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City Council Minutes

January 13. 2009

City of Johnson
Minutes of Council Meeting
January 13. 2009
Mayor Lonnie Barren called the council meeting to order at 6:00 PM.
City Judge Dianne C. Boyd was present to swear in Aldermen Melissia Tomlinson, Bill Burnett, Buddy
Curry, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fant and Clay Dodson for their terms ending December 31, 2010. Mayor
Barren stated these positions were important to the City of Johnson and he appreciated the work that
went into their positions. Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen was sworn in by Judge Boyd on January 5,
2009 for her term ending December 31, 2012.
Also present were Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, City Attorney Danny Wright, Recorder/Treasurer
Jennifer Allen, Building Official Matt Bailey, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield, and Fire Chief Matt
Mills.
Mayor Barren asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the December 9, 2008 Council meeting.
Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes and Buddy Curry seconded. All approved.
Monthly Report of Department Heads:
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department had answered 282 calls in 2008, up 11 from the year before;
11 call so far in 2009 including the large house fire in Clear Creek where the JAVFD was assisted by
Fayetteville Fire Department's ladder truck #4. Chief Mills stated bids had gone out for the equipment to
be purchased with the grant money and equipment had been ordered. Bob Fant asked if there was a
reciprocation agreement charge for Fayetteville's help and Chief Mills said no. Chief Mills stated the
concern was that the ladder trucks would be on another call and not be available when needed. Mayor
Barren stated JAVFD has found fire trucks to look at. Assistant Chief Herb Beitel asked that the
Aldermen please read his report and he appreciates the support of his position.
Police Chief Vemon Sisemore stated there were 7 accidents worked in December. Chief Sisemore
stated the department had closed 50% of their new cases and the national average was 15%. Chief
Sisemore stated activity is in line with last year; the officers have been using comp and vacation time.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the ceiling in the courtroom was repaired and painted
and new lighting was added over the bench. Birchfield stated the striping was done at 48th Street.
Birchfield stated he put up a new blue and white sign at Kell Street showing it is a private drive.
Birchfield stated the newest zoning map was hanging in city hall and Buddy Curry stated he would like
a smaller version and asked for copies to be made for the Planning Commissioners.
Building Official Matt Bailey stated he had done 288 inspections in 2008. Bailey stated that 28 building
permits issued and the associated mechanical permits issued generated $77,000.00 in revenue for the
year. Bailey stated the final inspection of the hotel was completed and the business license inspection
would be next week.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen thanked the Aldermen for getting their 2008 Statement of Financial
Interest forms turned in.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated the last appeal had been settled. Wright stated depositions for the
Neville case would be in 2 weeks. Wright stated the next Fayettevilie Water and Sewer Commission
meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, February 9th at 5:30 and strongly recommended the Aldermen
attend this meeting. Mayor Barren asked if there was any objection to postponing the council meeting
on that evening until 7:00 pm to allow the Aldermen to attend the FWSC meeting. No objection was
raised so Mayor Barren asked for a motion to change the meeting time. Bob Fant made the motion and
Melissia Tomlinson seconded. All approved. Wright stated he was trying to set up a meeting with
himself, Mayor Barren and Tom Kieklak to be prepared for the next deadline in the on going South
Johnson situation and discussion about this topic followed.
Mayor Barren gave a State of the City address updating the Aldermen on all the accomplishments of
the City of Johnson in the last 2 years. Mayor Barren stated the city is in good shape financially and
things are going well over all.
Unfinished Business: None
New Business:
Mayor Barren presented RESOLUTION 2009-01: A RESOLUTION APPOINTING TWO MEMBERS TO
THE PLANNING COMMISSION FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FOR TERMS
BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2009. The resolution was read by City Attorney Danny Wright. Mayor Barren
asked for a motion and Bob Fant made a motion to approve Resolution 2009-01 and was seconded by
Tom Bramlett. All approved.
Mayor Barren presented RESOLUTION 2009-02: A RESOLUTION ADOPTING POLICY AND
PROCEDURES MANUAL OF THE JOHNSON POLICE DEPARTMENT AS PROMULGATED BY THE
CHIEF OF POLICE. Chief Sisemore stated there were some changes in the last two years and this will
bring it up to code. The resolution was read by City Attorney Danny Wright. Mayor Barren asked for a
motion and Bob Fant made a motion to approve Resolution 2009-02 and was seconded by Buddy
Curry. All approved.
Mayor Barren presented RESOLUTION 2009-03: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN CITY
OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT FOR FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES BETWEEN THE CITY
OF JOHNSON AND THE JOHNSON AREA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT. The resolution was
read by City Attorney Danny Wright. Mayor Barren asked for a motion and Bob Fant made a motion to
approve Resolution 2009-03 and was seconded by Buddy Curry. All approved.
Mayor Barren asked for the council's approval to pursue the purchase of a fire truck. Mayor Barren
state a good candidate had been found by the JAVFD. Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the man he has
been dealing with is well known to the department. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the Mayor and
those he chooses to appoint to assist him to negotiate the purchase of a ladder truck and report back to
council. Assistant Chief Herb Beitel stated the company is fairly local and is willing to work with the city.
Beitel stated all items were certified on this truck and it meets all the criteria we need. Chief Mills stated
this would give the city an ISO for two trucks, a pumper and a ladder, because it meets both purposes.
Mayor Barren stated the money is available to borrow; money from the Act 988 fund and the general
fund could be used to pay back the loan. Buddy Curry seconded the motion and all approved.
Chief Sisemore stated that at the last meeting the Aldermen had received a copy of a list of equipment
the city has the opportunity to buy. Chief Sisemore stated Prairie Grove, Fayetteville and Lowell all
have facilities for warranty work. Buddy Curry stated he thinks the prices are out of line, he is opposed
to the brand and he is against it. Mayor Barron stated he didn't sign anything so he would notify the
company to come pick the stuff up. Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated he had been
shopping for a generator. Mayor Barron stated the city was required to have an emergency generator.
Mayor Barron asked for a motion to pay the bills for the General, Street, Act 988 and Court Automation
Funds which the council had reviewed. Motion to pay 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 Buddy Curry and seconded by Tom
Bramlett. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:00 PM.
Respectfully Submitted,