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City Council Minutes

May 8, 2012

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
May 8, 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 and Street Superintendent Randy
Birchfield.
Mayor Curry stated he was changing the agenda to address a Police Department proposal, -
unfinished and new business then move department head reports.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the April 10, 2012 council meeting.
An earlier modification requested by Bob Fant has already been made. Bob Fant made a
motion to approve the minutes as written with the modification and was seconded by Dan
Cross. All approved.
Chief Vernon Sisemore stated the police department discontinued taking home the police units
effective April 9, 2012. Sisemore stated in a further effort to control costs and run a more
efficient fleet, he would like to sell 5 of the older chargers that are out of warranty to Joe Watts,
a dealer in Oklahoma who has offered $32,500.00 for all 5. Chief Sisemore stated he would like
to use these proceeds to purchase a 2012 unit and equip it for $28,500.00 and use the
remaining money to leave a buffer in the Act 988 account which makes the fleet payment each
month. Chief Sisemore stated he would also like the council's permission to sell the 6 rifles no
longer needed in squad cars for $900.00 apiece. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the
selling of the cars and rifles and purchase of the new squad car. Keith Allen seconded and all
approved.
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 Keith Allen 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 second reading by title
only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen,
yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-04: AN ORDINANCE REDfSTRICTING CITY
WARDS. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2012-04 by title only. Motion was
made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, 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 third reading by
title only. Motion was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Keith Allen. Roll call: Richard
McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Alien, yes.
ORDINANCE 2012-04 was approved and will take effect immediately.
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 by title only. Motion
was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Tom Bramlett. Roll call: Richard McMullen, 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 second reading
by title only. Richard McMullen stated there was some duplication of language between section
General B and General C. City Attorney Danny Wright stated he would make the corrections
and the amended ordinance would be presented next month for the third reading. Motion to
approve second reading was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Tom Bramlett. Roil call:
Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
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 Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, 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 second reading by title only. Motion
was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Tom Bramlett. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill
Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-06: REZONING PROPERTY ON 2ND STREET FOR
ROB STANLEY. Mr. Stanley explain his plan to tear down the existing old house and build 2
new ones in its place similar to what he had done further down the street a few years ago.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to read ORDINANCE 2012-06 by title only. Motion was made
by Dan Cross and seconded by Bob Fant. 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 Keith Allen and seconded by Tom Bramlett. Roll call: Richard
McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes. Mayor
Curry stated that the other readings would be completed next month unless Mr. Stanley had
need for rezoning to be done sooner. Mr. Stanley asked that the process move forward so he
could get the project started as soon as possible. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to suspend
the rules and continue on to the second reading by title only. Motion was made by Dan Cross
and seconded by Keith Allen. 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 second reading by title
only. Motion was made by Keith Allen and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMuilen,
yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, 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 Dan Cross and seconded by Keith Allen. 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 third
reading by title only. Motion was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call:
Richard McMullen, yes; Bill BurnettJ yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
ORDINANCE 2012-06 was approved and will take effect in 30 days.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2012-07: ELECTING ALDERMEN TO FOUR YEAR
TERMS. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2012-07 by title only. Motion was
made by Keith Allen and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMulien, 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 Keith Allen and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll cali:
Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Keith Allen, yes.
Mayor Curry led the discussion of a CODE RED program in Johnson, allowing the city to
participate with other small towns in the area to have phone calls made to registered residents
in the event of a weather emergency. Mayor Curry stated that services were the main thing the
city can provide for our residents. Keith Allen made a motion to participate in the program with a
maximum cost of $2,200.00 and to be the host city if needed. Richard McMullen seconded and
all approved. Mayor Curry stated we will know by May 16th if the city is in or out.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 16 new cases were opened, 10 closed and 2 open cases
from March were closed in April. Chief Sisemore the department had weapons qualifications
and all the officers passed.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department received 10 calls for service. Chief Mills stated they
had used grant money to purchase a second thermal imaging camera and traffic safety vest
and had a 40' trailer donated for a training facility. Chief Mills stated 2 firefighters have
graduated from the academy. Chief Mills stated the department had completed a disaster drill
with willow Creek Hospital.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated he and Gerry Russell went to chemical
application class in Bentonville and are now certified for 5 years. Birchfield stated the city clean
up was going well and the basketball court in the park has been repainted.
Captain John Taylor stated the Economic Development Committee met with Flake and Kelly
and another business will be opening in the strip mall.
The Budget and Finance Committee will meet May 14th at 1:00 pm.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated May is the first large payout month for property taxes
and the city received $119,000.00 last year. Allen stated she has earned the title of Certified
Arkansas Municipal Clerk. Allen stated it took a number of years and 100 education certification
hours to earn this honor. Allen stated election packets will be available in her office next week.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated he has moved his office and has new contact information.
Wright stated some past bills for Wright and Baker were discovered as the offices were
separated and apologized for the error. Wright stated the city has not been sued in over a year.
Wright reminded the aldermen how important the information they could receive at the
Municipal League Convention is and encouraged them all to go.
Mayor Curry stated there is a vacancy on the Planning Commission as Connie Test has moved
to Springdale and had to resign. Mayor Curry thanked Connie for her years of service to the
city. Mayor Curry stated she did a great job and will be missed. Mayor Curry stated he would
like to appoint Roy Edwards, a volunteer firefighter for Johnson, to fill the rest of Connie's term.
Bob Fant made a motion to approve Edwards' apointment and Keith Allen seconded. All
approved.
Mayor Curry asked Bob Fant for an update on the status of the Johnson Road project. Fant
stated every piece of property in Johnson has settled and the right of way has been secured
except for the warehouse that is in both towns. Fant stated a contingency meeting may be
required if we have to condemn this piece of land. Fant stated we are looking at a mid-August
start date and Springdale has been great to work with.
Mayor Curry stated the state has replied on the preferred last line of Johnson on our addresses.
Mayor Curry stated he has the maps and is waiting on the database to send to Little Rock and
then will wait for further instructions.
Mayor Curry stated he will email the flyer for Johnson Festival Day on June 9, 2012. Mayor
Curry stated there will be kid's games and a Nitron gardening class and a detail demonstration
by Action Detail along with the car show and food. Mayor Curry stated he has been working to
talk up the event and make it a success. Mayor Curry encouraged all the aldermen to attend.
Mayor Curry stated the city owns an old pick up that has known transmission problems among
other issues and would like the council to waive the bidding process to sell it. Mayor Curry
stated a city employee who is familiar with all the issues with the truck will pay $600.00 for it
which is a fair price and he likes that this person knows all about the vehicle and is comfortable
with that. Keith Allen made a motion to waive the bid process on the truck and was seconded by
Bob Fant. 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. Keith
Allen made a motion to pay the bills and Tom Bramlett seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by
Keith Allen. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 PM.