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City Council Minutes

JANUARY 8, 2008

CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
JANUARY 8,2008


The City Council meeting for the City of Johnson, Arkansas, was called to order
at 6:00 p.m. on January 8,2008, by Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, in the
place of Mayor Barron, who is still ill. Council members present were Melissia
Tomlinson, Bill Burnett, Buddy Curry, Tom Bramlett; Bob Fant and Clay Dodsorj.
Department heads present were Police Chief Vemon Sisemore, Street Superintendent
Randy Birchfield, Building Official, Matt Bailey, Fire Chief Matt Mills. Connie Test,
Secretary of the Planning Commission was present to record the minutes.
Bob Fant moved to accept the minutes of the December meeting, Buddy Curry
seconded. The motion passed and the minutes were accepted.
Chief Sisemore reported the activity for the past month, part of which was that
there were 21 new cases. He also reported that Randy Nichols has submitted his
resignation as well as has Sgt Mills.
Matt Mills reported that the fire department responded to 271 calis for 2007,
which was up 21%. He reported that the fire department is having some maintenance
issues with some equipment. Two members of the department were sent to Anniston
Alabama for free training.
Randy Birchfield reported that trash has become a big issue. They have picked
up 182 bags of trash. They have used the spreader, during some of the snow/ice and it
worked very well. He attended a class on civil engineering that was presented by the U
of A.
Matt Bailey reported on tbe permits and certificates of occupancies issued.
Danny Wright slated that the claim had been settled with Mr. Rappert; that there
had been two appeals pending-thatthe city prevailed on one leaving one; he asked the
council to consider the agreement with A.T&T that would be presented later in the
meeting; and discussed the action by the Planning Commission on the P, U. D-., passing conditional, and recommended that the council.pass the ordinance and it will be a PUD
Jennifer Allen reported that Pat Flippo opened the new Senior Center. She also
informed that the value of building permits for 2007 was $11,943,583.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
2008 PROPOSED BUDGED:
RESOLUTION 2007-10 Thexe was discussion about raising the mayor's salary
to $45,000 and that the Recorder/Treasurer's salary had been raised to $30,000 in the
2007 "budget. After much discussion about the duties of Recorder/Treasurer's
responsibilities and hours working, Meiissia Tomlinson moved to pass the proposed
budget, with the mayors salary being increased to $45,000 and that Recorder/Treasurer's
salary would be as shown in the 2008 proposed budget Bill Burnett seconded and the
motion carried in a roll call vote with Meiissia Tomlinson, Bill Burnett, Bob Fant and
Clay Dodson voting yes and Buddy Curry and Tom Bramlett voting no.
Danny Wright read the Resolution 2007-10 A RESOLUTION PROVIDING
FOR AND ADOPTING A BUDGET F OR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS.
ORDINANCE 2007-20 CREATING A REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
PURSUANT TO ARK. CODEANN. 14-168-301 ET SEQ
Jim McCord and Don Jack represented Steps at Joyce developer, Tracy Hoskms.
Several present in the audience spoke., both in favor of and against the project.
Tom Bramlett moved to read the ordinance by title only for the third reading^
Buddy Cuny seconded^ roll call vote: Meiissia Tomlinson and Bill Burnett No; Buddy
Curry, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fant and Clay Dodson yes.
Danny Wright read Ordinance 2007-20 by title only. Bob Fant moved to accept
the reading, Tom Bramlett seconded. The roll call vote: Meiissia Tomlinson and Bill
Burnett No; Buddy Curry, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fant and Clay Dodson yes. Motion
carried and Ordinance 2007-10 is approved and will be effective 31 days from 1/8/08.
ORDINANCE 2008-01 TO REZONE THE STEPS AT JOYCE TO PUD.
Tom Bramlett moved to read the. Ordinance by title only, Buddy Curry seconded.
Roll call vote: All council members yes
Danny Wright read 1st reading of Ordinance 2008-01 by title only.
Meiissia Tomlinson moved to approve the 1st reading, Bob Fant seconded, the roll
call vote was unanimous yes.
Buddy Curry moved to suspend the rules and continue to second reading,
Melissia Tomlinson seconded and the roll call vote was unanimous yes.
Danny Wright read the 2nd reading
Melissia Tomlinson moved to accept the second reading, Buddy Curry seconded
and the roll call vote was unanimous yes
