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Friday, 19 April 2019 16:43

March 7, 2019

 

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

CITY OF JOHNSON, AR

March 7, 2019

 

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING CALLED TO ORDER BY DAN CROSS: 6:00pm

Present: Shane Bronson, Todd Wood, Katherine Hudson, Dan Cross, Richard Cromwell, Henry Layes, and Gregg Gainer. Also, Clay Wilson – City of Johnson Building Official. Also, City planning consultants: Sarah Geurtz, Earth plan Development Alternatives (EDA) and Juliet Richey, Garver Engineering. 01guest representing Johnson Mill Ventures attended.

Approval of December 06, 2019 Planning Commission Minutes: Motion to approve minutes was made by Katherine Hudson and seconded by Richard Cromwell. All approved.

Approval of December 06, 2019 Board of Adjustment Minutes: Motion to approve minutes was made by Todd Wood and seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved.

Chairman Cross reversed the order of Old Business and New Business due to the anticipated length of discussion from zoning committee update.

New Business:

PETITION 2019-01: Request for a PROPERTY LINE ADJUSTMENT for property located at 3606 Johnson Mill Blvd. Requested by Blew and Associates for Johnson Mill Ventures, owners.

Motion to approve Petition 2019-01, was made by Richard Cromwell with the conditions that all criteria be first fulfilled from the attached letter from the Johnson Fire Department, dated February 26, 2019, and the attached letter from City Engineer Earthplan Design Alternatives, dated February 20, 2019. The motion was seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved.

Old Business:

Update from Zoning Committee:

  • Comments on potential changes in current zones
  • Discussion on the implemental process and legal requirements needed to complete zoning changes through-out the city.
  • Discussion about the process for planning commission to acquire legal services for consultants.

Discussion regarding current office positions for Vice-chairman and secretary regarding term length. It was decided both current positions are to be extend for the remainder of 2019, which time elections would be held for new officers.

Henry Layes was nominated to remain as Vice Chairman for the remainder of 2019.

A motion was made for Mr. Layes to continue his role as Vice-Chairman through 2019 by Richard Cromwell and seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved.

Gregg Gainer was nominated to remain as Secretary for the remainder of 2019.

A motion was made for Mr. Gainer to continue his role as secretary through 2019 by Henry Layes and seconded by Shane Bronson. All approved.

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING:

Motion to adjourn Planning Commission meeting was made by Richard Cromwell and seconded by Todd Wood. All approved. Adjourned at 7:14pm

Friday, 19 April 2019 16:41

February 7, 2019

No Planning Commission meeting month of February

Friday, 19 April 2019 16:40

January 3, 2019

No Planning Commission meeting month of January

Friday, 19 April 2019 16:06

March 12, 2019

CITY OF JOHNSON

COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

JOHNSON CITY HALL

MARCH 12, 2019

 

Mayor Keeney called the City Council Meeting to order at 6:00 pm.

Present were Council Members Angela Perea, Katherine Hudson, Bill Burnett, John Wright, Bob Fant and Dan Cross. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Justin Eichmann, Police Chief Wayne Woods, Fire Chief Matt Mills and Building Official Clay Wilson.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the February 12, 2019 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by John Wright. All approved.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Woods stated there are 4 open incident reports and 19 were closed. Chief Woods recognized Seth West for going the extra mile when the temperature was less than 10 degrees outside. Officer West took a homeless man to a local hotel and paid for him to stay the night out of his own pocket because the shelters were full. Chief Woods stated Rod Reed has been hired to fill the code enforcement position and Shane Brewer is the newest Police Officer. The PD is still looking to fill 2 more positions.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 29 calls for service. Chief Mills stated the station was staffed overnight for the 2 sub- freezing nights. The ladder truck supposedly is 6-8 weeks out, probably more like 12-16 but he is hopeful. Work and planning is underway for the NCAA Men’s and Women’s golf tournament scheduled at the Blessings May 16-29, 2019.

Mayor Keeney said the Public Works Department spent a couple of evenings sanding during the bad weather but watched the overtime and flexed most of it out. They continue to install new street signs along with other City maintenance.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated one new building permit and eight mechanical permits were issued. Wilson has been working on vehicle maintenance, MS4 inspections and attending meetings. Wilson that he had called the owner of Blossom Hill and gave him 1 week to get it cleaned up, but has extended it for another week.

