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City Council Minutes

MAY 12, 2009

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
MAY 12, 2009


Mayor Lonnie Barren declared a quorum present and called the meeting to order at 6:03 pm.
Present were Aldermen Bill Burnett, Buddy Curry and Tom Bramlett. Also present were
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, City Attorney Danny Wright,
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield and Fire Chief Matt Mills. Building Official Matt Bailey
and Alderman Bob Fant were absent
Mayor Barren asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the April 14, 2009 council meeting.
Buddy Curry made a motion to approve the minutes and Bill Burnett seconded. All approved
with Mayor Barren's vote.
Council members Melissia Tomlinson and Clay Dodson arrived.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated there had been 28 new cases opened and 19 closed.
Sisemore stated the department has been burning comp and vacation time. Sisemore stated
DWI arrests were up.
Fire chief Matt Mills stated there had been 103 calls year to date. Chief Mills stated property
located at 4200 Hwy 112 had petitioned to the county to be an adult day care center, but there
serious road work was needed before the JAVFD would sign off on it. Mills stated the property
was not located in the city limits but is in the fire service area of the county. Mills stated he and
Asst. Chief Herb Beitel would be attending the state fire chiefs convention.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the painting of city hall had started on Saturday,
but the weather was not cooperating. Birchfield stated he and Mayor Barron had met with
Washington County about the condition of the low water bridge on Ball Street and they were
told money is tight but they want to help. Mayor Barron stated the meeting was called by Rep.
Boozman's people. Mayor Barron stated 17,000 acres are drained by Clear Creek and the low
water bridge simply cannot handle the flow. Mayor Barron stated the county is approaching
the problem from two angles: 1} it is obviously a hazard and 2) having to close it for safety has
an effect on the economics of the area as 50 trucks per day are going in and out of Zero
Mountain.
Mayor Barron stated Building Official Matt Bailey had been excused due to illness; his report is
in the packets.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated five total FEMA project worksheets had been
completed and the applicant exit form was signed 5/7/09. Allen stated she had sent the state
letter requesting the funds be released. Allen stated the total FEMA eligible expenses were
$123,184.50. FEMA's 75% equals S92, 388.38, state's 12.5% equals S15.398.06 and the city's
12.5% equals $15,398.06. Allen stated the total expected reimbursement is 5107,786.44. Allen
stated it could take up to eight weeks before any reimbursement could be expected. Allen
stated she is now a Notary Public.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated he and R/T Allen had talked with Eric Danielson, attorney
for Powell Emergency Services, but had not heard back from them. Wright stated there were
two cases on appeal in Circuit court. Wright stated he strongly encouraged the members of the
council to attend the Arkansas Municipal League meeting in Hot Springs. Wright stated it is
fully paid by the city and is a tremendous learning experience.
Mayor Barron recognized Bob Bova of the Johnson Clear Creek Trails Committee. Bova stated
City Attorney Wright wrote easement documents and they had received a yes from everybody.
Bova stated once all the documentation was in they could start fund raising. Bova stated they
had secured a grant writer and requested the city pay the $1,800.00 grant-writing fee. City
Attorney Wright stated the city cannot pay for the committee's grant writer only for grants
written on the city's behalf. Discussion was had. Buddy Curry made a motion to have the grant
written for the city and the city pay for it. Melissia Tomlinson seconded and all approved.
Mayor Barron stated the council had all received copies of a letter of the outstanding service
provided by Betty Whittaker, Court Clerk and commended her on her performance.
Mayor Barron stated the city was still getting local bids on the liquid cooled gas engine
generator and it would be discussed again next month.
Mayor Barron stated the City had received a $15,000.00 grant for the purchase of our new fire
truck and the check would be picked up June 4, 2009 in Hot Springs. Mayor Barron stated
Rep. Jon Woods was very helpful in securing this grant.
Mayor Barron stated the weather was the main issue to the work needed on the PD parking lot
but they are getting as much done as possible.
Mayor Barron stated he would keep the council informed on the Ball Street Bridge. Discussion
was had.
Mayor Barron stated they were still trying to get the Johnson Road process to speed up. Mayor
Barron stated the project was slated to go for bid in February/March 2010.
Mayor Barron stated the final plat on Maverick Properties across from the mill was finally
signed.
Mayor Barron stated all had received a memo from Denny Upton, chair of the Festival
Committee; Easter egg hunt was successful and Johnson Festival will be August 1, 2009.
Mayor Barron stated he, the attorneys and Steve Hesse had met with the Springdale Water
and Sewer Commission about providing south Johnson with water and sewer. Mayor Barron
stated the media was wrong, we were not denied. Mayor Barron stated they said of we could
get Fayetteville to change the boundary contract they would provide water and sewer, so City
Attorney Danny Wright sent Fayetteville a letter requesting the change. Mayor Barron stated
the next step was up to the lawyers. Mayor Barron stated the last time the boundary was
changed was for the golf course.
Unfinished Business:
City Attorney Danny Wright 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. Wright stated he had not received the information he needed to
verify that we have the proper legal description of the property and any more readings should
be postponed until this was corrected.
New Business:
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. Tom Bramlett 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;
Tom Bramlett, yes; Clay Dodson, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title
only. Buddy Curry made a motion to approve this first reading and Tom Bramlett seconded.
Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Clay
Dodson, yes. Mayor Barron asked for a motion to suspend the rules and continue on to the
second reading by title only. Tom Bramlett made a motion to continue to the second reading by
title only and was seconded by Clay Dodson. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett,
yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Clay Dodson, yes. City Attorney Wright read the
ordinance by title only. Tom Bramlett made a motion to approve this second reading and
Buddy Curry seconded. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes;
Tom Bramiett, yes; Clay Dodson, yes. Buddy Curry stated this item was not an emergency and
asked that the third reading be postponed until next month.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the spring clean up would be May 16th through
May 31st.
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. Tom Bramlett 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 Tom Bramlett and seconded
by Buddy Curry. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:00 PM.