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City Council Minutes

January 9. 2007

City of Johnson
Minutes of Council Meeting
January 9. 2007
Mayor Lonnie Barren called the council meeting to order at 6:00 PM.
Present were Aldermen Mellssia Tomlinson, Travis Rodgers, Buddy Curry, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fan tand 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 welcomed new AJderman Clay Dodson and thanked the council, staff and the citizens of
Johnson for their support.
Mayor Barron asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the December 12, 2006 council meeting. Tom
Bramlett made a motion to approve the minutes as written and Buddy Curry seconded. All approved,
Report of Department Heads:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore gave statistics for 2006 stating there were 2900 tickets written, 1208
warnings issued, calls for service increased 8% and criminal investigations increased 112%. Chief Sisemore
requested 2 new phone lines for the PD (4 total) at a cost $100.00 more per month. Mayor Barron stated
the lines for the PD should be split from City Hall so each office would only receive their own calls. Buddy
Curry made a motion to split the lines for City Hall and the PD and add 2 additional lines for the PD. Travis
Rodgers seconded and all approved.
Assistant Fire Department Chief Herb Beitel of the Johnson Area Volunteer Fire Department gave statistics for
20O6 stating it was their busiest year ever with 224 calls for service, up 27%. Beitel stated the JAVFD had
completed the ISO assessment as a Class 5 and was 5% away from a Class 4, which would lower resident's
insurance premiums. Beitel stated the had 5 full time employees and 2 part time employees and the station
was manned form 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Fire fighter Johnny Seals then presented Street Superintendent
Randy Birchfield with a plaque as an honorary Fire Fighter. Mayor Barron congratulated Birchfield and thanked the JAVFD for all that they do.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the Ball Street bridge culvert is open and the department has
been working on street signs and basic maintenance. Birchfield asked for $2,000.00 to tear down the old
shop that is in bad shape. Travis Rodgers made a motion to approve the request and was seconded by Bob
Fant. All approved. Birchfield stated that he had requested a fourth full time position when the budget was
discussed, but it was never voted on. Mayor Barron stated the money was in the budget but the full time
position was not approved. Buddy Curry made a motion to approve the position and was seconded by Travis
Rodgers. All approved.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated 36 building permits and 148 mechanical permits were issued in
2006, Allen stated 3 new businesses had opened recently: Adventure Video, Main Street Bakery & Grill and
World's UnderWater. Allen stated concerns had come up about the city's health insurance plan deductible
being raised to $500.00 from $200.00 (15O% increase), Allen stated 2 options were given to the city:
Class 7, $200.00 deductible, premiums $530.00/single $l,180.00/fami!y; or Class 6 $500.00 deductibie,
premiums $490.0O/single $l,O80.0O/family. Allen stated city currently pays 100% of the employees
coverage and 50% of family coverage. Travis Rodgers asked who made this decision and Allen stated Mayor
Long made the decision to go with the lower cost to the city but this should have been discussed in council.
Discussion was had. Bob Fant stated he found out just last week and the employees were given no choice
in the matter, and no warning that the deductible was going up so high. Fant stated that for a family of four,
$2,000.00 out of pocket before their insurance coverage was of any help. More discussion. City Attorney
Mayor Barren asked for a motion to have City Attorney Danny Wright and R/T Jennifer Allen contact the
Municipal League and change it if allowed, the motion was made by Travis Rodgers and seconded by Clay
Dodson. All approved with Bob Fantobstaining.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated he had worked on 2 appeals from Johnson City Court in 2006. Wright
stated he had received a letter back from Paul Pinkley's attorney regarding the water easement blockage
stating Pinkley is denying any responsibility.
Mayor Lonnie Barren stated he had talked with Mayor Van Hoose from Springdale and a design-team has not
been hired for Johnson Road, but that Patsy Christie said it would be done by the February meeting.
Mayor Barren stated he was working on hiring a grant writer that he knows personally and is very honest and
has experience writing grants. Mayor Barren stated he knows the city had a bad experience in the past, but
there are opportunities out there to receive grants.
Mayor Barren presented RESOLUTION 2007-01: A RESOLUTION CLARIFYING AND IDENTIFYING THETERMS
OF MEMBERS OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS. Mayor Barron stated
there is not a problem with the PC, this is a clerical item. Travis Rodgers asked if the city was happy with the
PC? Mayor Barron stated there was no problem that he knew of. Buddy Curry stated he had. been a member
for a longtime and this was the best PC in years. The resolution was read by City Attorney Danny Wright.
Bob Fant made a motion to approve the resolution and was seconded by Travis Rodgers. All approved.
Melissia Tomlinson stated that Don McCandless should seta better example. Buddy Curry asked if the
council could remove members and City Attorney Wright told him yes.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Barron presented ORDINANCE 2007-01; AN ORDINANCE ANNEXING TO THE CITY OF JOHNSON.