Planning Commission Chair Dan Cross stated they met to meet their quarterly mandate.

Angela Perea of the Parks and Rec stated they were meeting in early April; they are working on a makers festival and are shooting for fall.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback and Property Taxes have been received, but Sales Taxes have not. Payment of the $5,831.97 overage on the State Aid for Streets project has been paid so they can start as soon as possible. Allen stated she will be attending the NWA Growing Communities Conference March 13, 2019.

City Attorney Justin Eichmann stated they were wrapping up the Casper sign litigation, working on easement issues and planning. He said he hoped to have more to report next month.

Mayor Keeney stated guardrail repair that is needed up on 48th Street has been postponed by the weather.

Mayor Keeney stated the battery backups & replacements for the traffic lights have been ordered.

Mayor Keeney stated he wants to chase funding for the lighting of the trailhead, the trail and the pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Joyce and Wilkerson. There will be a TAP grant opportunity opening next month that is an 80/20% split. The cost of Joyce and Wilkerson lighting is $86,520 of which we’d be responsible for 20% and the cost of lighting the trail is $341,529 and we’d pay 20%. If the two projects are combined, the total cost would be $438,049 and we’d be responsible for $87,609 which would be paid out of the Street Fund. The projects were discussed and John Wright made a motion to allow Mayor Keeney to pursue the TAP grant for both projects and was seconded by Angela Perea. All approved.

Mayor Keeney stated the NWA Growing Communities Conference is tomorrow, March 13, 2019.

Mayor Keeney stated the kick off meeting with Hawkins-Weir regarding the Main and Wilkerson project went well and the minutes are in the packets.

Mayor Keeney stated he has been working on IT needs – there are issues with the servers.

OLD BUSINESS: NONE

NEW BUSINESS: 

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2019-2: AN ORDINANCE CREATING A JOHNSON FIRE DEPARTMENT AS A DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY, CREATING THE DEPARTMENT HEAD POSITION OF FIRE CHIEF AND SETTING FORTH THE DUTIES THEREOF IN ORDER TO PROVIDE FIRE SERVICE TO THE CITY OF JOHNSON ON JUNE 1, 2019, AND THEREAFTER. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2019-2 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross, yes. City Attorney Justin Eichmann read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2019-2 by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause which was made by John Wright and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes, Dan Cross, yes. City Attorney Justin Eichmann read the emergency clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause which was made by John Wright and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross, yes. ORDINANCE 2019-2 was approved. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion approving his appointment of Fire Chief Matt Mills to the City of Johnson Fire Department. Bob Fant made a motion to approve and was seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2019-3: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND TITLE 9, CHAPTER 9.04, SECTION 9.04.06 AND SECTION 9.04.07 OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE CONCERNING PAVEMENT CUTS, JACKING, BORING OR TUNNELING, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2019-3 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross, yes. City Attorney Justin Eichmann read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2019-3 by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross, yes. ORDINANCE 2019-3 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2019-2: A RESOLUTION DESIGNATING AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND THE CITY RECORDER-TREASURER TO EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT BY AND BETWEEN HIGH STREET REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT, LLC AND JOHNSON SQUARE ASSEMBLY, INC. Mayor Keeney stated corrections to this Resolution are needed as High Street Real Estate & Development is just a consultant. Where High Street is shown in the resolution and agreement, it will be changed to Johnson Square Holdings, LLC. (actual property owners). They will be responsible until the POA takes over. Katherine Hudson made a motion to approve Resolution 2019-2 with the necessary editing and was seconded by John Wright. All approved.

Police Chief Wayne Woods introduced new Police Officer Shane Brewer.

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 Angela Perea seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bill Burnett and seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 6:42 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

_________________________________                       ___________________________________

Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC                                                        Chris Keeney, Mayor

Recorder/Treasurer

Friday, 19 April 2019 15:39

February 12, 2019

CITY OF JOHNSON
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
JOHNSON CITY HALL
FEBRUARY 12, 2019

 

Mayor Keeney called the City Council Meeting to order at 6:00 pm.

Present were Council Members Angela Perea, Katherine Hudson, Bill Burnett, John Wright and Bob Fant. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Justin Eichmann, Police Chief Wayne Woods, Fire Chief Matt Mills and Building Official Clay Wilson. Council Member Dan Cross was absent.

