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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.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:41

December 13, 2011

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
December 13, 2011


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:03 prn.
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, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield, and Building
Official Paul Sullins. Alderman Melissia Tomlinson was absent.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the November 8, 2011 council
meeting. Keith Allen made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by
Bob Fant. All approved.
Department Head Reports;
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 13 new cases were opened, 7 were closed and 3 are
pending. Chief Sisemore stated the department will participate in the F.O.P. Shop With A Cop
program on December 23, 2011.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department had 14 calls for service, 263 year to date. Chief Mills
stated the department had honored a local resident and cancer patient with Sarah Fries Day.
Mills stated the department had completed the hydrant checks and fire preplanning. Mills stated
Jonathan Brown has been honored as Fire Fighter of the Year for 2011.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the department has been training on traffic and
workplace safety. Birchfield showed the council a copy of the state guidelines and asked for
council approval to adopt the state guidelines as city policy. Bob Fant made a motion to adopt
the state guidelines as city policy and was seconded by Keith Allen. All approved. Birchfield
asked for a one time increase in pay for all city employees in the amount of $160.00 to net
approximately $150.00. A motion to approve a one time increase in pay for all city employees in
the amount of $160.00 effective December 15, 2011 was made by Bob Fant and seconded by
Bill Burnett. All approved.
Building Official Paul Sullins stated he has been doing a few plan reviews, inspections, and
working on information for the Planning Commission.
RecordenTreasurer Jennifer Allen stated 1 of 2 property tax payments has been received. Allen
stated she wrote a 6 page paper this month on the application of what she learned at the
Municipal Clerk Institute (6 days of classroom instruction on current info relevant to municipal
clerks; attended in September) to receive credit for the course. Allen stated the end of the year
figures for the city look good.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated the negotiations on the new animal contract with the county
were on going. City Attorney Wright stated the council will be asked to decide if Waste
Management is violating our contract with Deffenbaugh; Waste Management used to use
dumpsters and they now collect trash at individual trailers. City Attorney Wright stated tonight
we will have the third reading of the commercial solid waste hauling ordinance; from this time on
commercial solid waste haulers will have to have a business license, landfill authorization, copy
of insurance, etc on file to haul waste in the city. City Attorney Wright stated the city court
ceases to exist 12/31/2011 and the transition is 95% complete.
Mayor Curry asked Bob Fant to report on the status of the Johnson Road project. Fant stated
the City of Springdale has worked hard to get this road built, contrary to our previous
understanding. Fant stated the majority of the money for the project is being spent here in
Johnson and he feels really good about the project going forward.
Mayor Curry stated we would like to include short term disability coverage for our employees
through the Municipal Health Benefit Fund. Mayor Curry stated the cost to the city will only be
$4.00 per employee per month. Bob Fant made a motion to add this benefit and Keith Allen
seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry stated notification that MHBF was no longer contracted with Washington Regional
Hospital and their affiliated doctors has been received. Bob Fant stated he has spoken with Don
Zimmerman, Director of the Municipal League, about the gravity of this situation and was told
the issue will be on the board of trustee's agenda on January 13, 2011.
Mayor Curry stated there have been some questions about the PUD and stated there may be
some rezoning issues coming up.
Mayor Curry stated the post office lease buy out payment has been received and minor repairs
are being done to the building. Mayor Curry asked how the council would like him to proceed
with regard to leasing the property. Discussion was had. City Attorney Wright stated he would
have a lease resolution for next month and Mayor Curry stated he would check on taxes,
insurance and zoning questions for next month.
Mayor Curry stated next year he would like to form a Budget and Finance Committee, not to
help us, but to teach the aldermen how the city finances work. Mayor Curry asked that any
interested aldermen please let him know.
Mayor Curry stated he hoped to get the city website up early next year and asked for any ideas.
Mayor Curry stated the software in the Recorder/Treasurer's office will be updated next year.
