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Michelle Horne

Michelle Horne

Monday, 08 January 2018 14:25

December 7, 2017

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 15:16

January 4, 2018

AGENDA FOR:

PUBLIC HEARING AND

JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

JANUARY 4, 2018 – 6:00 PM

PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Comment from the Public is requested regarding the following petitions:

Discussion of ORDINANCE 2018 -____: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 14 ZONING, CHAPTER 14.04 ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE, BY ADDING WILKERSON-MAIN OVERLAY DISTRICT TO SECTION 14.04.05 DISTRICT REGULATIONS, DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO.

Discussion of ORDINANCE 2018 -____: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 14 ZONING, CHAPTER 14.04, SECTION 14.04.05 DISTRICT REGULATIONS OF THE JOHNSON ZONING CODE AMENDING THE JOHNSON MILL BOULEVARD OVERLAY DISTRICT BOUNDARY; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST; AND OTHER MATTERS.

Discussion of ORDINANCE 2018 -____: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND TITLE 9 STREETS AND SIDEWALKS, CHAPTER 9.04, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION, SECTION 9.04.02 DESIGN OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE TO ADD A PAY-IN-LIEU OF OPTION TO IMPROVEMENTS OF SUBSTANDARD ROADS; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

PUBLIC HEARING IS CLOSED

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Approval of December 7, 2017 Planning Commission Meeting minutes

Old Business:

          none

New Business:

Discussion of ORDINANCE 2018 -____: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 14 ZONING, CHAPTER 14.04 ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE, BY ADDING WILKERSON-MAIN OVERLAY DISTRICT TO SECTION 14.04.05 DISTRICT REGULATIONS, DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO.

Discussion of ORDINANCE 2018 -____: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 14 ZONING, CHAPTER 14.04, SECTION 14.04.05 DISTRICT REGULATIONS OF THE JOHNSON ZONING CODE AMENDING THE JOHNSON MILL BOULEVARD OVERLAY DISTRICT BOUNDARY; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST; AND OTHER MATTERS.

Discussion of ORDINANCE 2018 -____: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND TITLE 9 STREETS AND SIDEWALKS, CHAPTER 9.04, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION, SECTION 9.04.02 DESIGN OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE TO ADD A PAY-IN-LIEU OF OPTION TO IMPROVEMENTS OF SUBSTANDARD ROADS; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

Update from Zoning Revision Committee

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 16:43

November 14, 2017

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

CITY HALL NOVEMBER 14, 2017

 

Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.

Present were Council Members Richard McMullen, Katherine Hudson, Bill Burnett, Hunter Haynes, Bob Fant and Melissa Pasinski. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman, Public Works Director Jerry Morrow and Building Official Clay Wilson.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the October 10, 2017 council meeting. Richard McMullen pointed out 2 minor corrections and Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes with corrections and was seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.

Department Head Reports:

 Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 30 new cases were opened and 24 were closed. Chief Sisemore stated a new Animal Control/Code Enforcement officer has been hired. Chief Sisemore stated that Officer Vecchi resigned and there have been no applications to fill the vacant positions.

Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman stated there were 28 calls, most of which were EM  S. Witzigman  stated Engine 1 has been taken to Springfield for repairs and the Department is driving an interestingly colored loaner; repairs to the engine are covered by insurance. Witzigman stated the department is working on being designated a "fire-wise community" and that all Knox Caps are in place and were well received. 

Public Works Director Jerry Morrow stated he did MS4 inspections and attended TAC meeting at NWARPC. Morrow stated 1st, 2nd  and Bryan Streets are being changed to one way (approved in the Master Street Plan); mailboxes are being moved and the signage is ready to go. Morrow stated a company has been hired to raise the offset sidewalks in town; they drill a hole in the sidewalk and inject foam until it is the correct height. Morrow stated this is far more cost effective than digging them up and repouring the concrete. 

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 5 building permits and 16 mechanical permits issued. Wilson stated he attended a plumbing inspection class, and held TPR and PC meetings along with numerous other meetings with the City Engineer. Gregg Gainer stated the Planning Commission is close to passing the Main and Wilkerson Overlay District on to the Council and then they will begin looking at zoning. 

