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Michelle Horne

Michelle Horne

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 14:57

City of Johnson - Court Clerk Position

The City of Johnson is seeking a full time Clerk. This is an entry-level position with on the job training.


Responsibilities include general office duties. Successful candidates must demonstrate the following: confidentiality with court/police department matters, excellent interpersonal skills, math skills, basic computer skills and organizational skills. Successful candidates must be 18 or older, hold a high school diploma or equivalent, and have a valid driver’s license. 

This position offers competitive pay based on experience and a complete benefits package. Please apply in person at City of Johnson Police Department, 2904 Main Drive.

The City of Johnson, Arkansas is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications will be accepted through Feb 8, 2019.

Background check and drug screening are required.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 17:06

December 13, 2016

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
DECEMBER 13, 2016

 

Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:05 pm.

Present were Aldermen 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/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson; Aldermen Richard McMullen and Dan Cross were absent.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the November 7,2016 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved.

Mayor Keeney amended the agenda to add the appointment of a new Planning Commissioner after the Mayor's report.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 32 new cases were opened, 28 of which were closed. Chief Sisemore stated that there had been a bank robbery at lst National Bank and the department is working with the FBI but here is very little to go on. This was the first bank robbery ever in Johnson.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 35 calls for service, 361 YTD. Chief Mills stated the department was losing Konrad Anderson to other employment and he will be replaced with a full time fire fighter. Public Works Director Jerry Morrow stated 2 employees received minor injuries when they were hit by a car driving into the ditch® Morrow stated he has done some MS4 inspections and supervised the new guardrail installation; the old guardrail was torn out by a truck.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 2 new building permits issued. Wilson stated he attended the ribbon cutting at La Media Luna Restaurant and he had worked on plan reviews, vehicle maintenance and attended a number of meetings.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback and Property Taxes have been received, but Sales Taxes have not. The expected Property Tax bump in November totaled $165,453.54 (General $149,057.54 Street $16,396.12). The funds were invested in a $100,000.00 CD bringing the City's contingency balance to $1,008/308.99. City finances were impacted by the continuing audit by DFA of City Sales Tax rebates. Instead of the expected amount of $50,000+ in city sales tax, the City received $24,000. $100,000 was transferred to the Street Fund to pay for the trailhead upon completion.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated he has been working on the fire department agreement, getting the SOP for the PD in line and the animal sheltering agreement. Wright stated most of his time has been spent on court changes and large dockets. 

Mayor Keeney recognized Alderman Dan Cross for his 5 years of service to the City as an Alderman.

Mayor Keeney asked for the Council's approval of a one-time pay increase to net out $200.00 to each City employee. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the request and was seconded by Hunter Haynes, All approved.

Mayor Keeney stated the lawsuit continues and his feeling is that Ashby is hoping at some point in the future They will get a permit and Casper is going to litigate until they get a permit.

Mayor Keeney stated Johnson Square should be starting soon.

Mayor Keeney stated Stewart Walton will be stepping down from the Planning Commission December 31 at the end of his term. Mayor Keeney asked for approval his appoint of Richard Cromwell, who lives in Heritage Hills; to a term starting January 1,2017 and going through December 31, 2021. Hunter Haynes made a motion to approve this appointment and was seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.

Unfinished Business:

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-20 AN ORDINANCE VACATING A UTILITY EASEMENT ALONG THE SOUTH BOUNDARY OF OLD LOT 208 (PARCEL NO. 785-19319-000) CLEAR CREEK SUBDIVISION, PHASE VII, AND
FOR OTHER PURPOSES and ORDINANCE 2016-21 AN ORDINANCE VACATING A UTILITY EASEMENT ALONG PORTION OF NORTH BOUNDARY OF LOT 211 CLEAR CREEK SUBDIVISION, PHASE VII AND FOR OTHER
PURPOSES' Motion to take both Ordinances off the table was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski All approved. Motion to return these Ordinances to the Planning Commission until such time as their conditions have been met was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved.

