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Friday, 14 December 2018 17:38

RESOLUTION 2018-25

RESOLUTION NO. 2018- 25

A RESOLUTION CONCERNING APPOINTMENT AND APPROVAL OF
MUNICIPAL ATTORNEY FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS.

WHEREAS, Ordinance No. 2010-06 of the City of Johnson established the procedure for appointment of a Municipal Attorney and set terms for such appointments; and,
WHEREAS, the appointment of Daniel Wright as City Attorney expires 12-31-2018; and,
WHEREAS, Chris Keeney, as Mayor, has and does hereby appoint Justin Eichman and the firm of Harrington Miller to serve as Municipal/City Attorney for the City of Johnson, Arkansas, for the term beginning 1-1-2019 until terminated as provided in the attached Engagement Letter; and,
WHEREAS, such appointment is subject to City Ordinance No. 2010-06 and other Ordinances and Resolutions regarding termination, resignation, duties, responsibilities, and other issues touched upon therein;

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

1. The appointment of Justin Eichman of Harrington Miller as Municipal/City Attorney for the City of Johnson, Arkansas, effective 01-1-2019 until terminated as provided in the attached Engagement Letter, subject to the provisions of Ordinance No. 2010-06 and other Resolutions and Ordinances, is hereby approved and ratified.
2. That the Letter of Engagement attached hereto is hereby approved. The Mayor of the City of Johnson is hereby authorized to execute such in the name of and on behalf of the City of Johnson, and payment to the attorney pursuant to such Letter is hereby authorized.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 11th day of December, 2018.

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Friday, 14 December 2018 17:22

RESOLUTION 2018-24

RESOLUTION NO-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

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY O:F JOHNSON,
ARKANSAS:

Section 1: The city's previous agreement with Washington County for animal sheltering services expired 12-31-2018, and the County has tendered a proposed "Closed Admissions" Contract Between Washington county. Arkansas and the city of Johnson, Arkansas to extend the services of the Lester C. Howick Animal Shelter for animal sheltering services to the City until the 31st day of December, 2019,
Section 2: That the City Council of the City of Johnson, Arkansas hereby approves the attached “Closed Admission” Animal Sheltering Contract between Washingtgon County, Arkansas and the City of Johnson, Arkansas whereby the County will provide animal sheltering services to the city of Johnson. A copy of the contract, marked Exhibit "A'' is attached hereto, and made a parthereof.
Section 3: That the city council of the city of Johnson. Arkansas hereby authorizes the Mayor and the Recorder-Treasurer, to execute the contract with Washington County and to make payment pursuant to the tenants of Exhibit A.


PASSED and APPROVED this 11th day of December, 2018.


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Friday, 14 December 2018 17:01

RESOLUTION 2018-23

RESOLUTION NO.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

 

WHEREAS, there exists a need to exhibit the City of Johnson's support for the Johnson Area Volunteer Fire Department, and,
WHEREAS, the Johnson Area Volunteer Fire Department and the City have purchased equipment, obtained grants and taken various steps to enable the residents of Johnson to benefit from the lower ISO rating, and,
WHEREAS, the Deputy Legislative Auditor requires documentation in the form of a written contract to support the financial assistance to the Volunteer Fire Department by the City, and,
WHEREAS, the Johnson Area Volunteer Fire Department has provided valuable services to the City and to the citizens of Johnson in years past and evidences its intent to continue to provide these services,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, that

1. The Mayor and Recorder-Treasurer of. Johnson, Arkansas, are hereby authorized to
execute the Fire Protection Agreement with the Johnson Area Volunteer Fire Department to secure to
the City and its inhabitants the benefits set forth in such Agreement (as attached hereto) for the term of
such Agreement.
2. That the Mayor and Recorder-Treasurer are hereby authorized to make the payments called for in such Agreement as they become due from the general fund.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 11th day of December, 2018.

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Friday, 14 December 2018 16:49

RESOLUTION 2018-22

RESOLUTION No. 2018-22

A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR AND ADOPTING A
BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FOR
THE TWELVE (12) MONTHS BEGINNING JANUARY 1,
2019, AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2019;
APPROPRIATING MONEY FOR EACH AND EVERY ITEM
OF EXPENDITURE THEREIN PROVIDED FOR AND FOR
OTHER PURPOSES.

 

WHEREAS, the City Council has made a comprehensive study and review of the proposed budget, and
WHEREAS, it is the opinion of the City Council that the schedules and exhibits of financial information prepared and reviewed revealing anticipated revenues and expenditures for the calendar year 2019 appear to be as accurate as possible for budgetary purposes,

NOW THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS :

SECTION 1: This Resolution shall be known as the Budget Resolution for the City of Johnson, Arkansas, for the twelve (12) month period beginning January 1, 2019, and ending December 31, 2019, reflecting estimated revenues and expenditures as hereinafter set forth on the succeeding pages at Exhibit A. All revenues herein are estimated and subject to change and all appropriations are calculated upon available revenues.