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated that Property Taxes and State Turnback have been received; Sales Taxes have not. Allen stated the November property tax bump was spread over 2 months; October= $59,082.56, November= $139,850.70 for a total of $198,933.26. Allen stated the Budget and Finance Committee had a preliminary 2018 Budget review meeting prior to Council and the 2018 Budget is shaping up well; it will be presented for Council approval next month. 

City Attorney Danny Wright stated that he has been working on 2 bankruptcies, both the Johnson Mill Boulevard and the Main and Wilkerson Overlay Districts, closing out the quarry issue, planning and building issue with Johnson Mini Storage and court. Wright stated the need for a policy on email retention. Discussion  about the subject resulted in no action being

Mayor Keeney stated that the sign litigation is ongoing; attorneys are going to file for a summary judgement.

Mayor Keeney stated there had been a complaint about the smoke smell from Wright's Barbeque that seems to be unfounded but will be monitored.

Unfinished Business: None

New Business:

Mayor Keeney stated the Council Members had all received a letter from City Attorney Danny Wright regarding the addition to Johnson Mini Storage that was done without a building permit, variance or rezoning. Mayor Keeney stated it is the City's responsibility to take action and Mr. Flippo needs to remove it. The Council discussed the issue and the decision was to let Mr. Flippo remove it or the City would do it for him.

City Attorney Danny Wright said there needed to be a reasonable timeframe which was agreed to be 90 days from the date of notification. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the action and timeframe which was seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.

Mayor Keeney stated the Planning Commission had requested funding for engineering services and the Council asked for scope of work and amount of funding. Mayor Keeney stated the PC was requesting $12,000.00 to have EDA work on the zoning issues. Bob Fant made a motion to approve and Hunter Haynes seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney stated the person approved by Council last month to determine the debris volume was unable to provide the proper insurance and asked for the Council's approval to rescind the first agreement and go with the second bid for $5,000 and get the project done. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Pasinski. All approved.

Mayor Keeney stated the ditch along Hewitt where the tracks washed out in the flood is filled with debris both from the flood and the repair work by the A& M railroad company. A&M said they would be out in mid September to fix it and didn't show up and they are not responding to a follow up letter sent. Council agreed they should be reported to Corps of Engineers.

Chief Sisemore stated the Police Department has been working towards being an accredited department since May of 2013. He stated the committee will be here December 11, 2017 and if passed, the Johnson Police Department will be one of eleven accredited departments in the state.

Mayor Keeney asked for the Councils approval of a one-time pay increase for City Employees. After discussion, Hunter Haynes moved that the increase be net $250 for each employee and was seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved. Mayor Keeney stated this will be paid the first pay period of December.

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. Melissa Pasinski 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 Bill Burnett and seconded by Bob Fant. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 6:47 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 17:05

November 2, 2017

Tuesday, 21 November 2017 17:01

December 7, 2017

AGENDA FOR:

PUBLIC HEARING AND

JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

DECEMBER 7, 2017 – 6:00 PM

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PUBLIC HEARING AND

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING

DECEMBER 7, 2017 - IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING

 PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Comment from the Public is requested regarding the following petitions:

Petition 2017-25: Request for a Rezoning from R-1 to R-O of property located at 2909 Main Drive. Requested by Jennifer Bronson, owner.

PUBLIC HEARING IS CLOSED

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Approval of November 2, 2017 Planning Commission Meeting minutes

Approval of November 9, 2017 Planning Commission working session minutes

Old Business:

Discussion of ORDINANCE 2017-____: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 14 ZONING, CHAPTER 14.04 ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE, BY ADDING WILKERSON-MAIN OVERLAY DISTRICT TO SECTION 14.04.05 DISTRICT REGULATIONS, DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO.

Discussion of Pay in Lieu of Street Improvements

          Elect new officers for 2018 - Secretary

New Business:

Petition 2017-25: Request for a Rezoning from R-1 to R-O of property located at 2909 Main Drive. Requested by Jennifer Bronson, owner.

Discussion of ORDINANCE 2017-____: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 14 ZONING, CHAPTER 14.04, SECTION 14.04.05 DISTRICT REGULATIONS OF THE JOHNSON ZONING CODE AMENDING THE JOHNSON MILL BOULEVARD OVERLAY DISTRICT BOUNDARY; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST; AND OTHER MATTERS.