New Business:

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2016-10 A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR AND ADOPTING A BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS; FOR THE TWELVE (12) MONTHS BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2017, AND
ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2017; APPROPRIATING MONEY FOR EACH AND EVERY ITEM OF EXPENDITURE THEREIN PROVIDED FOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the Budget is put forth
By the Budget and Finance Committee. There was some discussion about potential sales tax revenue. Motion to approve RESOLUTlON 2016-10 was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2016-11 A RESOLUTION CONCERNING APPOINTMENT AND APPROVAL OF MUNICIPAL ATTORNEY FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS. Motion to approve RESOLUTION 2016-11
was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2016-12 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN CITY OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT FOR FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES BETWEEN THE CITY OF JOHNSON AREAS VOLUNTEER
FIRE DEPARTMENT. Motion to approve RESOLUTION 2016-12 with the correction to 12 hours on the agreement was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2016-13 A RESOLUTION CONFIRMING APPOINTMENT BY DISTRICT JUDGE JEFF HARPER AND GRAHAM NATIONS OF RACHEL GUENTHER AS COURT CLERK FOR THE JOHNSON

DEPARTMENT OF THE WASHINGTON COUNTY DISTRICT COURT AND THE APPOINTMENT OF SUZY WALKER AND CHERYL MORGAN AS DEPUTY COURT CLERKS AND DESIGNATION OF COLLECTOR FOR THE JOHNSON
DEPARTMENT. Motion to approve RESOLUTION 2016-13 was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2016-14 A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE JOHNSON POLICE DEPARTMENT POLICY AND STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE MANUAL TO ADOPT POLICIES AND
PROCEDURES FOR POLICE BODY CAMERA RECORDING. Motion to approve RESOLUTION 2016-14 was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2016-15 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF CONTRACT WITH TOMLINSON ASPHALT CO., lNC.TO COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION OF CAROL VAN SCYOC TRAILHEAD.
Motion to approve RESOLUTION 2016-15 was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Bill Burnett. 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. Bill Burnett made a motion to pay the bills and Hunter Haynes seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney invited everyone present to attend a holiday potluck on at noon Friday, December 16 at City Hall.

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 6:37 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 20:36

November 7, 2016

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
NOVEMBER 7, 2016

 

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

Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Hunter Haynes and Bob Fant. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Marshal Todd Witzigman, Public Works Director Jerry Morrow and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. Alderman Melissa Posinski was absent.

Mayor Keeney amended the agenda to add Resolution 2016-09 to New Business. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.

Mayor Keeney also amended the agenda to make appointments to the Personnel Committee. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved. Motion to approve Jennifer Allen's term until 7/15/19 was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Bob Fant. All approved. Motion to approve Hunter Haynes' term until 7/15/2019 was made by Bob Fant and seconded by  Richard McMullen. All approved. Motion to approve Jamie Holland's term to 7/15/2017 was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the October 13, 2016 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 30 new cases were opened, 27 of which were closed. Chief Sisemore stated that with a full staff there is less overtime and the department is going through racial pro filing and domestic violence training.

Fire Marshal Todd Witzigman stated there were 42 calls for service; 26 EMS, 8 wrecks and 5 fires and the department issued 5 burn permits,

Public Works Director Jerry Morrow stated the department has cleared the creeks and the tree removal along Johnson Road is complete. Morrow stated street sweeping on the main collectors and arterials is complete and the process will be done again in the spring to all the City streets.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 3 new building permits issued and 28 inspections completed. Wilson stated he had worked on plan reviews, vehicle maintenance and attended a number of meetings.

Planning Commission Chairman Dan Cross stated the Planning Commission is going to consolidate Public Hearings into the Planning Commission meetings to reduce unproductive time.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the Personnel Committee met and discussed wages for 2017 budget

