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City Council Minutes

March 8, 2011

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
March 8, 2011


Mayor Lonnie Barren called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm
Present were Alderman Melissia Tomlinson, Bill Burnett, Buddy Curry, and Bob Fant.
Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright,
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield, Fire Chief Matt
Mills and Building Official Paul Sullins. Aldermen Tom Bramlett and Keith Allen were
absent.
Mayor Barron stated Keith Allen's father was very ill, and that Betty Whittaker, our Court
Clerk, had been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.
Mayor Barron asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the February 8, 2011 council
meeting. Bob Fant asked that Clay Godson's name be replaced with Keith Allen. 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 17 new cases were opened, 13 were closed and 1
is pending. Chief Sisemore stated year to date there have been 18 false alarms. Chief
Sisemore stated the department survived all the snow and were working on curtailing
expenses.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated they had 34 calls for service. Chief Mills stated ISO will be
doing their review on Monday and Tuesday. Chief Mills stated he has a meeting set up
with Fayetteville about providing automatic aid, which means they will respond of there
is a structure fire they will automatically dispatch. Chief Mills stated 4 firefighters have
been to class for training. Mayor Barron stated he is working on bring the Fire
Department under the city; department doesn't need to be full time, just "provide fire
protection".
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the department did a great job during all
the snow. Birchfield stated he talked with the landscaper and the sod will be installed on
the hill on Friday, but there is still more to do. Birchfield stated the City Spring Clean Up
will be April 22 through May 8, 2001.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated spending has exceeded income and the
finances are very tight.
Building Official Paul Sullins stated he has been looking at changes in the ordinances
he'd like to make.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated there were no lawsuits and two public defender
cases. Wright stated he has been working with Deffenbaugh Industries to get the
contract with them and out of Roll Off s name. City Attorney Wright stated he had
provided the council with a copy of ORDINANCE 2011 - : AN ORDINANCE
PROVIDING THAT THE OFFICES OF CITY CLERK AND CITY TREASURER SHALL
BE COMBINED INTO THE OFFICE OF CLERK-TREASURER. City Attorney Wright
stated that once the population reached 2,500, the city is automatically a City of the First
Class and Mrs. Allen became the City Clerk. City Attorney Wright continued there are
choices that come with these changes: the option of appointing or electing (he left it
elected in the ordinance) and the option of having a City Clerk and a City Treasurer or a
City Clerk/Treasurer. Wright stated he provided the ordinance tonight for review. City
Attorney Wright stated that as a first class city there should be a polling place in each
ward, there can be an alderman elected at large and one from each ward, aldermen
terms can be changed to 4 years, and the City Attorney and City Clerk each need to be
bonded. Buddy Curry asked Wright to put together a packet with all the information and
Bob Fant stated he would like a committee to look at all the options.
Mayor Barren stated that the Tiger II Grant for the trails was included in the grant cuts,
and without that money the Walton Foundation will withdraw the matching funds.
Mayor Barron stated that he had spoken to Patsy Christie about the progress on
Johnson Road and was told an appraiser, John Reed, is supposed to be hired by the
city council and hopes to get started immediately.
Mayor Barron stated that the new electronic media device between Johnson and
Springdale is up and running and looks really nice. Mayor Barron stated that, with no
objection from the council, he would like City Attorney Danny Wright to come up with
whatever we need to make it happen in Johnson.
Mayor Barron stated the cost to use the proposed County Animal Shelter to be built for
the smaller cities will be $85.00 per animal.
Mayor Barron stated the City has 3 FEMA major problems: the problem at Johnson
Road & Hewitt Street will be fixed when they build the new road, a proposal has been
made to Green Country that the trail would pay to fix it if they give them the right-of-way,
and the back of the Maverick property is the worst; that could be corrected by the
installation of the wetlands that was supposed to be done.
Mayor Barron stated he had written a letter to Northwest Arkansas Community College
about the possibility of building a campus in Johnson up on the hill; Troy Pamell and
APAC are both interested in pursuing this project.
