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City Council Minutes

September 10, 2013

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
September 10, 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 and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay
Wilson.
Mayor Curry stated he wanted to amend the agenda to add Ordinance 2013-09 for a third reading
under unfinished business and that Ordinance 2013-09 listed under new business should read
Ordinance 2013-10
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the August 13, 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 that 39 new cases were opened and 33 closed; there were 183
calls for service. Chief Sisemore stated the Tahoe approved by the council last month should arrive
by the end of this month.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 20 calls for service. The department is focusing on training
and education.
Mayor Curry gave the street report stating the guys have been doing a lot of mowing and clearing
culverts and general maintenance around town followingthe rains.
Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated 10 building 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 congratulated Mayor Curry on his appointment to serve on the
Second Class City Advisory Council of the Arkansas Municipal League. Allen stated the Act 988 Fund
has reached a critical level; the monthly fleet payment of $2,834.53 cannot be made form this
account with the reduced level of no insurance fee income being received from the court. Allen
requested the council's consent to make the fleet payment from the General Fund until this fund can
be built back up to make the required payment. Mayor Curry stated he would like to see the 2014
General Fund budget set up to take over these payments allowing the Act 988 Fund to build up
enough to be able to purchase a car at a time with no financing. Bob Fant made a motion to approve
the fleet payment from the General Fund and Jim Shankle seconded. All approved. Allen stated
$16,073.06 was paid from the Street Fund to overlay the west end of Johnson Mill Boulevard. Allen
stated the city has spent $20,462 of the $50,000.00 received for our General Improvement Project.
The disbursement of the remaining $29,538 is project specific and cannot be spent for anything
other than proposed projects.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated the city has been sued by the mom of Autumn Bynum who owns
the house across the street regarding strips of property between the fence line of the park and the
right of way. Wright stated he has filed a motion to dismiss; the city maintains the fence line on the
west side of the park and right of way is right of way. Wright stated court is going well.
Mayor Curry recognized Dan Cross for a trail update. Cross stated Fayetteville put up a sign saying
the trail is open to Ball Street but the city does not own it yet; any liability is the contractors until we
take ownership in about 60 days. Cross stated they will create a punch list with Boulder Construction
before the city takes possession. Cross stated construction on the final bridge is moving along and
should be done by the end of the year. Cross stated the project is potentially under budget enough
to be able to engineer the west side to Willow Creek Hospital and ARVEST Ball Park in concert with
Springdale. Cross stated they are waiting on legal deeds to start the driveway and parking lot for the
trailhead which needs to be dug out and back filled because they are in the flood way.
Mayor Curry stated the he plans to fill the Street Superintendent position by the October meeting.
Mayor Curry stated he met with the Springdale engineers regarding putting rip rap and grout in the
creek from Elmore down to where the creek drops to stop the tracks from washing out and causing
flooding; this is about a $55,000 project and it is believed the rail road will pay a portion. After
discussion, the council came the consensus that Mayor Curry should offer to pay 25% of the cost up
to $15,000.00.
Mayor Curry stated the survey on the trailhead property is completed.
Mayor Curry stated in the course of widening the driveway on the PD side, it was determined the
small remaining rock wall on the west side need to come out to improve visibility and traffic flow.
Mayor Curry stated to maximize usage of the facilities in place, he would like the council's consent to
put the dog kennels inside the back of the shop where the concrete floor can be sanitized and doggie
doors can be put in to allow access to the out doors; estimated cost is about $3,000 and would come
from the building and equipment maintenance line item of the budget. Richard McMuflen made a
motion to approve the moving of the kennels and was seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.
Mayor Curry stated part of the grant money was going to be used to construct a wall by the grassy
area behind city hall by the church and add 7 parking spaces. Mayor Curry stated this should allow
the parking on Main Drive to be changed to parallel parking in keeping with our city code.
Mayor Curry invited everyone to a cookout to honor the Fire and Police Departments tomorrow in
commemoration of Patriots Day, tomorrow, 9/11. The luncheon will be at the Fire Department at
noon and is being hosted by Woodmen of the World.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2013-09: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING DISTRICT
CLASS1FICATION AND BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY IDENTIFIED IN REZON1NG PETITION NO.
2013-03. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2013-09 by title only. Motion was
made by Dan Cross and seconded by Jim Shankle. 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 third reading 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.
New 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 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. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance
by title only. Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the first reading by title only. Motion was
made by Bob Fant and seconded by Jim Shankle. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes;
Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Jim Shankle, yes.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2013-04: A RESOLUTION TO PROVIDE FOR PERIODIC REVIEW
AND ELIMINATION OF COMMENTS TO CITY ELECTRONIC POSTINGS. Discussion ensued. Resolution
2013-04 died on the floor for lack of a motion.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to pay the bills from the Genera! 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 Richard McMullen and seconded by
Bob Fant. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:10 pm.