ARKANSAS, FIVE (5) PARCELS OF LAND IDENTIFIED IN "DECREE OF ANNEXATION" ENTERED DECEMBER 14,
2006, BY HONORABLE JERRY HUNTON IN CASE NO. CC-206-30 IN THE COUNTY COURT OF WASHINGTON
COUNTY, ARKANSAS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Barron stated this was a few scattered pieces of
property adjacent to the Clear Creek Development. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance for the
first time and Mayor Barron asked for a motion to approve this first reading. Bob Fant made a motion to
accept this first reading and Buddy Curry seconded. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Travis Rodgers, yes;
Buddy Curry, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Clay Dodson, yes. Mayor Barron asked for a motion to
suspend the rules and continue on to the second reading by title only. Bob Fant made a motion to suspend
the rules and continue on to the second reading by title only and Travis Rodgers seconded. Roli call:
Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Travis Rodgers, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Clay
Dodson, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance for the second time by title only and Mayor
Barron asked for a motion to approve this second reading. Buddy Curry made a motion to accept this second
reading and Tom Bramlett seconded. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Travis Rodgers, yes; Buddy Curry,
yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Clay Dodson, yes. Mayor Barron asked for a motion to suspend the
rules and continue on to the third reading by title only. Tom Bramlett made a motion to suspend the rules
and continue on to the third reading by title only and Bob Fantseconded. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes;
Travis Rodgers, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant yes; Clay Dodson, yes. City Attorney
Danny Wright read the ordinance for the third time by title only and Mayor Barron asked for a motion to
approve this third reading. Bob Fant made a motion to accept this third reading and Tom Bramlett seconded.
Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Travis Rodgers, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes;
Clay Dodson, yes. ORDINANCE 2007-01 was approved.
New Business:
Mayor Barron presented RESOLUTION 2007-02; A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN CITY OFFICIALS TO
EXECUTE CHECKS AND DRAFTS ON SPECIFIED ACCOUNTS OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON AND THE JOHNSON
POLICE DEPARTMENT. The resolution was read by City Attorney Danny Wright. Buddy Curry made a motion
to approve the resolution and was seconded by Travis Rodgers. All approved. Bob Fant stated he had been
on there foryears and had never signed a check.
Mayor Barron presented ORDINANCE 2007-02: AN ORDINANCE ACCEPTING THE DEDICATION TO THE CITY
OF JOHNSON OF WILLOW CREEK DRIVE AND THE APPURTENANT RIGHT OF WAY WHICH IS LOCATED IN THE
WILLOW CREEK SUBDIVISION, AND ADDITION TO THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS. Mayor Barron stated
this is just the roadway and doesn't include any of the hospital parking lot. City Attorney Danny Wright read
the ordinance for the first time and Mayor Barron asked for a motion to approve this first reading. Bob Fant
made a motion to accept this first reading and Travis Rodgers seconded. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes;
Travis Rodgers, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Clay Dodson, yes. Mayor Barron
asked fora motion to suspend the rules and continue on to the second reading by title only. Travis Rodgers
made a motion to suspend the rules and continue on to the second reading by title only and Tom Bramlett
seconded. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Travis Rodgers, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob
Fant, yes; Clay Dodson, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance for the second time by title only
and Mayor Barron asked for a motion to approve this second reading. Tom Bramlett made a motion to
accept this second reading and Bob Fant seconded. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Travis Rodgers, yes;
Buddy Curry, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Clay Dodson, yes. Mayor Barron asked for a motion to
suspend the rules and continue on to the third reading by title only. Bob Fant made a motion to suspend the
rules and continue on to the third reading by title only and Travis Rodgers seconded. Roll call: Melissia
Tomlinson, yes; Travis Rodgers, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant. yes; Clay Dodson, yes.
City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance for the third time by title only and Mayor Barron asked for a
motion to approve this third reading, Buddy Curry made a motion to accept this third reading and Travis
Rodgers seconded. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Travis Rodgers, yes; Buddy Curry, yes;-Tom Bramlett,
yes; Bob Fant, yes; Clay Dodson, yes. ORDINANCE 2007-02 was approved.
Mayor Barron stated the car driven by the previous mayor is on its last leg and the building inspector, Don
Fitzgerald, expects the city to provide him transportation. Mayor Barron stated the current car can be left for
the inspector to use and Chief Sisemore stated he can use it to put officers through evasive driving training
to get them certified without tearing up a patrol car. Mayor Barron stated that leaves him in need of
transportation. Discussion was had. Buddy Curry made a motion to pay Mayor Barron $20O.OO per month as
a transportation allowance and Travis Rodgers seconded. All approved. Buddy Curry stated he is not happy
with the building inspector needing transportation and thinks it should betaken out of his pay. Mayor Barron
stated the building inspector does a good job, he is certified with all of his credentials on file and he is paid
well, but he only works after 3:00 PM which is inconvenient for contractors and he said the city needs to
provide transportation or find someone else. Tom Bramlett stated he is going to training in February and will
ask around to see if someone else is qualified and interested in the position. Bob Fant asked where the
money comes from to pay the building inspector and R/T Jennifer Allen told him it is included in the cost of
mechanical and building permits. Mayor Barron stated that transportation will be provided for now and we
will look around for a replacement.
Mayor Barron stated he had spoken with Brandon Rogers and'they are getting ready to build across from Inn
at the Mill and have plans to build another four story office building.
Mayor Barron asked for a 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 Buddy Curry. All approved.
Mayor Barron asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fantand seconded by Buddy Curry. All
approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:17 PM.
Respectfully Submitted,