SECTION 2: The respective amounts of funds for each and every item of expenditure classification herein proposed in the budget for 2019 are hereby approved by the City Council of Johnson, Arkansas, and are hereby authorized and appropriated for the purposes herein set forth for the calendar year ending December 31, 2019.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 11TH DAY Of December, 2018.

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Friday, 14 December 2018 16:09

RESOLUTION 2018-21

STATE AID CITY STREET PROGRAM PROJECT RESOLUTION

RESOLUTION NO. 2018-21

A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE WILLINGNESS OF
THE CITY OF JOHNSON
TO UTILIZE STATE AID STREET MONIES
FOR THE FOLLOWING CITY PROJECT:

Johnson Overlay No. 2
WHEREAS, the City of JOHNSON understands that State Aid Street Program funds are available for certain city projects at the following participating ratios:

 

                                                 Work Phase                                          State Aid %            City %

Reconstruction/Resurfacing     Preliminary Engineering                        100%                      -0-             

Construction of City Projects     Right-of-Way                                         -0-                         100%

                                                   Utilities                                                  -0-                         100%

                                                   Construction                                         100%                      -0-

                                                   Construction Engineering                     100%                      -0-

 

City projects programmed          All Phases                                             -0-                          100%

but not let to contract

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL 0F THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, THAT:

SECTION I: The City will participate in accordance with its designated responsibilities in this project.

SECTION ll: The Mayor, or his designee, is hereby authorized and directed to execute all appropriate agreements and contracts necessary to expedite the construction of this city project.

SECTION Ill: The City agrees upon completion of the project to assume the maintenance of the right-of-way by City Forces and/or others including utilities and individuals in accordance with the prevailing Arkansas Department of Transportation regulations.

SECTION IV: The City pledges its full support and hereby authorizes the Arkansas Department of Transportation to initiate action to implement this project.

THIS RESOLUTION adopted this 13th day of November, 2018


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Friday, 14 December 2018 15:58

ORDINANCE 2018-20

ORDINANCE NO. 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 NONTRAFFIC
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

 

WHEREAS, ACA § 16-17-129 provides that each city in which a district court is located may levy and collect an additional fine not to exceed $20.00 from each defendant upon each conviction, each plea of guilty or nolo contendere, or each bond forfeiture in all nontraffic 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;
WHEREAS, ACA § 16-17-129 further provides that the additional fine shall be paid into the City treasury to be deposited into a fund to be used exclusively to help defray the cost of incarcerating city prisoners, including the construction and maintenance of a city jail, and payments to other entities for incarcerating city prisoners;
WHEREAS, the Justices of the Peace for Washington County are considering and in December 2018, are likely to vote on a County Ordinance to charge Johnson a per day charge for each prisoner housed in the Washington County Detention Center with an effective date of such County Ordinance being January 1, 2019; and,
WHEREAS, in order to have funds available to promptly pay those charges when the first statement from Washington County is received without using funds for vital municipal operations or services the City Council desires to take a proactive step.


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

Section 1: That there is hereby levied an additional fine, not to exceed Twenty Dollars for each conviction, each plea of guilty or nolo contendere or each bond forfeiture in all nontraffic 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.
Section 2: Provided that section 1 above shall only apply where the arresting officer is a Johnson officer, a Department of Arkansas State Police officer or other certified law enforcement officer of the State.
Section 3: The court clerk of the Washington county District court, Johnson Department, from and after the first day of January, 2019, shall collect from each defendant a fine not to exceed Twenty Dollars on each conviction, each plea of guilty or nolo contendere or each bond forfeiture in all nontraffic 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, subject to Section 2 above.
Section 4: That all funds collected pursuant to sections 1, 2 and 3 hereof shall be paid into the City treasury to be deposited into a fund to be used exclusively to help defray the cost of incarcerating city prisoners, including the construction and maintenance of a city jail, and payments to other entities for incarcerating city prisoners and shall be used solely for such purposes; payments from such fund shall be made periodically to Washington County as billed by the County.
Section 5: In order to avoid over/under collecting such additional fines the additional fine is hereby determined to be Five Dollars ($5.00), effective January 1, 2019, which shall be the fine levied hereby for the period January 1, 2019 until the amount is changed as hereinafter provided.
Section 6: During May and November of 2019 and each succeeding year the Johnson Department Court Clerk, the Chief of Police and the Recorder-Treasurer shall review the statements received from Washington County for housing City prisoners and the sums collected pursuant hereto and shall, at the Council meeting in June and December of each such year, recommend to the Council a change in the amount of such additional fine or recommend to keep such additional find the same so as to not collect surplus or inadequate fines hereby. Future adjustments of the additional fine set by this Ordinance shall be by Resolution of the City Council specifically referring to this Section of Ordinance No. 2018-20. Section 7: In order to provide adequate funds to pay for the housing of city prisoners without taking funds from critical City services, an emergency is hereby declared to exist in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens and residents and this ordinance shall be effective immediately upon passage and approval.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 11th day of December, 2018.

