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City Council Minutes

February 13. 2007

City of Johnson
Minutes of Council Meeting
February 13. 2007
Mayor Lonnie Barron called the council meeting to order at 6:00 PM.
Present were Aldermen Melissia Tomlinson, Travis Rodgers, Buddy Curry, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fantand Clay
Dodson. Also present were Chief of Police Vernon Sisemore, City Attorney Danny Wright, Street
Superintendent Randy Birchfield and Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen.
Mayor Barron stated thatJim Boyd, judge for the Johnson City Court, had passed away and extended his
sympathy to the family.
Mayor Barron asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the January 9, 2007 council meeting. Bob Fant
made a motion to approve the minutes as written and Buddy Curry seconded. All approved.
Monthly Report of Department Heads:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated things have been nice and quiet. Sisemore stated they had 1 burglary
when 10 high schoolers broke into Zero Mountain, and stole tequila lime chicken wings, but the case was
Fire Department Chief Matt Mills of the Johnson Area Volunteer Fire Department had made 31 runs year to
date compared to 23 runs in the same period last year. Mills stated the JAVFD had been back billed by
LOPFI for $25,993.00 after telling them there would be no back bill. Mills stated this amount can be paid
out of the emergency fund but may cause hours to be cut in the 4th quarter. Mills stated the JAVFD was
working on some grants.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the Johnson Spring Clean Up would be April 13-23, 2007.
Birchfield stated it only cost $1,200 of the $2,000.00 approved to tear down the old shop that was in bad
shape. Birchfield stated the breaker panel had been labeled in City Hall. Birchfield stated Slape St. is all torn
up and asked Buddy Curry if the PC had any conversation with the builders of Meadow View Apts. about
returning Slape St. to its pre-construction condition and Curry said no. Birchfield asked for the council's
approval to spend $1,800.00 for new bearings for the John Deere Tractor and stated the money was in the
budget Buddy Curry made a motion to approve the expense and Bob Fant seconded. All approved. Birchfield
asked for approval to use the $12,000.00 in the budget for a new pick up for a snow plow/spreader instead.
Discussion was had. The council stated the snow plow/spreader was not needed at this time.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated 2 building permits {both residential) and 13 mechanical permits
were issued in January. Allen stated City Attorney Danny Wright had contacted the Municipal League Health
Benefit Fund and no changes can be made to the City's healthcare plan deductible until next year because of
the high payout to premium ratio. Allen stated it is possible for the premiums to go down July 1, 2007 if the
amount of claims drops significantly.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated Judge Jim Boyd's wife Diane has been filling in for him in his absence and
asked that Mayor Barron appoint her and have the council vote so there is continuity. Mayor Barron stated
appointed Diane Boyd to City Judge and asked fora motion to approve, which was made by Bob Fant. Buddy
Curry seconded and all approved. Wright stated a detailed report of his duties performed in 2006 as
required by state law is available at City Hall. Wright stated the municipal code was never adopted and the
City is working off ordinances until it is. Wright stated the code codifies the ordinances in a more compact
package and an ordinance must be passed to put it in place. Wright stated the ordinances are in number
order, nottopically organized which is whatthe codification does. Wrightstated thatanything left out can be
a problem so the council and department heads need to go through it thoroughly and suggested the council
meet early before meetings to do this. Wright stated this will take a lot of extra work. Mayor Barren
suggested meeting at 5:30 before the next council meeting to start this process and all agreed.
Mayor Lonnie Barren stated Chief Vernon Sisemore had been appointed to the Public Safely Advisory
Committee of the Arkansas Municipal League at the winter meeting in January.
Mayor Barren stated Mrs. Skelton wants to build a Veteran's Park in Johnson. Mayor Barron stated she is not
asking for land or money, just wants the City's permission to build it here, and they will be responsible for the
upkeep. City Attorney Wrightstated it has to meetall of the building codes. Discussion was had. The Council
approved having it here in town and asked that she reports back before placing it.
Mayor Barron recommended to the Council that Danny Hale be hired as a grant writer. Mayor Barron stated
Hale is trust worthy and does notwantany money unless he secures a grant, a percentage only of money
received. City Attorney Wright stated someone in his office found a contract on the internet but he had not
reviewed it yet. Bob Fant stated he wanted Hale to come up with a figure. Mayor Barron asked for a motion
to approve hiring Hale, and to work out payment plan for next month's meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to
move forward with negotiations. Wrightstated any payment had to come out of the general fund, not the
grant money itself. Melissia Tomlinson seconded and all approved.
Mayor Barron stated City Hall would be closed on Monday, February 19. 2007 for President's Day.
Mayor Barron stated renovations are being done in City Hall and the carpet is in bad need of replacing.
Mayor Barron stated there is money in the budget for repairs and building maintenance, and the PD had
done a lot of work in that new building also. Bob Fant stated as long renovations were in line with the
budget it was safe to make changes.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Barron stated there was no unfinished business from last month.
New Business:
Mayor Barron stated that the city is responsible for meeting an unfunded mandate from FEMAto be in
compliance with their guidelines for storm water management and in year 3 of a 5 year commitment nothing
has been done. Mayor Barron stated there are 6 minimum requirements of which 1, 2 and 6 are handled by
the U of A Co-op; 3, 4 and 5 are engineering things that no one in the city's employ has the knowledge or
expertise to do. Mayor Barron stated he doesn't know how to catch up and bring us into compliance without
hiring an engineer. Mayor Barron stated the NWARPC has recommended EDA, represented by Steve Hessey.
Discussion was had. Mayor Barron stated EDA will bill the City monthly so we don't have to pay all at once.
Travis Rodgers made a motion to hire EDA and was seconded by Buddy Curry. Discussion was had about
inspections. Mayor Barron called fora vote on the motion to employ EDA. All approved.
policy for the city employees is different from the police officers as theirs is set by the state. Bob Fant made
a motion to have the Resolution read by title only and was seconded by Buddy Curry. All approved. The
resolution was read by title only by City Attorney Danny Wright. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the
resolution and was seconded by Travis Rodgers. All approved.
Mayor Barron recognized Louise Woodcock to speak about privacy concerns from the apartments being built
by Elder Construction. Discussion was had. The Council told her the city had no control after the plans were
approved and her best bet is to get some of her neighbors together and go talk to the Elders.
Mayor Barron asked fora motion to pay the bills for the General and Street Funds which the council had
reviewed. Motion to pay these bills was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Tom Bramlett. All approved.
Mayor Barron asked fora motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Tom Bramlett,
Ail approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:24 PM.
.Respectfully Submitted,