The current software was purchased in 2001.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2011-01 as amended: AN ORDINANCE REGULATING
COMMERCIAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL WITHIN THE CITY OF
JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, REQUIRING REGISTRATION OF HANDLERS OF COMMERCIAL
SOLID WASTE, ESTABLISHING A FEE FOR OVERSIGHT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2011-01 by title only. Motion was made
by Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: 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 Keith Allen and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes;
Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. ORDINANCE 2011-01 was approved.
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2011-11: A RESOLUTION SETTING THE FEE TO BE
PAID BY ENTITIES AND PERSONS DEALING WITH COMMERCIAL SOLID WASTE WITHIN
JOHNSON, ARKANSAS. City Attorney Danny Wright read the resolution. Mayor Curry asked for
a motion to approve the resolution and set the fee amount. After discussion Keith Allen made a
motion to approve the resolution and set the fee at $25.00 and was seconded by Bob Fant. All
approved. City Attorney Wright asked the council to discuss whether or not Waste Management
is in violation of our contract with Deffenbaugh by picking up individual trash receptacles in the
trailer park (residential pick up - violation) rather than the communal dumpsters (commercial -
not in violation). Paul Sullins stated Waste Management is charging the trailer park, not the
individual residents. City Attorney Wright stated that regardless of who pays, individual pick up
is in violation. Discussion was had. Dan Cross made a motion to send a cease and desist letter
to Waste Management for violating the city's contract with Deffenbaugh and was seconded by
Keith Allen. All approved. RESOLUTION 2011-11 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2011-12: A RESOLUTION AMENDING RESOLUTION
2010-10 OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS; AMENDING THE BUDGET FOR THE
PERIOD BEGINNING JANUARY 1,2011 AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2011.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated there were minor changes in the income area but the
majority of the changes came from a decrease in expenses due to the spending freeze that was
instigated last spring. Bob Fant made a motion to approve Resolution 2011-11 and was
seconded by Dan Cross. All approved. RESOLUTION 2011-12 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2011-13: A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR AND
ADOPTING A BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FOR THE TWELVE (12)
MONTH PERIOD BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2012 AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2012;
APPROPRIATING MONEY FOR EACH AND EVERY ITEM OF EXPENDITURE THEREIN
PROVIDED FOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Curry noted the budget contained a
2%.increase to employee salaries. Mayor Curry stated he had cut the transportation allowance
he receives in half as he felt it was too high and that he did not include his salary in the 2%
raise. Bob Fant stated he appreciated the hard work that has been done on the budget and he
had no objections. Mayor Curry stated the budget includes $140,000.00 for the street light at
48th Street. Mayor Curry stated he has toured the city with Street Superintendant Birchfield and
the intention is to work on the streets as money allows. Dan Cross stated he was concerned
about the lack of funding for streets and the budget should not be approved until this was
addressed. Cross stated that hoping for sales tax is irresponsible and he wants the Budget and
Finance Committee to start now. Mayor Curry stated the budget has to be in place by February
1, 2012 and no bills can be paid until it is approved, including payroll. Mayor Curry agreed the
streets need attention and they will have top priority. Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated
the budget is just a framework for planning and can be adjusted every month if the council so
chooses. Mayor Curry stated he would like the budget approved as is because any changes at
this point would be a hurry up deal. Mayor Curry stated he would announce the members of the
Budget and Finance Committee next month. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the budget
and get the committee started as soon as possible and was seconded by Tom Bramlett. Bill
Burnett, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fant and Keith Allen voted yes to the motion and Dan Cross voted
no. RESOLUTION 2011-13 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2011-10: AN ORDINANCE REPEALING ORDINANCES
2006-09 AND 2008-12, DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST AND FOR OTHER
PURPOSES. City Attorney stated the purpose of this ordinance was to repeal a jail fee that was
no longer being collected by the county. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE
2011-10 by title only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Tom Bramlett. Roll call:
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 Dan
Cross. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Torn Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith
Allen, yes. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to suspend the rules and continue to the second
reading by title only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: 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 Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll
call: 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 to the third reading by title
only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Tom Bramlett. Roll call: 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 Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Bill
Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. City Attorney
read the Emergency Clause and Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve it. Motion was
made by Bill Burnett and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes;
Torn Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. ORDINANCE 2011-10 and goes into
effect immediately.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2011-11: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 1.36
POSTING OF ORDINANCES OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE, SPECIFYING THE FIVE
PUBLIC PLACES FOR POSTING OF ORDINANCES AND OTHER NOTICES AND
DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read
ORDINANCE 2011-11 by title only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Bob Fant.
Roll call: 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 Keith
Allen. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Torn Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen,
yes. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to suspend the rules and continue to the second reading
by title only. Motion was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Bill Burnett. Roll call: 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 Tom Bramlett and seconded by Keith Allen.
Roll call: 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 to the third reading by title
only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Bill Burnett. Roll call: 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 Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes;
Dan Cross, yes; Torn Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. City Attorney read the
Emergency Clause and Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve it. Motion was made by
Keith Allen and seconded by Tom Bramlett. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom
Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. ORDINANCE 2011-11 and goes into effect
immediately.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2011-12; AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE
2007-09 THE JOHNSON SIGN ORDINANCE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. City Attorney
Danny Wright stated the purpose of this ordinance is to allow digital billboards, but one of the
problems he has with this ordinance is that Johnson has never allowed off premise signs before,
let alone billboards; other cities do not have the off premises exclusion. City Attorney Wright
stated another problem is that the ordinance doesn't allow static billboards, only digital, so he
has constitutional questions about the legality. Mayor Curry stated the first question is whether
or not Johnson wants billboards; if yes, ordinance should go back to Planning Commission to
have the static/vinyl billboards added; if not, then just sections 1 & 2 need to be approved.
Discussion was had. Bob Fant stated the company interested in putting up the billboard(s) is
located in Johnson and he favors local company in our city. Fire Chief Matt Mills stated he is in
favor of the digital billboards as a huge public safety notification system. After more discussion,
the council asked to do one reading tonight and amend the ordinance if need be for the next
reading. Mayor Curry asked fora motion to read ORDINANCE 2011-12 by title only. Motion was
made by Dan Cross and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call; 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 Keith Allen. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan
Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2011-13: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE
NO. 157 AND ORDINANCE 2007-18, CODIFIED AS TITLE 4, SECTION 4.08.01 AND
FOLLOWING IN THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor
Curry stated the purpose of this ordinance is to amend the business license to have alcohol
retailers pay an extra fee for the privilege. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE
2011-13 by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: 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 Keith Allen. Roll call:
Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2011 -14; A RESOLUTION DETERMINING THE FEE TO
BE PAID FOR A BUSINESS LICENSE ISSUED BY THE CITY OF JOHNSON. Keith Allen
made a motion to table the resolution until January 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. 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 Tom Bramlett and seconded by
Bob Fant. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:52 PM.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:41

