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City Council Minutes

April 14, 2015

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
APRIL 14, 2015


Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:00pm.
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, Public Works
Director Gerry Russell and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson.
Alderman Hunter Haynes was absent.
Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the March 10, 2015
council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was
seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 53 new cases were opened and 46 closed.
Chief Sisemore stated the department worked on training this month.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 14 calls for service, mostly EMS. Chief Mills told
the council the department is hosting a pancake breakfast on Apri/18, 2015 from 6-10
AM and invited them to attend.
Public Works Director Gerry Russell stated his department has been working on road
maintenance and landscaping around City Hall. Russell stated the mower approved last
month has been purchased and mowing season has begun. Russell stated the trail clean
up will be Apri/18, 2015.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 1 new building
permit and 1 mechanical permit issued. Wilson stated he attended the Planning
Commission meeting.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turn back and Property Taxes have been
received but Sales taxes have not. Allen stated the City's 2014 Audit has been
completed and for the s'h year in row, we received a clean audit!! Aldermen should be
receiving a report once it is approved by Legislative Audit Committee. Allen stated
$22,000.00 was paid to the JAVFD for their purchase of a new brush truck in addition to
their $22,000.00 monthly support and $40,000.00 was transferred to LOPFI account to
cover retirement payments until the SITI payment comes in July.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated there were no new appeals but he was expecting a
long trial on Thursday. With regard to the vacation of the right of way on the unused
portions of Carley Road and Main Drive, Wright stated Springdale was also addressing
this issue tonight. Wright stated Ordinance 201S-01 should be read 1 time tonight and 2
times next month to allow for any additional information from Springdale to be
included.
Mayor Keeney stated the most current information on the ambulance authority
situation is that the City is looking at paying $43,000 a year for the next 5 years and
then it will drop to $21,000 per year. Mayor Keeney stated there may be a secondary
option that he is not yet ready to disclose.
Mayor Keeney stated that $10,000- $15,000 has been pledged to the City to create a
Request For Proposal (RFP) to help develop a Schematic ("Working") City Master Plan.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated that a contract or agreement should be drawn up
stating once the money is in the City's hands, it can only be used for this purpose and
the Council has the authority over how the money is spent.
Mayor Keeney stated there is a lack of a true information system in the City; there is no
mechanism to have minutes, ordinances, etc. searchable. Mayor Keeney stated it will
cost about $2,200 to make this happen and integrate the website. Dan Cross stated it is
important to get an updated website and social media in the future and made a motion
to approve. Richard McMullen seconded and all approved.
Mayor Keeney recognized Ralph Haseman from the Johnson Festival Day Committee
who requested the help of the Aldermen in passing out flyers in their wards. Haseman
stated it would be a great opportunity for the Aldermen to meet their constituents and
would save a lot on postage.
Unfinished Business: none
New Business:
Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2015-01: AN ORDINANCE VACATING PORTIONS
OF MAIN DRIVE AND CARLEY ROAD PURSUANT TO ACA SECTION 14-54-105 AND FOR
OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2015-01 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; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes.
City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a
motion to approve the first reading of ORDINANCE 2015-01 by title only. Motion was
made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes;
Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes.
Mayor Keeney 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 Bob Fant seconded. All approved.
Mayor Keeney 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 6:40 pm.