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City Council Minutes

APRIL 13, 2010

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
APRIL 13, 2010
Mayor Lonnie Barren called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Bill Burnett, Buddy Curry, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fant, and Clay Dodson.
Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief
Vernon Sisemore, and Building Official Paul Sullins. Fire Chief Matt Mills, Street Superintendent
Randy Birchfield and Alderman Melissia Tomlinson were absent.
Mayor Barren asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the March 9, 2010 council meeting.
City Attorney Danny Wright asked that the wording in his report regarding the WG Land Co. suit
be changed to "from May" rather than "until May". Bob Fant made a motion to approve the
minutes with this correction and Buddy Curry seconded. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore introduced Officers Christopher Keeney and Leonard Hernandez
to the council. Chief Sisemore stated there has been 31 animal complaints, but otherwise things
have been pretty quiet. Chief Sisemore stated the department has a 1999 police car that a local
company has offered to exchange for $1,200.00 in equipment credit. Chief Sisemore stated
they could only get $500.00 to $700.00 for the same car at auction asked the council to waive
the bidding process and allow him to exchange the car for equipment credit. Bob Fant made a
motion to waive the bidding process and allow the Chief to exchange the car for $1,200.00
equipment credit and was seconded by Buddy Curry. All approved. Chief Sisemore stated the
council had once considered a no cost permit for garage sales; this would allow the JPD to
know where sales were to be located to keep the roads accessible. City Attorney Danny Wright
stated it was a sticky issue. Discussion was had and but no action was taken.
Mayor Barren stated Fire Chief Matt Mills called to say he would be late.
Mayor Barren stated Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield was doing well after having
surgery again. Mayor Barren stated the department was doing a good job; Clay Wilson and
Gerry Russell are very hard working.
Building Official Paul Sullins stated there had been 1 new building permit and 3 remodeling
permits issued.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen explained the letter regarding the city's financial state she
had included in the packets. Buddy Curry stated he really appreciated the letter and asked to
have account balances the day of the council meeting. Allen stated she would be do that.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated there were no appeals to Circuit Court. Wright stated there
has been no definite date set in the WG Land Company lawsuit. Wright stated the county had
paid in advance for the aerial imaging to be done and to look at it and see if it was anything the
city would actually use be fore paying for it. Wright encouraged the council to attend the June
Municipal League Meeting in Hot Springs. . ^
Mayor Barren stated an equipment grant for fire department equipment in the amount of
$10,000.00 has been received. Mayor Barren stated this money will be used to get equipment
for the second truck.
Mayor Barren stated there was no grant money available for a restroom in the park.
Mayor Barren stated the city is still in for a safer grant that will pay for five fire fighters salaries
and benefits. Mayor Barren stated if we get it, can move forward.
Mayor Barren stated a grant for the trail is still out. Mayor Barren stated the committee meets
every two weeks and needs $17,000.00, $13-14,000.00 of which has been pledged by local
business people, to complete the engineering in order to get money from the Walton Family
Foundation for construction.
Mayor Barren stated he had been approached by the homeowner on the southwest corner of
Amberwood Street and Woodside Lane about the drainage that runs through his property; he
stated he would build a fence around the area if the city would pay to have the drainage tile
cleaned out and rock put in. Mayor Barron stated the has received a bid from Avery Johnson for
$2,700.00 to do the job and had others much higher and asked for the councils approval to
accept the bid. Buddy Curry made a motion to approve the lowest bid no to exceed $2,700.00
and was seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.
New Business:
Mayor Barron presented ORDINANCE 2010-01: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING A NEW
MASTER STREET PLAN AND MASTER STREET PLAN MAP FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON,
ARKANSAS, AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO. Mayor Barron stated the map and
plan was approved by the Planning Commission. 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: Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant,
yes; Ciay Dodson, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor
Barron asked for a motion to approve this first reading. Bob Fant made a motion to approve this
first reading and Clay Dodson seconded. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Tom
Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Clay Dodson, yes. Mayor Barron asked for a motion to suspend
the rules and continue on to the second reading by title only. Bob Fant made a motion to
suspend the rules and continue to the second reading by title only and was seconded by Clay
Dodson. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Clay
Dodson, yes. City Attorney Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Barren asked for a
motion to approve this second reading. Buddy Curry made a motion to approve this second
reading and Bob Fant seconded. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Tom Bramlett,
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 suspend the
rules and continue to the third reading by title only and was seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Bill
Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Tom Bramlett, 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. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the third reading and Buddy Curry
seconded. Roll call; Buddy Curry yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes;
Bob Fant, yes; Clay Dodson, yes. ORDINANCE 2010-01 was approved
Mayor Barron asked for a motion to pay the bills from the General Fund, Street Fund, Act 988
Fund, Warrant Service 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 Barren 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 7:32 PM.