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Thursday, 13 October 2016 15:42

September 13, 2016

Written by

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL

MEETING MINUTES

CITY HALL

September 13, 2016

Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.

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, Special Attorney Justin Eichmann, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills, Public Works Director Jerry Morrow and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson.

Mayor Keeney stated he needed to amend the agenda and added 3 items as follows: Continue discussion of the Casper Acquisitions lawsuit; add Ordinance 2016-22; Discuss Ordinance 2016-19 that was tabled at the last meeting. Dan Cross made a motion to approve the agenda amendments and Bob Fant seconded. All approved. Dan Cross made a motion to take Ordinance 2016-19 from the table and add to the end of the meeting. Motion was seconded by Richard McMullen and all approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the August 9, 2016 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the August 24, 2016 special council meeting. Melissa Posinski made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the August 26, 2016 council meeting. Melissa Posinski made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the September 9, 2016 council meeting. There was discussion about the last page. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as amended and was seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.

Department Head Reports

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 36 new cases were opened, 31 of which were closed. Chief Sisemore stated the department is at full staff with all officers having graduated from field training.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 29 calls for service; 235 year to date. Mills stated they made the final cut for the air pack grant, but didn’t get it. Mills stated each pack costs $6,900 - $7,200 for the pack, bottle and mask; these have a life expectancy of 7-10 years and they will need to replace 16 over time but 5 will have to be replaced in the next 12-18 months.

Public Works Director Jerry Morrow stated he has applied for permits from ADEQ to clear 3 creeks; at the Elmore Street bridge, low water bridge on Ball St. and drainage east of 48th St. Morrow stated he has received a proposal for tree removal along Johnson Road.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 6 new building permits issued and 20 code violations, mainly keeping vacant commercial lots mowed. Wilson stated he had worked on plan reviews and vehicle maintenance.

Planning Commission Chairman Dan Cross stated the Planning Commission endorses the nuisance ordinance but it still needs work.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback and Property Taxes have been received, but Sales Taxes have not. Allen stated City finances took a hit in August when City Sales Tax came in at a little over $20,000 rather than the $45,000 - $50,000 we have been accustomed to. The reason given by DFA was that large local tax rebates were claimed against our account. Since 2008, any sales tax paid on a verifiable business purchase over $2,500 are paid to the state, but can be claimed as a rebate within 1 year. Apparently we had a lot of claims hit at the same time. Allen stated the grant money from the Walton Family Foundation for the geo tech study was received and will be paid out as soon as the test results have been received. The funds are set aside.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated the City has been sued. Wright stated he has worked on an ordinance regarding burn permits and looked for law requiring the railroad to clean up their right-of-way. Wright stated that regarding Ordinance 2016-20 and Ordinance 2016-21, earlier in the year the PC gave approval for these easement vacations contingent on combining the lots to one owner and providing proper legal descriptions. Wright stated these contingencies have not been met and asked that when the meeting reaches that point on the agenda a motion be made to table each one until the contingencies have been met.

Mayor Keeney stated that the City has some contracts that expire at the end of the year; one with the Fire Department and one with Waste Management whose contract is on its last auto-renew. Mayor Keeney stated we are going to put trash service out for bid and will discuss it at the October meeting.

Mayor Keeney stated he has spent a lot of time working on the lawsuit.

Unfinished Business:

none

New Business:

Mayor Keeney asked for motion to table ORDINANCE 2016-20 which was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for motion to table ORDINANCE 2016-21 which was made by Richard McMullen and seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.

