To do this we need a legal description of the land. Wright says he has good maps of the
land but if the City moves forward a survey will need to be done. Mayor Curry
encouraged the Council to proceed as the land for the new road was donated to the
city. Dan Cross made a motion that the City fund the abandonment process and was
seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked Dan Cross for a trail update. Cross stated that part of the City's
agreement with the Walton Foundation requires a survey to be administered by the
City to trail users and arrangements were made with the Street and Fire Departments
to cover that. Cross stated the trail is done, the last check has been written and the
paperwork is complete.
Bob Fant stated he wanted to officially thank Tom Bramlett for his years of service to
the City on both the Planning Commission and on the Council. Bramlett stated it has
been a privilege.
Fant also stated he wanted to thank Mayor Buddy Curry for his service to the City. Fant
stated Mayor Curry has served the City extremely well and his financial expertise has
led the City to financial stability and the improvements to the infrastructure are very
visible. Mayor Curry stated he had been coming to Council for over 20 years and served
the City as the PC Chairman for 15 years, been a Councilman and now Mayor. He said
he has made some tough decisions and he leaves with his head held high and is proud
of his accomplishments. Mayor Curry stated the City now has over $500,000 in reserves
and is totally debt free. Mayor Curry stated he has really enjoyed serving and he loves
Johnson having lived here for over 30 years. Bob Fant asked that his comments be part
of the record with the backing of the Council. All approved.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2014-04: AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE
EXECUTION OF A RECORDABLE DOCUMENT FIXING THE FINAL LOCATION OF THE
JOHNSON PORTION OF THE NORTHWEST ARKANSAS RAZORBACK GREENWAY. Mayor
Curry asked for a motion to read the ordinance by title only for the second time and
waiving the third reading. Motion was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Richard
McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom
Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, 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 Richard McMullen. Roll call:
Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant,
yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2014-04 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2014-05 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING
DISTRICT CLASSIF1CATION-AND BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY IDENTIFIED IN
REZONING PETITION OF GEOFF BATES AND DERRICK THOMAS APPROVED
OCTOBER 27, 2014, BY JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION. Mayor Curry asked for a
motion to read the ordinance by title only for the second time and waiving the third
reading. 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; Melissa Posinski, 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 McMullen, no; Bill
Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes.
ORDINANCE 2014-05 was approved,
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2014-06: 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 THE SELECTION OF THEIR HVAC,
SERVICE WATER HEATING, ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION AND ILLUMINATING SYSTEMS
AND EQUIPMENT FOR EFFECTIVE USE OF ENERGY AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO
EXIST. City Attorney Danny Wright stated this ordinance is mandated by the state.
Building Official Clay Wilson said it is good and needs to be approved for that reason,
not just because we are told to. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read the ordinance
by title only and waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Melissa
Posinski and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill
Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, 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 Bill Burnett and
seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan
Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. City Attorney Wright
read the Emergency Clause. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the Emergency
Clause. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Tom Bramlett. Roll call: Richard
McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes;
Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2014-06 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2014-11 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN
CITY OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE CHECKS AND DRAFTS ON SPECIFIED ACCOUNTS OF THE CITY
OF JOHNSON AND JOHNSON POLICE DEPARTMENT. R/T Jennifer Allen stated this
needed to be passed tonight because payroll was due to be paid before the next
Council meeting after the first of the year and Mayor Keeney need to be able to legally
sign the checks. Motion to approve was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by
Richard McMullen. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2014-12: A RESOLUTION CONCERNING
APPOINTMENT AND APPROVAL OF MUNICIPAL ATTORNEY FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON,
ARKANSAS. City Attorney Danny Wright stated this agreement include a 7 1/2% raise (2 years since the last one) and an increase to his hourly rate for non-contracted work
from $110 per hour to $120 per hour (last increase was in 2009). Motion to approve
was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Tom Bramlett. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2014-13: A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR AND
ADOPTING A BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FOR THE TWELVE (12)
MONTHS BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2015 AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2015;
APPROPRIATING MONEY FOR EACH AND EVERY ITEM OF EXPENDITURE THEREIN
PROVIDED FOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Bob Fant said that to be true to his word to
ORT he wanted to discuss their funding. R/T Allen stated the increase from $3,500 to
$5,000 is a 43% increase and the Council agreed it was a good increase and could be
revisited in the future if so needed. Motion to approve was made by Tom Bramlett and
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 and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. Bob Fant made a
motion to pay the bills and Tom Bramlett seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Tom Bramlett and
seconded by Bob Fant. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 13:20

November 11, 2014

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
November 11, 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 Captain John Taylor, Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman,
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson and Maintenance Superintendent
Gerry Russell.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the October 14, 2014 council
meeting. Richard McMullen asked that the minutes clarify on page 2 the letter Danny
Wright received from Fayetteville was regarding Chapter 119 Civil Rights legislation that
did not apply to contracts between cities. Richard Mullen then made a motion to approve the minutes with amendments and was seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 36 new cases were opened and 35 closed
leaving one open and pending. Chief Sisemore state there were 140 calls for service and
officers used vacation time.
Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman stated is was a slow month and there were 16 calls for
service, mostly EMS. Witzigman stated all the equipment purchased with the
$92,000.00 grant from the Tyson Foundation has been received and issued out. A Tyson
rep was there to present the check.
Maintenance Superintendent Gerry Russell stated the State Aid for Streets project is
done with all the overlay and striping completed. Russell stated he has received 3 bids
for the new shop building to be paid for with the General Improvement Grant and
would like to go with the middle bid from Myrick Construction for $21,771.00 as it
includes a 10" wide stem wall not included in the others. Motion to approve the bid
from Myrick was made by Bob Fant and was seconded by Dan Cross. All Approved.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 2 new building
permits, 233 inspections year to date. Wilson stated he held a technical plat review
meeting, attended Planning Commission and attended an Electrical class in Rogers.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen spoke on behalf of the Personnel Committee. Allen
thanked committee members Gerry Russell, Richard McMullen, Dan Cross, Jamie
Holland and City Attorney Danny Wright for all of their hard work this fall. Allen also
thanked Melissa Posinski for being such a diligent proofreader. Allen stated she has
worked many, many hours on the new handbook, the result of which is the draft of the
City of Johnson Personnel Handbook of 2014 the Council received with their packets.
Since that draft was printed, it has been revised to address some legal issues and
correct typos. The most major change is to the Leave Policy for the PD - Attorney
General Opinion changes leave back to the way we have it now and we have corrected
the book to reflect that. After the first of the year, the Personnel Committee will be
looking at grievance procedures and a few other issues. Allen asked if there are any
questions or changes, please let us know as soon as possible so we can address those in
the next revision. The new handbook will be available online by the end of the week.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen spoke on behalf of the Budget and Finance
Committee. The preliminary budget before the council was approved by Budget and
Finance Committee and is similar to the 2014 budget with the only significant changes
in the General Fund being $26,000.00 for the purchase of another Tahoe for the Police
Department, $22,000.00 for the purchase of a new vehicle for the Fire Department,
changes in wages/benefits with the addition of overtime (not shown in this draft -
waiting on software changes) and $65,000.00 for Street Improvements in the Street
Fund. Since this prelim was printed, the City has been notified that MHBF rates will be
reduced to Class 4 (single coverage $445.50/month, family coverage $990.00/month)
saving the City about $30,000.00. Deductible will remain $2,000.00. Allen asked the
Council to review this budget and that any recommendations or changes be brought to
her attention before the final 2015 Budget is presented next month.
In her Recorder/Treasurer report, Allen stated Property taxes have been received
totaling $172,105.20 ($155,049.73 General & $17,055.47 Street) - about $60,000.00
more that expected. Turnback has been received but Sales tax has not.
In an effort to provide complete clarity of the benefits available to all City employees,
Allen has arranged a "Benefit Fair" on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 10 am to 2 pm.
• Employees will receive and sign for their copy of the City of Johnson Personnel
Handbook of 2014
• Employees will receive MHBF information for 2015.
• Those eligible will sign off on the hours due them and receive checks for any
accrued compensatory time. (*Note: LOPFI Board Rule #2 states that a lump sum
payout of comp time/vacation/sick leave is not eligible for LOPFi contribution or
employee service time which will save the City 20.53% on the comp time pay outs)
• Troy Kestner will be here from ARVEST  to answer any 401Kor 401K ROTH Plan
questions.