Mayor Keeney amended the agenda to add the appointment of Henry Layes to the Planning Commission after the Department Head reports.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the January 9, 2019 council meeting. John Wright made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Angela Perea. All approved.

Jeff Hatley from Ozark Regional Transit gave his quarterly report.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Woods stated there were 26 cases opened and 25 closed. Chief Woods stated that Detective Richard Duncan had been promoted to Lieutenant per the structure approved by Council last month. He then introduced new hires Sergeant CJ Mitchell, and officers Seth West and Brandon Williamson. The PD is still looking to fill 2 more positions.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 32 calls for service. Chief Mills stated the Fire Board met and the 501(c) 3 will be dissolved and the Fire Department transferred to the City effective June 1, 2019. Mayor Keeney stated there will be an Ordinance for this next month.

Mayor Keeney said the Public Works Department has been staying busy. There are more new street signs up and they will continue working on that project along with other City maintenance.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 4 new building-permits and 3 mechanical permits issued. Wilson has been working on vehicle maintenance, MS4 inspections and attending meetings. Wilson asked about the process to have the property known as BIossom Hill condemned. It flooded and was never repaired; the State denied application for it to ever be used as an assisted living facility again and the owner is now in prison. City Attorney Justin Eichmann spoke about the process and the Council discussed options. Wilson stated he will start the notification process.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback and Property Taxes have been received, but Sales Taxes have not. Allen stated that in December and January, a number of municipalities were hit with fraudulent checks. One such check was presented to First Security against our Street Fund, but was declined. As a precaution, we have put Positive Pay in place on both our General and Street Funds. This requires her to send a list of all checks written to the bank and if a check is not on the Positive Pay list it will be declined. The cost of this is $50 per month, but the security and not having to change our long held checking accounts is priceless. The Municipal League has their legal team working on the issue. AIlen eminded the Council Members if they had not done so already, to please complete the Statement of Financial Interest form and turn it in to her office as soon as possible as it is a requirement of the State Ethics Commission. City Attorney Justin Eichmann stated the trial on the fire truck is far off in the future, but he expects final resolution to the Casper sign litigation very soon. Eichmann stated the PC/Zoning work is really progressing nicely. He said he and the Mayor had met with the Washington County Treasurer about the jail fee issue and he is waiting to hear from the County Attorney. Eichmann stated he spoke with the Fire Department Attorney and they are working on transactional documents. Morgan Dowdy reports that
court is going well.

Mayor Keeney stated the State Aid for Streets project bid came back at $255,831.97 to mill and repave Carley Road and Ball Street. The State will pay up to $250,000.00. Council authorized payment of the additional $5,831.97 to get the project completed as bid.

Mayor Keeney stated repair is needed up on 48th Street where a car took out the guardrail during a high speed chase. He stated the City will seek restitution and asked for Council approval to spend $4,069.00 to get this repaired promptly. Bob Fant made a motion to approve and John Wright seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney stated the kick off meeting with Hawkins-Weir regarding the Main and Wilkerson project will be February 20, 2019.

Mayor Keeney stated the bids for the battery backup replacement at 48th Street and installation of new batteries on traffic lights at I-49 came in at $19,750 from Signal Tech and $11,592 from Pinkley, the company that sells the parts to Signal Tech. Batteries need to be replaced every 3 years and the ones at 48th were installed in 2014. Bob Fant made a motion to go with the bid from Pinkley and was seconded by Angel Perea. All approved,

OLD BUSINESS: NONE

NEW BUSINESS:
Mayor Keeney asked for the Council's approval of the appointment of Henry Layes to the Planning Commission for the term 3/1/2019 to 12/31/2022. All approved with Bob Fant abstaining.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2019-1: AN ORDINANCE TO REPEAL ORDINANCE 2018-20 lN ITS ENTIRETY; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2019-1 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Angela Perea,yes., Bill Burnett,yes., Katherine Hudson;yes.. John Wright;ves., Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Justin Eichmann read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2019-1 by title only. Motion was made by John Wright and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Katherine Hudson;yes.I John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Angela Perea. Roll call: Angela Perea; yes; Bill Burnett; yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright,yes., Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Justin Eichmann read the emergency clause, Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Bill Burnett; yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross. ORDINANCE 2019-1 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 Katherine Hudson 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 6:55 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

