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City Council Minutes

JUNE 9, 2009

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
JUNE 9, 2009


Mayor Lonnie Barren called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Melissia Tomlinson, Bill Burnett, Buddy Curry, Bob Fant and Clay
Dodson. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Lt
John Taylor, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield, Building Official Matt Bailey and Fire
Chief Matt Mills. Police Chief Vernon Sisemore and Alderman Tom Bramlett were absent.
On behalf of the city, Mayor Barton extended sympathy to Bob Fant on the loss of his brother
Mayor Barren asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the May 12, 2009 council meeting.
Buddy Curry made a motion to approve the minutes and Bill Burnett seconded. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Mayor Barron stated Police Chief Vernon Sisemore was on vacation and recognized Lt. John
Taylor. Taylor stated there had been 20 new cases opened and 12 dosed.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated they are four calls ahead of where they were this same time last
year. Chief Mills stated they had met with members of the Fayetteville Fire Dept. who were
very impressed with the new ladder truck. Mayor Barren thanked council member Melissia
Tomlinson for going to Hot Springs to receive the $15,000.00 grant forthe purchase of the fire
truck. Chief Mills stated they would apply again for the equipment grant. Chief Mills stated
some new equipment was required to get a new review to lower the ISO Rating.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated city hall had been painted and the new guttering
installed. Birchfield stated they had cleaned up the bum site and mulched the parks. Birchfield
stated there had been three dogs picked up in May and two so far in June. Birchfield stated
the gates on Ball Street had been vandalized.
Building Official Matt Bailey stated there had been a few building permits issued and a large
house in Clear Creek came in today. Bailey stated he had been working on Code Enforcement
and all the business licenses in the city were up to date.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the city had received S10.431.77 from FEMA on one
of the five project worksheets. Allen stated the medical insurance premiums would stay the
same through the end of the year.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated the city has been sued by Powell Emergency Service for
$88,500.00 and he will file a motion to dismiss. Wright stated there were two cases pending in
Springdale District Court and two cases on appeal in Circuit court. Wright stated in the south
Johnson situation that the lead attorney from WG Land Company had made an offer
contingent on approval of both city councils and we countered. Wright stated there had been
new information come to light in the last few days and they are working on it.
Mayor Barren presented RESOLUTION 2009-08: A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE
WILLINGNESS OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS SUPPORT TO JOHNSON CLEAR
CREEK TRAILS, A NOT-FOR-PROFIT, ARKANSAS CORPORATION TO UTILIZE FEDERALAID
RECREATIONAL FUNDS. City Attorney Wright stated this verifies that one the trail is built
and turned over to the city, the city agrees to maintain it. Wright read the resolution. Bill
Burnett stated the state requires this resolution as part of the planning grant application. Bob
Fant made a motion to approve RESOLUTION 2009-08 and Buddy Curry seconded. All
approved.
Mayor Barren stated the city was still working on the liquid cooled gas engine generator and
the bids should be ready next month.
Mayor Barren stated the City had received a 315,000.00 grant for the purchase of our new fire
truck and the check would be picked up June 4, 2009 in Hot Springs. Mayor Barren stated
Rep. Jon Woods was very helpful in securing this grant.
Mayor Barron stated the PD parking lot would be started on June 22, 2009. Mayor Barron
stated they have rented a dozer and have three men qualified to drive it. Mayor Barron stated
the city would borrow a packer once it is level. Mayor Barren stated he wants to take the rock
wall down because it is a hazard and replace it with a retaining wall. Mayor Barron stated the
water and sewer lines to the rental house have to be moved. Buddy Curry asked about cost
and Mayor Barron stated he would like to add a line item of 310,000.00 with the understanding
that if more funds were needed it would have to come back to council. Buddy Curry made a
motion to approve and Bob Fant seconded. All approved.
Mayor Barron stated the Johnson School Reunion would be June 19 & 20, 2009 and August 1
would be the second annual Johnson Days.
Mayor Barron state work was being done on a master land use plan including parks, trails and
green space.
Mayor Barren stated they were still working on moving up the bid date for Johnson Road; they
would like to let Phase 1 to Carley Road out for bid in the fall. Mayor Barron stated White Oak
Station has committed to building there.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Barren presented ORDINANCE 2009-03: AN ORDINANCE AMEND THE ZONING
DISTRICT BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY IDENTIFIED IN REZONING PETITION
OF JOE AND KIM MAYNARD APPROVED FEBRUARY 23, 2009, BY JOHNSON PLANNING
COMMISSION. City Attorney Danny Wright stated he had received the information he needed
to verify that we have the proper legal description of the property. Mayor Barron asked for a
motion to read the ordinance by title only. Bob Fant made a motion to read the ordinance by
title only and Buddy Curry seconded. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; 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. Bob
Fant made a motion to approve this second reading and Melissia Tomlinson seconded. Roll
call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; 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 continue to the third reading by title only
and was seconded by Melissia Tomlinson. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes;
Buddy Curry, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Clay Dodson, yes. City Attorney Wright read the ordinance
by title only. Mayor Barron asked for a motion to approve the third reading. Buddy Curry made
a motion to approve the third reading and Melissia Tomlinson seconded. Roll call: Buddy Curry
Melissia Tomiinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Clay Dodson, yes.
ORDINANCE 2009-03 was approved and goes into effect immediately.
Mayor Barron presented ORDINANCE 2009-04; AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING
DISTRICT CLASSIFICATION AND BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY IDENTIFIED IN
REZONING PETITION NO. 2009-03. Mayor Barron stated this is to rezone the back half of the
old Kendrick property to the same zoning as the front. Mayor Barron asked for a motion to read
this ordinance by title only. Buddy Curry made a motion to continue to the third reading by title
only and was seconded by Bill Burnett. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes;
Buddy Curry, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Clay Dodson, yes. City Attorney Wright read the ordinance
by title only. Mayor Barron asked for a motion to approve the third reading. Bill Burnett made a
motion to approve the third reading and Melissia Tomlinson seconded. Roll call: Buddy Curry
Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Clay Dodson, yes.
ORDINANCE 2009-04 was approved and goes into effect immediately.
New Business:
Mayor Barron asked for discussion on the use of city property. Mayor Barron stated there were
no rules or regulations regarding the use of this room in particular, and Street Superintendent
Randy Birchfield stated it is often left a total mess. Discussion was had. City Attorney Danny
Wright stated he rather it not be used. After more discussion, it was decided that Mayor Barron
would come up with a proposal and the council will review it.
Mayor Barron asked for a motion to pay the bills from the General Fund, Street Fund, Act 988
Fund and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. Bob Fant made a motion to
pay the bills and Buddy Curry seconded. 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 7:15 PM.