• There will be representatives here from Colonial Insurance to discuss cafeteria plan
supplemental insurance plans - all employees are required to sign off on this benefit
even if they elect to not participate.
• Sam's Club will be here offering discounted membership cards for City Employees.
This will be a great opportunity for employees to ask any questions they have about the
upcoming changes to the pay schedule and work period, and the change from comp
time to overtime.
Allen stated Scott Sargent from CSA in Little Rock will be here Tuesday, November 18,
2014 to assist with the changes to the financial software needed to accommodate the
payroll changes. The new payroll system will go into effect on December 1, 2014.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated he has spent a good deal of time working with the
Personnel Committee and commended R/T Jennifer Allen and the committee sayingthe
City was fortunate to have such good representatives working on it. Wright stated the
trail easement final documents have been received and the city needs to have a
surveyor mark the trail at the city limits. Wright reminded the Council of the court
changes effective in January - arraignments on the first and third Mondays, trials on the
third Wednesday of the month.
Mayor Curry congratulated Chris Keeney on his election as the next Mayor of Johnson.
Mayor Curry stated the City is in good shape with the road work completed and that
$65,000.00 is in the 2015 budget for continuing street care.
Mayor Curry stated the rain garden is moving closer to the trail where there will be
water available with the $25.00.00 grant money from the Illinois River Watershed.
Unfinished Business: none
New Business:
Richard McMullen brought up the packet of information from received Jimmy Moore
and the topic was discussed. City Attorney Danny Wright stated he had not received his
copy yet. Council determined that the information needed to be reviewed by Wright
and would only be included on the December agenda at his recommendation.
Mayor Curry stated a representative from Ozark Regional Transit was not present to
give a report.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2014-03: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER
2.48 PERSONNEL POLICY, TITLE 2 OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE AND ADOPTING A NEW PERSONNEL POLICY FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON; REPEALING SECTION 2.36.05 'OF CHAPTER 2.36 POLICE DEPARTMENT OF TITLE 2 OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL
CODE; AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to
read the ordinance by one time by title only, waiving the second and third readings.
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;
Melissa Posinski, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the 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; Melissa Posinski, yes.
ORDINANCE 2014-03 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE NO 2014-04 AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE
EXECUTION OF A RECORDABLE DOCUMENT FIXING THE FINAL LOCATION OF THE
JOHNSON PORTION OF THE NORTHWEST ARKANSAS RAZORBACK GREENWAY. Mayor
Curry asked fora motion to read the ordinance 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; Melissa Posinski, 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 Richard McMullen and
seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan
Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2014-05 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING
DISTRICT CLASSIFICATION-AND BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY IDENTIFIED IN
REZONING PETITION OF GEOFF BATES AND DERRICK THOMAS APPROVED
OCTOBER 27, 2014, BY JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION. Richard McMullen stated
he has had conversations with his neighbors and wanted to make sure their concerns
were addressed. Dan Cross stated there were many residents in attendance and the
new building being required to meet residential standards was agreeable with
everyone. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read the ordinance 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; Melissa Posinski, 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 Tom Bramlett and
seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2014-10 A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE INTENT OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, TO VACATE ROADWAYS MADE OBSOLETE BY CONSTRUCTION OF JOHNSON MILL BLVD. City Attorney Danny Wright stated this will show the City's intent to vacate the roadways that used to be Main Drive and Carley Road. Wright stated he needs the legal description of the property.
Discussion was had. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the resolution and Richard
McMullen seconded. All approved.
Discussion was had regarding the Greenway Trail and the City's responsibility. It was
determined the topic should be put on the agenda and Alta Planning and the Walton
Foundation should be invited in to discuss the subject.
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 fo,r a motion to adjourn which was made by Tom Bramlett and
seconded by Dan Cross. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:04 pm.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 13:18

October 14, 2014

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
October 14, 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
Fantand Melissa Posinski. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City
Attorney Danny Wright, Police Captain John Taylor, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Building
Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson and Maintenance Superintendent Gerry
Russell.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the Septembers, 2014
council meeting. Richard McMullen made a motion to approve the minutes and was
seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Captain John Taylor stated that 45 new cases were opened and 37 closed.
