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City Council Minutes

September 9, 2014

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
September 9, 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
Fant and Melissa Posinski. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City
Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman,
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson and Maintenance Superintendent
Gerry Russell.
Mayor Curry stated there was a Codification of Ordinances book available for each
Alderman.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the August 12, 2014 council
meeting. Richard McMullen made a motion to approve the minutes and was seconded
by Dan Cross. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 45 new cases were opened and 41 closed.
Chief Sisemore stated the officers received 192 hours of training. Chief Sisemore said
officer David Allen will received his 10 week evaluation this week and officer Bryen Hill,
who has been off since April because of an injury, has used all his workers comp
benefits, vacation and sick time and his last day with the city was August 31, 2014.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 23 calls for service. The new pagers are in
operation and the department is now being dispatched through Central EMS. Chief
Mills sated the department has received a grant from the Tyson Foundation for $92,000
to purchase 30 new sets of bunker gear. They are putting up a banner thanking Tyson
and there will be a "big check photo op" ceremony when the equipment comes in.
Maintenance Superintendent Gerry Russell stated they have posted new signage and
taken down the old with the opening of Johnson Mill Blvd. Mowing and city
maintenance continues. Russell said at the pre-construction meeting for the State Aid
for Streets project they were told it should start on October 10, 2014. Russell stated his
crew worked hard after hours to remove a tree which fell in a wind storm and blocked
Wilkerson just north of the intersection with Joyce. He thanked the Fire and Police
Departments for their unified effort to get the road open as quickly as possible.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 10 new building
permits and 7 new houses. Wilson said the state inspector has been here to enforce
proper signage & permit posting by sub-contractors. Wilson attended a 2 day plumbing
class in Lonoke.
Richard McMullen spoke for the personnel committee. The annual audit showed a
problem with the documentation of comp time and compensation for such. The
committee has been reviewing the city employee handbook & police SOP and would
like to bring the two together to be in compliance with FLSA and state guidelines. Our
meetings and review have resulted in 2 requests of the council: The Personnel
Committee recommends moving away from comp time altogether and requests
authorization to start using/paying for overtime directly effective January 1, 2015.
The Personnel Committee also requests authorization for the Recorder/Treasurer to
pay off accrued comp time in November, estimated cost of $31,000, in preparation for
moving to a new overtime format which is still being worked out. Mayor Curry asked
for a motion to approve these requests which was made by Tom Bramlett and
seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved. Secondly, the committee requests approval
to continue moving forward with a plan to review and update the personnel policies of
the city and to create and implement a plan to switch to overtime compensation.
Mayor Curry asked for a motion to approve these requests which was made by Bob
Fant and seconded by Tom Bramlett. All approved.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated September Turn back has been received but
Sales tax and Property taxes have not. Allen stated there are 2 contested races in the
fall election. Mayor Buddy Curry is running for re-election against Chris Keeney, and
Henry Layes and Hunter Haynes are vying for Ward 3, Position 2. Election day is
Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated there continue to be very heavy court dates. As of
January 1, 2015, we are moving to 3 court dates- 1st & 3rd Mondays for arraignments
only and the 3rd Wednesday for trials only. He said he has not seen it yet but has heard
that the final trail easement has been secured. Wright stated that Fayetteville Code 119
has some disturbing language regarding contracts between cities.
Mayor Curry asked Danny Wright to read the Mayor's Proclamation declaring Friday,
Octobers, 2014 as "Go Pink for the Cure Day in the City of Johnson in support of
breast cancer awareness month.
Mayor Curry stated he had attended the trail head bid opening and only 1 bid was
received for $150,000 and rejected. He said the grant was still available for now and he
wanted to keep the $30,000 put aside in place and will contact the Walton Foundation
for possible help.
Mayor Curry stated there would be lunch served at the Fire Department tomorrow,
September 10, 2014 to honor the Police and Fire departments sponsored by Woodmen
of the World in remembrance of 9/11 and everyone was invited.
Mayor Curry stated after 10 years, Johnson Mill Boulevard is now open! Mayor curry
thanked Alderman Bob Fant for his help getting the project moving and completed.
Mayor Curry stated at pre-construction meeting for. the State Aid for Streets paving
project he was told because our project came in under budget that the state engineer
has authorization to expand projects and they are looking at working on South Hewitt
Street also. Also, while Time Striping is doing their part of the project west of the
interchange, for 21 cents per foot they will continue the professional striping further
west - estimated cost of about $150 to unify and beautify that stretch of road.
Mayor Curry stated that former Mayor Richard Long passed away peacefully in his sleep
last week and the memorial service was held Saturday, September 6, 2014.
Unfinished Business:
none
New Business:
Joel Gardner, Executive Director of Ozark Regional Transit said the numbers of riders in
Johnson is up and they are working a plan to go west to service the hotels and hospital.
Mayor Curry Thanked him for the service they are providing.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2014-07: A RESOLUTION LEVYING A TAX ON THE
REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FOR THE
YEAR 2014, FIXING THE RATE THEREOF AT 5.0 MILLS AND CERTIFYING THE SAME TO THE COUNTY CLERK OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS. Motion to approve the
resolution was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.
Mayor Curry presented RESOLUTION 2014-08; A RESOLUTION AGREEING TO THE
CHANGE IN ZONING FROM C-2 TO C-3 FOR PROPERTY LOCATED IN FAYETTEVILLETHAT
ADJOINS PARCELS IN JOHNSON, City Attorney Danny Wright stated this was a
technicality as Fayetteville can change the zoning without our approval, but it is a
means of letting us know what is happening. A representative of the developer was on
hand to answer questions. Dan Cross made a motion to approve the resolution and Bob
Fant seconded. All approved.
Mayor Curry opened discussion of purchasing a new police vehicle. Chief Sisemore
stated they had received 2 bids for Chevy Tahoes, the one presented is lower than the
state bid. Mayor Curry stated he would like to pay off the fleet loan first and look at a
possible trade-in so there is not as much equipment to purchase. Discussion was had.
Dan Cross made a motion to pay off the fleet loan and was seconded by Bob Fant.
Richard McMullen made a motion to approve the purchase of a newTahoe with
$26,000 from the General Fund and $18,000 from the Act 988 fund and to authorize
the Mayor and Chief to negotiate a trade in if it is in the best interest of the city. Dan
Cross seconded and all approved.
Mayor Curry asked fora 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 7:17 pm.