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT PUBLIC HEARING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Comment from the Public is requested regarding the following petitions:

Petition 2017-26: Requesting a Variance for Sign Location on property located at 1551 Main Drive. Requested by Blew & Associates, representing LaFargue & Chandler, LLC owners.

PUBLIC HEARING IS CLOSED

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Petition 2017-26: Requesting a Variance for Sign Location on property located at 1551 Main Drive. Requested by Blew & Associates, representing LaFargue & Chandler, LLC owners.

MOTION TO ADJOURN BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING

Friday, 17 November 2017 14:35

October 10, 2017

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL

MEETING MINUTES

CITY HALL

October 10, 2017

Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.

Present were Council Members Richard McMullen, Katherine Hudson, Bill Burnett, Hunter Haynes, 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 Jerry Morrow and Building Official Clay Wilson.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the September 12, 2017 council meeting. Melissa Posinski made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.

Mayor Keeney appointed the following people to the new Parks and Recreation Committee and asked for the Council’s affirmation of these appointments. Jason Miller, Chairman, term 9/12/2017-9/12/2022. Motion to approve the appointment was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved. Angela Perea, term 9/12/2017-9/12/2019. Motion to approve the appointment was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved. Bill Burnett, term 9/12/2017-to the end of his term as Council Member 12/31/2018. Motion to approve the appointment was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved. Danny Tuxhorn term 9/12/2017-9/12/2020. Motion to approve the appointment was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved. David McKinney term 9/12/2017-9/12/2021. Motion to approve the appointment was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.

Department Head Reports

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 28 new cases were opened and 24 were closed.  Chief Sisemore stated that calls are up a bit from last year.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 29 calls for service up 2 ½% compared to last year at this time. Chief Mills stated it was as bad month for trucks as the engine is now down. Chief Mills stated the department is holding an open house for Fire Prevention Week.

Public Works Director Jerry Morrow stated the department has been picking up limbs and mowing. Morrow stated the department completed the rehab of the rain garden at the trail head, did MS4 inspections and attended TAC meeting at NWARPC. Morrow stated to complete the proposal for FEMA assistance he had received 2 bids from surveyors to determine the volume of debris to be removed from the creeks. He recommended going with the low bid of $3200 from Paya in Cave Springs. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the bid and was seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 11 building permits and 13 mechanical permits issued. Wilson stated he attended TPR and PC meetings along with numerous meetings with the City Engineer and routine vehicle maintenance.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated that State Turnback has been received; Property Taxes and Sales Taxes have not. Allen stated the Johnson Storage building permit was $37,356.00 for 6 buildings with a combined value of $8,976,000.00.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated that he has been working on administrative issues, 2 bankruptcies that don’t include fines, the quarry issue which went away, planning and building issue with Mr. Flippo and court.

Mayor Keeney stated that in working with FEMA, the survey of quantity of debris in creeks and channels to be removed is extremely important; if the combined project cost is $123,100.00 it gets bumped up in priority and reimbursement is made faster.

Mayor Keeney stated the appeal for the quarry denied by the Planning Commission has been withdrawn.

Unfinished Business:  None

New Business:

Mayor Keeney stated the references provided by the NLC SERVICE LINE people had never used the service and he was not comfortable with putting it forward at this time. No action was taken.

Mayor Keeney requested that a formal request for qualifications (RFQ) be prepared and advertised for the Main & Wilkerson road project. Mayor Keeney stated this would be for future road improvement: land acquisition, utility relocations, bridge design, drainage design, floodplain solutions, roadway (transportation) design, traffic signaling. Hunter Haynes made a motion to approve putting together an RFQ for engineering and was seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.

Mayor Keeney appointed the following people to the Personnel Committee and asked for the Council’s affirmation of these appointments.

