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City Council Minutes

July 8, 2014

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
July 8, 2014


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Bob Fant and
Melissa Posinski. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney
Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Building
Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson and Maintenance Superintendent Gerry
Russell. Alderman Tom Bramlett arrived late.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the June 10, 2014 council
meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes and was seconded by
Richard McMullen. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 41 new cases were opened and 36 closed with
2 pending. Chief Sisemore stated Officer Richard Duncan resigned to go work for Wal-
Mart in security.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 27 calls for service, mostly EMS. Chief Mills
stated he met with the Springdale Fire Department who after 32 years are in the
process of removing themselves from the rural dispatch and ambulance service which
raises a conundrum for JAVFD. In order to be dispatched through Central EMS, they
need to purchase 30 new pagers for $499 each which operate on the correct frequency.
Chief Mills requested $30,000.00 to move ahead with the new dispatch system. Motion
to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.
Maintenance Superintendent Gerry Russell stated it is mowing season which keeps
them very busy and he worked hard on Festival preparations. Russell stated he has
been working with SWEPCO and Traffic Lighting Systems to get the stop lights on
Johnson Mill Boulevard ready to go. Mayor Curry stated the intersection at 48th Street
and Johnson Mill Blvd. should be striped and open with operating lights by Thursday.
Russell stated they are beginning wprk on the new shop building by clearing the area
and he also attended ARML meeting June 18-20, 2014 in Little Rock.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 2 new building
permits and 2 final inspections. Wilson stated he continues to do a lot of maintenance
on vehicles. Wilson stated he received his state electrical license and will go to school in
October for a 16 hour, 2 day class.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated June Property tax received is $11,326.77.
Exit interview with Legislative Audit was held on Monday 6/16/2014. The final report
will be available once it has been approved by the Legislative Audit Committee. Allen
attended ARML Summer Conference in Little Rock June 18-20, 2014. Allen stated
election packets are available for the fall election. Aldermen running for position 1 in
their ward are running for a 4 year term, position 2 is a 2 year term. Filing begins
7/25/2014 and ends 8/15/2014 at noon.
City Attorney Danny Wright said he signed the consent decree to remove the City from
the Bynum case on July 6, 2014. Wright stated he also attended the summer conference
for his Continuing Legal Education. Wright said the first day was boring and the second
day was terrifying, but it was a good meeting. Wright said there are 3 appeals pending.
Wright asked that the city limits be marked on the trail for jurisdictional and liability
reasons.
Mayor Curry stated that we are waiting on the easement filing from the glass company
to complete the trail. Dan Cross stated all items with Fayetteville will be closed out
within 60 days. Mayor Curry stated Kim Hesse has determined that due to the waterline
placement, we need to proceed with plan B for the trailhead project. She has asked the
Illinois Watershed grant people for more money for core soil sampling and is waiting to
hear back on that. Discussion was held about using our "Welcome to Johnson" stencils
to mark the trail at the city limits and Richard McMullen made a motion to do so.
Motion was seconded by Bob Fant and all approved.
Mayor Curry stated the Johnson Mill Boulevard project is still moving along. He stated
there was work being done at Shady Oaks to remove the dip and Main Drive is being
dug out for the new road. APAC hopes to be paving it by the end of the week. Mayor
Curry said the cement work needs to be done before they can move traffic to the new
road but they hope to have that done by August 1.
Alderman Tom Bramlett arrived at 6:35.
Mayor Curry stated that Johnson Festival Day was a big success. Fire Chief Matt Mills
said they made $1,500.00 and flipped a lot of pancakes.
Mayor Curry stated all the Aldermen were at the Planning Commission meeting where
the Economic Development Plan was presented and asked for feedback. Discussion
ensued. It was determined that more information was needed and all of the property
owners in the area needed to be involved before a decision can be made.
Unfinished Business:
none
New Business:
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Joel Gardner of Ozark Regional Transit (ORT) passed out new maps for the routes that
run through Johnson. He said ridership is up on all services they provide: fixed routes,
on demand and para-transport.
Mayor Curry stated an Eagle Scout has volunteered to build the rain garden at the
trailhead and will get his troop to help.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2014-04: A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE
WILLINGNESS OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON TO UTILIZE FEDERAL-AID MONIES FOR THE 56
STREET WIDENING AND EXTENSION PROJECT. City Attorney Danny Wright stated the
wording has been revised to make the state happy. Bob Fant made a motion to approve
this resolution and Richard McMullen seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2014-05 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE
MAYOR TO EXECUTE AND DELIVER AN AGREEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE
CITIES OF SPRINGDALE AND JOHNSON AND THE ARKANSAS STATE HIGHWAY AND
TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT. City Attorney Danny Wright discussed the
indemnification language. Bob Fant made a motion to approve this resolution and Dan
Cross seconded. All approved.
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. Bob Fant made a
motion to pay the bills and Dan Cross seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and seconded
by Richard McMullen. All approved and the meeting was adjourned at 7:33 pm.

 

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
July 15, 2014


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 12:16 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross and Bob Fant. Also
present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen and City Attorney Danny Wright.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2014-06: A RESOLUTION AMENDING RESOLUTION
2007-03 AND NOMINATING AND CONFIRMING REPLACEMENT MEMBERS TO THE
JOHNSON PERSONNEL COMMITTEE. Motion to approve the resolution was made by
Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.
Mayor Curry stated that there now is a known cost to solve the technical difficulties
getting power to the stop lights at the 1-49 interchange. The cost for SWEPCO to provide
the power is $8,809.93, but they are unable to bore underneath Johnson Mill Boulevard
to get the power lines to the second junction box. Northwest Electrical can start on the
boring tomorrow and run the line to the other box for $4,800.00. Topic was discussed.
Bob Fant made a motion to approve $15,000.00 from the General Fund to secure the
power for the stop lights at the 1-49 interchange and Dan Cross 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 12:26 pm.