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City Council Minutes

SEPTEMBER 13, 2011

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
SEPTEMBER 13, 2011

 


Mayor Lonnie Barron called the meeting to order at 6:04 pm.
Present were Alderman Melissia Tomlinson, Bill Burnett, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fant and Keith Allen. Also
present were RecorderfTreasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attomey Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon
Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield, and Building Official Paul Sullins.
Aldermen Buddy Curry was absent.
Mayor Barron thanked Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen for the great job she did filling in for him in his absence.
Mayor Barron asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the August 9,2011 council meeting. Bob Fant
made a motion to approve and was seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 17 new cases were opened, 12 were closed. Chief Sisemore stated
the 5 new units were being put together and should be on the street in the next couple of weeks. Chief
Sisemore stated he had a bid from a constable from southern Arkansas of $12,000.00 for one unit.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department had 20 calls for service, 210 year to date. Chief Mills stated the
ISO rating will move down to a 4 effective October 1, 2011, the same as Fayetteville. Mayor Barron stated
he appreciated the departmenfs hard work to make this happen.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the Johnson clean up would be 9/10/2011 - 9/26/2011, which
includes three weekends. Birchfield stated Steve Hesse is working with Springdale to move the sewer line
that runs under the old one lane bridge over the Little Sandy Creek. Birchfield stated the repairs to Main
Drive were complete. Birchfield stated he had received a letter from the state regarding repairs that need to
be made to the Main Drive Bridge over the Little Sandy Creek. Birchfield stated Steve Hesse recommended
contracting with bridge engineer James Burke for $600.00 for him to evaluate our situation and advise the
city accordingly. Bob Fant made a motion to hire Burke and Keith Allen seconded. All approved.
Building Official Paul Sullins stated the roof replacement is complete.
City Clerk Jennifer Allen stated some significant payments have been made including $23,132.91 for repair
to Main Dr. (no FEMA funds received yet), $13,303.00 for re-roofing for City Hall and Post Office and
$5,039 to Workforce Services for unemployment, along with needed funds to complete the new units and
get the others ready for sale. Allen noted these payments have been reflected in a significant drop of
$50,000.00 in the General Fund from this time last month. Allen noted that from the General Fund balance
we still need to pay for our matching portion of the Fire Department grant, approximately $16,000.00. Allen
stated the department heads are being asked to hold the line on all spending as the freeze is still in effect.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated there is not a lot going on right now. Wright stated that Ordinance 2011-
08 and Resolution 2011-05 regarding the status of the city are mutually exclusive; one or the other needs to
be passed.
Mayor Barron stated he was not notified of the closing of the Johnson Post Office because it is a branch of
Fayetteville. Mayor Barron recognized Pat Flippo who spoke about the closing. Discussion was had.
Unfinished 'Business:
Mayor Barron stated the city is not required to become a city of the first class and there is no financial
benefit to doing so. Bob Fant stated the committee recommends the City of Johnson stay a city of the
second class. Mayor Barron had City Attorney Danny Wright read RESOLUTION 2011·05: A
RESOLUTION DETERMINING NOT TO ADVANCE THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, TO CITY OF
THE FIRST CLASS STATUS AND TO REMAIN A CITY OF THE SECOND CLASS. Melissia Tomlinson
made a motion to accept RESOLUTION 2011·05 and Bob Fant seconded. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson,
yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. RESOLUTION 2011·05 was
approved and the City of Johnson will remain a city of the second class.
Mayor Barron stated the city needs to overlay Main Drive from Wilkerson to the rail road tracks, but only if
finances allow. Mayor Barron stated he would like the council's permission to have City Engineer Steve
Hesse let it out for bid with the stipulation that we can reject any and all bids and look at the results next
month. Keith Allen made a motion to proceed and Melissia Tomlinson seconded. All approved.
New Business:
Mayor Barron stated the audit results for 2009 and 2010 are in and they are completely clean; there are no
areas of concern. Bob Fant said this is the only audit he has ever seen without any comments. Mayor
Barron stated he is very proud of the work that has been put in to accomplish this.
Mayor Barron recognized Joe Maynard who wanted to know what he needed to do to put up a billboard on
property he owns. Discussion was had. Keith Allen made a motion to send the sign regulations, city design
standards, fence ordinance and alcohol sale regulation to the Planning Commission for review and was
seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.
Mayor Barron presented for the third reading ORDINANCE 2011·05: AN ORDINANCE ADDING SECTION
7.24.03 AND 7.24.04 TO 7.24 OF TITLE 7 OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE PROVIDING FOR
PUBLIC FIREWORKS DISPLAYS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Barron asked for a motion to
read ORDINANCE 2011-05 by title only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll
call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. City
Attomey Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Barron asked for a motion to approve the
third reading by title only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Melissia Tomlinson. Roll cell:
Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. ORDINANCE
2011·05 was approved.
Mayor Barron presented for the first reading ORDINANCE 2011·07: AN ORDINANCE APPROVING THE
FIRST AMENDMENT TO INTERlOCAl AGREEMENT FOR AMBULANCE SERVICES ("AGREEMENT')
BETWEEN WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS ("COUNTY") AND THE CITIES OF ELKINS,
FARMINGTON, FAYETIEVILLE, GOSHEN, GREENLAND, LINCOLN, PRAIRIE GROVE, WEST FORK,
WINSLOW AND JOHNSON ("CITIES"). Mayor Barron asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2011-07 by
title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes;
Bill Bumett, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the
ordinance by title only. Mayor Barron asked for a motion to approve the first reading by title only. Motion
was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Melissia Tomlinson, yes; Bill Bumett, yes;
Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
ORDINANCE 2011·08: AN ORDINANCE TO ADVANCE THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS TO CITY
OF THE FIRST CLASS STATUS is a dead issue due to the approval of RESOLUTION 2011-05. No motion
to read.
Mayor Barron presented RESOLUTION 2011·04: A RESOLUTION ADOPTING AN AMENDMENT TO
SECTION 117 OF THE POLICY AND PROCEDURES MANUAL OF THE JOHNSON POLICE
DEPARTMENT AS RECOMMENDED BY THE CHIEF OF POLICE. Chief Sisemore stated this was a
formality putting procedures that are currently being followed down on paper. Bob Fant made a motion to
approve Resolution 2011-04 and was seconded by Tom Bramlett. All approved. RESOLUTION 2011·04
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. 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 Tom Bramlett and seconded by Keith
Allen. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 PM.