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City Council Minutes

March 11, 2014

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
March 11, 2014


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Dan Cross, Tom Bramlettand Bob Fant.
Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright,
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman and Maintenance
Superintendent Gerry Russell. Alderman Bill Burnett and Building Official/Maintenance
Specialist Clay Wilson were absent.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the February 11, 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 29 new cases were opened and 28 closed, 145
total calls and 6 wrecks. Chief Sisemore said the department used 80 hours of sick
leave.
Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman stated February had 27 calls for service including 3
structure fires. Witzigman stated volunteer Justin Lee graduated form the academy as a
firefighter 2.
Maintenance Superintendent Gerry Russell stated they have stripped the empty house
and are readying it for demolition. Russell stated they put the old carport on the back of
the shop to shade the kennels. Russell stated the backhoe, Polaris ranger and sweeper
have all been picked up as of yesterday and they are happy with the new equipment.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson was absent due to illness. Mayor
Curry stated Wilson had reviewed 2 building permits, 4 mechanical permits and done 26
inspections. Mayor Curry stated they have both been working with a local business who
has appealed to the state for issues pertaining to a new building meeting fire codes.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated that $54,583.48 approved last month has
been spent on new equipment for the Street Department. Equipment purchased: New
Holland back hoe for $38,412.50 which was offset by a $25,000.00 General
Improvement Grant, a Polaris Ranger for $10,744.53 and $5,426.45 fora street
sweeping brush for the tractor. Net cost to the City = $29,538.48. Other larger than
usual expenditures for March include training for the police officers for the year @ UFC
Gym for $4,741, fire hydrant rental of $2,370, $2,167 for bulk oil purchase and $3,358
for vehicle maintenance. Allen stated the city has spent $21,783 of the $50,000.00
received for our General Improvement Project.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated the Bynum lawsuit carries on. Wright stated there is
1 appeal this month and 1 in April. Wright stated whenever there is a new judge
appeals pick up but as he is here longer they settle down.
Mayor Curry asked Dan Cross for a trail update. Cross stated the Walton Foundation is
funding a trail opening ceremony scheduled for April 12, 2014. Cross stated the final
punch list should be completed soon. Mayor Curry stated he met with the Illinois River
Watershed people and there are funds available for trailheads with environmental
protection features and we are working with Steve Hesse to see if the City can qualify.
Cross stated they are working on Phase 2 from Ball Street to ARVEST Ballpark.
Mayor Curry stated the 56th Street project is underway as TAC approved funding for
design, engineering and environmental study. Mayor Curry stated the City's share will
be $15,000.00.
Mayor Curry stated the City was approved for the state street aid project as was
discussed last month and he is still waiting to hear when that will begin.
Mayor Curry stated APAC has requested an extension to complete Johnson Mill
Boulevard due to utility and weather issues, but they have a plan in place for
completion.
Mayor Curry stated he has had some preliminary talks with landowners about the '
possibility of land being available for the new NWACC campus. Mayor Curry stated
there is a local business person on the board who brought this possibility to his
attention and there is a meeting scheduled 3/12/14 at 10:00 am.
Mayor Curry stated the Johnson Festival Day will be Saturday, June 14, 2014. Richard
McMullen stated the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission accepted his invitation to
participate and are bringing at 320 gallon tank. Mayor Curry stated there will also be a
Civil War camp on the lawn of City Hall. Mayor Curry said the planning is going well and
invited everyone to attend.
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Curry presented ORDINANCE 2014-01: AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING POLICY
FOR USE OF THE PEDESTRIAN/BIKE TRAILS WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON AND
PROVIDING FOR A PENALTY FOR VIOLATION OF SUCH POLICY AND AMENDING THE
JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE BY ADDING CHAPTER 12.01 AND CHANGING THE NAME OF
TITLE 12. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2014-01 by title only.
Motion was made by Tom Bramlett and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard
McMullen, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Pant, yes. City Attorney Danny
Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the
reading by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Tom Bramlett.
Roll call: Richard McMuilen, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes.
New Business:
Mayor Curry stated Jim Shankle has resigned from the council and thanked him for his
service. Mayor Curry asked for a motion to accept his resignation. Bob Fant made the
motion with regret and was seconded by Dan Cross. All approved. Mayor Curry stated
Melissa Posinski, who is in the audience, has already applied for the position. Anyone
else interested should apply at City Hall and it will be the first item on the agenda next
month.
Dan Cross stated he was concerned about the effective date on the trail ordinance if
the final reading was not done until next month. Mayor Curry agreed and asked for a
motion to suspend the rules and continue on to the third reading of ORDINANCE 2014-
01: AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING POLICY FOR USE OF THE PEDESTRIAN/BIKE TRAILS
WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON AND PROVIDING FOR A PENALTY FOR VIOLATION OF
SUCH POLICY AND AMENDING THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE BY ADDING CHAPTER
12.01 AND CHANGING THE NAME OF TITLE 12, by title only. Motion was made by
Richard McMullen and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Dan
Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the
ordinance by title only. Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the third reading by
title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call:
Richard McMullen, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett, yes; Bob Fant, yes. ORDINANCE
2014-01 was approved.
Mayor Curry announced Spring Clean Up would be April 25 - May 5, 2014.
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 Richard McMullen 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 6:36 pm.