November 8, 2011

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
November 8, 2011


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Alderman Melissia Tomlinson, Bill Burnett, Bob Fant and Keith Allen. Also
present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief
Vernon Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield, and Building
Official Paul Sullins. Alderman Tom Bramlett was absent.
Mayor Curry stated there was 1 application turned in to fill the Ward 1 Position 2 spot on the
council. He introduced Dan Cross and Dan talked about his background and tenure on the
Planning Committee. Bob Fant made a motion to approve Cross' appointment to the council and
was seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes;
Keith Allen, yes. Cross was sworn in by Mayor Curry and took his place on the dais.
Mayor Curry asked to amend the agenda to remove Ordinance 2011-07 as it passed last month
and change Ordinance 2011-08 on the second page as it should be Ordinance 2011-09.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the October 11, 2011 council
meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Tom
Bramlett. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the Octobers, 2011 special council
meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by
Keith Allen. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 22 new cases were opened, 16 were closed. Chief
Sisemore stated the department participated in local PR events in the area. Chief Sisemore
stated one of the changes to becoming a district court is the court now accepts credit cards. He
stated they had taken in $3,700.00 since the program began and it was going well. Chief
Sisemore asked the council to consider contracting with a firm that goes after people out of our
area that have not paid their fines. The company takes 25% of what they collect and 75%
comes to the city. He will get more information and will come back with a resolution next month.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department had 15 calls for service. Chief Mills stated they had
done a fire drill with Cox Cable and also participated in the area PR events. The department will
be participating in "fill the boot for MDA" on 11/12/11 from 10:00am to 3:00 pm at Main and
Wilkerson.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the department has been getting caught up
clearing brush and doing regular maintenance.
Building Official Paul Sullins stated he has been helping the mayor and working on information
for the Planning Commission.
City Clerk Jennifer Allen stated property tax has been received ($119,363.49 general fund and
$13,131.25 street fund). Allen stated the format of her report has changed to give the council a
better picture of the financial status of the city today and what income and expenditures are
expected in the near future. Spending by all departments is being closely monitored.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated the court change over is going well and the new court time
will be on the third Wednesday of the month at 2:00 pm starting in January. Wright stated the
"as amended" part of Ordinance 2011-01 is in section 5 on the second page changing Roll Off
to Deffenbaugh. Wright stated he thought the last hold out on signing the easement for the trail
had signed, but found out there is still one more. Wright stated he had obtained some good
guideline books from the ARML for the council and encouraged them to attend the winter
conference in Little Rock in January.
Mayor Curry stated there have been some computer upgrades at city hall; the R/T office has a
new back up hard drive and the computers have been networked to use the main printer. Mayor
Curry stated he is looking to get the website up and going.
Mayor Curry stated he met with the Johnson Road people and has appointed Bob Fant to be in
charge of the project for the city. Mayor Curry stated Fant has met with the land owners and
most of the right-of-way has been secured.
Mayor Curry stated he would like city reserves to be over $1 million. He is looking for ways to
save money and would like to cut the street sweeper from $450.00 per month to an as needed
position.
Mayor Curry stated he knows Main Drive needs to be done but the money is just not available
right now. He would like to have the street department seal the cracks and get another year out
of it. The council agreed to wait on the project.
Mayor Curry invited everyone to attend the city Thanksgiving lunch of beans and cornbread and
fried potatoes on Tuesday, 11/22/2011 at noon.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2011-01 as amended: AN ORDINANCE REGULATING
COMMERCIAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL WITHIN THE CITY OF
JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, REQUIRING REGISTRATION OF HANDLERS OF COMMERCIAL
SOLID WASTE, ESTABLISHING A FEE FOR OVERSIGHT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to read ORDINANCE 2011-08 by title only. Motion was made
by Keith Allen and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes;
Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance
by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the second reading by title only. Motion
was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill
Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2011-08: AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING MINIMUM
BOND REQUIREMENTS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON,
ARKANSAS AND AMENDING THE CITY CODE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Curry
asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2011-08 by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant
and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross,
yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the second reading by title only. Motion was made
by Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes;
Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
New Business:
Mayor Curry stated the city had received an offer from the postal service to buyout the post
office lease. The offer was to pay 36 of the remaining 71 months of the lease at $450.00 per
month for a total of $16,200.00. Discussion was had about accepting the offer or making a
counter offer. Keith Allen made a motion to accept the offer and Dan Cross seconded. Bob Fant
and Melissia Tomlinson voted no with Dan Cross, Bob Fant and Keith Allen voting yes. Mayor
Curry voted yes to provide a majority and the motion passed.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2011-08: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING MAYOR
CURRY TO APPLY FOR A GRANT ON BEHALF OF THE JOHNSON COMMUNITY. City
Attorney Danny Wright read the resolution. Bob Fant made a motion to approve RESOLUTION
2011-08 and Keith Allen seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2011-09: A RESOLUTION APPROVING AN
AGREEMENT WITH AT&T ARKANSAS TO PROVIDE IP ENABLED VIDEO SERVICES TO
JOHNSON RESIDENTS AND USE OF PUBLIC R.O.W. WITHIN THE CITY, SPECIFYING
CONDITIONS REGULATING SAME AND PROVIDING FOR A FEE TO BE PAID TO THE
CITY. City Attorney Danny Wright stated this agreement included a 2% franchise fee to match
Cox and when these both came due again the fee could be increased. City Attorney Danny
Wright read the resolution. Bob Fant made a motion to approve RESOLUTION 2011-09 and
Dan Cross seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2011-10: A RESOLUTION REPLACING TWO
MEMBERS OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, AND
APPOINTING ONE MEMBER TO A TERM BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2012. Mayor Curry stated
this was to update the PC, replacing himself and Fred Barker who has resigned. City Attorney
Danny Wright read the resolution. Bob Fant made a motion to approve RESOLUTION 2011-10
and Bill Burnett seconded. All approved. John Ford will replace Mayor Curry and serve the
remainder of his term until 12/31/13 and Herb Rimel will replace Fred Barker until 12/31/11 and
then is approved for a term starting 1/1/2012 until 12/31/2015.
Mayor Curry adjourned the meeting to go into executive session to discuss the court clerk
position at 7:07 pm. The council meeting was reconvened at 7:27 pm. Bob Fant made a motion
to appoint Denny Upton to Court Clerk effective January 1, 2012 and was seconded by Keith
Allen. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2011-09: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE
PERSONNEL POLICY OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, APPLICABLE TO ALL
EMPLOYEES BY AMENDING THE RULES OF THE SICK LEAVE BANK; AND DECLARING
AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2011-09 by
title only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Melissia
Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. City Attorney
Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the
first reading by title only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Dan Cross. Mayor
Curry asked if there were any questions and there were none. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson,
yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. Mayor Curry asked for a
motion to suspend the rules and continue to the second reading by title only. Dan Cross made a
motion to suspend the rules and continue to the second reading by title only and was seconded
by Keith Allen. Roll call; Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant,
yes; Keith Allen, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry
asked for a motion to approve the second reading by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant
and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross,
yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to suspend the rules and
continue to the third reading by title only. Dan Cross made a motion to suspend the rules and
continue to the second reading by title only and was seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Melissia
Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. City Attorney
Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the
third reading by title only. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll
call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
Mayor Curry asked City Attorney Danny Wright to read the emergency clause. City Attorney
Danny Wright read the emergency clause. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the
emergency clause. Keith Allen made a motion to approve the emergency clause and was
seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes;
Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. ORDINANCE 2011-09 was approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to pay the bills from the General Fund, Street Fund, Act 988
Fund, Warrant Service Fund and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. Bob
Fant made a motion to pay the bills and Keith Allen seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan
Cross. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:30 PM.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:38

