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City Council Minutes

AUGUST 10, 2010

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
AUGUST 10, 2010


Mayor Lonnie Barren called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m.
Present were Aldermen Melissia Tomlinson, Bill Burnett, Buddy Curry, Bob Fant and Clay
Dotson. Also present were City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Vemon Sisemore, Fire Chief
Matt Mills, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield and Building Official Paul Sullins. Alderman Tom
Bramlett was absent.
Mayor Barren asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the July 13, 2010 meeting. Bob
Fant moved to approve the minutes and Clay Dodson seconded. All approved.
DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 12 new cases were opened and that 7 were closed. He
reported that there had been 71 animal complaints. The department was using vacation and comp
time. There was discussion about officers taking the cars home.
Fire Chief Matt Mills reported about a letter sent to ISO informing about the upgrades and
improvements in the Johnson Fire Department and inquiring about a lower class rating. There was
discussion about the Fire Department vehicles being covered under the Municipal League and getting
the vehicles and the existing loan on Engine 62 in the City's name. Bob Fant moved to authorize Chief
Mills to investigate whether transferring the titles and loan to the City would compromise the Fire
Department's qualification as a non-profit organization, and upon the satisfactory information on that,
to authorize the Mayor and Clerk to complete the transfers. Buddy Curry seconded and the motion
carried.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated that they have been busy patching the streets and
continuing cleaning up from the water damages. He has met with Steve Hesse regarding storm water
damage. The new Street Department, Mark Eaton, is well received and doing a great job. Fall cleanup
will be from September 10 to September 20.
Building Official Paul Sullins states that he had sent letters and toured the city with WC-FEMA
and State Representatives after the flooding. There are 2 new businesses in Johnson and his report
reflected numbers of other activities
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen was not present. Planning Commission Secretary Connie
Test recorded the minutes. Mayor Barron referred to the letter in packets for fund balance information,
correcting transactions after the clerk prepared the enclosed material. It was announced that the
election petition, political practices pledges are due in Jennifer's office by Friday, August 20, 2010 for
her to file, otherwise the candidates will have to file with the County Clerk themselves.
City Attorney Danny Wright advised that there were 3 public defender cases and that Monday
at 4:30 would be the last time that an appeal can be filed on the lawsuit regarding the transferring of
property to Fayetteville.
Mayor Barron reported on the status of the trail and grants associated with it. Pauline Melton is
moving from the rent house. There will be a lunch at City Hall on Friday at which time she will be
acknowledged. The Johnson Road Project was reviewed and advised that bidding would be started in
February 2011. There is need for a computer system that can tie the departments together and have one
system. Steve Hankins is going to do a study at no cost. The Council agreed on this. Mayor advised
that when Cox Communication was approached for a grant/donation for the trail, they said that they
couldn't donate for that kind of project, only electronic projects. Thought that maybe this might fall
into that.
Mayor Barron presented ORDINANCE 2010-06: AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING THAT
THE OFFICE OF CITY ATTORNEY FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON SHALL BE FILLED BY
APPOINTMENT, PRESCRJBING THE DUTIES THEREOF, REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 97-7
AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO. 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 the first reading. Buddy Curry made a motion to approve the first reading and Clay
Dodson seconded. Roll call Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Bob Fant,
yes; Clay Dodson, yes. Danny Wright advised that it this Ordinance did not need to have other
readings tonight.
Mayor Barron presented RESOLUTION 2010-07: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE
MAYOR OF JOHNSON TO APPLY FOR A GRANT ON BEHALF OF THE JOHNSON
COMMUNITY. Bob Fant moved that the resolution be adopted, Buddy Curry seconded and by voice
vote was approved.
Mayor Barron presented RESOLUTION 2010-08: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE
MAYOR OF JOHNSON TO FILE A CERTIFICATION LETTER WITH THE ARKANSAS RURAL
COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM: Mayor Barron advised that after discussion about this
resolution he is withdrawing it from the agenda.
DISCUSSION OF STORM WATER PROJECTS: Mayor Barron presented the council with a
list of problem areas in Johnson. The first one on the list was AmberwoooVWoodside-Chris Comer:Mr.
Chris Comer has met Avith the mayor over water damage to his fence. It was expected that Mr. Comer
would be present; but he was not. The Mayor brought the council up to date as to the happenings of
this situation. Mr Comer wants Johnson to pay for the damages to his fence. The City Attorney says
that the City cannot do that. That could be submitted to his homeowners insurance. Randy Birchfield
has tried to get 3 bids to fix the swell (20x95 long) but that has nothing to do with fixing the fence. The
City has applied for State and Federal funds and would give out specs before any bids would be let out.
There was some discussion about how the city could help Mr. Comer. There was no motion on this
matter. "Second on the list was Johnson Rd/Elmore-since the Johnson Road project will correct that no
action was discussed. Third was Wilkerson-Green County @ Oak Glenn-The engineer was asked to
look into this and report back. Fourth was Little Big Sandy @ Carley and Main Dr.-What affect the
new Johnson Road Bypass might have on this was discussed. No action on this right now. Fifth was
Ball Street Bridge-Mayor reported that the City had applied for some money that had been made
available though a project of President Obama, but was refused. The mayor reported how many acres
of runoff drained into Mudd Creek and Clear Creek. Sixth-Cris Hollow Rd.-there are two homes on
that road but the 50 employees of the Blessings Golf Course use it. There is an area of about 200
yards, that when it rains the wash over the road takes the road with it. September 1 is the deadline for
applying for grants on this. It was discussed what would happen if we fixed this area, where would the
runoff go and who would be affected. The Blessings is in the process of fixing their own drainage
problems and if they get theirs fixed and this one isn't fixed, it would probably damage what they have
fixed. Seventh is the Retaining Wall-Options were discussed. Buddy Curry said that he thought that
the wall should be our #1 priority. It was decided to let Steve Hesse, the engineer, draw up and give the
specs and then Johnson would get bids. Bob Fant moved for Steve Hesse, Engineer, to proceed to draw
up plans and prepare the specs and get out the bids on the wall as soon as possible and move forward
on the work on the wall. Buddy Curry seconded and the motion carried. The items on the list that the
mayor presented were prioritized as the Johnson Retaining Wall, as number 1; the Wilkerson-Green
Country @ Oak Glenn, as number 2; and Chris Hollow Road as number 3.
Bob Fant moved to pay bills, seconded by Buddy Curry.
Motion was made and seconded to adjourn and the meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.