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City Council Minutes

February 12. 2008

CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
TUESDAY, 2/12/08
The meeting of the City of Johnson, Arkansas council meeting was called to order at 6:00
p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 by acting mayor, Jennifer Alien. Council members present
were Mclissia Tomiinson, Bill Burnett, Buddy Curry, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fant and Clay
Dodson. Buddy Curry moved to approve the minutes from the January 8_, 2008 meeting, and
seconded. Randy Birchfield advised that one of the police officers who resigned was incorrectly
named as Sgt Mills, but should have been Sgt Nevlll. The correction was noted and the motion
passed unanimously.
OPEN BIDS FOE. CITY TRAS'H SERVICE - The bids were announced by Jennifer
Allen. RollOff s bid was for $10.80 a month, with availability of yellow bags available for
consumers with small amounts of trash. The representative on hand explained the fees and
answered questions.
Waste Management quoted $14.26 per month, also with availability of yellow bags for
consumers with smaller amounts of trash. There was no representative to discuss their services.
After questions from the council Bob Fant moved to accept the RoilofT bid and for the
extra service bags to be available at City Hall for customers to purchase. Buddy Curry seconded.
The motion carried onanimously.
.DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS:
Police Department: Chief Vemon Sizemore reported, among other things, that
25 nexv cases were opened and 13 closed.
Fire Department: Chief Matt Mills reported that run volume is up3 two
firefighters were sent to school and Herb Bertie will go to inspectors school in March; one truck
is having problems and that there would be a controlled burning, dependant on the weather.
Street Department: Randy Birchfield
Building Official: Matt Bailey reported that 8 permits had been i ssued, 2
plan reviews, 13 code violations and 27 inspections.
Recorder/Treasurer: Jennifer Allen reported 11.0 letters sent for business
license renewal and 72 paid licenses to date.
City Attorney: Danny Wright reported that the PUD Ordinance had been
appealed to Circuit Court by Patrick Burton. Work is ready to start on 48th Street.
The council was advised that there had been a lawsuit filed, and that they should not talk to
anyone about this, had been filed against the city by Patrick Burton, the insurance agent.,
regarding the appeal of the Steps at Joyce/Hendrix Street
Mayor's Report: Ribbon cutting at the new Neo-Natal facility at Willow
Creek. Danny Wright's Statement of Service is available at City Hall for anyone to view.
ORDINANCE 2008-03 AGREEMENT FOR AMBULANCE SERVICES BETWEEN
WASHINGTON COUNTY AND CITIES NAMED IN THE ORDINANCE.
This was continued until the March meeting
' ORDINANCE 2008-04: AN ORDINANCE REPEALING ORDINANCE NO 156,
SUPPLEMENTING AND AMENDING ORDINANCE NO 2007-11 IN REGARD TO
REGULATION OF OPEN BURNING WITHIN JOHNSON, AR. DECLARING AN
EMERGENCY TO EXIST AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.'
Motion by Bob Fant, seconded by Buddy Curry, to read the ordinance by title only. Roll
call vote: yes by all council members
Danny Wright read the resolution by title only.
Motion by Bob FanL, seconded by Buddy Ctury, to accept the first reading by title only.
Roll call vote: yes by all council members
Motion by Bob Fant, seconded by Clay Dodson, to suspend the rules and continue to
second reading. Roll call vote: yes by all council members.
Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only the second time.
Motion by Buddy Curry, second by Tom Bramlett, to accept the second reading. Roll
call vote: yes by all council members.
Motion by Buddy Curry, second by Tom Bramlett, to suspend the rules and continue to
the third reading. Roll Call Vote: yes by all council members
Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only, third time.
Motion by Bob Fant and second by Tom Bramlett, to accept the third reading. Roll call
vote: yes by all council members.
Motion by Bob Fant, seconded by Buddy Curry, to accept the emergency clause. Roll call
vote: yes by all council members.
