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City Council Minutes

October 8, 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, Assistant Fire Chief Todd Witzigman, Maintenance Superintendent Gerry

Russell and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson.

Mayor Curry stated he wanted to amend the agenda to correct a typo and change Ordinance 2013-

09 for a second reading under unfinished business to Ordinance 2013-10.

Mayor Curry introduced Gerry Russell as the new Maintenance Superintendent. Mayor Curry stated

the job title was changed to better reflect the responsibilities.

Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the September 10, 2013 council meeting.

Richard McMullen 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 that 42 new cases were opened and 35 closed; criminal activity

cases year to date are 400, higher than they have ever been before. Dan Cross asked if there were

particular areas that the crime has increased and Chief Sisemore said the apartment complexes and

rental areas, not the northern neighborhoods.

Assistant Fire Chief Todd Witzigman stated there were 18 calls for service. Witzigman stated it is fire

prevention week and fire fighters are out in the neighborhoods making contact with the citizens and

handing out information about the department.

Maintenance Superintendent Gerry Russell stated the Street Department has been doing a lot of

mowing and clearing culverts and general maintenance around City Hall.

Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated 6 building permits and 22 mechanical permits were issued.

He has been doing vehicle maintenance for the PD and Street departments and handling code

violations and animal complaints.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated preliminary work has begun on the 2014 budget and the

Budget and Finance Committee is meeting after council tonight to work on it further. Allen stated

grant of $36,295 was received for the purchase of the PD unit cameras and is included as designated

funds on her monthly report. Allen stated $5,025 was paid for the dumpsters made available to flood

victims which was higher than anticipated, but really needed and appreciated. Allen stated the city

has spent $20,911 of the $50,000.00 received for our General Improvement Project. The

disbursement of the remaining $29,089 is project specific and cannot be spent for anything other

than proposed projects.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated the lawsuit with the Bynums continues; he got the legal

description corrected. Wright stated there are 4 cases on appeal to the circuit court, the most at one

time ever. Wright stated the Arkansas Municipal League Winter Conference is being held in Rogers in

January and encouraged all council members to attend. Wright asked for ordinances to enforce the

trail and Dan Cross stated he would get them to him.

Mayor Curry thanked the visitors in the audience for attending.

Mayor Curry stated the City would like to name the pavilion on the west side of the park after

Randy Birchfield. Mayor Curry stated he thought it would cost $500-$600 for lettering and signage,

and that we would dedicate the structure at a picnic in the spring. Bob Fant made a motion to

approve this request and Dan Cross seconded. All approved.

Mayor Curry stated he had applied for state aid on three streets: Main Drive from the light to the

railroad tracks, Hewitt Street from Main Drive to Elmore, and Johnson Mill Boulevard from 1-540

west to the cemetery. Mayor Curry stated if the projects qualify, the state will send someone to let

us know and the state handles everything.

Mayor Curry stated the railroad accepted our offer of 25% of the cost up to $15,000.00 to help put

rip rap and grout in the creek from Elmore down to where the creek drops.

Mayor Curry stated the utilities are finally done on Johnson Mill Blvd. and we should see lot of

activity on the new road project in October and November.

Mayor Curry asked Dan Cross for an update on the trail. Cross stated the final bridge deck was being

poured today and that the majority of the trail to 71B is complete. Cross stated the project is still on

track to be on or under budget. Mayor Curry stated the area being cleared for the trail head can be

seen from Wilkerson. Police Chief Vernon Sisemore asked about a marker system o the trail for 911

calls. Cross stated it was not in the existing proposal but he would make it a top priority. Mayor Curry

stated he, Gerry Russell and Chief Sisemore would go look and formulate a plan.

Unfinished Business:

Mayor Curry presented

ORDINANCE 2013-10: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING DISTRICT

CLASSIFICATION AND BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY IDENTIFIED IN REZONING PETITION 2013-

05 OF WALTER ROBINSON APPROVED AUGUST 26, 2013 BY JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION.

Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2013-10 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 Danny Wright read the

ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the second reading by title only.

Motion was made by Bob Fant 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.

New Business:

Mayor Curry recognized a gentleman named Steve from the NWA Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

agency. Steve discussed the organization's purpose and he invited all interested citizens to contact

them online or by phone to voice preferences for additions to the Razorback Greenway Trail System.

Discussion ensued.

Mayor Curry

presented RESOLUTION 2013-05: A RESOLUTION LEVYING A TAX ON REAL AND

PERSONAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FOR THE YEAR 2013, FIXING THE

RATE THEREOF AT 5.0 MILLS, AND CERTIFYING THE SAME TO THE COUNTY CLERK OF WASHINGTON

COUNTY, ARKANSAS. Motion to approve Resolution 2013-05 was made by Tom Bramlett and

seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.

There were some concerns voiced by citizens in the audience about the debris around the fruit stand

and Green Country Nursery. Mayor Curry assured them that both of these issues had been addressed

to the extent of the City's powers and invited them to come to City Hall to discuss any others issues

at anytime.

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. 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 7:10 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

r Alldnl Recorder/Treasurer, CAMC Buddy Curry, lyt^yor

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