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City Council Minutes

December 14, 2010

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
December 14, 2010


Mayor Lonnie Barren called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm
Present were Alderman Melissia Tomlinson, 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, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield and Building
Official Paul Sullins. Fire Chief Matt Mills was absent.
Mayor Barren thanked Alderman Clay Dodson for his service to the City of Johnson. Mayor
Barren expressed the City's appreciation and presented him with a plaque.
Mayor Barren asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the Novembers, 2010 council
meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes and Buddy Curry seconded. All
approved.
Mayor Barren asked the council to amend the commercial solid waste collection annual fee to
offset expenses for code official inspection of dumpsters. City Attorney Danny Wright
recommended a fee of $60.00 - $75.00. made a motion to amend the fee to $60.00 and Bob
Fant seconded. All approved. Wright stated the ordinance would be presented after the first of
the year.
Mayor Barren presented ORDINANCE 2010-08: AN ORDINANCE APPROVING A CONTRACT
WITH ROLL OFF SERVICE, IN. TO PROVIDE RESIDENTIAL COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL
OF SOLID WASTE AND RECYCLABLES TO CUSTOMERS WITHIN THE CITY OF
JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, AND GRANTING A FRANCHISE TO ROLL OFF SERVICE, INC. TO
PROVIDE RESIDENTIAL COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL OF SOLID WASTE AND
RECYCLABLES TO CUSTOMERS WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON AND OTHER
MATTERS PERTAINING THERETO AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST. Mayor
Barren asked for a motion to read this ordinance by title only. Buddy Curry made a motion to
read the ordinance by title only and was seconded by Tom Bramlett. Roll call: Meiissia
Tomlinson, yes; 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 the first reading. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the first reading and
Tom Bramlett seconded. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; 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. Tom Bramlett made a
motion to continue to the second reading by title only and was seconded by Buddy Curry. Roll
call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; 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 second reading. Buddy Curry made a motion to approve the
second reading and Bob Fant seconded. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; 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. Tom
Bramlett made a motion to continue to the third reading by title only and was seconded by
Buddy Curry. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; 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. Tom Bramlett made a
motion to approve the third reading and Bob Fant seconded. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes;
Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Clay Dodson, yes. Mayor
Barron asked for the reading of the emergency clause. City Attorney Danny Wright to read the
emergency clause. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the emergency clause and was
seconded by Buddy Curry. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry,
yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Clay Dodson, yes. ORDINANCE 2010-08 was
approved.
Mayor Barron recognized Dan Cross from the Trail Committee. Cross stated the Trail
Committee was a separate non-profit LLC and they have two contracts outstanding for preengineering
of the trail system with EDA, totaling about $32,000.00. Cross stated funding for
the complete NWA trail system would come from a Greenway Federal Grant and the Walton
Family Foundation; our east side trail would be fully funded by the WFF. Cross stated the preengineering
needs to be done to get the WFF funds and get the project started, maybe as soon
as March 2011. Cross stated the committee had about 1Athe money needed from donations
received and asked that the city pay the difference so the project could move along faster.
Mayor Barron stated the funding for the City of Johnson's part of the trail was all coming from
the WFF not the federal grant money so there were no hoops to jump through. Cross stated the
WFF made a $2.7 commitment to the COJ, which should build the east side with money left
over that would be spent on the west side. Discussion was had. R/T Jennifer Allen stated
$25,000.00 was included in the 2011 budget to assist with the trail needs. Bob Fant made a
motion to approve the request and Melissia Tomlinson seconded. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 18 new cases were opened, 10 were closed and one was
pending. Chief Sisemore stated Officer Coker used a fire extinguisher to put out a fire in a
house and Officer Dominguez had apprehended the long-term pallet thief in the area.
Mayor Barron stated no one was present from the fire department as Fire Chief Matt Mills was
teaching a class. Mayor Barron stated the JAVFD has applied for ISO review and hoped it
would take place in February or March.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the wall had come down smoothly in TA days.
Birchfield stated he was working with Steve Hesse on continuing projects.
Building Official Paul Sullins stated inspections and code enforcement were slow.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the city is in a better financial situation than a few
months ago and in a good position to move into the New Year. Allen stated that it would
continue as long as spending stays below our income.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated there were no lawsuits, one appeal and one public defender
case. Wright stated the Roll Off agreement was all wrapped up.
Mayor Barron stated there will be a Christmas Open House starting at 11:00 on Friday and
invited everyone to attend.
Mayor Barron stated the NWARPC expects census information in late February or early March
so the city could expect 8 or 9 payments in 2011 based on the new census figures. Mayor
Barren stated any increase in funding he would like to put towards our streets.
Mayor Barron stated he had requested construction plans for the Johnson Road project; state
highway department says they have been approved but Springdaie says no. Mayor Barron
stated Springdaie has informed us the light at 48th St. is not correct and cannot be used.
Mayor Barron stated the Aldermen would be sworn in at the first meeting in January.
Mayor Barron stated Danny Hale got two grants for the city and has refused his fee for the
second one stating he wanted to donate the $1,500.00 to the City. Bob Fant asked Mayor
Barron to tell Mr. Hale the council appreciates the donation,
Unfinished Business: None
New Business:
Mayor Barron stated he had not received any appraisals for the 2+ acres east of City Hall so he
would like to postpone this discussion until next month. Mayor Barron stated he would like the
city to buy it if we can.
Mayor Barron stated the bids for Wilkerson drainage ranged from $128,000 to $47,000; he
stated he would like to put it off. Buddy Curry stated he would like to put it off until we see what
the money situation is going to be like. Bob Fant made a motion to reject all bids and post pone
the project and was seconded by Buddy Curry. All approved.
Mayor Barron stated that the drainage issues on Cris Hollow Road were on a private street. Bob
Fant stated he did not want to do anything to a private road unless we have to. Tom Bramlett
made a motion to table this topic and Melissia Tomlinson seconded. All approved.
Mayor Barron presented RESOLUTION 2010-09: A RESOLUTION AMENDING RESOLUTION
2009-11 OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS; AMENDING THE BUDGET FOR THE
PERIOD BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2010 AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2010. City Attorney
Danny Wright read the resolution's title. Bob Fant made a motion to approve Resolution
2010-09 and Buddy Curry seconded. All approved.
Mayor Barron presented RESOLUTION 2010-10: A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR AND
ADOPTING A BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FOR THE TWELVE (12)
MONTHS BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2011 AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2011;
APPROPRIATING MONEY FOR EACH AND EVERY ITEM OF EXPENDITURE THEREIN
PROVIDED FOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. City Attorney Danny Wright read the
resolution's title. Mayor Barron stated that R/T Jennifer Allen created the budget with no
increase in revenue for the change in census due in the spring, so we know that the income is
understated. With regard to salaries, Chief Sisemore stated he had a requested an adjustment
to the officer's salaries; he had hired experienced officers at rookie pay which made some
supervisors making less money than their subordinates do. Mayor Barron stated the other city
employees were increased 4% to more closely match the Pd increases and these numbers are
all included in the budget. Melissia Tomlinson made a motion to approve Resolution 2010-10
and Bob Fant seconded. All approved.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfieid asked the council to approve a one-time pay increase of
$130.00. Tom Bramlett made a motion to approve the request and Bob Fant seconded. All
approved.
Mayor Barren 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. Tom
Bramlett made a motion to pay the bills and Buddy Curry seconded. AH approved.
Mayor Barren asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Buddy Curry and seconded by
Bob Fant. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:30 PM.