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City Council Minutes

MARCH 9, 2010

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
MARCH 9, 2010


Mayor Lonnie Barron 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, Assistant Fire Chief Herb Beitel, and Building Official Paul Sullins. Fire Chief
Matt Mills, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield and Alderman Melissia Tomlinson were
absent.
Mayor Barron asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the February 9, 2010 council
meeting. Buddy Curry made a motion to approve the minutes and Tom Bramlett seconded. AH
approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated there had been 16 new cases opened. Chief Sisemore
stated there has been a problem in the north end of town with suspicious vehicles; there has
been a couple of house break-ins. Chief Sisemore stated the officer who injured his knee is
back to full duty, Chief Sisemore stated there was an accident at City Hall on February 25,
2010: a city truck came out of gear and hit the propane take for the generator knocking it down
the hill and into the back wall of the building. Chief Sisemore stated the building was evacuated
and no one was injured; the protective pipe has been reset deeper in the ground.
Assistant Fire Chief Herb Beitel stated that there were 16 calls for service in February. Beitel
stated the department had been training and working on pre-fire planning with local businesses
for ISO. Beitel stated part time staffing was cut due to temporary budget constraints.
Mayor Barron stated Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield had a family emergency and was
not able to be here. Mayor Barron stated the department was doing a good job of keeping the
streets clear.
Building Official Paul Sullins stated he received state HVAC certification and commercial
plumbing.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer stated the CD cashed was due to cash flow constraints; city has
spending freeze until we get caught up.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated the judge in the WG Land Company lawsuit has granted a
continuance until May. Wright stated there were no appeals to Circuit Court. Wright encouraged
the council to attend the June Municipal League Meeting in Hot Springs. Wright also noted that
real estate tax for 2009 could not be paid until after February, which should help property tax
receipts.
Mayor Barron stated the backfilling of the PD parking lot wall was being corrected. Mayor
Barron stated this project cost more than anticipated, as did the generator and the $10,000.00
for the brush hauler. Mayor Barron stated taxes were down and that things will Jevel out soon.
Mayor Barren stated there was no grant money available for a restroom in the park.
Mayor Barren stated a safer grant that will pay for five fire fighters salaries and benefits was still
out and if we get it, we can move forward.
Mayor Barron stated a grant for the trail is still out Mayor Barron stated the committee needs
$17,000 to complete the engineering in order to get money from the Walton Family Foundation
for construction.
Mayor Barron stated he met with everyone on the Johnson Road project; current plan being
proposed is for three lanes with no curbs or gutters from 1-540 to Carley Road. Discussion was
had.
Mayor Barron stated he met with Dale Newberry who has leased the Johnson House and wants
to put in a museum. Mayor Barron stated the house was built in 1861.
Mayor Barron stated a new Master Street Plan was recommended by City Attorney Danny
Wright and the PC will meet on March 29, 2010, to look at the additions of extending 48th street
'south of Clear Creek and 56th south to Great House Springs Road. A public hearing has been
scheduled for 6:45 that evening for public input. Mayor Barron stated if it was approved by the
PC, the council would see it next month.
New Business:
Mayor Barron presented RESOLUTION 2010-04: A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE
INTENT AND DESIRE OF THE JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENT
WITH THE CITY OF FAYETTEVILLE FOR WATER AND SEWER SERVICES TO SOUTH
JOHNSON AND WHEREBY A PORTION OF SOUTH JOHNSON WILL BE DEANNEXED
FROM JOHNSON AND ANNEXED TO THE CITY OF FAYETTEVILLE AND WHEREBY THE
CITIES OF JOHNSON AND FAYETTEVILLE AGREE TO ONLY ALLOW FUTURE
ANNEXATION OF LANDS FORMERLY WITH THE OTHER CITY WITH CONSENT AND
APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL OF THE OTHER CITY. City attorney Danny Wright explained
the details of the resolution and discussion was had. Bob Fant made a motion to approve
RESOLUTION 2010-04 and Buddy Curry seconded. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry,
yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Clay Dodson, yes. RESOLUTION 2010-04 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. Buddy
Curry made a motion to pay the bills and Clay Dodson seconded. All approved.
Mayor Barron asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by
Tom Bramlett. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:08 PM.