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City Council Minutes

January 24, 2012

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
January 24, 2012
Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:02 pm.
Present were Aldermen Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fant and Keith Allen. Also
present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt
Mills, and Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield. City Attorney Danny Wright was absent.
Mayor Curry stated Paul Sullins had resigned as Building Official effective January 14, 2012. Mayor
Curry outlined his plan to fill this position as follows:
• Todd Witzigman will become a part-time building official at $22.00 per hour with 10 hours per
week guaranteed (Witzigman may work less at his discretion if there is nothing to do.)
• Ciay Wilson will be moved from the Street Fund to the General Fund as a Maintenance
Specialist. His duties will include all city vehicle maintenance, Code Enforcement, Animal Control
and Street Department (when needed). Maintenance Specialist rate of pay shall be $15.50 per
hour.
Mayor Curry stated the total savings of this plan would be approximately $34,000.00 per year, based
on the Building Official working 20 hours per week.
Tom Bramlett asked if Witzigman was certified. Witzigman responded that his certifications had
lapsed but could be easily reinstated by attending a one-day class. Mayor Curry stated Witzigman
had been the building official at Tontitown for 2 years before moving to the JAVFD. Dan Cross
stated additional assistance could always be obtained by the state.
Bob Fant made a motion to approve Mayor Curry's personnel plan and Dan Cross seconded. All
approved.
Keith Allen made a motion to adjourn and Dan Cross seconded. Meeting adjourned at 6:12 pm.
JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
January 10, 2012
Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:05 pm.
Present were Aldermen Dan Cross, Tom Bramlett, 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 Building Official Paul Sullins. Alderman
Bill Burnett was absent.
Mayor Curry amended the agenda by moving the rental property discussion to right after his report
and Resolution 2011-14 to the end of the meeting.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the December 13, 2011 council meeting.
Keith Allen 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 15 new cases were opened, 13 closed with 1 pending. Chief
Sisemore stated it had been a quiet month. Chief Sisemore stated that last year there were 123
false alarms and 131 animal complaints.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department had 26 calls for service, 276 year to date. Chief Mills
stated they had paid off the note on the fire engine. Chief Mills sated they had posted fliers for
residents to obtain and have smoke detectors installed free. Chief Mills stated they were resurfacing
the driveway to the department.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the department was going to Washington County to
be certified for flagging on January 11, 2012. Discussion was had about removing trees on A & B
Towing property. No motion was made and this issue died on the floor.
Building Official Paul Sullins stated he has been doing a few plan reviews, inspections, and working
on information for the Planning Commission.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the city ended 2011 in good financial condition and she
and the Mayor are cautiously optimistic about 2012. Spending will continue to be closely monitored.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated the first session of Springdale District Court - Johnson Division
will be on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm. City Attorney Wright stated the council has
received the proposed animal shelter agreement with the county and asked them to review it
Hopeful the shelter will be open in May, Wright suggested that a committee be formed to review the
dog ordinance to find a way to put in provisions to recoup the $85.00 fee charge the city for the
impound of animals. Wright stated he sent a letter to Waste Management to cease and desist
collection of trash at the trailer park and has not heard a word.
Mayor Curry stated he would like to appoint a Budget and Finance Committee. Mayor Curry stated
the committee would be R/T Jennifer Allen, Chair, Bob Fant, Dan Cross, Vernon Sisemore and
himself. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the committee appointments, which was made
by Keith Allen and seconded by Tom Bramlett. All approved.
Mayor Curry stated he would like to appoint an Economic Development Committee to help
businesses in town. Mayor Curry stated the committee would be John Taylor, Chair, Lamar Allen,
Jim Shankle, Keith Allen and himself. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the committee
appointments, which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen. All approved.
Mayor Curry stated he and Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield have been working on a street
review and hope to have a slide presentation ready for the next meeting.
Mayor Curry stated for less than $500.00, the city website is up and running. Mayor Curry stated the
city owns the domain name for 10 years and encouraged the council members to visit
www.cityofiohnson.corn to see the progress and offer any suggestions for improvement.
Mayor Curry stated he and R/T Jennifer Allen would be attending the Arkansas Municipal League
Winter Conference in Little Rock January 11 - 13, 2012.
Mayor Curry stated the remodeling of the old post office building has been completed with removal
of the old partial wall, new flooring and painting. Total cost of the project was $2,889.00.
Mayor Curry asked Bob Fant for an update on the status of the Johnson Road project Fant stated
the signatures needed to build the required bridge have been secured. Fant stated the appraisal is
done and the second appraisal is almost complete; the next step is securing the right of way.
