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City Council Minutes

January 13, 2015

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
January 13, 2015
Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:00pm.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Hunter Haynes, Bob
Fant and Melissa Posinski. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City
Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman,
Public Works Director Gerry Russell and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay
Wilson.
Judge Jeff Harper was present to swear in Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett,
Dan Cross, Hunter Haynes, Bob Fant and Melissa Posinski for their new terms.
Mayor Keeney amended the agenda to include Resolution 2015-03 under New
Business.
Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the December 9, 2014
council meeting. Richard Me Mullen asked that a correction be made at the bottom of
the second page to reflect that the one time pay increase was to help offset the smaller
paychecks due to the payroll change over and at that the Council all approved. Bob Fant
made a motion to approve the minutes with corrections and was seconded by Dan
Cross. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 32 new cases were opened and 26 closed. For
2014 there were 533 cases opened and 481 closed giving the department a 90% closure
rate. Chief Sisemore introduced Officer Stewart Bailey. Chief Sisemore stated Captain
John Taylor has retired from the department effective 12/31/2014 and asked for the
Council's approval to award him his badge and sidearm. Bob Fant made a motion to
approve awarding Captain Taylor his badge and sidearm and was seconded by Richard
McMullen. All approved.
Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman stated there were 21 calls for service, 12 EMS and 4 car
wrecks. Witzigman stated the department answered 267 calls in 2014.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 2 new building
permits and 12 mechanical permits issued. Wilson stated there were 306 inspections in
2014 and 87 animal calls. Wilson stated he held a technical plat review meeting and
attended the Planning Commission meeting.

Mayor Keeney stated after discussion of Gerry Russell's actual duties and
responsibilities, his job title was changed to Public Works Director from Maintenance
Superintendent to better reflect the scope of his job. Public Works Director Gerry
Russell stated his department has been patching Carley Road, taking down and storing
the Christmas decorations and painting the interior of City Hall.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated Property taxes and Turn back have been
received but Sales taxes have not. Allen stated 2014 was a good year for the City of
Johnson financially. The City is officially debt free after paying off the fleet loan early in
September. We were also able to invest $170,000.00 in CD's putting the City's reserves
at over $500,000.00. Allen stated a number of significant payments have been made
this month including $21,375 in annual membership dues, $4,818 in annual PD items,
$6,978 spent on the new Tahoe and $14,522 for annual Workers' Camp Insurance. With
regard to Resolution 2015-01, the amended budget reflects end of the year payroll and
associated costs which were uncertain in December due to the new payroll system.
Allen the amended budgets were not attached to the Resolution in the packets as she
was waiting on a call back from the State Auditor regarding a possible change in
procedure for these budgets. Allen asked the Aldermen to please complete and return
the Statement of Financial Interest forms for 2014 by Monday, February 2, 2015.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated there were 2 appeals pending. Wright stated that
the approximate cost to survey the areas needed to vacate of old roadways is $2,500 or
less. He has heard from Bates & Associates and is waiting to hear back from EDA. Dan
Cross stated that along with this process, the City needs to revise the Master Street
Plan and look at zoning and off site improvements.
Mayor Keeney stated the lack of ambulance service for north of Main Drive due to
Springdale's withdrawal of service will come at a significant cost to the City. To provide
"new" service to the north side of town could cost $168,000 in 2015 and $130,000 in
2016. Discussion ensued. Mayor Keeney said he was actively pursuing all options.
Unfinished Business: none
New Business:
Joel Gardner, Executive Director of Ozark Regional Transit, stated 2014 showed a
greatly expanded ridership. He expressed ORT's appreciation of the City's continued
financial support of $5,000 in 2015. Gardner offered the opportunity for the City to use
the busses for Public Service Announcements by having panels printed. He stated he
would come quarterly to the Council meetings with updates and thanked the City for
their support.
Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2015-01: A RESOLUTION AMENDING
RESOLUTION 2013-08 OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS; AMENDING THE BUDGET FOR THE PERIOD BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2014 AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2014 .
Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. All
approved.
Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2015-02: A RESOLUTION ENDORSING THE
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS REGIONAL BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN MASTER PLAN AND
ADOPTING THE INDIVIDUAL PLAN FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON AS INCORPORATED AS
PART OF THE MASTER PLAN. Dan Cross stated this part of the process to put Johnson on
the same page as the rest of the area communities. Cross stated updates to our Master
Plan need to be addressed as it was originally created in 2008. Motion to approve was
made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.
Mayor Keeney introduced Susan Anders, whom he has appointed to replace John Tyson
on the Planning Commission. Anders stated she has lived in Johnson for 10 years and
gave a brief synopsis of her experience. Anders stated she is a registered architect and
licensed general contractor, and has experience in large scale commercial work such as
the Reynolds Boys and Girls Club in Fayetteville. Hunter Haynes stated that he knows
Anders personally and professionally and with her impressive knowledge base she
would be a great addition to the PC. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve
Anders' appointment which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen.
Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2015-03: A RESOLUTION appointing one new
member and reappointing on member to the Johnson planning commission with terms
beginning JANUARY 1, 2015 AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2019. Motion to approve was
made by Bob Fant and seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.
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. Bob Fant
made a motion to pay the bills and Bill Burnett 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 7:02 pm.
Respectfully Submitted,