Captain Taylor stated the recalls for the units have been taken care of but an issue with
his unit has surfaced today and needs to be checked out.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 22 calls for service, mostly EMS. Chief Mills
stated equipment continues to come in that was purchased with the $92,000.00 grant
from the Tyson Foundation for 30 new sets of bunker gear. The banner thanking Tyson
is up at the intersection of Johnson Mill Blvd. and Main Dr.
Maintenance Superintendent Gerry Russell stated mowing and city maintenance is
beginning to slow down. Russell said the State Aid for Streets project started today.
Russell stated Saddlebrook POA is contributing $300 to the city for removal of a
hazardous tree at the edge of the park.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 6 new building
permits, 197 inspections year to date. Wilson stated he held a technical plat review
meeting, attended Planning Commission and attended an HVAC class in Rogers.
Richard McMullen spoke for the Personnel Committee. They have been working on
modifying and simplifying the tracking of hours worked by our employees and how they
are compensated for those hours. To this end, the City will switch from a comp time
system to an overtime system. The council has a copy of a calendar the committee is
proposing to make the work period and pay period the same -14 days - effective
December 1, 2014. This will allow time for all paperwork to be completed and signed
before an employee is paid for that work period. This process will create a delay in the
payment by one week. It will also change the pay schedule to every 2 weeks, creating
26 pay periods per year instead of 24. The first paycheck received under the new
system will be on December 12, 2014 and will only be for 1 week's hours. The PC is
recommending that the Budget and Finance Committee look at a possible onetime pay
increase to off set the deficit this will cause our employees. Melissa Posinski made a
motion to approve the new work period/pay period schedule and change to overtime
put forth and was seconded by Bob Pant. All approved. McMullen stated the newly
revised employee handbook will be ready for the November meeting.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the City is officially debt free having paid off
the fleet loan in September. Allen stated the McGuire Street project has been
completed and paid for ($60,007.68). Allen stated the City received and paid another
LOPFI back bill in the amount of $645 on Troy Preston.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated all appeals are closed, one won, one lost. Wright
stated he is working on the City's clean up ordinances to give them more teeth and they
should be presented in December or January. Also, at the end of the month he will have
an ordinance on the new personnel handbook and change to the Police Department's
SOP, pulling all HR info out of the SOP and making one book personnel handbook for all
city employees, uniformed and non-uniformed. Wright stated he received a letter
saying the ordinance from Fayetteville that concerned him last month will not apply to
contracts with cities.
Mayor Curry thanked everyone for participating in "Go Pink for the Cure Day" in the
City of Johnson in support of breast cancer awareness month. He apologized for not
being here as he was in Little Rock at a Second Class Cities Advisory Committee
meeting.
Mayor Curry stated the State Aid for Streets paving project will pave Main Dr. from the
stoplight to the railroad tracks, Hewitt Street from Main Dr. To Elmore and Johnson Mill
Blvd. west of the 1-49 interchange to meet the pavement that was redone last year.
Mayor Curry stated he was working on a grant package to send to the Walton
Foundation for possible help with building the trail head.
Mayor Curry stated Trunk or Treat would be held again this year at theShoppes at the
Mill from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Friday, October 31, 2014 and invited everyone to attend.
Mayor Curry stated the new PD Tahoe has been ordered and $7,000 has been offered
for a trade in, but with John's car acting up it may be better to hold off on trading right
now.
Unfinished Business: none
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2014-09: A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE
JOHNSON CLEAR CREEK TRAIL Motion to approve the resolution was made by Richard
McMullen and seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved.
Vernon Sisemore asked the Council to overturn his firing by the Mayor on October 6,
2014. Bob Fant made a motion to go into executive session to discuss this and Melissa
Posinski seconded. All approved and the public meeting was adjourned at 6:20 pm to go
into executive session.
Executive session ended at 8:12 pm and Mayor Curry resumed the public meeting at
that time.
Mayor Curry asked for a roll call vote to reinstate Vernon Sisemore as Chief of Police.
Roll Call: Richard McMullen, no; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett,
abstained; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. 4 yes, 1 no, 1 abstained; Chief Sisemore
was reinstated.
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 Dan Cross. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 8:14 pm.

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.