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City Council Minutes

October 9, 2012

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
October 9, 2012


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Tom Bramlett, Bob Fantand
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 Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. Alderman Dan Cross was
absent.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the September 11, 2012
council meeting. Richard McMullen 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 28 new cases were opened, 19 closed. Chief
Sisemore stated 2 officers resigned. Chief Sisemore stated the department participated
in the Home Depot Home Safety Day.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department received 18 calls for service, most of which
were EMS. Chief Mills stated they had been working on the training trailer that had
been donated.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated they have been working on the retaining
wall around the north side of the PD parking lot with the excess block and doing
maintenance around town.
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were no new building permits so he
had been working on code violations and studying for his Residential Inspector License.
Wilson stated he has been reviewing plans for a large Willow Creek Hospital renovation.
There were no meetings of the Economic Development Committee or the Budget and
Finance Committee this month. Budget and Finance Committee is scheduled to meet
the end of the month.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated she attended a 6 day Municipal Clerks
Institute in September and will receive 40 certification hours once the class is
completed by writing a 6 page paper. Allen stated she would be attending a financial
software training class on budget prep in Little Rock on October 22, 2012.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated he and Denny Upton met with the new judge; court
dates and times will remain the same. Wright asked the aldermen to look at the current
issue of City and Town Magazine to read about the Municipal League Winter
Conference, and encouraged them to go.
Mayor Curry stated the Johnson Road project got final approval from the state last
Thursday and the pre-construction meeting should be early next week. ,
Mayor Curry asked Bill Burnett for a Trail committee update. Burnett stated the ground
breaking event held last Friday, October 5, 2012 was a success and was very well
attended. Burnett stated the trail runs through a beautiful area.
Mayor Curry stated the state has kind of dismissed the idea of a preferred last line for
our addresses, but he is not giving up. Mayor Curry stated he was going to contact
Senator John Boozman for help.
Mayor Curry invited everyone to participate in the city's Trunk-or-Treat event on
October 31, 2012 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Mayor Curry stated the event has grown every
year and they encourage local businesses to participate.
Mayor Curry stated Amendments 1 and 2 on the November ballot are important
funding mechanisms for road work and retirement funding.
Mayor Curry stated he would be attending an Arkansas Municipal League Federal
Employment Law workshop on October 20, 2012.. Mayor Curry also encouraged the
aldermen to attend the ARML Winter Conference in January in Little Rock, stating the
city would pay for the registration, hotel and mileage for this worthwhile opportunity
for education.
Keith Allen stated he has purchased a home in Farrnington and will be moving. Allen
stated he has enjoyed being part of the council. Mayor Curry thanked Allen for his
service and said he hated to see him go.
Unfinished Business:
There was no unfinished business.
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2011-08: A RESOLUTION LEVYING A TAX ON THE
REAL AND PERSONAL-PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FOR THE
YEAR 2012, FIXING THE RATE THEREOF AT 5.0 MILLS, AND CERTIFYING THE SAME TO
THE COUNTY CLERK OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS. City Attorney Danny Wright
read the resolution. Tom Bramlett made a motion to approve RESOLUTION 2011-06 and
Bob Fant seconded. 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. Tom Bramlett made a motion to pay the bills and Bob Fant seconded. All
approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Keith Allen and
seconded by Tom Bramlett. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 6:27 pm.