_________________________________                                   ___________________________________

Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC                                                          Chris Keeney, Mayor

Recorder/Treasurer 

Friday, 19 April 2019 15:36

January 9, 2019

CITY OF JOHNSON PUBLIC HEARING

AND CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

JOHNSON CITY HALL

JANUARY 9, 2018

 

Mayor Chris Keeney called the Public Hearing regarding discussion of a proposed Tax Incremental Financing District (TIF) for the Hendrix Heights Subdivision to order at 6:00 pm. He stated that the developer discovered they were using inaccurate numbers had postponed the meeting late this afternoon. The City was notified at 3:30 pm. He stated he would be happy to try to answer any general questions for the interested people in attendance. General discussion was held and Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to close the Public Hearing which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Angela Perea. All approved and the Public Hearing was closed at 6:16 pm (attendance sheet attached).

Mayor Keeney called the City Council Meeting to order at 6:16 pm.

Present were Council Members Angela Perea, Katherine Hudson, Bill Burnett, John Wright and Bob Fant. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Justin Eichmann, Police Chief Wayne Woods and Fire Chief Matt Mills. Building Official Clay Wilson and Council Member Dan Cross were absent.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the December 11, 2018 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved.

Discussion of the Public Hearing was bypassed.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Woods stated there would be 3 new hires starting in the next couple of weeks and he is still looking to fill 2 more positions. Chief Woods stated second new Tahoe is in service. Chief Woods stated City Hall and the PD have been re-keyed for proactive security with all the turnover in personnel.

Chief Woods presented the Council with a plan to restructure the department: Chief, 1 Lieutenant, 4 Sergeants, 4+ officers and a part time secretary. The purpose is to have a supervisor responsible for each shift and to establish a proper chain of command. Woods stated these changes do not affect the budget and requested the Council’s approval. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the new structure and was seconded by Angela Perea. All approved.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 40 calls for service. Chief Mills stated changes are coming to the radios required by the department as Washington County changes their system. The different types of radios being looked at were discussed and although it is not known which way the County will go, Mills said change is coming and it will be expensive.

Mayor Keeney said the Public Works Department has been picking up brush and limbs. Also, the new street signs have arrived and will start going up soon. The roof of the shed between the 2 Public Works buildings has been replaced.

Mayor Keeney stated Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson was not here because his house caught on fire last night. He stated there were 2 new building permits and 3 mechanical permits issued. Wilson has been working on vehicle maintenance, MS4 inspections and attending meetings. He was re-certified as an electrical inspector.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated due to the early date of this month’s meeting, no financial aid has been received from State Turnback, Property Taxes or Sales Taxes. Allen stated the first of the year annual bills paid to date are almost $40,000. This is expected each year and funds are available for this purpose. Allen asked that all Council Members please complete the Statement of Financial Interest form and turn it in to her office by January 31, 2019 as this is a requirement of the State Ethics Commission.

City Attorney Justin Eichmann stated the sign litigation motions are before the judge and there may be information regarding that situation next month. There should also be a trial on the fire truck soon. Eichmann stated he believed the fee on prisoners was tabled indefinitely by the Quorum Court and other options were discussed. The City passed an ordinance in anticipation of this cost last month and he will look into whether or not it should be repealed.

Mayor Keeney stated the State Aid for Streets project is out for bid on January 16. The project has a 45 day window so we should see work begin on Carley Road and Ball Street soon.

Mayor Keeney stated in preparation for tonight’s public hearing he knows too much about TIF’s. Discussion was had regarding mechanisms to require commercial development be completed in mixed use areas.

OLD BUSINESS: NONE

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2019-01: A RESOLUTION AMENDING RESOLUTION 2017-10 OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS; AMENDING THE BUDGET FOR THE PERIOD BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2018 AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2018. Motion to approve was made by John Wright and seconded by Katherine Hudson. 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. Bob Fant made a motion to pay the bills and Angela Perea seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bill Burnett and seconded by John Wright. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 7:03 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

_________________________________                       ___________________________________

Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC                                                        Chris Keeney, Mayor

Recorder/Treasurer

Friday, 19 April 2019 15:31

December 11, 2018

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

CITY HALL

December 11, 2018

 

