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City Council Minutes

June 12, 2012

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
June 12, 2012


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMulIen, 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 and Building Official Todd Witzigman. Street
Superintendent Randy Birchfield and Aldermen Bill Burnett and Dan Cross were not present.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the May 8, 2012 council meeting.
Keith Allen made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Richard
McMullen. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the May 22, 2012 special council
meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by
Keith Allen. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 23 new cases were opened, 18 closed and 5 open cases.
One case was theft by fraud for a house built in Clear Creek and the lady not paying the
contractors. Chief Sisemore stated 1 open case in April was closed in May. Chief Sisemore
stated the officers completed 40 hours of training.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department received 24 calls for service. Chief Mills stated the
new bunker gear purchased has arrived. Chief Mills stated a new grant cycle has opened and
the department is applying for air packs with the voice modulator built in.
Mayor Curry stated Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield is on vacation. Mayor Curry stated
the department did a lot of preparation for the Johnson Festival Day and has gone back to the
6:00 to 2:30 hours in the summer heat.
Mayor Curry stated the Maintenance Specialist has been helping with inspections and taking
care of animal complaints.
Building Official Todd Witzigman stated they had completed 22 inspections in May, mostly
residential.
There were no Special Committee meetings in May.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the May property tax payment received was a little
over $98,000.00, down $30,000.00 from last year. Allen stated election packets are available.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated May was a slow month. Wright stated the fence ordinance
received in the packets was the wrong copy and the duplicate language discussed last month
has been taken out.
Mayor Curry asked Bob Fant for an update on the status of the Johnson Road project. Fant
stated the condemnation has been filed for the warehouse. Fant stated the project is only 7
days behind the projected timeline.
Mayor Curry stated Johnson Festival Day on June 9, 2012 was a great success. Mayor Curry
thanked everyone who worked so hard to make it happen. Mayor Curry stated it is estimated
that 800 - 1,000 people attended. Mayor Curry stated there were 50 cars in the car show, free
pony rides, 25 vendors, the Naturals mascot Strike was here, Lowes did crafts with the kids and
much more making for a fun and exciting day.
Bob Fant stated he has spoken with the administrator at Washington Regional and the MHBF
and was assured that negotiations are ongoing to get a new contract between the two.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-01: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING COMMERCIAL
DESIGN STANDARDS FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS. Mayor Curry asked for a
motion to read ORDINANCE 2012-01 by title only. Motion was made by Tom Bramlettand
seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Tom Brarnlett, 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 Tom Brarnlett. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes;
Keith Allen, yes. ORDINANCE 2012-01 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-03: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE TEXT OF
SECTION 106 OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON ZONING REGULATIONS AND FOR OTHER
PURPOSES. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2012-03 with amendments by
title only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll cail:
Richard McMullen, 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 to approve third reading was made by Bob Fant and seconded by
Keith Allen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen,
yes. ORDINANCE 2012-03 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-05: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE JOHNSON
MUNICIPAL CODE TO PROVIDE FOR A NO KNOCK LIST OF CITY RESIDENTS WISHING
TO AVOID UNINVITED PEDDLERS AND SOLICITORS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2012-05 by title only. Motion was made by
Keith Allen and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, 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 to
approve the third reading was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Bob Fant. Discussion
was had about Springdale having changed their approach and going to a sticker system. Mayor
Curry stated that the no knock list is a good starting point and we will continue to monitor and
see what works best. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith
Allen, yes. ORDINANCE 2012-05 was approved.
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 Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen.
Roll call: Richard McMullen, 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 Tom Bramlett and seconded by
Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith
Allen, yes.
New Business:
There was no new business.
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 Keith Allen seconded. Ail approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Keith Allen and seconded by
Richard McMullen. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 6:18 pm.