The Personnel Committee would like to put forth ORDINANCE 2016-29 to make changes to how the Sick Leave Bank operates; changing how contributions are handled to make and keep the bank solvent and allowing employees in crisis situations to be able to draw from the bank more than one time in a year. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to put ORDINANCE 2016-29 on the agenda under new business. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated that due to the early date of this month's meeting, no State Turnback, Property Taxes or Sales Taxes have been received; the expected November Property Tax bump of $140,000+ is due any day now. Allen stated the loan to purchase the triangle land was paid off on October 12, 2016. The City of Johnson is once again debt free! Allen stated the PD Tahoe came in on November 1, 2016 and cost $27,000.00 ($22,118.75 was paid out of the Act 988 Fund leaving a $5,000.00 balance, and $4,881,25 was paid out of the General Fund). GTS, Inc. was paid $34,650 on October 13, 2016 for the geotechnic study of the cave.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated our court will have the same judge we have currently for trials at the first of the year and will be called the Johnson Division of the Washington County District Court. Wright stated it has been determined that there need to be rules for the SOP to control the use of digiTICKET; he said he had been working on SOP changes for body cameras also. Wright stated he has completed the only outstanding appeal and been working on the solid waste contract.

Mayor Keeney stated the 2017 budget is coming together and will be ready for council in December.

Mayor Keeney stated the City has been included with the big 4 cities and Lowell to apply for the Big Jump Bike Program, which looks at bike trails not as recreation but as a mode of transportation.

Unfinished Business:

Mayor Keeney stated that there has been no change and ORDINANCE 2016-20 and ORDINANCE 2016-21 will remain tabled.

New Business:

Jeff Hatley of ORT gave an update on service provided in the area.

Mayor Keeney stated Judge Jeff Harper has approved the expenditure of $3,900 for a metal detector for the court room, but since the funds belong to the city and this item was not budgeted for, it requires the Council's approval. Dan Cross made a motion to approve the expenditure and Richard McMullen seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney stated 3 bids were received for the construction of the trailhead; the companies bidding were Fotchman, ARCO and Tomlinson. The Tomlinson bid came in the lowest at $97,387.02 and Dan Cross made a motion to accept their bid and was seconded by Bill Burnett citing the fact that they are a local company. All approved. R/T Allen requested clarification for where the payment should be taken from. After discussion about bikes being alternative transportation, it was  decided to move the trail expenses from the General Fund the Street Fund to more accurately reflect that usage. Dan Cross made a motion to approve the moving of an expense from General Fund to Street Fund and was seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.

Hunter Haynes excused himself.

Mayor Keeney stated that there were a couple of significant changes to the solid waste collection contract; it Is for 6 years, 3 years plus a 3 year extension; clean-up will be 2 days rather than 10 with 2 dumpsters and a
compaction truck with personnel to man it.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-28: AN ORDINANCE APPROVING A CONTRACT WITH INLAND WASTE SOLUTIONS, LLC TO PROVIDE RESIDENTIAL COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL OF SOLID WASTE AND
RECYCLABLES TO CUSTOMERS WITHIN JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, AND GRANTING A FRANCHISE TO INLAND WASTE SOLUTIONS, LLC TO PROVIDE RESIDENTIAL COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL OF SOLID WASTE AND
RECYCLABLES WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS AND OTHER MATTERS PERTAINING THERETO AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-28 by title
only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen,yes., Bill Burnett,yes., Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2016-28 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett,yes., Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause. Bob Fant made a motion to read the emergency clause and was seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Wright read the emergency clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes., Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross,yes., Bob Fant, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-28 was approved and takes effect immediately.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2016-09: A RESOLUTION APPROVING A CONTRACT BETWEEN WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS AND THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, TO PROVIDE ANIMAL SHELTERING SERVICES TO HE CITY OF JOHNSON. Motion to approve was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-29: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE PERSONNEL POLICY OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, APPLICABLE TO ALL EMPLOYEES INCLUDING THE JOHNSON POLICE DEPARTMENT BY AMENDING THE RULES OF THE SICK LEAVE BANK; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-29 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen,yes., Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross,yes., Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2016-29 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen,yes., Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross,yes., Bob Fant, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause. Dan Cross made a motion to read the emergency clause and was seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Wright read the emergency clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause. Motion to approve was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross,yes., Bob Fant, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-23 was approved and takes effect immediately.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to pay the bills from the General Fund, Street Fund, Act 988 Fund and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. Dan Cross made a motion to pay the bills and Bill Burnett seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bill Burnett and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 7:07 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 19:56

October 11, 2016

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
OCTOBER 11, 2016

 

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

Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross and Bob Fant. 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/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. Aldermen Hunter Haynes and Melissa Posinski were absent.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the September 13, 2016 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 29 new cases were opened, 26 of which were closed. Chief Sisemore stated the department is integrating digiTICKET with the court and they are working out the bugs.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 31 calls for service; 266 year to date. Mills stated Central EMS is happy at the station and the department is glad to have them; they are working on a partnership for toning.

