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City Council Minutes

May 12, 2015

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
May 12,2015
Mayor Chris Keeney declared a quorum present and called the meeting to order at 6:00
pm. He then amended the agenda to include Ordinance 2015-02.
Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Hunter Haynes 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. Aldermen Bill Burnett,
Dan Cross, and Bob Fant were absent.
Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the April14, 2015 council
meeting. Hunter Haynes made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was
seconded by Melissa Posinski. All Aldermen present and Mayor Keeney approved.
Mayor Keeney recognized Chief Becky Stewart of Central EMS to give the council an
update on the plan for the Washington County Regional Ambulance Authority
expanded coverage area. Stewart stated the City of Springdale will no longer service the
north side of Johnson, Elm Springs, Tontitown or rural Washington County as of January
1, 2016. Stewart stated that in order to have a new ambulance crew trained and the
equipment up and running by the end of 2015 to service these areas, the cost to the
City of Johnson will be an additional $28,222 for 2015. Stewart stated this is in addition
to the current quarterly contribution of $1,663 and will be accurate only if all the
participating entities approve. Starting in 2016 through 2020, the City of Johnson's
contribution will be $19,121 per year or $1,593 per month. Mayor Keeney stated this
was information only and that no action needed to be taken by the Council at this time.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 51 new cases were opened and 42 closed.
Chief Sisemore stated he received an email commending the PD from Willow Creek
regarding a situation they handled there. Mayor Keeney asked Chief Sisemore about ECitations.
Chief Sisemore explained that these are electronic devices that allow an
officer to issue a ticket, enter it into the device and upload it to the system. All systems
and software receive the information at once eliminating information being entered
multiple times by different people. Chief Sisemore stated it would cost the City about
$12,000 per year. City Attorney Danny Wright stated the State Police have been using
the system for about 18 months and the troopers love it. Wright stated that it is an
auditable electronic ticket book.
Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman stated there were 23 calls for service. Witzigman stated
one of their full time fire fighters became EMT certified. Witzigman stated the ATV is
outfitted and ready for use on the trail.
Public Works Director Gerry Russell stated his department has been doing lots of
mowing, the rain garden has been started and they had a tree planting at the trail head
for Arbor Day. Russell stated Springdale is going to scrape and repave Carley Road from
our City limits to the intersection at Magnolia, estimating the cost to be about $30,000.
We will split the cost 50/50 making our share about $15,000. Russell stated the money
is in the budget is he just seeking approval to proceed. Melissa Posinski made a motion
to approve and Richard McMullen seconded. All Aldermen present and Mayor Keeney
approved.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 2 new building
permits and 11 mechanical permits issued. Wilson stated he attended the Planning
Commission meeting. Wilson stated the vehicle maintenance he has been doing are for
the Chargers, all the Tahoes have needed are tires and oil.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated Property tax was received May 11, 2015
totaling $117,245.97 ($105,627.04 General Fund and $11,618.93 Street Fund). These
amounts are about the same as received this time last year. State Turnback has also
been received but Sales taxes have not. Allen stated that attached to her report is a
letter from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. On May 4, 2015, Allen
received the Certified Municipal Clerk designation from the IIMC. This required 150
hours of classroom study and the experience of 14+ years as the Recorder/Treasurer of
the City of Johnson. It is an honor to hold this credential. Allen earned her Certified
Arkansas Municipal Clerk designation in 2012. Allen stated she attended an HR
Professional class in late April and will continue to work towards making sure the City is
in compliance with all HR laws and is a great place for our employees to work.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated another great thing about the E-Citations is that they
avoid identity switching. Wright stated the court docket has grown exponentially
including a lot of OWl's. Wright stated Springdale has approved their portion of the
vacation of the right of way on the unused portions of Carley Road and Main Drive.
Wright stated once Ordinance 2015-01 was approved tonight we are ready to deed the
unused property over to Johnson Landholdings, LLC. Wright stated with regard to
Ordinance 2015-02 vacating a utility easement in Heritage Hills, the emergency clause
cannot be passed due to the number of Aldermen absent, but it can be read 3 times
tonight and go in to effect after a 30 day referendum.
Mayor Keeney stated the City is getting closer to a new website that will be fully
searchable.
Mayor Keeney reminded the Council that Johnson Festival Day is June 13 and asked
them to help pass out postcards.

 

Unfinished 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 waiving the 3rd reading. Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded
by Hunter Haynes. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Melissa
Posinski, yes; Mayor Keeney, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by
title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the reading of ORDINANCE
2015-01 by title only reading. Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by
Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Melissa
Posinski, yes; Mayor Keeney, yes.
New Business:
Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2015-02: AN ORDINANCE VACATING A PORTION
OF A DRAINAGE/UTILITY EASEMENT ACROSS LOT 9 HERITAGE HILLS SUBDIVISION (3030
DEVOTION CIRCLE) AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO
EXIST. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2015-02 by title only
waiving the 2nd and 3rd readings. Motion was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by
Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Melissa
Posinski, yes; Mayor Keeney, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by
title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the reading of ORDINANCE
2015-01 by title only. Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Hunter
Haynes. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes;
Mayor Keeney, yes. The emergency clause was not read; Ordinance 2015-02 will go into
effect in 30 days.
Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2015-05: A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE
MAYOR TO CONTACT, INVESTIGATE AND NEGOTIATE CONCERNING THE ACQUISITION
OF A PARCEL OF REAL ESTATE. Mayor Keeney stated the triangle(+/- 1.9 acres) west of
the PO is for sale by Del Monte for $150,000 and he would like to contact them and see
if they might gift it to the City or at least negotiate on the price. Mayor Keeney stated
City facilities are locked in and looking toward potential future growth that property is
ideal. Motion to approve was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Melissa
Posinski. All Aldermen present and Mayor Keeney approved.
Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2015-06: A RESOLUTION DETERMINING THE
PROCESS TO HIRE A PROFESSIONAL TO ASSIST THE CITY TO FORM A COMMITTEE AND
TO ALLOCATE FUNDS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A SCHEMATIC CITY MASTER PLAN AND
FORMING A COMMITTEE. Planning Commissioner Susan Anders spoke to the Council
outlining plans for managing development in the City and how this process will work.
Melissa Posinski made a motion to approve and Hunter Haynes seconded. All Aldermen
present and Mayor Keeney 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. Melissa
Posinski made a motion to pay the bills and Hunter Haynes seconded. All Aldermen
present and Mayor Keeney approved.
Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Melissa Posinski and
seconded by Hunter Haynes. All Aldermen present and Mayor Keeney approved. The
meeting was adjourned at 7:42 pm.