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City Council Minutes

February 12, 2013

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
February 12, 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, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield, and
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. .
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the January 8, 2013 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 19 new cases were opened, 15 closed, 1 pending. Chief
Sisemore stated there were 142 calls for service. Chief Sisemore asked for the council's approval to
sell 6 surplus shotguns and 7 surplus bean bag (less lethal) guns. Bob Fant made a motion to approve
the sale and Dan Cross seconded. All approved.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated the department received 28 calls for service. Chief Mills stated the
department has increased coverage by adding an 8:00 - 4:00 shift on Saturdays.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated the department has been working on general
maintenance around the city.
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated that he worked on fleet maintenance and animal control.
Wilson stated he is studying for his ICC Residential Inspector License.
John Taylor stated that he spoke with Beau Briggs on behalf of the Econ Development Committee
and he (Briggs) is adamant about 5 lanes for the new road. Taylor also spoke with Jessica Flake
Dearnley about the high cost per square foot they are asking for their property. Dearnley said she is
evaluating the situation.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the 2 aldermen that were not present to be sworn in last
month have been sworn in. Allen stated she attended the ARML Winter Conference January 16 - 18,
2013 in Little Rock. Allen stated the city has received the $50,000.00 general improvement project
money and she has created line items in the budget for its receipt and disbursement. Allen stated
these funds can only be spent for projects listed on the application letter and have been shown
separated out on the bottom of her report. Allen state the city got hit hard by LOPFI with a back bill
for $8,352.72 on a former part-time officer named Mike Todd. Allen reminded the aldermen that
their 2012 statements of financial interest are due in her office as soon as possible.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated he has finished reviewing the codification book and there are
some technical corrections that need to be made and some really old stuff that needs to cleaned up
and addressed. Wright stated public defender cases will be moved back to Johnson in March saving
the city time and money. Wright stated the city has been sued. Court Clerk Rachel Duck has been
named in a class action suit along with every other court clerk in the state regarding a $10 credit due
for wearing a seatbelt when cited for a moving violation. Wright stated only the clerk in Blytheville
has been served so far and the ARML has agreed to defend the city if it comes to that.
Mayor Curry stated he and Richard McMullen both have enough hours to become certified by the
ARML by attending meetings and classes. Mayor Curry encouraged all the aldermen to attend the
ARML Convention in Hot Springs, June 19 - June 21, 2013 for the education and networking benefits.
Mayor Curry asked the council's permission to name the court room after Betty Whittaker, who
served the city as Court Clerk for over 25 years. City attorney Danny Wright stated he would be
honored to pay for a plaque. Bob Fant made a motion to rename the courtroom and was seconded
by Dan Cross. All approved.
Mayor Curry stated Troy Parnell and Don Watkins are looking at a southern extension of 48th Street.
Parnell will give right of way (ROW) for 5 lanes and is sure APACwill do the same. Mayor Curry asked
the council if he should proceed in trying to secure the ROW from WG Land Company so it will be in
place for future use. Dan Cross stated this expansion was in the master street plan. Bob Fant made a
motion to have Mayor Curry proceed in trying to secure the 5 lane ROW from WG Land Company
and Dan Cross seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry stated progress is being made on Johnson Mill Blvd. project. Mayor Curry stated the
contractor wants to close Carley Road for 1 - 2 weeks to bring sewer line across; he will know more at
the March meeting.
Mayor Curry stated the aldermen have all received a copy of plan to expand the fence surrounding
for the PD $4,940.00, which is part of the General Improvement Project. Mayor Curry stated he knew
it was under the $5,000.00 discretionary threshold but he want to bring it before the council. Mayor
Curry stated other plans being made to spend the $50,000.00 include widening the apron at Church
Street and the driveway west of the PD building to access parking lot; expansion of the City Hall
parking lot, building a sidewalk from the PD drive to the front sidewalk to City Hall and changing the
parking on Main Drive to parallel parking. Mayor Curry asked for the council's approval of spending
in excess of $5,000.00 if items (like paving) are higher. City Attorney Danny Wright stated that any
project in excess of $20,000.00 required getting engineering done. Bob Fant made a motion to
authorize the projects presented as long as they were less than the $50,000.00 and legal without
engineering, and to waive bidding. Dan Cross seconded and all approved.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry Presented ORDINANCE 2012-13: AN ORDINANCE TO RENAME A PORTION OF GREAT
HOUSE SPRINGS ROAD AND TO NAME A NEW STREET WHICH EXTENDS THE RENAMED PORTION OF
GREAT HOUSE SPRINGS ROAD AND RUNS EASTERLY TO CONNECT WITH JOHNSON ROAD NORTH OF
THE RAILROAD TACKS AND SANDY CREEK; AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO. Mayor Curry
asked for a motion to read the ordinance 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; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. City Attorney Wright read the title. Mayor Curry asked
for a motion to approve this third reading. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded
by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom
Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes. ORDINANCE 2012-13 was approved. Mayor Curry
stated with the passage of this ordinance the official street name change will take effect on March
14, 2013 and the state will change the signs on the highway. Mayor Curry stated Darrell at 911 is
getting him a list of addresses affected by the change so these people can be notified.
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-02: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING VARIOUS CODES WHICH
REGULATE ALL CONSTRUCTION OF NEW BUILDINGS, AND ADDITIONS AND MODIFICATION OF
EXISTING BUILDINGS AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read the
ordinance by title only. Motion was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call:
Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Jim
Shankle, yes. City Attorney Wright read the title. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve this
second reading. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Tom Bramlett. Roll call:
Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Jim
Shankle, yes.
New Business: None
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. Bob Fant made a
motion to pay the bills and Dan Cross seconded. All approved.
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Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Jim
Shankle. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 6:57 pm.
Respectfully Submitted,