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City Council Minutes

July 10, 2012

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
July 10, 2012


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, 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, Building Official Todd Witzigman and Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the June 12, 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 34 new cases were opened, 21 closed and 2 are pending.
The case for theft by fraud for a house built in Clear Creek goes to trial August 10, 2012. Chief
Sisemore stated that since the fleet program has gone into effect, there has been less mileage
put on the cars and fuel costs are down.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department received 23 calls for service. Chief Mills stated the
department has installed smoke detectors in some area apartments. Chief Mills stated a new
grant cycle has opened and the department is applying for a $73,000.00 grant for air packs with
the voice modulator built in.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield thanked the JAVFD for putting on a CPR/first aid class
and getting the guys in his department certified.
Building Official Todd Witzigman stated they had been doing mostly residential inspections.
Witzigman stated there were 3 new building permits issued for very large houses in Clear
Creek. Witzigman stated Clay Wilson has been going on all inspections and is doing a great job
of learning all aspects of the Building Official's job.
There were no Special Committee meetings in June.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated property taxes are down $25,000.00 from this time
last year. Allen stated effective July 9, 2012 the city has changed cell phone providers to AT&T;
the change should save the city $250.00 per month and get better customer service. Allen
stated fuel costs are down $700.00 from last month. Allen stated election packets are available
in her office. Mayor Curry stated that since we have been tracking the available funds each
month, we have had $90,000.00 to $100,000.00 available per month consistently and have still
been able to put aside $120,000.00 for the stop light. Mayor Curry stated we are in good shape
financially and are making headway.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated the city has not been sued in a long time and there are no
appeals. Wright stated in the Municipal League packets included a booklet titled "Getting
Started & Staying in Compliance" and recommended it highly. Wright stated they are making
some refinements to the court process and going back to court dates twice a month with
arraignments only on the first date and arraignments and trials on the second date. Chief
Sisemore stated in January there will be a new judge and he wants to go back to night court.
Mayor Curry stated that he and Richard McMullen and John Taylor attended the ARML meeting
in Hot Springs and had a great time with good courses. Mayor Curry stated he and McMullen
have received 9 hours of credit towards the 21 needed to be a Certified Municipal Official
through the League.
Mayor Curry recognized Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen for her accomplishment of
becoming a Certified Arkansas Municipal Clerk with a framed certificate. Mayor Curry stated
Allen was recognized at the ARML meeting, but since she couldn't be there he wanted her to be
recognized in front of the Council. Mayor Curry stated only 3 people earned this honor this year
which requires 100 educational hours and a lot of work. Mayor Curry congratulated Allen and
thanked her for her service to the city.
Mayor Curry asked Bob Fant for an update on the status of the Johnson Road project. Fant
stated the right of ways have been submitted to the state and should be back any day at which
time the project can be let for bids.
Mayor Curry stated he still hasn't heard back on the preferred last line address change.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-07: AN ORDINANCE CALLING FOR AN
ELECTION IN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS ON THE QUESTION OF ELECTING
THE TWO ALDERMEN FOR EACH WARD TO FOUR YEAR TERMS AND PRESCRIBING
OTHER MATTERS PERTAINING THERETO. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read
Ordinance 2012-07 by title only. Motion was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Keith
Alien. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes;
Bob Fant, yes; Keith Ailen, 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 Tom Bramlett. Roll call: Richard McMuilenJ yes; Bill Burnett, yes;
Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. ORDINANCE 2012-07 was
approved.
New 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 Richard McMullen and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes;
Bill Burnett, yes; 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 first reading by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan
Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes;
Bob Fant, yes; Keith Alien, yes.
City Attorney Danny Wright apologized for not having a rezoning ordinance. Wright stated he
had questions about the appropriateness of zoning this property C-1, if wasn't more appropriate
for it to not be a nursing home with the flooding issues. Discussion was had. Wright stated he
would have the ordinance next month.
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
Tom Bramlett. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 6:28 pm.