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

Present were Council Members Angela Perea, Katherine Hudson, Bill Burnett, John Wright, Bob Fant and Dan Cross. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Wayne Woods, Fire Chief Matt Mills, and Building Official Clay Wilson.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the November 13, 2018 council meeting. Bob Fant asked that he be shown present in the attendance and made a motion to approve the minutes with that correction and was seconded by John Wright. All approved.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Woods stated 32 new cases were opened and 31 were closed. Chief Woods stated there are currently 3 open positions: 2 officers and 1 sergeant. Chief Woods expressed his appreciation for the 2 new Tahoes for the PD saying one was in the parking lot for everyone to see. The new markings on this vehicle will soon be on all the vehicles in the fleet to represent the City of Johnson’s new vision of unity. He stated the Blue Lights of Christmas event will be held Saturday the 16th and Dollar General has been very supportive. Chief Woods recognized Detective Richard Duncan and Officer Jeff Ramsey with a Certificate of Recognition for a job well done.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 38 calls for service including 5 structure fires. Chief Mills stated Roy Edwards is now a fully certified Fire Marshall. The department is preparing for the golf tournament May 16 -30 being held at the Blessings Golf Course, with over 3,000 people expected to attend.

Mayor Keeney said the Public Works Department is trying to stay out of the weather by working on facility maintenance and now that mowing season is done, the new street signage will be going up. The department was prepared for the non-snow event. Mayor Keeney stated that the roof of the shed between the 2 Public Works buildings is caving in; the structure of the shed itself is sound, but the roof needs to be torn completely off and replaced. He asked for the Council’s approval to spend $3,745 to replace the timber and 15’ x 30’ standing seam roof. Dan Cross made a motion to approve the expenditure and was seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.

Mayor Keeney stated the traffic control at Main and Johnson Mill is working well but the light at 48th St and Johnson Mill with a battery didn’t function. A new battery for this light is estimated at $2,700. The traffic control lights at I-49 were installed by the state with no battery back up at all – estimated cost to install is $17,000. Mayor Keeney stated he is exploring options.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there was 1 new building permit and 4 mechanical permits issued. Wilson stated he has been working on vehicle maintenance, MS4 inspections and attending meetings.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback and Property Taxes have been received; Sales Taxes have not. Bills of note for November: Hawkins-Weir $41,155; Harrington Miller $7,147, LOPFI Funding $20,000 and paying Vernon Sisemore 204 hours of vacation and 480 hours of sick leave on his retirement totaling $26,375. Allen stated 2 CD’s totaling $300,000 were moved to Simmons Bank @ 2.45% for 12 months. Allen stated that in preparing for the Jail Fee Ordinance that will be reviewed later, it was discovered that another fee that was supposed to be paid to the county for the jail has not. More research needs to be done by both the court and the R/T to determine the timeframe and actual amount due but it could be substantial amount.

Mayor Keeney thanked City Attorney Danny Wright for his many years of service and commended him for a job well done stating he will be missed. City Attorney Wright stated he has been working on the Police Department Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) manual, new jail ordinance, working with Jennifer and Rachel on the other court issue and Johnson Square responsibility for street repairs. Wright stated he has given up on the Fire Department transfer.

Mayor Keeney stated the Council Members all have a Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) development package in front of them. The City has been approached about the possible development of Hendrix Heights into a 200 unit retirement community with additional commercial development. Dan Cross stated the developers are aware of the overlay district, zoning change for mixed use and that it would be challenging to get any type of variance. After discussion about how a TIF works, Mayor Keeney asked if there was enough interest by the Council to support holding a public hearing on the TIF in January and the consensus was yes.

Mayor Keeney stated 3 Planning Commissioners have terms that expire on December 31, 2018. Those members are Henry Layes, Gregg Gainer and Todd Wood. Mayor Keeney asked for the Council’s approval to reappoint Gainer and Wood to terms of January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2023. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the appointments and was seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.

Mayor Keeney stated the estimated cost for installing pedestrian crossings at Joyce and Wilkerson and putting lights in at the trail head is $86,520. He requested the Council’s approval to search for external funding. Motion to grant approval was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Angela Perea. All approved.

OLD BUSINESS: 

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2018-22: A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR AND ADOPTING A BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS FOR THE TWELVE (12) MONTHS BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2018, AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2018; APPROPRIATING MONEY FOR EACH AND EVERY EXPENDITURE THEREIN PROVIDED FOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the only changes from what was seen last month were the distribution of the Fire Department funding since they will not be coming into the City at this time (same dollar budget, just broken out in line items exactly like last year) and the addition of the 2 income and revenue lines pertaining to the jail fees – each budgeted at $1 as a place keeper as any moneys taken in would be sent on and there is no way to judge how much it could be. These changes did not alter the budget at all, but did need to be brought to the Council’s attention. Motion to approve the budget was made by John Wright and seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved.

