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City Council Minutes

September 8, 2015

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
 MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
September 8, 2015
Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.
Present were Aldermen 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 Marshall Todd Witzigman, Public Works Director Gerry
Russell and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. Aldermen Richard
McMullen, Hunter Hayes and Fire Chief Matt Mills were absent.
Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the August 11, 2015
council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was
seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved.
Department Head Reports:
Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 59 new cases were opened and 51 closed.
Chief Sisemore stated Officer Charles Brockmeyer was resigning due to personal
reasons.
Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman stated there were 30 calls for service, 17 were EMS.
Witzigman stated the first week in October is fire prevention week and there will be
activities including an open house at the station and kids activities in the park.
Witzigman invited everyone to attend.
Public Works Director Gerry Russell stated in conjunction with the Keep America
Beautiful program and the Illinois Water Shed Project, there were 80 University of
Arkansas kids cleaning up the creeks and along Main Drive. They hauled 3 truck loads of
trash. Russell stated the pavers have arrived for the rest area portion of the trailhead
project which will have a bike rack, benches and water fountain. This will be located
between the rain garden and the trail.
Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated he attended the TPR
meeting and the Planning Commission meeting. Wilson stated he has been working on
code enforcement and vehicle maintenance.
Susan Anders presented the final book for the Schematic City Master Plan project and
gave an update on the process. Anders stated the most urgent need the City has now is
with the fire department; the ISO rating needs to come up and there needs to be a
better location with improved equipment. Dan Cross thanked the team for the depth of
the project info.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated due to the early date of this month's meeting,
no State Turnback, Property tax or Sales taxes have been received. Allen stated the
Personnel Committee needs to meet soon to revisit the Handbook issues discussed
previously. After Personnel meets, Budget and Finance will get together t~ look at the
2016 budget. Allen stated $28,222 was paid to Central EMS in August. This is the City of Johnson's portion of the personnel training/start up costs for the new service on the
north side of town beginning January 1, 2016. This item has been removed from the
contingency list.
City Attorney Danny Wright stated court is working well. Wright stated that there was
an 8-9 page response to the City's offer and acceptance and that he has worked out the
details on a contract the City can live with. Wright stated he attended a training
meeting with members of the Planning Commission to go over proper procedure for a
Public Hearing and a Public Meeting. Wright recommended that the Aldermen and the
Planning Commissioners all attend the Arkansas Municipal League Winter Conference in
early December that is being held in Springdale.
Mayor Keeney stated that ESI started the engineering on 56th Street at the beginning of the month .
Unfinished Business:
Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the contract on the triangle property and
proceed with the purchase at $125,000. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the
contract and Dan Cross seconded. All approved.
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen asked the council for clarification on how the
property was to be paid for. Bob Fant made a motion to finance $120,000.00 for the
property through First Security at 2.48% as discussed previously and Melissa Posinski
seconded. All approved.
New Business:
Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated that after Legislative Audit reviews and
approves a municipal audit, the municipality is required to discuss it in a public meeting.
Allen stated she was pleased that for 2014, the City of Johnson had received a clean
audit. This is the sth year in a row. Bob Fant stated it felt good to have a clean audit.
* The following 2 ordinances have had their numbers corrected. They were listed on the
agenda and accompanying copies as ORDINANCE NO. 2015-04 and ORDINANCE NO.
2015-05 respectively. ORDINANCES NO. 2015-04, 2015-05 and 2015-06 were approved at the August 2015 Council Meeting.


Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE NO. 2015-07: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE
ZONING DISTRICT CLASSIFICATION AND BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY
IDENTIFIED IN PETITION NO. 2015-04. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read
ORDINANCE 2015-07 by title only waiving the 2nd and 3rd readings. Motion was made by
Dan Cross and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: 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 reading of ORDINANCE 2015-07
by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Bill
Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE NO. ·
2015-07 was approved and will become effective following a 30 day referendum period.
Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE NO. 2015-08: AN ORDINANCE TO ADOPT AN
OVERLAY DISTRICT FOR THE JOHNSON SQUARE PUD DISTRICT CREATED BY ORDINANCE
NO. 2015-07. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2015-08 by title
only waiving the 2nd and 3rd readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by
Dan Cross. Roll call: 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 reading of ORDINANCE 2015-08 by title only. Motion was
made by Dan Cross and seconded by Bill Burnett. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross,
yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE NO. 2015-08 was approved and
will become effective following a 30 day referendum period .
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. The meeting was adjourned at 7:46 pm.