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City Council Minutes

April 9, 2013

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
April 9, 2013


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 Jim
Shankle. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police
Chief Vernon Sisemore, Asst. Fire Chief Todd Witzigman, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield and
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. Fire Chief Matt Mills was absent.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minu :es of the March 12, 2013 council meeting. Bob
Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Richard McMullen. All
approved. 
Department Head Reports: 
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated 18 new cases were opened, 10 closed. Chief Sisemore stated
there were 177 calls for service, a large increase from last month.
Asst. Fire Chief Todd Witzigman stated the department had a slow month -they received 18 calls for
service.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the front sidewalk is completed and will be backfilled
as weather permits; parking lot construction is going well. Birchfield thanked the fire department for
using the ladder truck to help them put up the new signs for Johnson Mill Boulevard.
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 2 new building permits issued, 3 inspections.
Wilson worked on fleet maintenance and animal control and is still studying for his ICC Residential
Inspector License.
There were no committee meetings.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the 2012 Audit was approved by the Joint Legislative Audit
Committee and an official copy will be mailed to the Aldermen shortly and for the 4th year in a row,
there were no findings and we have a clean audit!! Allen stated the city has spent $9,266 of the
$50,000.00 received for our General Improvement Project. The disbursement of the remaining
$40,734 is included below as it is project specific and cannot be spent for anything other than
proposed projects. Allen stated reservations have been made for 5 rooms for the summer Municipal
League meeting June 19 -21 at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs and if people are planning to attend
they need to let her know ASAP to get registered.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated the city has not been served in the current class action lawsuit
regarding a $10 credit due for wearing a seatbelt when cited for a moving violation. Wright stated
court is going well and having the public defender cases heard here is really helpful. Wright stated he
has started to unravel the PUD that was created along with the Tax Incremental Financing (TIF)
district and Municipal Property Owners Improvement District (MPOID) created at The Steps at
Joyce/Hendrix Heights area. Wright stated the TIF and the MPOID are all tangled up together and it is
going to take some work to get it all straightened out. Wright suggested the city hire attorney Jim
McCord to help in this process. Motion to hire Jim McCord was made by Bob Fant and seconded by
Dan Cross. All approved.
Mayor Curry stated he is working with Steve Hesse on 48th Street and the right of way for making it 3
lanes across the hill to McGuire.
Mayor Curry stated Friday, April 12, 2013 at noon the city is hosting a dedication ceremony for the
Betty Whittaker Court and Meeting Room with a lunch to follow and invited all those present to
attend.
Mayor Curry gave an update on the Johnson Mill Boulevard project stating the signs are up in town
and on 1-540. Mayor Curry stated he learned at a meeting last Thursday the plan is to move traffic to
the new road from Carley to 1-540 in late August.
Mayor Curry stated the Johnson Festival Day will be Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 9:00 - 3:00. Mayor
Curry stated the event is growing and is a great for children and families.
Unfinished Business: None
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-03 AN ORDINANCE APPROVING AN INTERLOCAL
AGREEMENT FOR HAZARDOUS MATERIALS INCIDENT RESPONSE SERVICES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY
(AGREEMENT) BETWEEN WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS (COUNTY) AND THE CITIES IN
WASHINGTON COUNTY (CITIES). Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read the ordinance by title only.
Tom Bramlett made a motion to read the ordinance by title only and was seconded by Richard
McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Bob Fant,
yes; Jim Shankle, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry
asked for a motion to approve the first reading which was made by Richard McMullen and seconded
by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Bob
Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-04 AN ORDINANCE REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 75 OF THE
CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS WHICH ORDINANCE REQUIRED ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS OF
ALL SALARIED OR PAID EMPLOYEES OF THE JOHNSON POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND OTHER PURPOSES.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read the ordinance by title only. Bob Fant made a motion to read
the ordinance by title only and waive the second and third readings and was seconded by Tom
Bramlett. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Bob Fant,
yes; Jim Shankle, 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 and waive the second and third readings
which was made by Bob Fant and seconded byjim Shankle. Chief Sisemore stated that during his
tenure, officers have not been required to have annual physicals; a physical is required at the time of
hire and our insurance has an annual wellness benefit so those annual visits are available to the
officers at no cost to the city. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom
Bramlett; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. ORDINANCE 2013-04 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-05 AN ORDINANCE REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 46 OF THE
TOWN OF JOHNSON WHICH ORDINANCE REQUIRED A CITY WIDE ELECTION TO CONVEY OR
TRANSFER AN INTEREST IN REAL PROPERTY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Curry asked for a
motion to read the ordinance by title only. Tom Bramlett made a motion to read the ordinance by
title only and waive the second and third readings and was seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard
McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, 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 and waive the second and third readings which was made by Bob Fant
and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom
Bramlett; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. ORDINANCE 2013-05 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-06 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE JOHNSON NO KNOCK
ORDINANCE NO. 2012-05 ALSO KNOWN AS CHAPTER 4.50 OF TITLE 4 OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL
CODE. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read the ordinance by title only. Richard McMullen made a
motion to read the ordinance by title only and waive the second and third readings and was
seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom
Bramlett; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, 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 and waive the second
and third readings which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard
McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes.
ORDINANCE 2013-06 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-07 AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE COLLECTION OF
WARRANT SERVICE FEES BY THE JOHNSON POLICE DEPARTMENT REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 2002-
10 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read the ordinance by title only.
Dan Cross made a motion to read the ordinance by title only and waive the second and third
readings and was seconded by Jim Shankle. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan
Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, 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 and
waive the second and third readings which was made by Jim Shankle and seconded by Bob Fant.
Richard McMullen was concerned that the warrant charge was new and R/T Allen told him the
charge wasn't new, just the account to which the funds were to be deposited was changing. Roll call:
Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle,
yes. ORDINANCE 2013-07 was approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION NO 2013-03 A RESOLUTION AGREEING TO THE CHANGE IN
ZONING C-1TO P-l FOR PROPERTY LOCATED IN FAYETTEV1LLE THAT ADJOINS PARCELS IN JOHNSON.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the resolution which was made by Bob Fant and
Seconded by Tom Bramlett. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked fora 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 Bob Fant seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross.
All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 6:37 pm.