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 22:19

ORDINANCE 2018-19

ORDINANCE NO. 2018-19

AN ORDINANCE TO REPEAL ORDINANCE NO. 2018-11
DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST, AND FOR
OTHER PURPOSES

 

WHEREAS, the City and the Johnson Area Volunteer Fire Department have for years discussed the creation of a city fire department with the volunteer fire department dissolving and transferring its assets to the City;
WHEREAS, several steps were taken by the City and the volunteer department in 2018 towards that end including the passage and approval of Ordinance No. 2018-11 by the Johnson City Council;
WHEREAS, due to time constraints it does not appear that the process can be concluded by year's end as planned and anticipated;
WHEREAS, Ordinance No. 2018-11 created a City fire department and mandated that specific milestones be accomplished by the end of 2018; and,
WHEREAS, the City Council desires to remove those mandated milestones in hopes of being able to accomplish them in a future year.

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

Section 1: Ordinance No. 2018-11 should be and hereby repealed in its entirety.
Section 2: That with the repeal of ordinance No. 2018-11 and the resultant effect that there will be no Johnson Fire Department on January 1, 2019, this Ordinance needs to take effect immediately to allow time for the City to contract with a fire
department to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City; therefore an emergency is hereby declared and this ordinance shall be effective immediately upon its passage and approval.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 11th day of December, 2018.

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Thursday, 13 December 2018 22:08

ORDINANCE 2018-18

Ordinance 2018-18


AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND TITLE 2, CHAPTERS 2.20
AND 2.24 OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE TO
PROVIDE HEALTH COVERAGE BENEFITS FOR THE
MAYOR AND RECORDER/TREASURER EQUIVALENT TO
THE BENEFITS PROVIDED TO FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES;
DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST; AND OTHER
MATTERS RELATED THERETO

 

WHEREAS, the City of Johnson provides, at the cost to the City, individual health coverage (currently through the Arkansas Municipal League-Municipal Health Benefit Fund) for all full-time employees and pays for one-half of elective family coverage;

WHEREAS, that benefit has not been extended to elected officials in the past;

WHEREAS, extending health coverage to the Mayor and Recorder-Treasurer is the right thing to do and will assist in producing quality candidates for elective officials in the future; and,

WHEREAS, the City Council desires to make equivalent health coverage available to the Mayor and Recorder-Treasurer at the first opportunity.

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

 

Section 1: That chapter 2.20 of Title 2 of the Johnson Municipal code is hereby amended to read as follows:

"CHAPTER 2.20

MAYOR


Sections:

2.20.01 Mayor's salary
2.24.03 Health coverage

2.20.01 Mayor's Salary The salary for the Mayor of Johnson, Arkansas, shall be determined each year by the city budget, payable as determined from time to time for full-time City employees.

2.20.03 Health Coverage The City shall pay for individual health coverage for the Mayor through the program or plan provided to full-time employees of the City. Should the Mayor elect obtain health coverage for his/her family through such program or plan, the City will pay one-half (1/2) of the cost of such family coverage with the balance of the cost of family coverage being withheld periodically, as required, from the Mayor's salary."
Section 2: That the sections index of chapter 2.24 of Title 2 of the Johnson Municipal Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

"CHAPTER 2.24


RECORDER/ TREASURER


Sections:

2.24.01 Duties
2.24.02 Supervisory Authority
2.24.03 Changes
2.24.04 Salary/Health coverage"


Section 3: That section 2.24.04 of chapter 2.24 of Title 2 of the Johnson Municipal Code is hereby amended to reads as follows:


'' 2.24.04 Salary/Health Coverage The salary for the Recorder/Treasurer of Johnson, Arkansas shall be determined each year by the city budget, payable as determined from time to time for full-time City Employees. City shall pay for individual health coverage for the Recorder-Treasurer through the program or plan provided to full-time employees of the City. Should the Recorder-Treasurer elect to obtain health coverage for his/her family through such program or plan, the City will pay one-half (1/2) of the cost of such family coverage with the balance of the cost of family coverage being withheld periodically, as required, from the Recorder-Treasurer's salary."