Public Works Director Jerry Morrow stated he has received the permits from ADEQ to clear the creeks and they will start next week. Morrow stated tree removal along Johnson Road is underway. Morrow stated 3 temporary employees were hired; 1 is gone and the other 2 have been moved to full time. Morrow stated street sweeping will begin next week on Thursday and Friday nights 9:30 pm to 6:00 am. Morrow stated there are over 20 sunken sidewalks in the City and they are being prioritized for repair.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there was 1 new building permit issued and 24 inspections completed. Wilson stated he had worked on plan reviews, vehicle maintenance and attended the plaque dedication on the trail.

Planning Commission Chairman Dan Cross stated the Planning Commission would like to change how publication is done for Public Hearings.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback and Property Taxes have been received, but Sales Taxes have not. Allen stated Property Tax came in at $31,400.03 with the expected bump of $140,000+ due in November. Allen stated City finances rebounded in September when City Sales Tax came in at $76,111.59 balancing out the $20,000 received last month; City Sales Taxes are projected to be $50,000+ over budget this year. Allen stated that the Arkansas Legislative Audit Committee has sent out the official report of the City’s 2015 Audit. The Council discussed and considered the 2015 audit; Richard McMullen asked about the $110,000.00 debt shown and was told it was the triangle land purchase loan. Allen stated this report reflects the City's sixth straight year of clear audits! It also shows the City's cash balance as of 12/31/2015 as 1,273,467.00 ($900,000 of which is in CD's). Allen stated the payoff balance of the triangle land purchase loan is $11,755.77 and asked for the Council's approval to pay off the loan tomorrow and the City will be debt free. Bob Fant made a motion to approve paying off the loan and Richard McMullen seconded. All approved.

Allen stated that in preparation for the bill the City will receive for the 56th Street engineering, funds have Been put aside in the General Fund; this month an additional $50,000 was put aside in the Street Fund to help defer this cost.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated he has been working on the sign ordinance lawsuit, the easement ordinance; the burn permit ordinance and the solid waste bids. Wright stated the only active appeal will wrap up this month. Wright stated as of January 1, 2017, the new court system will be in place and our court will be called the Johnson Division of the Washington County District Court; with this change, the City will no longer be responsible for the Judge's salary or APERS.

Mayor Keeney stated there was a public meeting in Springdale regarding 56th Street; the map was discussed and comment forms were made available.

Unfinished Business:

Mayor Keeney stated that ORDINANCE 2016-20 and ORDINANCE 2016-21 will remain tabled.

New Business:

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-23: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 2.48 PERSONNEL POLICY; TITLE 2 OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE AND ADOPTING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CITY OF JOHNSON PERSONNEL HANDBOOK OF 2016, DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-23 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen; yes; Bill Burnett; yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2016-23 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Richard McMullen.
Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett,yes., Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause. Bob Fant made a motion to read the emergency clause and was seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Wright read the emergency clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett; yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-23 was approved and takes effect immediately.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-24: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 7 OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE BY REPEALING CHAPTER 7.16 AND ADOPTING A NEW CHAPTER 7.16; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-24 by title only; waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. It was clarified that the purpose of the Ordinance is to adopt the new fire code and to allow burning in yards with a permit from the Fire Department. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2016-24 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett; yes; Dan Cross; yes; Bob Fant, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause. Bob Fant made a motion to read the emergency clause and was seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen; yes; Bill Burnett; yes; Dan Cross; yes; Bob Fant; yes. City Attorney Wright read the emergency Clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen: yes., Bill Burnett; yes., Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant; yes. ORDINANCE 2016-24 was approved and takes effect immediately.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-25: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 7 0F THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE BY AMENDING THE CHAPTER LISTING UNDER TITLE 7 AND BY ADDING CHAPTER 7.18 TO PROVIDE A PERMIT PROCESS FOR DISPOSAL OF LARGER QUANTITIES OF NATURAL VEGETATION BY CITIZENS OF JOHNSON. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-25 by title only waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett; yes; Dan Cross; yes., Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2016-25 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen; yes, Bill Burnett; yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-25 was approved.