NEW BUSINESS: 

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2018-19: AN ORDINANCE TO REPEAL ORDINANCE NO. 2018-11 DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney stated the purpose of this ordinance was to eliminate the Fire Department as the switch over to the City is not happening at this time. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2018-19 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2018-19 by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by John Wright. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross. City Attorney Danny Wright read the emergency clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by John Wright. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross. ORDINANCE 2018-19 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2018-20: AN ORDINANCE LEVYING A FINE NOT TO EXCEED TWENTY DOLLARS ON EACH CONVICTION, EACH PLEA OF GUILTY OR NOLO CONTENDERE OR EACH BOND FORFEITURE IN ALL NON-TRAFFIC MISDEMEANORS OR VIOLATIONS OF CITY ORDINANCES OR STATE LAW OR TRAFFIC OFFENSES WHICH ARE MISDEMEANORS OR VIOLATIONS UNDER STATE LAW OR CITY ORDINANCES WHICH ARE COMMITTED WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF JOHNSON; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. City Attorney Danny Wright stated this was a preemptive ordinance as the Quorum Court intends to levy a fine on the City to help pay jail fees. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2018-20 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2018-20 by title only. Motion was made by Angela Perea and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross. City Attorney Danny Wright read the emergency clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross. ORDINANCE 2018-20 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2018-23: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN CITY OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT FOR FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES BETWEEN THE CITY OF JOHNSON AND THE JOHNSON AREA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT. Motion to approve with a contract period of one year was made by Bob Fant and seconded by John Wright. All approved. 

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2018-24: 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. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2018-25: A RESOLUTION CONCERNING APPOINTMENT AND APPROVAL OF MUNICIPAL ATTORNEY FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2018-26: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO AGREEMENT WITH HAWKINS-WEIR ENGINEERS, INC. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. 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. Bob Fant made a motion to pay the bills and Dan Cross 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 7:10 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC                                                        Chris Keeney, Mayor

Recorder/Treasurer

Friday, 19 April 2019 13:43

Ordinance 2019-3

ORDINANCE NO. 2019-3

CITY OF JOHNSON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 8.16 OF THE
JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE REGARDING
PROHIBITED DRIVING IN THE CITY LIMITS AND
PRESCRIBING A PENALTY FOR VIOLATION IN
THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS.

 

WHEREAS, Chapter 8.16 Driving of the Johnson Municipal Code currently reads as follows:

8.16.01 Careless driving It shall be unlawful for any person to operation a motor vehicle in disregard for the safety of persons and property, and any person operating a vehicle in such manner shall be guilty of a violation of this ordinance.
8.16.02 Fine Any person convicted of violation of this ordinance shall be fined not more than Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00).

WHEREAS, the City Council determined that Section Chapter 8.16 Driving of the Johnson Municipal Code should be amended for purposes of prohibiting improper driving in the city limits and prescribing a penalty for said violation; and

WHEREAS, having fully reviewed the proposed amendment, the Johnson City Council has determined that Chapter 8.16 Driving of the Johnson Municipal Code should be revised and amended, as set forth herein below.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL FOR THE
CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS:

Section 1. Chapter 8.16 Driving of the Johnson Municipal code is hereby revised to read, in its entirety, as follows:

8.16.01 Generally No person shall drive any vehicle within this city carelessly, without due caution and circumspection, or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property.

8.16.02 Specific prohibited acts No person, while operating a vehicle within the City of Johnson shall:


1) Make improper or dangerous lane changes on streets or highways;


2) Cut across private property, thereby avoiding intersections, stop signs, or stop lights;


3) Drive in such a manner or at such a speed as to cause a skidding, spinning, or sliding of tires, or a sliding of the vehicle;


4) Fail to keep the vehicle under control at all times;

5) Fail to properly and adequately indicate the driver's intentions to turn, stop, or change lanes;

6) Drive across a freshly painted street marking, when the same are marked by flags or traffic cones, or move or drive through barricades placed by the city or a public utility company in streets or alleys;

7) Drive at a speed greater than is reasonable and proper, having due regard to the traffic, surface, and width of the roadway and any other conditions then existing, and no person shall drive any vehicle upon a
highway or city street or other public way at a greater speed than will permit him to bring it to a stop within the assured clear distance ahead. 

