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City Council Minutes

August 13, 2013

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
August 13, 2013


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:02 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Bob Fant and Jim Shankle. Also
present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon
Sisemore, Assist. Fire Chief Todd Witzigman and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson.
Alderman Tom Bramlett, Fire Chief Matt Mills and Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield were
absent.
Mayor Curry stated Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield suffered a stroke following surgery last
week and although he is paralyzed on the right side, he has shown improvement. Mayor Curry visited
him today and asked everyone to keep him in their prayers.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the July 9, 2013 council meeting. Richard
McMullen made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Bill Burnett. All
approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated there was flooding on Saturday, August 3 that shut down every
street in town from 7:00 to 11:30 am. Chief Sisemore stated there was also flooding on Thursday,
August 8 and people were rescued from Stacey and Roxanne Streets at 4:00 am. Chief Sisemore
stated that this morning there was flooding that shut down Elmore. Chief Sisemore thanked
everyone for their help and quick response times.
Chief Sisemore stated the department needs to replace a vehicle. He said that they have lost 3
engines that have been fixed and 1 is pending; Dodge is only going to fix 4 of the 5 cars that are only
2 years old. Chief Sisemore said the Dodge warranty goes by hours operated rather than mileage and
that is where the issue is. Chief Sisemore stated they would like to start replacing the chargers with
Chevy Tahoe 2WD Super 8's and purchase one now to see how it performs. Mayor Curry stated he
and the Chief have discussed this and would like to see the city buy a new car each year rather than
borrow money and buy them 5 at a time as has been done in the past. Bob Fant made a motion to
purchase the new Tahoe for $29,000.00 and was seconded by Dan Cross. Discussion ensued. Mayor
Curry asked for a vote on the motion to go ahead with the purchase and all approved.
Chief Sisemore stated that in May, State Senator Jon Woods got a $37,000.00 grant to purchase new
video equipment for the patrol cars. Chief Sisemore stated that case files for the year are trending up
with 29 new cases opened and 24 closed; there were 156 calls for service.
Assistant Fire Chief Todd Witzigman stated there were 24 calls for service. The department is
focusing on training and education.
Mayor Curry gave the street report stating he and Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield met with
everyone involved regarding the road. It was agreed that the Elmore Street bridge needs to be built
ASAP and the creek needs to be straightened out. Mayor Curry stated they will close the road to get
it done, but he'd rather get 20 calls asking about the road being closed than getting one call asking
why someone's house flooded. Mayor Curry stated the parking lot is done and waiting for paving;
APAC was the lowest bid at $2,800.00. Mayor Curry stated rip rap and grout were added at the old
Cardwell bridge site. Mayor Curry stated Randy applied for a Greening of Arkansas grant to get
$1,500 for flowers and trees to plant in the city.
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated 3 building permits were issued. He has been doing vehicle
maintenance for the PD and Street departments and handled 14 animal complaints.
John Taylor from the Economic Development Committee stated the Johnston property may be
developed as they are actively recruiting rather than just trying to sell lots.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen thanked Jacqueline Brookshire for taking minutes in July. Allen
stated each Alderman should have received a copy of the report from Joint Legislative Audit showing
a clean audit for 2012. Allen stated procedures require the audit be discussed in open council and
she would be glad to answer any questions. Bob Fant stated he was pleased with the audit results
that have been received the last 3 years and understands better all that goes into making that
happen. Allen stated the SITT money (premium tax distribution) was received and applied to our
LOPFI account in July. The amount received was lower than expected at $31,885.26. Allen stated the
LOPFI payment is roughly $8,100 per month so the city will need to transfer about $12,000 more
than budgeted to the LOPFI account to meet this obligation. Allen stated the city has spent $16,654
of the $50,000.00 received for our General Improvement Project. The disbursement of the remaining
$33,346 is project specific and cannot be spent for anything other than proposed projects.
City Attorney Danny Wright asked the council to please read over Resolution 2013-04 and give him
feedback before it is voted on. Wright stated the last 2 court dates the building was bulging at the
seams and there will be 2 circuit court appeals coming up.
Mayor Curry recognized Dan Cross for a trail update. Cross stated the project is on time and on
budget and should be complete in about 90 days.
Mayor Curry stated the land being donated by Walt Robinson needs to be surveyed.
Mayor Curry stated he was very pleased with the turnout at Municipal League Summer Conference.
Mayor Curry stated the city paid for dumpsters for the flood victims to assist with cleanup.
Mayor Curry stated the Johnson Mill Boulevard project has been progressing - he had a meeting with
the engineers about the big wall needed to across from the mill. It is cheaper to put in 5 lanes than
to build the wall so Mayor Curry okayed this change.
Mayor Curry stated plans have been received for an upgrade to exit 69 interchange with 1-540;
scheduled to be let out for bid in October. Mayor Curry stated it would include turn lanes and traffic
lights at the exit both ways.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the city received the first month of turn back that includes
the %. cent sales tax increase, about $2,300.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-09: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING DISTRICT
CLASSIFICATION AND BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY IDENTIFIED IN REZONING PETITION NO.
2013-03. City Attorney Danny Wright stated we haven't gotten official word from Fayetteville that
they approve of this rezoning which is needed because it touches their border. He recommended
that this third reading be tabled until next month's meeting. Motion to table was made by Bob Fant
and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.
New Business: none
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to pay the bills from the General Fund, Street Fund, Act 988 Fund
and Court Automation Fund that the council had reviewed. Richard McMullen made a motion to pay
the bills and Jim Shankle 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 7:10 pm.