Dan Cross made a motion to approve a $12.00 annual fee for a permit to access this site and was seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-26: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 2007-10 (STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES FOR PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT)AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-26 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett; yes, Dan Cross; yes; Bob Fant; yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. It was clarified that The passing of this ordinance is to correct a posting error made when Ordinance 2016-17 was passed in July. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2016-26 by title only, waving the readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen; yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan  Cross,yes., Bob Fant, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-26 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-27 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND T[TLE 5, HEALTH AND SANITATION, REPLACING CHAPTER 5.04 MAINTENANCE OF REAL PROPERTY, AND REPEALING CHAPTER 5.16 OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-27 by title only; waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this Reading of ORDINANCE 2016-27 by title only, waivjng the second and thjrd readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen,yes., Bill Burnett,yes., Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-27 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2016-08 A RESOLUTION LEVYING A TAX ON THE REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FOR THE YEAR 2016, FIXING THE RATE THEREOF AT 5 MILLS; AND CERTIFYING THE SAME TO THE COUNTY CLERK OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS. Mayor Keeney read the resolution. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the resolution and Richard McMullen seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney stated the next council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 6:00 pm which is also the day of the general election. The room Council meetings are held in is the same room used as a polling place on Election Day. Dan Cross made a motion to move the next council meeting to Monday, November 7, 2016 at 6:00 pm and was seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to pay the bills from the General Fund, Street Fund, Act 988 Fund and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. 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 Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 7:27 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,


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Monday, 17 December 2018 21:19

September 9, 2016

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
SEPTEMBER 9, 2016

 

Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 10:30 am.

Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Dan Cross, Hunter Haynes and Bob Fant. Also present was Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer AIlen, City Attorney Danny Wright and Attorneys Justin Eichmann and Tom Kieklak. Aldermen Bill Burnett and Melissa Posinski were not present.

Attorney Tom Kieklak presented a proposed settlement from the plaintiffs to the pending lawsuit, which fell apart late last night. The proposed settlement and the implications and ramifications of said settlement were discussed at length.

Johnson residents Steven Haile, Henry Layes, Judy Bond and Mike and Dana Scott all spoke against having billboards at all and urged the Council to repeal Ordinance 2016-16 by approving Ordinance 2016-19. Haile cited concerns for safety, light blinding motorists, light shining in resident's windows. and the adjacent dark skies policy in neighboring Fayetteville as valid reasons to ban the digital billboards.

Bob Fant stated he wanted to settle all this in the City's favor and there are too many loopholes now to take a settlement. Hunter Haynes agreed, but stated he hears what the residents are saying and continued discussion of a settlement is a point of negotiation. Dan Cross stated he was not in favor of a settlement at this time. Richard McMullen stated he was not interested in a settlement and wants to repeal the ordinance today.

Hunter Haynes made a motion to have the City's legal counsel be in contact with the plaintiff's counsel concerning the proposed settlement and was seconded by Bob Fant. This was discussed. Mayor Keeney called for a vote on the motion. Hunter Haynes and Bob Fant voted for the motion, Dan Cross and Richard McMullen voted against. The motion failed.

There was discussion regarding ORDINANCE NO. 2016-19: AN ORDINANCE TO REPEAL ORDINANCE NO. 2016-16 IN ITS ENTIRETY, DECLARING AN EMERGENCY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Dan Cross made a motion to table ORDINANCE NO. 2016-19 and was seconded by Hunter Haynes. There was more discussion. Mayor Keeney asked for a vote to approve tabling the Ordinance. Cross, Haynes and Fant voted, ves. McMullen voted no. Mayor Keeney voted yes and with the 4th vote for, the motion to table was approved.