Mayor Curry stated he had written a summary of the last year and a look to the future titled "How are
we doing and Where are we going" and given a copy to all the council members and was available
on the website.
Mayor Curry stated the lease of the old post office building is the city's first time dealing with
commercial property. He proposed a lease of 3 years with no increase as the prospective tenants
are looking to do $3,000.00 to $5,000.00 of remodeling. Mayor Curry introduced Michael Schreiber
and Terri Bidding of Arkansas Bowenworks Center. Schreiber described his work. Bidding asked for
a reduction in the rent from $650.00 to $600.00 per month because of the improvements they will be
making. Discussion was had. Bob Fant made a motion to set the rent at $600.00 for 18 months and
then increase the rent to $650.00 for the next 18 months. Keith Allen seconded and all approved.
City Attorney stated the resolution would be presented next month as it references the lease so all
corrections can be made and the lease and resolution come to council as a complete package.
Wright assured Schreiber and Bidding they had the commitment of the council to their tenancy and
the resolution and lease were a formality that would be taken care of in February.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 20011-08: AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING MINIMUM
BOND REQUIREMENTS WITHIN CITY LIMITS OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS AND
AMENDING THE CITY CODE. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2011-08 by
title only. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Dan Cross, yes;
Tom Bramlett, 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 Keith Allen and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob
Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2011-12: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 2007-
09 THE JOHNSON SIGN ORDINANCE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Keith Allen clarified that
the sign area designated is the I-540 corridor. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE
2011-12 by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Dan
Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, 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 Tom Bramlett. Roll call: Dan Cross, yes; Tom
Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2011-13: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO.
157 AND ORDINANCE 2007-18, CODIFIED AS TITLE 4, SECTION 4.08.01 AND FOLLOWING IN
THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Curry stated the
purpose of this ordinance is to amend the business license to have alcohol retailers pay an extra fee
for the privilege. Mayor Curry asked fora motion to read ORDINANCE 2011-13 by title only. Motion
was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, 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 and Keith
Allen seconded by Tom Bramlett. Roll call: Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, 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 Keith Allen. Roll call: Dan Cross, yes;
Tom Bramlett, 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 Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob
Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. ORDINANCE 2011-13 was approved.
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2012-01: A RESOLUTION APPROVING A CONTRACT
BETWEEN WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS AND THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS TO
PROVIDE ANIMAL SHELTERING SERVICES TO THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS,
BEGINNING IN 2012. City Attorney Danny Wright stated the resolution would not be read tonight
but was to be looked at and reviewed for next month. Wright asked that he be contacted if there
were any questions.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2012-02 A RESOLUTION CONFIRMING APPOINTMENTS
OF JUDGE ERNEST CATE AS DEPUTY COURT CLERKS. Mayor Curry stated the purpose of this
resolution is to appoint Denny Upton as Court Clerk and Suzy Walker and Rachel Duck as Deputy
Court Clerks. Motion to approve was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Dan Cross. All
approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2012-03: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN CITY
OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE CHECKS AND DRAFTS ON SPECIFIED ACCOUNTS OF THE
JOHNSON POLICE DEPARTMENT. Mayor Curry stated the purpose of this resolution was to add
newly appointed Court Clerk Denny Upton to the Court Fund and Court Automation checking
accounts. Motion to approve was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2012-04: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN CITY
OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT FOR FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES BETWEEN THE
CITY OF JOHNSON AND THE JOHNSON AREA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT. Mayor Curry
stated the $240,000.00 contribution was approved in the 2012 budget. Motion to approve was made
by Keith Allen and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2012-06: A RESOLUTION DETERMINING THE FEE TO BE
PAID FOR A BUSINESS LICENSE ISSUED BY THE CITY OF JOHNSON. The business license fee
is $30.00 and a business with an alcohol permit pays an additional $150.00 for a total of $180.00.
Bob Fant made a motion to approve the above fees and was seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.
Mayor Curry stated he had heard from Melissia Tomlinson that she was resigning, and she had
written a letter to that affect to City Attorney Danny Wright. Mayor Curry thanked her for her time
serving the city stating she did a good job and he appreciated her service. Motion to accept
Tomlinson's resignation was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.
Mayor Curry stated the now vacant Ward 3 position will be filled at the February council meeting and
applications will be available at City Hall.
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. Keith Allen 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 Dan Cross and seconded by Bob
Fant. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:08 PM.
Respectfully Submitted,