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City Council Minutes

January 11, 2011

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
January 11, 2011
Mayor Lonnie Barron 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 RecorderiTreasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny
Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield, Fire Chief Matt
Mills and Building Official Paul Sullins.
Judge Dianne Boyd was present to swear in Aldermen Melissia Tomlinson, Bill Burnett, Buddy
Curry, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fant and Keith Allen for their terms ending December 31, 2012.
Mayor Barron asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the December 14, 2010 council
meeting. Bob Fant asked that the Alderman's name be added in paragraph 4. Bob Fant made
a motion to approve the minutes with the correction and Buddy Curry seconded. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 20 new cases were opened, 12 were closed and 6 were
pending. Chief Sisemore stated there had been no accidents in December. Chief Sisemore
stated there was less crime in 2010, fewer calls for service and fewer accidents. Chief Sisemore
stated the bomb squad was called in for a suspicious package that turned out to be harmless.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated they had 22 emergency calls making 250 YTD, an increase of 40
from the year before. Chief Mills stated there would be a survey by the ISO on January 19 and
the department would get a date for the full review. Chief Mills stated Todd Witzigman had been
hired to be the new fire marshal.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the department has been working on a new salt
system for the bridges in icy weather. Birchfield stated he attended a meeting with the Mayor
and the County Judge regarding a County Animal Shelter.
RecorderiTreasurer Jennifer Allen stated the city is in good financial shape to move into the
New Year. Allen stated that it would continue as long as spending stays below our income. Allen
stated there had been a few high dollar expenses this month as memberships for the ARML,
ORT and NWARPC had been paid and the annual workers comp insurance had been paid.
Building Official Paul Sullins stated he has been working on a list of changes to ordinances he'd
like to make and he has been looking at a copy of the Johnson Road plans.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated there were no lawsuits and one public defender case. Wright
stated he thought the Roll Off agreement was all wrapped up only to discover Roll Off has been
sold to Deffenbaugh so he will contact them to get the contract in their name. Wright stated he
has included a copy of the commercial solid waste collection annual fee ordinance for the
Aldermen to review for the next meeting.
Mayor Barron stated that Vic Biondi had passed away; he had come to every meeting for years.
Mayor Barron stated the County Animal Shelter will be built for the smaller cities (Fayetteville and Springdale won't join) at no upfront cost to the cities. Mayor Barron stated the cost will be $85.00 per animal.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Barron stated there are some concerns that need clarification on the list of expenses for
the PO retaining wall project. Discussion of the discrepancies was had. Bob Fant stated that firm
numbers need to be brought back and the numbers need to match; the city should pay only
what was approved.
New Business:
Mayor Barron gave a brief synopsis of where the city has been in 2010 and where we are
headed in 2011.
Mayor Barron stated he still had not received any appraisals for the 2+ acres east of City Hall so
he would like to postpone this discussion again until next month. Mayor Barron stated he would
like the city to buy it if we can.
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 Keith Allen seconded. All approved.
Mayor Barron asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Keith Allen and seconded by
Melissia Tomlinson. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:30 PM.
Respectfully Submitted,