Dan Cross excused himself to attend a previously scheduled appointment. Discussion continued. The Council discussed the option to have the attorneys draft a moratorium for the City on approval and acceptance of sign applications for 60 days so all of the concerns brought up at this meeting could be properly addressed. All approved this action including Mayor Keeney.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 12:04 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

Monday, 17 December 2018 20:42

August 26, 2016

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
AUGUST 26, 2016

 

Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 8:00 am.

Present were Aldermen Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Bob Fant and Melissa Posinski. Also present was Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen and Attorneys Justin Eichmann and Tom Kieklak. Aldermen Richard McMullen and Hunter Haynes were not present.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE NO. 2016-18: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 7.12.04 PLACES OF CHAPTER 7.12: POSTING OF ORDINANCES OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE SPECIFYING THE PLACES FOR POSTING OF ORDINANCES AND OTHER NOTICES, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-18 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Bill Burnett,Yes., Dan Cross,yes., Bob Fant,yes., Melissa Posinski, yes. Attorney Justin Eichmann read the ordinance. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2016-18 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross,yes., Bob Fant,yes., Melissa Posinski, yes. Eichmann read the emergency clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Bill Burnett,Yes., Dan Cross,yes., Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE NO. 2016-18 was approved and goes into effect immediately,

There was discussion regarding the situation leading up to ORDINANCE NO. 2016-19: AN ORDINANCE TO REPEAL ORDINANCE NO. 2016-16 IN ITS ENTIRETY, DECLARING AN
EMERGENCY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. No action was taken

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 8:22 am.

Respectfully Submitted,

Monday, 17 December 2018 19:08

August 24, 2016

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
AUGUST 24, 2016

 

Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 3:20 pm.

Present were Aldermen Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Bob Fant and Melissa Posinski. Also present was Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen. Aldermen Richard McMullen and Hunter Haynes were not present.

Mayor Keeney stated the purpose of the meeting is to retain the services of an outside law firm in the event the City Attorney is out of town or otherwise not available to represent the City. Justin Eichmann and Tom Kieklak of Harrington Miller presented their credentials and Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to engage the firm due to their previous relationship with the City, and the recommendations of Mark Hayes of ARML legal section and City Attorney Danny Wright. Bob Fant made the motion to approve this request and was seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 3:26 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

*Please see attachment for complete document

Monday, 17 December 2018 19:07

August 9, 2016

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
AUGUST 9, 2016

 

Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm and declared a quorum was present with his vote.

Present were Aldermen Dan Cross, Bob Fant and Melissa Posinski. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Public Works Director Jerry Morrow and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett and Hunter Haynes were not present.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the July 12, 2016 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved including Mayor Keeney.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 25 new cases were opened, 23 of which were closed. Chief Sisemore stated the department is at full staff; 1 new officer has completed field training and 2 more will be done in 30 days.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 38 calls for service; 220 year to date as compared to 156 this time last year. Mills stated there have been some maintenance issues with the trucks, the newest one is 20 years old. Mills stated it is time to start looking at replacing the apparatus pumper which could run from $175,000 used to $600,000 new. Mills stated they have applied for grants to purchase new equipment.

Public Works Director Jerry Morrow said the department has been cleaning out the shop, planting on the hill and mowing. Morrow stated he is working on Fall Clean-Up and ADEQ permits to clear Ball Street bridge. Morrow stated he has had an employee give notice and he will be looking for more help.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there was 1 new building permit issued and 2 final inspections. Wilson stated he had numerous meetings with EDA, City Attorney Danny Wright and the Mayor, and attended TPR and Planning Commission. Planning Commission Chairman Dan Cross stated they are happy with the new Commissioner and are glad to have a full Commission again.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback has been received, but Property Taxes and Sales Taxes have not. Allen stated $43,816.03 in SITT money from the state was deposited to and held in the City's LOPFl account; these funds should cover 4-5 months of the City contribution of 23% of our officers' salaries paid each month. Allen stated the final filing date for the November 2016 General election is noon on Friday, August 19, 2016.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated he worked on the sign ordinance including a meeting with an I-49 property owner, worked on the PUD ordinance that will be presented shortly, worked on the cleanup ordinance to go to the Planning Commission and researched the coming changes with the Department of Finance and how the Judges will be paid.