Bob Fant moved to suspend the rules and continue to the third reading, Tom
Bramlett seconded and the roll call vote was unanimous yes.
Danny Wright read the 3rd reading.
Tom Bramlett moved to accept the third reading, seconded by Buddy Curry, the
roll call vote was unanimous yes,
Ordinance 2008-01 is approved and the effective date is 31 days 'from the passing
of the ordinance.
This resolved' the appeal from the planning commission action
APPEAL OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION'S ACTION ON THE
APPROVAL OF THE PRELIMINARY PLAT OF THE STEPS AT JOYCE
The appeal was tabled at the December council meeting. Bob Fant moved to take
the appeal of table. Buddy Curry seconded and the motion carried.
Jim Crouch was present on behalf of Patrick Burton. Tracy Hoskins advised the
council, his concerns about the street., Hendrix Heights, being left open, however, he was
agreeable to that issue but was appealing the stipulation that was placed on the approval
of the preliminary plat, made by the planning commission to leave the area open that had
been planned for a proposed street in the Steps at Joyce Preliminary Plat
After much discussion^ Danny Wright advised that the appeal be withdrawn and
the council approve the preliminary plat.
Bob Fant moved to approve the preliminary plat, Clay Dodson seconded and the
roll call vote passed with Melissia Tomlinson and Tom Bramlett voting no and Bill
Burnett, Buddy Curry., Bob Fant and Clay Dodson voting yes.
4^ STREET UPDATE. Report that AlPAC McClinton has submitted a bid
will complete the 48lh Street project for cost plus 8%, which will be $213.177. This price
would be effective if started project immediately. It was discussed as to why there were
no bids taken for the job. Bob Fant moved to approve the APAC McClinton bid
conditioned that MeHssia Tomlinson will have someone at her company look over the
submitted costs and that no final approval be given by Danny Wright unless the costs
submitted by APAC McClinton were determined acceptable. Tom Bramlett seconded
and the motion carried.
NEW BUSINESS:
RESOLUTION 2008-01 DETERMINING THE PEE TO BE PAID FOR A BUSINESS
LICENSE ISSUED BY THE JOHNSON RECORDER TREASURER.
Bob Fant moved that The resolution be read and Tom Bramlett.
Danny Wright read the resolution and Tom Bramlett moved to approve the
resolution, seconded by Bob Fant The motion carried.
RESOLUTION 2008-02 RESOLUTION APPROVING AN AGREEMENT
WITH SW BELL TELEPHONE TO PROVIDE IP ENABLED VIDEO SERVICES
AND USE OF PUBLIC ROW WITHIN THE CITY, SPECIFYING CONDITIONS
REGULATING SAME AND PROVIDENG FOR A FEE TO BE PAID TO THE CITY.
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Danny Wright read the ordinance. Bob Fant moved to approve the Resolution,
Clay Dodson seconded and the motion carried.
ORDINANCE 2008-02 MASTER TRAIL PLAN
A map of the proposed trail was presented and future plans explained. Matt
Mills expressed concerns of safety and security and getting emergency vehicles on the
trail. It was decided that a firefighter would sit on the committee.
' Buddy Curry moved that Ordinance 2008-02 be read by title only, seconded by
Bob Fant. The roll call vote passed unanimously,
Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only.
Buddy Curry moved to accept the first reading, seconded by Bob Fant. The roll
call carried unanimously.
Bob Fant moved to-suspend the rules and continue to the second reading, Buddy
Curry seconded and the roll call vote carried unanimously.
Darmy Wright read the second reading by title only.
Buddy Curry moved to accept the second reading, seconded by Tom Bramlett.
The roll call vote carried unanimously.
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Tom Bramlett moved to suspend the rules and continue to third reading. Bob Fant
seconded and the roll call vote carried unanimously.
Danny Wright read the third reading by title only,
Bob Fant moved to accept the third reading. Clay Dodson seconded and the roll
call vote carried unanimously.
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Ordinance 2008-02 is approved and its effective date will be 31 days from the day
of pas sing.
Danny Wright advised that there had been a lawsuit filed against certain police
. officers. Bob Fant moved that the attorneys for the Municipal League be involved in the
lawsuit, Buddy Curry seconded and the. motion carried.
Bob Fant moved to pay bills, Tom Bramlett seconded and the motion carried,
Bill Burnett moved to adjourn, Sob Fant seconded. The motion carried and the
meeting adjourned at 8:00.
Respectfully submitted by acting recorder, Connie Test