OCTOBER 2011

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
SPECIAL MEETING
MEETING MINUTES
OCTOBER 3, 2011


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

 

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
OCTOBER 11, 2011


RecorderlTreasurer Jennifer Allen called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Alderman Melissia Tomlinson, Bill Burnett, Buddy Curry, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fant and Keith
Allen. Also present were City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills,
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield, and Building Official Paul Sullins. Jacqueline Brookshier took
minutes during first portion of meeting.
RecorderlTreasurer Allen asked to amend the agenda to include Resolution 2011-06 regarding the Ad
Valorem Tax.
RecorderlTreasurer Allen opened the floor for discussion of the Mayor's salary. Discussion was had.
RecorderlTreasurer Allen asked for clarification of the transportation allowance. Bob Fant made a motion to
maintain the current salary of $52,088.00 per year for a full time Mayor plus $300.00 per month
transportation allowance and was seconded by Tom Bramlett. All approved.
City Attorney Danny Wright explained the process of the election. Jack Davis and Buddy Curry, the two
candidates, were given an opportunity to present themselves and their backgrounds. Melissia Tomlinson
made a motion to adjourn to executive session and was seconded by Tom Bramlett. All approved and the
Aldermen adjourned to executive session at 6:53 pm.
RecorderlTreasurer Allen reconvened the meeting at 7:28 pm. Keith Allen made a motion to elect Buddy
Curry to the position of Mayor of Johnson and Tom Bramlett seconded. Buddy Curry recused himself from
the vote. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen,
yes. Buddy Curry was elected to the position of Mayor of the City of Johnson and was duly sworn in by City
Judge Dianne Boyd.
Mayor Curry thanked RecorderlTreasurer Jennifer Allen for the great job she did filling in for Mayor Barron
in his absence. Mayor Curry stated RecorderlTreasurer Allen held things together during difficult times and
that he appreciated her hard work and commitment.
Mayor Curry took his place as chair of the meeting and RecorderlTreasurer Allen moved to her position to
complete the meeting minutes.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the September 13, 2011 council meeting. Bob
Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Tom Bramlett. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the October 3,2011 special council meeting.
Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Keith Allen. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 22 new cases were opened, 14 were closed, and 5 are pending. Chief
Sisemore stated the department participated in Home Depot Safety Day and has scheduled a
Neighborhood Watch program for the Saddlebrook POA on Oct. 16, 2011. Chief Sisemore encouraged
everyone to attend Trunk or Treat at the Shops at the Mill on Oct. 31, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department had 17 calls for service. Chief Mills stated Todd Witzigman
attended an 80 hour arson school. Chief Mills stated the ISO rating will move down to a 4 effective October
1, 2011, the same as Fayetteville.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the department has added much needed mulch to the city
park. Birchfield stated the repairs that need to be made to the Main Drive Bridge over the Little Sandy
Creek are less than originally thought; they can pack seal the crack as there is no damage to the beam.
Birchfield stated bids have been opened on the overlay of Main Drive, but discussion of the bids will be
postponed to next month to further evaluate the city's financial picture.
Building Official Paul Sullins stated his report gave an overview of what he has been doing.
City Clerk Jennifer Allen stated special expenses this month include $16,575.00 for equipment to complete
the city's portion of the Fire Department matching grant received last year. Allen stated she attended
Municipal Clerks Institute from September 18-23, 2011 in Fayetteville, sponsored by International Institute
of Municipal Clerks and the U of A. Allen stated she is working on professional certifications at the state and
national levels. Allen stated the department heads are being asked to hold the line on all spending as the
freeze is still in effect.
City Attomey Danny Wright stated the court is proceeding with the city to district court merger and is
working through issues as they arise. Wright stated he wanted the council to know there is a possibility of
an imminent domain lawsuit for the trail in the near future.
Mayor Curry thanked the council for their support, stating he has an open door policy and welcomes any
and all ideas and input.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented for the second reading ORDINANCE 2011·07: AN ORDINANCE APPROVING THE
FIRST AMENDMENT TO INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT FOR AMBULANCE SERVICES ("AGREEMENT")
BETWEEN WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS ("COUNTY") AND THE CITIES OF ELKINS,
FARMINGTON, FAYETTEVILLE, GOSHEN, GREENLAND, LINCOLN, PRAIRIE GROVE, WEST FORK,
WINSLOW AND JOHNSON ("CITIES"). Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2011-07 by
title only. Motion was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes;
Bill Burnett, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the
ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the second reading by title only. Motion
was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes;
Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to suspend the rules
and continue on to the third reading by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Keith
Allen. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen,
yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve
the third reading by title only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call:
Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. ORDINANCE
2011·07 was approved.
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2011·06: A RESOLUTION LEVYING A TAX ON THE REAL AND
PERSONAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FOR THE YEAR 2011, FIXING
THE RATE THEREOF AT 5.0 MILLS, AND CERTIFYING THE SAME TO THE COUNTY CLERK OF
WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS. City Attorney Danny Wright read the resolution. Tom Bramlett
made a motion to approve RESOLUTION 2011-06 and Keith Allen seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2011·08: AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING MINIMUM BOND
REQUIREMENTS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS AND AMENDING
THE CITY CODE, PROVIDING FOR THE EMERGENCY CLAUSE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor
Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2011-08 by title only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and
seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant,
yes; Keith Allen, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a
motion to approve the first reading by title only. Motion was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Keith
Allen. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen,
yes.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2011·07: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN CITY
OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE CHECKS AND DRAFTS ON SPECIFIED ACCOUNTS OF THE CITY OF
JOHNSON AND THE JOHNSON POLICE DEPARTMENT. City Attorney Danny Wright read the resolution.
Keith Allen made a motion to approve RESOLUTION 2011-07 and Melissia Tomlinson seconded. All
approved.
Mayor Curry stated that with his move to the position of mayor, the Ward 1, Position 2 seat on the city
council is now open. Mayor Curry asked that any interested parties fill out an application and there would
be an election by council at the November City Council Meeting.
Mayor Curry stated that with his move to the position of mayor, he also must resign his position on the
Planning Commission. Bob Fant made a motion to accept this reSignation and was seconded by Keith
Allen. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to pay the bills from the General Fund, Street Fund, Act 988 Fund, Warrant
Service Fund and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. Bob Fant made a motion to pay
the bills and Melissia Tomlinson seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Melissia
Tomlinson. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 PM.

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