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City Council Minutes

March 13, 2012

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
March 13, 2012


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen 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, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield, and Building Official Todd
Witzigman. Fire Chief Matt Mills was out of town.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the February 14, 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 18 new cases were opened, 10 closed. Chief Sisemore
stated it has been a quiet month.
Assistant Fire Chief Todd Witzigman stated the department had 18 calls for service. Witzigman
stated they had completed 47 fire pre-plans and inspections. Mayor Curry announced that the
city has received a $10,000.00 non-matching grant to purchase equipment for the fire
department.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the city wide clean up would be May 4th through
May 21st. Birchfield stated his department has been working on the FEMA projects.
Building Official Todd Witzigman stated he has done 10 inspections, mostly residential, and
issued 3 building permits. Witzigman stated the city has contracted with Steve Cash to do
plumbing and HVAC inspections until he can get re-certified. Witzigman stated he and Clay
Wilson were going to Mt. Home the end of the week to take the plumbing certification class and
that he would be going to Hot Springs March 27, and Wilson would go in July to get HVAC
certified.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the Budget and Finance Committee met and
discussed major income sources for the city and the timing of those receipts. Allen stated the
committee would discuss the budgeting process at the next meeting.
Captain John Taylor stated the Economic Development Committee met on February 15, 2012.
Taylor stated they are in the process of visiting with all of the major landowners realizing that
commercial growth really hinges on the construction of Johnson Road. Taylor stated they have
received only positive feed back and will meet again on March 13th.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the new computer was set up and financial software
installed in her office last week. Allen stated the city's CD matured and was split in two with
staggered maturities. Allen stated city funds are protected by a safe keeping pledge of
securities by the bank and there are no concerns about being over the FDIC limits because of
this.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated since the city has passed the commercial solid waste
ordinance and the trailer park was contacted, there are Deffenbaugh trash cans in the trailer
park and no more Waste Management ones. Wright stated the sign ordinance passed in
February doesn't take effect for 30 days which would be March 15 so we are not in any
jeopardy by rescinding it at this meeting. Wright stated a no knock list ordinance would be in the
packets next month.
Mayor Curry asked Bob Fant for an update on the status of the Johnson Road project. Fant
stated 2 businesses want to build there. Fant stated the best case scenario timeline is as
follows: complete all initial contact with property owners 3/15/12, make final offers 3/31/2012,
obtain right-of-way and easement donations 4/1/2012, Recommend condemnations to
appropriate city council if needed 4/16/2012, obtain orders of possessions 5/30/2012, submit
certification of right-of-way to AHTD 6/1/2012, advertise for bids 6/10/2012 - 6/17/2012, open
bids 6/28/2012, AHTD authorization and Springdale City Council award contract 7/10/2012,
construction begins 8/15/2012. Fant stated he believes it is going to get done.
Mayor Curry stated he is working on establishing the identity of the City of Johnson. Mayor
Curry stated he has contacted the proper person at the USPS to request a preferred last line on
our addresses; all zip codes would stay the same, but the city would be Johnson instead of
Fayetteville or Springdale. Mayor Curry stated his focus is for all residents and businesses to
know they are in Johnson.
Mayor Curry stated Johnson Festival Day would be June 9th and he would appreciate any
feedback or ideas. Mayor Curry stated they are working on activities in the park for kids, a car
show and assorted vendors. Keith Allen stated he would like to see a banner announcing the
event.
Mayor Curry stated he would be attending training for Elected Official Certification on April 4th or
5th in Little Rock and invited members of the council to join him.
Unfinished Business:
Dan Cross stated the trail committee is waiting on the federal money to be released so the
Walton foundation can release our funding. Cross stated in the fall of 2010 the committee
asked for the city to pay % of the engineering fees that had been accrued and the city
graciously helped. Cross stated that since April of 2011, EDA has accrued approximately
$12,000.00 in engineering fees and has been very patient about being paid. Cross stated it will
be the end of June at the very earliest before any money is released for the trail and he asked
that the council to continue with the 50% support to be able to pay EDA $6,000.00. R/T Allen
stated that all the money previously budgeted for this was not used. Mayor Curry stated the trail
will be great for the city and he thinks the city should offer this support since we currently have
the money to do so. Discussion was had. Cross made a motion to amend the 2012 budget to
put in $6,000.00 for trail expenses and Bill Burnett seconded. All approved.
New 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 Keith Allen and
seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullin, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, no; Bob
Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. Mayor Curry stated this ordinance spent many months in the
Planning Commission being discussed and revised. Tom Bramlett stated he doesn't like this
ordinance because he feels it puts undo pressure on folks wanting to build here. Dan Cross
stated the PC made similar comments and that is why some of the criteria were changed from
"must" to "should". Cross stated this was a guideline, not a mandate and is far less
cumbersome than Fayetteville or Springdale; this is a point at which to start discussions. Keith
Allen stated he likes the mandates because without them the rules are not enforceable. Mayor
Curry asked that the council pass one reading tonight and review and make changes to
specifics before the next meeting. Bramlett stated many areas were counter-productive.
Discussion was had. Bill Burnett stated the primary stake holders should be asked to
participate. Richard McMullin stated there does need to be a standard. Mayor Curry asked for a
motion to table this ordinance to committee. Bob Fant made the motion and asked Mayor Curry
to set the committee, seconded by Richard McMullin. Mayor Curry asked for volunteers,
appointing Keith Allen as chairman, with Tom Bramlett, Richard McMullin as members.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-02: AN ORDINANCE REPEALING SECTIONS 3, 4,
5, 6, AND 7 OF ORDINANCE 201112, DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST AND FOR
OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2012-02 by title only.
Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Richard McMullin, yes;
Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Alien, 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 Keith Allen and seconded by Bob
Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullin, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; 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 second reading by title only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Bob
Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullin, 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 second reading by title only. Motion was made by Keith
Allen and seconded by Richard McMullin. Roll call: Richard McMullin, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; 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
Keith Allen and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullin, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan
Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Keith Allen, yes. Bob Fant excused himself as he
had another meeting to attend. 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
Tom Bramlett and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Richard McMullin, yes; Bill Burnett, yes;
Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the
emergency clause. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause. Motion
was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Tom Bramlett. Roll call: Richard McMullin, yes; Bill
Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes. ORDINANCE 2012-02 was
approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-04: AN ORDINANCE REDISTRICTING CITY
WARDS. Discussion was had about which ward map to use, 1 or 1 A, as designated by the
NWARPC. Dan Cross made a motion to approve map 1A and was seconded by Richard
McMullin. All approved. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2012-04 by title only.
Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Bill Burnett. Roll call: Richard McMullin, yes;
Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, 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 Bill Burnett and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call:
Richard McMuilin, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
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. Motion to approve was made by Keith Allen and seconded
by Richard McMuilin. All approved.
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. Dan
Cross made a motion to pay the bills and Keith Allen seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Bill
Burnett. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:05 PM.