8) Allow any person or animal to occupy the driver's seating area with the driver while the vehicle is in motion, so as to obscure the driver’s vision or to interfere with the safe operation of the vehicle;

9) Fail to keep a proper lookout for other vehicles or pedestrians.

8.16.03 Penalty. Any person who violates this section shall be subject to a fine not to exceed Two Hundred Dollars $200.00.

Section 2. Any ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are
hereby repealed to the extent of the conflict.

Section 3. In the event any one or more of the provisions contained in this ordinance
shall for any reason be held by a Court of Law to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any
respect, such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability shall not have an effect on the remaining
provisions of this Ordinance, and this Ordinance shall be construed as if such invalid, illegal or
unenforceable provision or provisions had never been contained herein.

Section 4. Emergency Clause. The City Council for the City of Johnson finds that the
revised and amended Chapter 8.16 of the Johnson Municipal Code should be implemented by
the City of Johnson, is imperative to preserve the safety and well-being of the residents of the
City of Johnson, and that these changes should go into effect immediately, therefore, an
emergency is declared to exist, and this ordinance shall go into effect immediately upon its

PASSED AND APPROVED this 9th day of April, 2019

ATTEST:

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Friday, 19 April 2019 13:32

Ordinance 2019-2

ORDINANCE NO. 2019-2

CITY OF JOHNSON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS
AN ORDINANCE CREATING A JOHNSON FIRE
DEPARTMENT AS A DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY,
CREATING THE DEPARTMENT HEAD POSITION OF FIRE
CHIEF AND SETTING FORTH THE DUTIES THEREOF IN
ORDER TO PROVIDE FIRE SERVICE TO THE CITY OF
JOHNSON ON JUNE 1, 2019, AND THEREAFTER

 

WHEREAS, The City of Johnson has for many years contracted with the Johnson AreaVolunteer Fire Department, Inc. (hereinafter JAVFD) to provide fire services to the residents of, visitors to and the City of Johnson; and

WHEREAS, The JAVFD has received substantial sums from the City pursuant to those contracts, it has proven increasingly difficult to provide the level of service needed for the City with a largely volunteer organization; and

WHEREAS, JAVFD Board of Directors has voted to dissolve their department effective June 1, 2019, and is planning to transfer all equipment and apparatus, along with the land and improvements to the City as a jumpstart for the Johnson Fire Department (JFD); and

WHEREAS, there is significant work to be accomplished before the operational date of June 1, 2019, the Council desires to evidence its support and commitment to the JFD by enacting this legislation now in order to facilitate planning and preparation for the new department of the City.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF
JOHNSON, ARKANSAS:

Section 1: The Johnson Fire Department is hereby created. Following the appointment of Fire Chief as hereinafter authorized and empowered, such Fire Chief shall coordinate with the officials of the Johnson Area Volunteer Fire Department, lnc., so as to have the Johnson Fire Department fully organized, staffed, trained and prepared to be fully operational to provide fire service by Tuesday, June 1, 2019.

Section 2: The separate office of chief of the Fire Department of the city is hereby created, effective immediately, to be filled in the manner hereinafter provided. The position of Fire Chief shall be either full or part time as provided by his/h.er appointment. The Fire Chief shall:

1) Be administrative head of the department and promulgate such rules, regulations and procedures as may be necessary to ensure a modem and efficient fire department.

2) Be commander of the whole fire force, under the superintendence of the City.

3) Be the custodian of, and responsible for, all property of the fire department. Be the administrative head of the office of building inspections and promulgate such rules, regulations and procedures as may be necessary to ensure effective and efficient operations.

4) Be the chief fire code official responsible for updating the code as editions or revisions of relevant fire codes are made and published.

5) Make a monthly report to the City Council as to the number and type of incident responses and the staff hours spent attending incidents, vacation, comp time and training.

6) Either the Chief or his/her designee shall serve on the City of Johnson Personnel Committee to ensure that all statutory provisions concerning fire department personnel are incorporated into future editions of the City of Johnson Personnel Handbook.

7) Perform such other duties as are assigned to him by the Mayor.

