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City Council Minutes

May 14, 2013

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
May 14, 2013


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Tom Bramlett and Jim Shankle.
Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief
Vernon Sisemore, Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield and Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson.
Alderman Bob Fant and Fire Chief Matt Mills were absent.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the April 9, 2013 council meeting. Bill
Burnett 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 26 new cases were opened, 14 closed. Chief Sisemore stated
there were 161 calls for service.
Street Superintendent Randy Birchfield stated Mark Eaton & Gerry Russell took a block laying class
and the parking lot wall looks great.
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated he received a grant from the Washington County Animal
League which enabled him to get bite proof gloves, a tranquilizer gun with darts, 2 kennels for the
truck and stainless steel bowls. Wilson stated he picked out what he needed and they paid for it.
There were no committee meetings.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the MHBF rate will stay the same for the second half of the
year. Allen stated May Property Tax received was $80,269.68, an 18% decrease compared to the May
payment received last year. Allen stated she and Mayor Curry would like the council to consider
using some of our available balance to pay off the fire truck loan for $37,120.05 and to put
$25,000.00 in to a CD to rebuild our contingency funds. Allen also requested combining the
$3,769.67 fire truck payment with the $1,415.00 for the loan on the wall and pay $5,000.00 towards
getting that loan paid off early also. A motion to approve the pay off of the fire truck loan, purchase
of a CD and increasing payment on the wall loan to $5,000.00 was made by Dan Cross and seconded
by Tom Bramlett. All approved. Allen stated the $1,200.00 annual fee for the administration of and
tax preparation fees for the 401(k) plan was paid with forfeiture funds held by the 401(k). Allen
stated the city has spent $10,381 of the $50,000.00 received for our General Improvement Project.
The disbursement of the remaining $39,619 is project specific and cannot be spent for anything
other than proposed projects. Allen stated there is 1 room left for the summer Municipal League
meeting June 19 -21 at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs and to let her know ASAP if anyone else
was interested in attending.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated the 2 cases that had been appealed to circuit court have been
closed out - one came to an agreement and the other was tried and convicted.
Mayor Curry recognized Dan Cross for a trail update. Cross stated the two bridges were installed last
week and Mayor Curry stated there are pictures on the website.
Mayor Curry stated the Johnson Mill Boulevard project has been going well, but is currently held up
by the utilities on the west end.
Mayor Curry stated Bryan Street is in horrible shaped and there is currently $36,000 available in the
street fund. Mayor Curry stated the last estimate received on the project is $24,000 and asked for
the council's approval to get 3 bids and get the project done if it is less than $30,000. Discussion was
had. City Attorney Danny Wright stated if the project cost over $20,000, by state law it required
engineering. Dan Cross made a motion to approve the project of engineering and overlay of Bryan
Street not to exceed $30,000 and was seconded by Jim Shankle. All approved.
Mayor Curry stated he would be in Little Rock Wednesday and Thursday for the Arkansas
Transportation Planning Conference. Mayor Curry stated the code books were ready and he would
pick them up while he was there.
Mayor Curry stated the Johnson Festival Day will be Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 9:00 - 3:00 starting
with the fire department having a pancake breakfast. Mayor Curry encouraged everyone to attend.
Unfinished 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.
Richard McMullen made a motion to read the ordinance by title only and was seconded by Dan
Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; Jim Shankle,
yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to
approve the second reading which was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Richard McMullen.
Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett; 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. Tom Bramlett
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 Dan Cross and seconded by Tom
Bramlett. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 6:38 pm.