Mayor Keeney stated Fayetteville is giving the City the light at Wilkerson and Joyce and Signal Tech is working on the cost for creating pedestrian crosswalks at this intersection and the intersection at Wilkerson and Main.

Mayor Keeney stated the topographical study at the trailhead site should be completed by next week and bid packets to complete the project can then be created.

Mayor Keeney stated the Illinois’ Watershed-is concerned about stream bank erosion and flow; Sandy Formica should be at next month's meeting to address this.

Unfinished Business:

None

New Business:

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-17: AN ORDINANCE TO ADOPT THE REVISED TEXT OF THE JOHNSON SQUARE PUD ZONING STANDARDS. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-17 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll calf: Dan Cross,yes., Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski-, yes; Mayor Keeney, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2016-17, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes; Mayor Keeney, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-17 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 including Mayor Keeney.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Bob Fant. All approved including Mayor Keeney. The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Monday, 17 December 2018 17:38

July 12, 2016

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
JULY 12, 2016

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

Present were Aldermen Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, 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 and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist clay Wilson. Aldermen Richard MCMullen was absent.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the June 14, 2016 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the June 27, 2016 special council meeting. Melissa Posinski made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 33 new cases were opened, 31 of which were closed. Chief Sisemore stated he has ordered a new Tahoe which is included in the budget; with trade in the cost will be $27,000 and outfitting it can be paid for out of the Act 988 Fund.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 31 calls for services, mostly EMS. Heat related calls and brush fires are common this time of year.

Mayor Keeney said the Public Works Department has been doing a lot of city maintenance and mowing. A topographical study of the current red dirt at the trailhead site is being done before bid packets to complete the project can be created.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 8 new building permits. Wilson stated he had numerous meetings with EDA, City Attorney Danny
Wright and the Mayor. Wilson stated the water fountain at the park needs to be replaced and suggested it be budgeted for next year.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated $50,000 was transferred to the LOPFI Fund to cover police officer retirement. SITT money from the state should be deposited to the City's LOPFI account this month, but has only been enough to cover 4-5 months in the
past.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated he worked on the contract and resolution for the GTS special meeting and has been working on changes to the proposed property maintenance ordinance. This should go to the Planning Commission at the August meeting. Wright stated he there is one appeal to circuit court and he completed his CLE requirements in Little Rock.

Mayor Keeney stated construction has begun on the new lift station and it is a 180 day project. Once the new one is completed, it will become the main station and the old one will be improved to handle any future growth. Mayor Keeney stated the top candidate for the Public Works Director position will have a second interview tomorrow. This candidate is a certified engineer.

Mayor Keeney asked for the Council's confirmation of his appointment of Les Garrett to the Planning Commission. Dan Cross made a motion to approve the appointment and was seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.

Unfinished Business:
None

New Business:

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-16: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 2007-09 THE JOHNSON SIGN ORDINANCE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-16 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Dan Cross, Roll call: Bill Burnett,yes., Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney opened the floor for discussion. From this discussion came two amendments to the ordinance. A motion to remove the language requiring commercial or industrial structures to be located on the same parcel as the proposed sign was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved. A motion to reduce the height to 45' above grade and reduce square footage to 480 square feet was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Bob Fant. All approved. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve ORDINANCE 2016-16 as amended, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross,yes., Hunter Haynes,yes., Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-16 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 Bill Burnett seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 7:17 pm.

Respectfully Submitted

Monday, 17 December 2018 17:31

June 27, 2016

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
JUNE 27, 2016

 

Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 1:31 Pm.

Present were Aldermen Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Hunter Haynes, Bob Fant and Melissa Posinski. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen and City Attorney Danny Wright.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2016-07: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION 0F CONTRACT WITH GTS, INC., FOR STRUCTURAL EVALUATION OF AN EXISTING CAVE. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read RESOLUTION 2016-07 which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved. City Attorney Danny Wright read the resolution. Mayor Keeney stated the Walton Family Foundation has granted the City money to have the structural evaluation of the cave done with the hopes that it will be developable into an underground bike park with trails going over the top also. Dan Cross made a motion to approve the resolution and was seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approve.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Bob Fant. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 1:37 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

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