Mayor Barron stated Governor Beebe's office called to ask if the City has any needs.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Barron presented ORDINANCE 2011-01: AN ORDINANCE REGULATING
COMMERCIAL SOLID WASTE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL WITHIN THE CITY OF
JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, REQUIRING REGISTRATION OF HANDLERS OF
COMMERCIAL SOLID WASTE, ESTABLISHING A FEE FOR OVERSIGHT AND FOR
OTHER PURPOSES. City attorney Danny Wright requested that we give this ordinance
one reading tonight and then if there were any changes that need to be made they could
be addressed at the next meeting. Mayor Barren 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. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only.
Mayor Barren asked for a motion to approve this first reading. Buddy Curry made a
motion to approve this first reading and Bob Fant seconded. Roll call: Melissia
Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Bob Fant, yes.
New Business:
Mayor Barren stated the city needs to borrow money to pay for the PD retaining wall
project. Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated she had gone back to July 2010 and
the City has spent $56,000.00 on the wall since then; with $20,000.00 or so still due on
the contract, the amount request to be borrowed is $75,000.00. Buddy Curry stated he
did not want any of last years figures to be included. Mayor Barren stated the City is
short on funds partly because money has been spent to build the wall 3 times.
Discussion of the was had. Mayor Barren presented ORDINANCE 2011-02: AN
ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING BORROWING FUNDS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF
CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS AND MAKING CERTAIN REPAIRS TO REAL PROPERTY
OF THE CITY BY ISSUANCE OF A PROMISSORY NOTE; PROVIDING FOR THE
PAYMENT OF THE PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST ON THE NOTE; DECLARING AN
EMERGENCY; AND PRESCRIBING OTHER MATTERS RELATING THERETO . Mayor
Barren asked for a motion to read the ordinance by title only. Melissia Tomlinson made
a motion to read the ordinance by title only and Bill Burnett seconded. Roll call: Melissia
Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Danny
Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Barren asked for a motion to approve this
first reading. Melissia Tomlinson made a motion to approve this first reading and Bill
Burnett seconded. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes;
Bob Fant, yes. Mayor Barren asked for a motion to suspend the rules and continue on
to the second reading by title only. Melissia Tomlinson made a motion to suspend the
rules and continue to the second reading by title only and was seconded by Bill Burnett.
Roll call: Melissia Tomiinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Bob Fant, yes.
City Attorney Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Barron asked for a motion to
approve this second reading. Bill Burnett made a motion to approve this second reading
and Melissia Tomlinson seconded. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes;
Buddy Curry, yes; Bob Fant, yes. Mayor Barron asked for a motion to suspend the rules
and continue on to the third reading by title only. Bob Fant made a motion to suspend
the rules and continue to the third reading by title only and was seconded by Melissia
Tomlinson. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Bob
Fant, yes. City Attorney Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Barron asked for
a motion to approve this third reading. Bill Burnett made a motion to approve the third
reading and Melissia Tomlinson seconded. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill
Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Wright read the
Emergency Clause. Mayor Barron asked for a motion to approve the Emergency
Clause. Bill Burnett made a motion to approve the third reading and Melissia Tomlinson
seconded. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Buddy Curry, yes; Bob
Fant, yes. ORDINANCE 2011-02 was approved effective 3/8/2011.
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. Al!
approved.
Mayor Barren stated that he found this difficult to talk about, but he wanted the Council
to know that he has had Parkinson's Disease for the last 10 Vi years and in the last 6
months it has accelerated. Mayor Barren stated that he wants to stay in office, but if
requested to step down he would. Bob Fant told the Mayor he supports him 100% and
would be willing to make some meetings for him if need be. Buddy Curry stated the City
has had the best quality of leadership ever and he also supports the Mayor 100%.
Melissia Tomlinson and Bill Burnett both expressed their appreciation of the job Mayor
Barron has done for the City and voiced their 100% support. Mayor Barren stated he
appreciates the support of the Council
Mayor Barron asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and
seconded by Buddy Curry. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:18 PM.