Section 4: This health coverage benefit being extended to the Mayor and Recorder-Treasurer hereby shall become effective as soon as enrollment in the program or plan will allow following the first payday in December 2018.


Section 5: That due to limited enrollment in the health coverage program or plan currently being utilized by the City, in order to provide the described benefits to the named City officials it is necessary that these benefits be made effective on an accelerated basis, therefore to provide for the peace, safety and welfare of our elected officials ( and thereby our citizens) in this regard, an emergency is hereby declared, and this Ordinance shall become effective immediately upon its passage and approval.


PASSED AND APPROVED this 11th day of December, 2018.


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Thursday, 13 December 2018 19:14

Now Accepting Applications

The City of Johnson Police Department is accepting applications for the following positions:

Sergeant Position

This supervisory position requires a dedicated, self-motivated person with strong personnel management/supervisory skill and experience. The ideal candidate must be able to identify and develop unique solutions to address problems as they arise, perform administrative duties and work in the field.

The position requirements are:

10 years LE experience or
10 years LE experience with BA/BS
2 years of Patrol Supervision (preferred)
FTO Certification (preferred)

Extensive background check, credit check, and drug screening is required before hire

The position starting range is $40,000 – $48,000 commensurate with experience and a complete benefits package of paid retirement, paid health insurance, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave.

*Annual Salary does not reflect overtime and holiday pay.

POLICE OFFICER

The Johnson Police Department is also accepting applications for a state certified police officer and non-certified applicants. All applicants must pass a written test and a physical fitness test, before a job interview is given. This position offers a competitive starting wage of $16.35 non-certified to a max of $21.63 certified officers. The city also offers a complete benefits package of LOPFI retirement, paid health insurance, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave.

*Hourly rates do not reflect overtime and holiday pay

Applications and job descriptions may be obtained in person at the Johnson Police Department, located at 2904 Main Drive in Johnson from 8 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm Monday through Friday or http://cityofjohnson.com/pdfs/COP.pdf . Please attach a resume or CV to your application when submitting.

The City of Johnson is an EOE and a drug-free workplace.

Thursday, 13 December 2018 17:29

RESOLUTION 2018-20

RESOLUTI0N NO:2018 - 20


A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE 2018 BUDGET AND
AUTHORIZING EXECUTION 0F AGREEMENT
BETWEEN OWNER AND ENGINEER FOR
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES WITH EARTHPLAN DESIGN
ALTERNATIVES, P.A.

    WHEREAS, The City has had a long, pleasant and satisfying relationship with Earthplan Design Alternatives, P.A. providing various Engineering Services to the City with much of the service being related to planning;
    WHEREAS, City Staff and the Planning Commission recognize the need to totally review and revise the current Zoning Code and believe the experience and skills of Earthplan Design Alternatives, P.A. and their subcontractor in that respect will be invaluable to the process;
    WHEREAS, the City Staff and Planning Commission desire to obtain the services of Eailhplan Design Alternatives, P.A. for assistance in the Zoning Code review and revision;
    WHEREAS, the City Council is presented with an Agreement Between Owner and Engineer for Professional Services to acquire the services of Earthplan Design Alternatives, P.A. in regard to such project;
    WHEREAS, the City Council has, after discussion and deliberation, determined that Earthplan Design Alternatives, P.A. will best serve the needs of the City in regard to the provision of engineering services for the purposes set forth in the attached agreement; and,
    WHEREAS, the City Council desires to move forward with formalizing the City's agreement with Earthplan Design Alternatives, P.A. to obtain those service immediately which will require adding a line item to the 2018 Budget

    Owner and Engineer for Professional Services with Earthplan Design Alternatives, P.A. for the engineering services as described in the attached Agreement is approved; the Council has determined that the interest of the City, its residents and occupants will be best served by accepting and entering into said Agreement with Earthplan Design Alternatives, P.A. for the provision of the described engineering services and therefore competitive bidding is expressly waived.
    That there was no line item in the 2018 Budget for the services of an engineering firm respecting the Zoning Code and the Council desires to move forward immediately with obtaining those services pursuant to such Agreement in an amount not to exceed $ 12,000.00 for the remainder of this calendar year, therefore the 2018 Budget is amended to add a line item for "Engineer Agreement-Zoning Code Revision" in the amount of $ 12,000.00.
    The Mayor and Recorder-Treasurer should be and hereby are authorized to execute and deliver signed copies of the attached Agreement to Earthplan Design Alternatives, P.A., and to take all steps necessary to secure the anticipated services as specified in such Agreement and make payment for those services as invoiced per the Agreement, however not to exceed $12,000.00 in 2018.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 13TH day of November, 2018

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