NAME:                                                TERM BEGINS             TERM ENDS                APPOINTED

Jennifer Allen (chair)              7/15/2016                   7/15/2019                   11/6/2016

Hunter Haynes                        7/15/2016                   7/15/2019                   11/6/2016

Melissa Posinski                      7/15/2017                   7/15/2020                   10/10/2017

Richard Duncan                      7/15/2015                   7/15/2018                   7/15/2015

Jerry Morrow                          7/15/2017                   7/15/2020                   10/10/2017

Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for Council Members to volunteer for the Budget and Finance Committee, joining Jennifer Allen (Chair), Mayor Keeney, Chief Vernon Sisemore and Public Works Director Jerry Morrow. Bob Fant and Hunter Haynes both volunteered. Motion to approve was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2017-09: A RESOLUTION LEVYING A TAX ON THE REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FOR THE YEAR 2017, FIXING THE RATE THEREOF AT 5 MILLS, AND CERTIFYING THE SAME TO THE COUNTY CLERK OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS. Motion to read by title only was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved. City Attorney Danny Wright read the Resolution by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the reading which was made by Bob Fant and 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. Hunter Haynes 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 Bill Burnett and seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

_________________________________                              ___________________________________

Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC                                                      Chris Keeney, Mayor

Recorder/Treasurer 

Friday, 03 November 2017 14:13

October 5, 2017

Thursday, 26 October 2017 15:53

November 2, 2017

AGENDA FOR:

PUBLIC HEARING AND

JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

November 2, 2017 – 6:00 PM

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PLANNING COMMISSION IS CALLED TO ORDER

Approval of October 5, 2017 Planning Commission Meeting minutes

Approval of October 5, 2017 Board of Adjustment Meeting minutes

Old Business:

Discussion of Wilkerson and Main Overlay District

Update on Johnson Square

Discussion of Pay in Lieu of Street Improvements

New Business:

Discuss formation of Zoning Subcommittee

Elect new officers for 2018

Discuss new Planning Commission Calendar

Discuss future Planning Commission and Board of Adjustments Agendas

MOTION TO ADJOURN

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 18:50

September 12, 2017

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL

MEETING MINUTES

CITY HALL

SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.

Present were Council Members Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Hunter Haynes, 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 Jerry Morrow and Building Official Clay Wilson. Council Member Katherine Hudson was absent.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the August 8, 2017 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved.

 Department Head Reports

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 26 new cases were opened and 16 were closed.  Chief Sisemore stated the department performed their quarterly firearms training. Chief Sisemore stated he lost 2 more officers to other jobs, so the department is down 3 on patrol. Chief Sisemore stated the bike patrol officer rode 133 miles in 8 days.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 22 calls for service. Chief Mills stated it was as bad month for trucks as the engine is now down. Chief Mills stated the Knox Caps for their FDC pipes have been received and they are working on installation. Chief Mills stated the new ISO rating is a Level 3 with a score of 76.33.

Public Works Director Jerry Morrow stated the department has been working on cleaning up the City by picking up limbs and mowing. Morrow stated the department worked on the rehab of the rain garden at the trail head, did MS4 inspections and attended TAC meeting at NWARPC.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 1 building permit and 11 mechanical permits issued. Wilson stated attended TPR and PC meetings along with numerous meetings with the City Engineer and routine vehicle maintenance. Wilson stated he also attended a preconstruction meeting for the new storage facility.           

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated that State Turnback and Property Taxes have been received; Sales Taxes have not. Allen stated an annual payment of $12,096.00 was paid to DigiTicket giving the City a 4% annual payment discount.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated that he has been working on fire department connections, the no knock ordinance, quarries, bid proposal requirements and court.

Mayor Keeney stated the 3 sections of streets that were in great need of repair have been completed.

Mayor Keeney stated that in working with FEMA, the survey of quantity of debris in creeks and channels to be removed is extremely important; if the combined project cost is $123,100.00 it gets bumped up in priority and reimbursement is made faster.

Mayor Keeney stated the ladder truck has been started and is running; it should be done by the end of the week.

Mayor Keeney stated an application for a quarry was denied by the Planning Commission and may be appealed to the City Council.

Unfinished Business:  None

New Business:

 Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2017-16: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING VARIOUS CODES WHICH REGULATE ALL CONSTRUCTION OF NEW BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES OF ALL TYPES, INCLUDING ADDITIONS AND MODIFICATION OF EXISTING BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES; AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2017-16 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes, 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 this reading of ORDINANCE 2017-16 by title only. Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Hunter Haynes. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes.  ORDINANCE 2017-16 was 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. Bob Fant made a motion to pay the bills and Melissa Posinski seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bill Burnett and seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:22 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

_________________________________                              ___________________________________

Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC                                                      Chris Keeney, Mayor

Recorder/Treasurer 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 18:06

September 7, 2017