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City Council Minutes

September 11. 2007

City of Johnson
Minutes of Council Meeting
September 11. 2007


Mayor Lonnie Barron called the council meeting to order at 6:00 PM.
Present were Aldermen Bill Burnett, Buddy Curry, 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.
Aldermen Melissia Tomlinson and Tom Bramlettwere absent.
Mayor Barron asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the August 14, 2007 council meeting. Buddy Curry made a
motion to approve the minutes as written and Bob Fant seconded. All approved.
Monthly Report of Department Heads:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated there had been an increase in breakingand entering, and they are waltingfor
information from the crime lab on two unattended deaths. Chief Sisemore stated that the stairs and handrail behind
City Hall were unsafe. Discussion was had. Sisemore stated he wanted to move the stairs to where the slope was not so
steep. Motion to approve this project due to safety concerns and get bids was made by Bob Fantand seconded by
Buddy Curry. All approved. Sisemore stated there is a continuing problem with the dog and cat issue. Sisemore stated a
dog had been hit and taken to the vet over the weekend which was very costly before being put down. Mayor Barron
stated the count/ was working on a shelter.
State Fire Marshal/Asst. Fire Chief Herb Beitel stated the Johnson Area Volunteer Rre Department had answered 194
calls for service year to date. Beitel stated October was National Rre Prevention Month. Beitel stated the department
has completed NIMS training in compliance with Homeland Security.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated there is a drainage problem at 2383 Mary and asked the council for
permission to run a 2 foot concrete swale through the property with the homeowners approval. City Attorney Danny
Wright stated a signed easement will be needed from both property owners, and reminded the council of what
happened the last time the city got involved with drainage issues on private property. Buddy Curry stated the owner of
the properly in back needs to give their permission also. Curry made a motion to proceed once the releases were
signed by all parties and was seconded by Bob Fant All approved. Birchfield stated he was looking to put a
plow/spreader on the one ton truck for approximately $10,000.00. Fant asked that Birchfield bring in bids and
proposal next month.
Building Official Matt Bailey stated 2 building permits had been issued and he was working on new permit forms.
Bailey stated he had done 33 inspections and 10 code complaints. Bailey stated he was working on a new fee
schedule.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the Ragen Stone of the Main Street Bakery and Grill was organizing a city
wide yard sale for the end of October and had requested the city's support. Buddy Curry stated it was a great way to get
Johnson Days started again. Mayor Barron stated he would let the ladies know they had the city's support.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated he appreciated the JPD having a detective on staff as Denny Upton's work helped in a
case recently involving copper theft Wright stated there had been 2 or 3 appealslately and he didn't know what was
causing the increase. Wright stated the council all had 8x14 copies of the Master Street Plan and the engineers did a
good job. Wright stated he could not answer the questions about 48"1 St. as it was built piecemeal as the property was
developed. Wright stated he could find 2 instrument numbers that show a pie piece of property but not the whole
thing. Wright stated an Ordinance of the final plat needs to have a complete map, but there is no final plat for this
development, and as far as he can tell there is no one the city can pin the completion on. This topic is on the agenda
later.
Mayor Barron stated the SAFER grant has been sent in By Danny Hale, but the fire truck grant was denied. Mayor
Barren stated a rep for Boozman said to resubmit the fire truck grant again as soon as it opens because the grant was
well done and there is a need there. Mayor Barron stated the grant for fire department equipment had not been
decided, but the city does not qualify for any state grants.
Mayor Barron stated a new flag and flagpole had been donated to the city by Fadil Bayyari in memory of Barbara
Dillard, a longtime city employee who passed away the end of July. Mayor Barron stated SWEPCO will set the pole,
Chief Sisemore will coordinate the installation of a block surround, and Heritage Monument donated the monument
block. Mayor Barron stated he had written a letter to Mr. Bayyari and to Doc Dillard, Barbara's husband.
Representative Jon Woods gave the city a state flag and the pole will be tall enough to fly both flags.
Mayor Barron stated that Colette Norman had resigned forfamlly reasons and the city had received 93 applications for
the position.
Mayor Barron stated the new fee schedule Matt has been working on should be ready to for the next council meeting.
Mayor Barron stated there are state grants available for trails and he would like to see a walking trail in Johnson if a
place could be found. Mayor Barron stated he is open to any input and really wants the city to work on this.
Unfinished Business: none
New Business:
Mayor Barron presented ORDINANCE 2007-12: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING VARIOUS STATE ADOPTED AND WIDELY
USED BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION, MAINTENANCE AND TECHNICAL CODES ; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES AND
DECLARING AN EMERGENCYTO EXIST. Mayor Barron asked fora motion to read the Ordinance by title only. Bob Fant
made a motion to read the ordinance by title only and was seconded by Clay Dodson. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy
Curry, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Clay Dodson, yes. Crty Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Barron
asked for a motion to approve this first reading by title only. Buddy Curry made a motion to accept this first reading
and Clay Dodson seconded. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, 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 Clay Dodson seconded. Roll call: Bill
Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Clay Dodson, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title
only. Mayor Barron asked for a motion to approve this second reading by title only. Bob Fant made a motion to accept
this second reading and Buddy Curry seconded. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, 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.
Buddy Curry made a motion to suspend the rules and continue on to the third reading by title only and Clay Dodson
seconded. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Clay Dodson. yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read
the ordinance by title only. Mayor Barron asked for a motion to approve this third reading by title only. Buddy Curry
made a motion to accept this third reading by title only and Clay Dodson seconded. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy
Curry, yes; Bob Fant. yes; Clay Dodson, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the emergency clause. Mayor Barron
asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause. Bill Burnett made a motion to approve the emergency clause and
Buddy Curry seconded. Roll call: Bid Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Clay Dodson, yes. ORDINANCE
2O07-12 was approved and goes into effect immediately.
Tracy Hoskins of Paradigm Development presented The Steps at Joyce, a new name for what has been called Hoskins
Heights and had Jeff Cooperstein from the U of A speak about creating a TIF district to pay for the infra structure in this
development. Discussion was had. Hoskins stated Paradigm will pay all expenses to get the TIF in place. More
discussion was had. Hoskins stated having the U of A research and study this is expensive and he needed the council's
support to proceed with the study to see if a TIF is even possible. More discussion was had. No motion was made but
the council is willingto have this researched more fully and then review the options.
Mayor Barron stated that 4-8™ Street is still in limbo and that he and City Attorney Wright have done extensive research
on this. Mayor Barron stated they are trying to track down the construction plans to save on the cost of having the road
re-engineered. City Attorney Wright stated he is not sure if the easements are in place. Bob Fant asked the Mayor to
get a cost estimate to complete the road as designed both with the spur and without the spur because the road has got
to be done. Mayor Barron stated he would get the cost estimates and try to have them ready by the next council
meeting.
Mayor Barron stated the Fall Cleanup will be from September 14th through the 28th.
Bob Fant made a motion to let the JAVFD use the City Park for display of fire safety banners and distribution of fire
safety information and was seconded by Buddy Curry. All approved.
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 Fant and seconded by Buddy Curry. All approved
and the meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM.