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City Council Minutes

October 14, 2014

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
October 14, 2014


Mayor Buddy Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Tom Bramlett, Bob
Fantand Melissa Posinski. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City
Attorney Danny Wright, Police Captain John Taylor, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Building
Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson and Maintenance Superintendent Gerry
Russell.
Mayor Curry asked fora motion to approve the minutes of the Septembers, 2014
council meeting. Richard McMullen made a motion to approve the minutes and was
seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Captain John Taylor stated that 45 new cases were opened and 37 closed.
Captain Taylor stated the recalls for the units have been taken care of but an issue with
his unit has surfaced today and needs to be checked out.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 22 calls for service, mostly EMS. Chief Mills
stated equipment continues to come in that was purchased with the $92,000.00 grant
from the Tyson Foundation for 30 new sets of bunker gear. The banner thanking Tyson
is up at the intersection of Johnson Mill Blvd. and Main Dr.
Maintenance Superintendent Gerry Russell stated mowing and city maintenance is
beginning to slow down. Russell said the State Aid for Streets project started today.
Russell stated Saddlebrook POA is contributing $300 to the city for removal of a
hazardous tree at the edge of the park.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 6 new building
permits, 197 inspections year to date. Wilson stated he held a technical plat review
meeting, attended Planning Commission and attended an HVAC class in Rogers.
Richard McMullen spoke for the Personnel Committee. They have been working on
modifying and simplifying the tracking of hours worked by our employees and how they
are compensated for those hours. To this end, the City will switch from a comp time
system to an overtime system. The council has a copy of a calendar the committee is
proposing to make the work period and pay period the same -14 days - effective
December 1, 2014. This will allow time for all paperwork to be completed and signed
before an employee is paid for that work period. This process will create a delay in the
payment by one week. It will also change the pay schedule to every 2 weeks, creating
26 pay periods per year instead of 24. The first paycheck received under the new
system will be on December 12, 2014 and will only be for 1 week's hours. The PC is
recommending that the Budget and Finance Committee look at a possible onetime pay
increase to off set the deficit this will cause our employees. Melissa Posinski made a
motion to approve the new work period/pay period schedule and change to overtime
put forth and was seconded by Bob Pant. All approved. McMullen stated the newly
revised employee handbook will be ready for the November meeting.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the City is officially debt free having paid off
the fleet loan in September. Allen stated the McGuire Street project has been
completed and paid for ($60,007.68). Allen stated the City received and paid another
LOPFI back bill in the amount of $645 on Troy Preston.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated all appeals are closed, one won, one lost. Wright
stated he is working on the City's clean up ordinances to give them more teeth and they
should be presented in December or January. Also, at the end of the month he will have
an ordinance on the new personnel handbook and change to the Police Department's
SOP, pulling all HR info out of the SOP and making one book personnel handbook for all
city employees, uniformed and non-uniformed. Wright stated he received a letter
saying the ordinance from Fayetteville that concerned him last month will not apply to
contracts with cities.
Mayor Curry thanked everyone for participating in "Go Pink for the Cure Day" in the
City of Johnson in support of breast cancer awareness month. He apologized for not
being here as he was in Little Rock at a Second Class Cities Advisory Committee
meeting.
Mayor Curry stated the State Aid for Streets paving project will pave Main Dr. from the
stoplight to the railroad tracks, Hewitt Street from Main Dr. To Elmore and Johnson Mill
Blvd. west of the 1-49 interchange to meet the pavement that was redone last year.
Mayor Curry stated he was working on a grant package to send to the Walton
Foundation for possible help with building the trail head.
Mayor Curry stated Trunk or Treat would be held again this year at theShoppes at the
Mill from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Friday, October 31, 2014 and invited everyone to attend.
Mayor Curry stated the new PD Tahoe has been ordered and $7,000 has been offered
for a trade in, but with John's car acting up it may be better to hold off on trading right
now.
Unfinished Business: none
New Business:
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2014-09: A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING THE
JOHNSON CLEAR CREEK TRAIL Motion to approve the resolution was made by Richard
McMullen and seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved.
Vernon Sisemore asked the Council to overturn his firing by the Mayor on October 6,
2014. Bob Fant made a motion to go into executive session to discuss this and Melissa
Posinski seconded. All approved and the public meeting was adjourned at 6:20 pm to go
into executive session.
Executive session ended at 8:12 pm and Mayor Curry resumed the public meeting at
that time.
Mayor Curry asked for a roll call vote to reinstate Vernon Sisemore as Chief of Police.
Roll Call: Richard McMullen, no; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Tom Bramlett,
abstained; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. 4 yes, 1 no, 1 abstained; Chief Sisemore
was reinstated.
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. Tom Bramlett
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 8:14 pm.