Ordinance 2008-04 is Approved and effective immediately
ORDINANCE 2008-05: STEPS AT JOYCE-PROJECT PLAN. AN ORDINANCE
APPROVING AND ADOPTING A PROJECT PLAN FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON
REDEVELOPMENT DTSTRICTNO. 1- THE STEPS AT JOYCE MIXED USE PROJECT;
ADOPTING A PLAN TO INCLUDE TAX INCREMENT FINANCING IN SUCH SUBJECT
PLAN. ORDINANCE TO BE SUBMITTED TO ATTORNEY DANNY WRIGHT
WITHOUT'THE EMERGENCY CLAUSE.
There can be three readings tonight but no emergency clause to be included.
Bob Fant moved to read the ordinance by title only, Buddy Curry seconded. Roll call
vote carried with Melissia Tomlinson voting NO and councilman Burnett, Curry, Bramlett, Fant
and Dodson voting YES.
Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only.
Buddy Curry moved to accept the 1 si reading, Tom Bramlett seconded and the roll call
vote carried with Melissia Tomlinson voting NO and councilmen Burnett, Curry, Bramlett, Fant
and Dodson voting YES.
Bob Fant moved to suspend the rules and continue to second reading, seconded by
Buddy Curry. Roll Call Vote carried with Melissia Tomlinson voting NO and councilmen
Burnett, Curry 7 Bramlett, Fant and Dodson voting YES.
Danny Wright read the ordinance the second time.
Motion by Buddy C urry, seconded by Bob Fant, to accept the second reading. Roll Call
vote carried with Melissia Tomlinson voting NO and councilmen Burnett, Curry, Bramlett, Fant
and Dodson voting yes.
Motion by Buddy Curry, seconded by Bill Burnett, to suspend the rules and continue to
third reading. Roll Call vote carried with Melissia Tomlinson voting "NO and councilmen
Burnett, Curry, Bramlett, Fant and Dodson voting yes.
Danny Wright read the ordinance the third time.
Bob Fant moved to accept the third reading. Bill Burnett seconded. The Roll Call vore
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carried with Melissia Tomlinson voting NO, councilman Burnett, Curry, Bramlett, Fant and
Dodson voting yes.
No. emergency clause was Included The ordinance is approved and will become effective
in 31 days from this date, if there is no challenge.
RESOLUTION 2008-03: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN CITY
OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE CHECKS AND DRAFTS ON SPECIFIED ACCOUNTS OF THE
CITY OF JOHNSON AND THE JOHNSON POLICE DEPARTMENT.
This is to'authorize certain officials to sign checks, Melissia Tomlinson asked about the
procedure of purchasing police cars.
Danny Wright read the Ordinance. Motion by Tom BramJett to accept the Resolution,
Melissia Tomlinson seconded and the motion carried Unanimously.
RESOLUTION 2008-04 RESOLUTION BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF JOHNSON,
STATE OF ARKANSAS, AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS TO
APPLY FORA GRANT ON BEHALF OF THE JOHNSON COMMUNITY.
Danny Wright read the Resolution. Bob Fant moved to approve the Resolution, seconded
by Bill Burnett and the motion passed unanimously,
RESOLUTION 2008-05: THIS IS A RESOLUTION TO ALLOW A COST SHARING
IMPROVEMENT OF MAIN DRIVE AND 71B, WITH THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE.
Danny Wright read the Resolution. Tom Bramlett moved to accept this resolution, Bill
Bnmett seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
Melissia Tomlinson had some questions regarding wage increase reflected in the Police
Department. Chief Sizem ore addressed this question and advised that he had discussed this "with
the mayor.
Also discussed was policemen quitting .and questions regarding the hiring of a new pan
time officer. Chief Sizemore responded and again advised that he had discussed this hiring with
the mayor before he hired the officer.
NEW BUSINESS
Amy Ramey, owner of Adventure Video, was present to discuss the Notice to shut down
the Adult Room in her video stare. Building Official responded to her complaints. She will be
asked to submit proof as to how much of her income is from the adult videos in comparison to
the other video rentals. This will determine whether the business will be classified an Adult
Video rental store. If so, it is not operating in the proper zoning designation. She plans on
closing the business in the very near future
Buddy Curry moved to pay bills, Melissia Tomlinson seconded and all voted.to approve.
Tom Bramlett moved to adjourn, Buddy Curry seconded and all voted in approval.
The meeting was adjourned at 7;20 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Acting recorder^