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City Council Minutes

August 11, 2015

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
August 11, 2015
Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen Bill Burnett, Hunter Haynes, Bob Fant and Melissa Posinski.
Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Fire
Chief Matt Mills, Public Works Director Gerry Russell and Building Official/Maintenance
Specialist Clay Wilson. Police Chief Vernon Sisemore and Aldermen Richard McMullen
.and Dan Cross were absent.
Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the July 14, 2015 council
meeting. Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated revisions had been made to the
minutes to reflect correct motions and roll call votes for Ordinance 2015-03. Bob Fant
made a motion to approve the revised minutes and was seconded by Melissa Posinski.
All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Mayor Keeney stated Police Chief Vernon Sisemore was attending a Chief's meeting.
Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 24 calls for service. Mills stated the department
is working on a mutual aid agreement with Tontitown. Chief Mills reiterated to Chief
Becky Stewart of Central EMS the JAVFD's offerto house an ambulance in one of their
bays.
Public Works Director Gerry Russell stated the rain garden portion of the trailhead
project is complete and they will begin working on the rest area with bike racks,
benches and water fountain. Russell stated he was waiting to hear back about a grant
from Boston Mountain Solid Waste about a grant to purchase a chipper to dispose of
limbs and create mulch for the City. Russell stated he had 2 projects that are budgeted
for but he wanted to get the council's go ahead. The first is a bid from APAC for $12,125
to repair the ditch on McGuire that has eroded over the years and is now a threat to
the integrity of the roadway. The second is a bid from Time Striping for $7,558 to stripe
all of Carley, Wilkinson and Main to 71B. Discussion. Russell stated the striping cost is
very reasonable at $.13 per foot. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the projects and
Me~issa Po.sinski seconded. All approved.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 3 new building
permits and 7 mechanical permits issued. Wilson stated he attended the TPR meeting
and the Planning Commission meeting. Wilson stated he attended an animal control
class at the Sherriff's office on dog handling.
Susan Anders gave an extensive update to the Schematic City Master Plan project.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback has been received but
Property tax and Sales taxes have not. Allen stated the Personnel Committee met in
June and will meet again in the near future to revisit the Handbook issues discussed.
Allen stated $39,480.44 in SITT funding was deposited into the City's account at LOPFI.
The City's monthly contribution will be deducted from this amount until it is gone (it
will cover 4+ months of payments). With the balance in the LOPFI checking account, the
City's part should be covered through the end of the year. The Employee contribution is
still sent in every month.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated there is currently one appeal but a lot of cases in
court. Wright stated even with 3 court dates it is congested but manageable for now.
Wright recommended that the Aldermen clear their schedules in early December as the
Arkansas Municipal League Winter Conference is being held in Springdale and he
strongly encouraged them to attend.
Mayor Keeney stated the $100,000 offer on the triangle property was reje~ted and a
counter offer was received of $125,000 firm as is. Discussion. Hunter Haynes made a
motion to amend our offer to $125,000 with the same contingencies as before adding
not in the flood zone to those contingencies and Melissa Posinski seconded. All
approved.
Unfinished Business:
none
New Business:
Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2015-12: A RESOLUTION APPOINTING A NEW
MEMBER TO THE JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION WITH A TERM ENDING DECEMBER
31, 2018. Mayor Keeney introduced Greg Gainer. Motion to approve was made by Bob
Fant and seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.
Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2015-13: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING
EXECUTION OF AN ENGINEERING DESIGN CONTRACT FOR 56TH STREET FROM DON
TYSON PARKWAY TO JOHNSON MILL BOULEVARD. Motion to approve was made by Bob
Fant and seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.
Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2015-14: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING
EXECUTION OF AGREEMENT FOR FINANCING AMBULANCE SERVICES. Chief Becky
Stewart of Central EMS stated this agreement was for financing ambulance personnel
only, to be hired in October and trained through the end of the year to be ready to go
January 1, 2016 when the agreement with Springdale to provide service for the north
side of Johnson expires. Discussion. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and
seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved.
Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE NO. 2015-04: AN ORDINANCE VACATING A
UTILITY EASEMENT LOCATED BETWEEN LOTS 190 AND 191, CLEAR CREEK SUBDIVISION,
PHASE 1 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read
ORDINANCE 2015-04 by title only waiving the 2nd and 3rd readings. Motion was made by
Melissa Posinski and seconded by Bill Burnett. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes,
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 reading of ORDINANCE
2015-04 by title only. Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Bill
Burnett. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski,
yes.
Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE NO. 2015-05: AN ORDINANCE VACATING A
UTILITY EASEMENT WHICH LIE BETWEEN LOTS 11B AND 12 HERITAGE HILLS
SUBDIVISION {4094 AND 4106 LEGACY DRIVE) AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor
Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2015-05 by title only waiving the 2nd and
3rd readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Hunter Haynes. Roll call:
Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes, 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 reading of ORDINANCE 2015-05 by title only. Motion was made by Hunter
Haynes and seconded by Bill Burnett. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Bob
Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes.
Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE NO. 2015-06: AN ORDINANCE ACCEPTING A NEW
ADDITION TO THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS TO BE KNOWN AS CLEAR CREEK
SUBDIVISION, PHASE VII AN ADDITION TO THE CITY OF JOHNSON. Mayor Keeney asked
for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2015-06 by title only waiving the 2nd and 3rd readings.
Motion was made by Bill Burnett and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Bill
Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes, 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 reading of ORDINANCE 2015-06 by title only. Motion was made by Bob
Fant and seconded by Hunter Haynes. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes, 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. Melissa
Posinski made a motion to pay the bills and Hunter Haynes seconded. All approved.

 

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and
seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 7:34pm .
Respectfully Submitted,