Section 3: The Mayor or Fire chief, with the confirmation of the city council, may enter into mutual aid agreements with other municipalities, firms, corporations or individuals for the rendering of fire service. The Mayor or Fire Chief may, in their discretion, aid in extinguishing fires in another city or town, public institution, corporation or other property within a reasonable distance from the city, or on property immediately adjacent to the city in which there is a possibility of the fire spreading within the corporate limits, under the following conditions:

1) A request from a city or incorporated town for assistance must come only from The Mayor, Fire Chief or such other person as may be designated by mutual agreement.

2) Calls may be responded to only by such apparatus which, in the judgment of the Mayor, Fire Chief or deputy fire chief, can be safely sent without unduly impairing fire protection within the City, and when highways and weather conditions are favorable.

Section 4: As used in this ordinance, the term "special services" shall mean that extraordinary work, labor or service which may be provided only by the Fire Department due to the specialized training and equipment of the fire department, which shall be available within the corporate limits of the City and the surrounding area to the degree the provision of such work, labor or service is reasonable and practicable in the judgment of the officials supervising the operation of the service. Special services shall include hazardous materials and technical rescue response and cleanup. The Fire Department may provide certain special services within and without the City at the discretion and supervision of the Mayor or Fire Chief. Fire Department personnel and apparatus may be used to perform the special services. The special services authorized by this ordinance shall be provided at the rates and charges as currently established or as hereafter adopted by resolution of the City Council from time to time, the recipient of the special services shall pay:

1) All replacement costs of expendable equipment and supplies which includes equipment damaged or made unusable by contamination.

2) The cost of any labor, materials or supplies provided by third parties at the request of the Fire Department and any other costs necessary to provide the special services. The Fire Chief or his designated representative shall collect charges due the City for the provision of special services, and the Fire Chief or his designated representative shall:

1) Prepare and issue statements for charges to persons who are provided special services under this article.

2) With City Council approval, file suit to collect delinquent charges due within legally allowed time after the special service is provided.

3) Maintain adequate records containing the date, cash collected, accounts Receivable, unpaid charges, and such other information as may be required by officials of the City.

Section 5: Declaration of Emergency. It is hereby found and determined that it is necessary to provide fire services to the residents of, visitors and the City of Johnson. Therefore, an emergency is declared to exist, and this act being immediately necessary for the preservation and protection of the public peace, health, safety and welfare of the City and its citizens, shall become effective on the date of its passage and approval by the Mayor. If the Ordinance is neither approved nor vetoed by the Mayor, it shall become effective on the expiration of the period of time during which the Mayor may veto this Ordinance. If the Ordinance is vetoed by the Mayor and the veto is overridden by the City Council, it shall become effective on the date the City Council overrides the veto.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 12TH DAY OF March, 2019

ATTEST:


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Thursday, 18 April 2019 20:55

May 2, 2019

AGENDA FOR:

PUBLIC HEARING AND

JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

JOHNSON CITY HALL

MAY 2, 2019 – 6:00 PM

 

PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING IS CALLED TO ORDER 

Comment from the Public is requested regarding the following petition:

Petition 2019-3: Requesting approval of the FINAL PLAT for Johnson Square Phase 1B, located at the intersection of Johnson Mill Boulevard and Main Drive. Requested by Ryan Evitts of CEI engineering for Johnson Square Holdings, LLC, property owners.

Petition 2019-4: Requesting a VACATION OF UTILITY AND DRAINAGE EASEMENT for property located at 2211 Main Drive, known as Hawks Landing, Lot 5. Requested by Blew and Associates for WWW Johnson South, LLC, property owners.

 

PUBLIC HEARING IS CLOSED 

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Approval of April 4, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting minutes

Old Business: 

Update from Zoning Committee

New Business:

Petition 2019-3: Requesting approval of the FINAL PLAT for Johnson Square Phase 1B, located at the intersection of Johnson Mill Boulevard and Main Drive. Requested by Ryan Evitts of CEI engineering for Johnson Square Holdings, LLC, property owners.

Petition 2019-4: Requesting a VACATION OF UTILITY AND DRAINAGE EASEMENT for property located at 2211 Main Drive, known as Hawks Landing, Lot 5. Requested by Blew and Associates for WWW Johnson South, LLC, property owners.

MOTION TO ADJOURN

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