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City Council Minutes

August 14, 2012

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL

MEETING MINUTES

CITY HALL

August 14, 2012

Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.

Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Bob Fant and Keith

Allen. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny

Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Street Superintendent

Randy Birchfield, and Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. Alderman Tom Bramlett was

absent.

Mayor Curry welcomed Webelo Pack 46 and invited them to ask any questions they

might have.

Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the July 10, 2012 council

meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded

by Dan Cross. All approved.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 23 new cases were opened, 18 closed and 5 are

still open. Chief Sisemore stated the department has received 112 hours of training.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department received 31 calls for service, most of which

were EMS. Chief Mills stated the department completed 6 preventative inspections.

Chief Mills stated there was a media event at Firehouse Subs to formalize the

equipment grant received earlier in the spring. Bob Fant stated the guys looked good in

their uniforms.

Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the department got 4 more streets .sealed

and the machine works very well. Birchfield stated they have hauled 4 truckloads of dirt

out of the ditch on Wilkerson so it should flow much better. Birchfield stated fall clean-up

will be October 12 - 22, 2012. Mayor Curry stated the department has been working on

some special projects: the entrance to Slape St. has been repaved, work is being done

on Bryan St. and block left from the wall project is being laid around the parking lot at

the PD.

Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated he had been working on vehicle

maintenance, code enforcement and has done 36 inspections. Wilson stated he

attended HVAC School in Clarksville and has received his license.

John Taylor stated the Economic Development Committee has met and they are staying

in touch with the developers and waiting for the road to get started.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen combined the Budget and Finance Committee

meeting with her departmental report as they overlap. Allen stated that at the end of Juiy

LOPFI was funded for the rest of the year with $51,400.00 ($65,000.00 is budgeted).

Allen stated that in 2012 the city paid 18.53% of our officer's salaries towards their

retirement (LOPFI) and in 2013 will have to pay 19.53%. Allen stated that due to a

change in the receipt of pjemium tax fund dollars in 2013, we will have to fund LOPFI

again at the first of the year for the first half of 2013. In the past the cities have been

allowed to run a credit with LOPFI to which the PTF (part of homeowner's insurance

rates) are applied by LOPFI when received in July. According to LOPFI, more tax money

can be received if we have a zero balance than if we have a large debt as in the past.

So money will have to be paid in full each month the first half of 2013 and then we can

use the credit created by the receipt of the PTF to fund the second half of the year. Allen

stated we have already start started to put aside the extra money needed. Allen stated

the property taxes are down $17,127.00 from this time last year a small improvement

over last month. Allen stated election petitions need to be filed by noon on Friday,

August 17, 2012. Allen reminded the aldermen that each of them is responsible for filing

their own Contribution and Expenditure Report with the County Clerk by the date shown

on the calendar included with their election packets.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated the city is going back to 2 court dates a month to

reduce congestion at City Hall. Wright stated that tonight would be the second reading

of the animal ordinance and told the aldermen to go back and read it carefully before the

final reading next month. Wright stated we had an FOI request regarding the sale of the

mobile home park from out of state, but that FOI only applies to residents of the state of

Arkansas.

Mayor Curry asked Bob Fant for an update on the status of the Johnson Road project.

Fant stated the project was let out for bids on Sunday, August 12, 2012. Fant stated the

bids would be opened on Thursday, Septembers, 2012 and the contracts would be

voted on by the Springdale City Council on September 11, 2012 with an estimated start

date of October 1, 2012. Mayor Curry asked Fant to attend the Springdale meeting and

he agreed.

Mayor Curry stated in the past when an employee terminated their employment at times

they were paid for their accrued sick leave. Mayor Curry stated he wanted to state

publicly the written procedures listed in employee handbooks would be followed and sick

leave will not be paid on termination. Mayor Curry stated if the council wanted it handled

differently to please let him know and he would put it on the agenda.

Richard McMullen asked for clarification of Randy Birchfield's report regarding the old

post office building. Mayor Curry stated they just power washed the shingles and

resealed them, normal building maintenance and the tenants are doing well.

Unfinished Business:

Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-09: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 3,

ANIMALS AND FOWL OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE AND FOR OTHER

PURPOSES. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2012-09 by title only.

Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard

McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. City

Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion

to approve the second reading by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and

seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross,

yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes.

New Business:

Mayor Curry presented

ORDINANCE 2012-10: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE

ZONING DISTRICT CLASSIFICATION AND BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY

IDENTIFIED IN REZONING PETITION OF ANGEL FLORO AND TERESITA FLORO

APPROVED JUNE 25, 2012, BY JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION. Mayor Curry

asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2012-10 by title only. Motion was made by Keith

Allen and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes;

Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the

ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the first reading by

title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call:

Richard McMuilen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen,

yes. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to suspend the rules and continue on to the second

reading by title only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Bob Fant. Roli

call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith

Allen, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry

asked for a motion to approve the second reading by title only. Motion was made by Bob

Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett,

yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to

suspend the rules and continue on to the third reading by title only. Motion was made by

Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill

Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. City Attorney Danny

Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the

third reading by title only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Richard

McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant,

yes; Keith Allen, yes.

ORDINANCE 2012-10 was approved. Bob Fant explained the

procedure of passing an ordinance to the boy scouts.

Mayor Curry presented

RESOLUTION 2012-07: A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING

ADOPTION OF THE NW ARKANSAS RAZORBACK GREENWAY OPERATIONS AND

MANAGEMENT PLAN. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve Resolution 2012-07.

Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen. Mayor Curry recognized

Bob Bova, chairman of the Johnson Clear Creek Trail Committee to lead the discussion.

Bova stated the purpose of the resolution was to get all the communities on the

Razorback Greenway on the same page with regard to maintenance of the new trail.

Bova stated the paperwork is in and they are waiting for the money to be released by

the Walton Foundation to get all the bills incurred to date paid. Bova stated they will

begin to move dirt shortly and in the next 9-12 months have our portion of the trail

completed from the Skull Creek trail to Lake Fayetteville. Discussion was had. Chief

Sisemore stated he talked with Fayetteville PD and there have been relatively few

incidents on the trail. Chief Sisemore stated this should be the quietest area on the trail

and it will be closed dusk to dawn; in case of emergency, squads can get in and out

without difficulty. Mayor Curry asked for a voice vote to approve RESOLUTION 2012-07;

all approved.

Mayor Curry asked the aldermen to please stay for a few minutes after the meeting to

answer any questions the boy scouts may have.

Mayor Gurry 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 Dan Cross seconded. All

approved.

Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and seconded

by Dan Cross. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:03 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

F^JIefv] Re^oTder/Treasurer, CAMC