city of johnson arkansas logo

City Council Minutes

December 11, 2012

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
December 11, 2012


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, and Bob Fant. Also
present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police
Chief Vernon Sisernore, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield,
and Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. Alderman Tom Bramlett was absent.
Chief Vernon Sisemore introduced the 2 new officers, Jerry Bowen and Richard Duncan.
Chief Sisemore stated they were both certified, experienced officers.
Mayor Curry introduced the 2 candidates for the open Alderman position vacated by
Keith Allen. Melissa Posinski and Jim Shankle both spoke to the council about why they
wanted the position and Mayor Curry adjourned the meeting to go into executive
session at 6:10 pm. Mayor Curry reconvened the meeting at 6:34 pm and asked for a
motion to appoint the new council member. Dan Cross made a motion to appoint Jim
Shankle and Bob Fant seconded. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan
Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. Bob Fant stated-it was a very difficult decision and asked
Posinski if she would serve on the Economic Development Committee. Mayor Curry
swore Shankle in and he took his place on the council.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the November 13, 2012
council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was
seconded by Dan Cross. Ail approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 21 new cases were opened, 15 closed. Chief
Sisemore stated there were no vehicle accidents this month, only the second time in 19
years that has happened.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department received 19 calls for service, 8 were EMS.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the street project is actually ahead of
schedule with the good weather we have had and the trail project is going well.
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 11 new building permits this
month. Wilson stated he has been studying for his ICC Residential Inspector License and
will take the test soon.
John Taylor stated the Econ Development Committee will meet the first of the year.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the Budget and Finance Committee met and
discussed the following line item changes to the budget: Gross wages PD reduced from
$515,810 to $505,679; Benefits reduced by $10,945; Cushion increased from $61,461 to
$72,406. Allen stated the city investigated changing medical insurance due to
Washington Regional being excluded from the network and the deductible going from
$500 to $1,200; closest bid was from QualChoice but the employees elected to stay
with MHBF. Allen stated she attended the IIMC Regional meeting in Rogers on 12/7/12.
Allen reminded the Aldermen that all candidates must file the Campaign Contribution
and Expenditure Report with the Washington County Clerk by 4:30 pm on December
31, 2012.
Mayor Curry read a resignation letter from Denny Upton as Court Clerk effective
immediately and asked for a motion to accept his resignation. Motion was made by Bob
Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved. Mayor Curry stated that we have known
this was a possibility for a while and a plan is in place to restructure the court. Mayor
Curry stated he would like to promote Rachel Duck to acting Court Clerk until the end of
the year. Dan Cross made a motion to appoint Duck and was seconded by Richard
McMullen. All approved. Mayor Curry stated he would meet with the new judge and he
would like to appoint Duck as Court Clerk at $18.00/hour/ keep Suzy Walker as a full
time deputy Court Clerk at $15.65/hour and hire a part-time person at $12.00/hour.
Bob Fant made a motion to approve this plan and Bill Burnett seconded. All approved.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated Ordinance 2012-11 needed to be postponed until
January or February to allow time to get it published. Wright stated there is new
ordinance passage procedure to expedite the process by reading the title and waiving
the reading second and third reading requirements. Wright encouraged the Aldermen
to attend the Municipal League Winter Conference in Little Rock.
Mayor Curry stated the Planning Commission revoked the preliminary plat for the PUD
up in the Hendricks Heights area. Mayor Curry stated the property owners have been
sent a letter stating the city intends to rezone the property to C-l, giving them 30 days
to respond. Mayor Curry stated that the property in question was not developed as
planned, and if it stays zoned PUD, no one can do anything with it.
Mayor Curry stated a letter was received last week from the state asking why a letter
had not been sent in for $50,000.00 general improvement funding approved by the
state. In reviewing what needs to be done the projects chosen were to expand the City
Hall parking lot, install a sidewalk from the PD lot to the front sidewalk leading up to
City Hall, install required fencing on wall in front of PD building, tear down old house
and pour a slab for a three sided storage building, improve the dog kennel and repave
Bryan Street. Richard McMullen asked why the stop light for the new road wasn't
included and Mayor Curry told him he didn't think it would qualify and there is already
savings to cover it.
Mayor Curry invited all present to the City Christmas Luncheon on December 20, 2012
at noon at City Hall.
Bob Fant stated on behalf of the Budget and Finance Committee that he appreciated
the perfectly clean audit received for 2011. Fant then made a motion to approve a one
time pay increase to net employees who have been with the city 6 months or more
$175.00 and $50.00 for those with less than 6 months service. Bill Burnett seconded, all
approved.
Mayor Curry discussed the new ordinance passage procedure to expedite the process
by reading the title and waiving the reading second and third reading requirements.
Mayor Curry stated it would only be used on items that truly needed to be passed in
one meeting. It was agreed by all Aldermen present to use the expedited procedure
where appropriate.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-11: AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING MINIMUM
ENERGY STANDARDS FOR THE DESIGN OF NEW BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES OR
PORTIONS AND ADDITIONS TO EXISTING BUILDINGS THAT PROVIDE FACILITIES OR
SHELTER FOR PUBLIC ASSEMBLY, EDUCATION, BUSINESS, MERCANTILE, INSTITUTIONAL,
STORAGE AND RESIDENTIAL OCCUPANCIES, AS WELL AS THOSE PORTIONS OF FACTORY
AND INDUSTRIAL OCCUPANCIES DESIGNED PRIMARILY FOR HUMAN OCCUPANCY BY
REGULATING THEIR E)CTERIOR ENVELOPES AND SELECTION OF THEIR HVAC, SERVICE
WATER HEATING, ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION AND ILLUMINATING SYSTEMS AND
EQUIPMENT FOR EFFECTIVE USE OF ENERGY. City Attorney Danny Wright stated this
ordinance was passed in good faith last month and then more requirements were
found and he wrote a letter requesting that we approve this later. Mayor Curry asked
for a motion to repeal ORDINANCE 2012-11 since less than 30 days have passed since
its approval. Bob Fant made a motion to repeal ORDINANCE 2012-11 and Richard
McMullen seconded. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes;
Bob Fant, yes; Jim Sharikle, yes. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to send a letter stating
we will pass the energy code in its entirety when the state is ready. Bob Fant made the
motion and Richard McMullen seconded. All approved.
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-12: AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR
COMPENSATION FOR MEMBERS OFTHE JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION AND
REPEALING ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH, AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED
THERETO. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to expedite the reading of this ordinance.
Bob Fant made a motion to suspend the rules to read the ordinance one time by title
only and waive the second and third readings, and was seconded by Richard McMullen.
Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Jim
Shankle, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright stated the number of meetings needed to be
determined. It was agreed to list up to 15, a monthly meeting plus 3 special meetings.
City Attorney Wright read the title. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve this first
reading. Motion to approve was made by Richard McMullen and seconded by Bill
Burnett. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant,
yes; Jim Shankle.
Mayor Curry Presented ORDINANCE 2012-13: AN ORDINANCE TO RENAME A PORTION
OF GREAT HOUSE SPRINGS ROAD AND TO NAME A NEW STREET WHICH EXTENDS THE
RENAMED PORTION OF GREAT HOUSE SPRINGS ROAD AND RUNS EASTERLY TO
CONNECT WITH JOHNSON ROAD NORTH OF THE RAILROAD TACKS AND SANDY CREEK;
AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read the
ordinance by title only. Motion was made by Richard McMullen and seconded by Bob
Fant. Roil call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes;
Jim Shankle, yes. City Attorney Wright read the title. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to
approve this first reading. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by
Bill Burnett. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant,
yes; Jim Shankle, yes.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-14: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING
DISTRICT CLASSIFICATION AND BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY IDENTIFIED IN
REZONING PETITION OF FIRST SECURITY BANK APPROVED NOVEMBER 26, 2012 BY
JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to expedite the
reading of this ordinance. Bob Fant made a motion to suspend the rules to read the
ordinance one time by title only and waive the second and third readings, and was
seconded by Jim Shankle. Roll call: Richard McMuIien, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross,
yes; Bob Fant, yes, Jim Shankle, yes. City Attorney Wright read the title. Richard
McMullen asked for clarification of the zoning and it was verified that R-2 was correct.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to accept the ordinance as read. Motion for acceptance
was made by Bill Burnett and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes;
Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. ORDINANCE 2012-14
was approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2012-10: A RESOLUTION AMENDING RESOLUTION
2011-13 OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS; AMENDING THE BUDGET FOR THE
PERIOD BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2012 AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2012. Richard
McMullen made a motion to approve and was seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked the council to consider amending the City's contract with the JAFD
to allow an increase of funding from $240,000.00 to $264,000.00. Fire Chief Matt Mills
stated the increase in funding is needed for three reasons: to increase man power for
automatic aid 3 member response; Springdale has altered their radio to a narrow band
frequency so to participate in the automatic aid the department needs new radios; as
budget allows the department would like to be staffed on Saturdays expanding
coverage. Richard McMullen made a motion to approve the increase in funding and was
seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2012-11: A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR AND
ADOPTING A BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FOR THE TWELVE (12)
MONTHS BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2013, AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2013;
APPROPRIATING MONEY FOR EACH AND EVERY ITEM OF EXPENDITURE THEREIN
PROVIDED FOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Curry stated the budget includes a
6% wage increase for our employees and the city is $100,000.00 in the black with the
approved changes to the court salaries. Richard McMullen made a motion to approve
the budget and was seconded by Bob Fant. All approved. Bob Fant stated he
appreciated the handling of the budget process through the Budget and Finance
Committee and thanked Mayor Curry for letting him be part of the process. Mayor
Curry thanked him and the other members of the committee for serving.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2012-1: A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF
STATUTORY AMENDMENTS TO AUTHORIZE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE INFORMATION
PROVIDED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS BY THE STATE OF ARKANSAS RELATED TO
COLLECTIONS OF LOCAL SALES AND USE TAXES. Mayor Curry stated that currently only
limited information is available to mayors only. Bob Fant made a motion to approve and
was seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved. City Attorney Danny Wright stated
this was a good first step and that letters need to be sent to all of our representatives
with a copy of the resolution.
Mayor Curry 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 Richard McMullen seconded. All
approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Jim Shankle and
seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:42 pm.