Attorney Justin Eichmann started a lengthy discussion of the Casper Acquisitions lawsuit and the current settlement offer on the table. Many residents were present and all voiced negative concerns about the settlement and electronic billboards in general; they were all against having them anywhere in Johnson. Bob Fant made a motion to not consider the settlement offered because it is not a global settlement, but just one sided, and was seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved. Eichmann went on to suggest that before the ordinance allowing billboards is repealed, the City consider a 180 day moratorium be passed which would not allow issuance of any billboard permits.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-22:  AN ORDINANCE TO INSTITUTE AN IMMEDIATE ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY (180) DAY MORATORIUM TO NOT ACCEPT ANY APPLICATIONS NOR ISSUE ANY PERMITS FOR BILLBOARDS AND DIGITAL BILLBOARDS, DECLARING AN EMERGENCY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-22 in its entirety, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski; yes. Attorney Eichmann stated the purpose of this ordinance is to give the city time to fully inform residents about all the issues and discuss all areas of concern, and to develop a more orderly and transparent process. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance in its entirety. Discussion was brought up about not accepting applications during the moratorium along with not issuing permits. Hunter Haynes made a motion to make this amendment to section 1 and to the title and was seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved. The corrected language is reflected in the title above. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2016-22, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Bill Burnett. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to ready the emergency clause. Motion was made by Dan Cross and was seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. City Attorney Wright read the emergency clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause. Motion to approve was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski. ORDINANCE 2016-22 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-19: AN ORDINANCE TO REPEAL ORDINANCE 2016-16 IN ITS ENTIRETY, DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-19 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Richard McMullen and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, 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 this reading of ORDINANCE 2016-22 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Richard McMullen and seconded by Bill Burnett. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski. Attorney Wright asked for a motion to ready the emergency clause. Hunter Haynes made a motion to ready the emergency clause and was seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. City Attorney Wright read the emergency clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Hunter Haynes. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski. ORDINANCE 2016-19 was 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 Melissa Posinski seconded. All approved including Mayor Keeney.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved including Mayor Keeney.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

_________________________________    ___________________________________

Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC                              Chris Keeney, Mayor

Recorder/Treasurer 

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 15:29

May 10, 2016

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Friday, 03 June 2016 19:15

April 12, 2016

Written by

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL

MEETING MINUTES

CITY HALL

April 12, 2016

Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. He amended the agenda to correct listed Resolution 2016-08 to 2016-03 and added Resolution 2016-04 to the end of new business.

Present were Aldermen Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Hunter Haynes and Melissa Posinski. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Public Works Director Gerry Russell and Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman. Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson and Aldermen Richard McMullen and Bob Fant were absent.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the March 8, 2016 council meeting. Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the following changes have been made: line 10 of Chief Sisemore’s report is fixed, clarification on the grant on the last page and the date was corrected. Melissa Posinski made a motion to approve the minutes as corrected and was seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.

 

Department Head Reports

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 29 new cases were opened, 25 of which were closed. Chief Sisemore stated an officer resigned after being given the choice to be fired or resign, so the department is down an officer. Chief Sisemore stated the newest officer is attending the police academy

Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman stated the house on Johnson Mill Boulevard is currently being used for training and will be burned on May 7, 2016.

Public Works Director Gerry Russell stated they have changed the speed limit signs as approved last month, painted the PD office, installed the prescription drug drop off box and have made good progress on the trailhead. Russell stated he attended a CAP grant meeting in Little Rock. When asked about the status of the hill, Russell stated they were germinating 4 O’clocks, an invasive flowering plant that they will plant in sections as plants are ready to be put out.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson was absent due to a family emergency.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated that turnback funds and property taxes have been received; sales taxes have not. Allen stated the 2016 Tahoe was purchased on March 16, 2016 for $34,317.00 from Fayetteville Auto Park. Purchase price was paid solely out of the Act 988 fund leaving a balance of $22,722. Outfitting the car will also be paid out of Act 988 when the work is completed in Ft. Smith; leaving $26,000 still budgeted in the General Fund for a new PD vehicle. Allen stated a donation of $3,512.50 was received by the Police Department that they will spend on equipment.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated he has been working on the park lease/agreement with Triangle Builders, updates on the sign ordinance, amending the No Knock Ordinance that will be addressed later and revisiting the Terminella rezoning legals for the adjacent property in Fayetteville. Wright said he has also been working on the rezoning map and anytime text and map changes are made, those changes needs to be sent to NWARPC. Wright said he has been working with Clay on code violations and vacating the utility easements.

Mayor Keeney stated there should be preliminary product for the feasibility study of Main and Wilkerson available for the next meeting.

Unfinished Business:  none

 

New Business:

 

Johnson resident Paul Budrunas commented on the need for changes to the City’s property maintenance ordinances. After extensive discussion, it was agreed that there needed to be a way for the city to address some of these items when they come up, but City Attorney Danny Wright stated the criteria needed to be very clear and objective.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated there are many aspects of the sign ordinance issue that need to be considered before changes can be made; from the fact that the City has never allowed off premise signs before to size limitations and whether or not what is being requested by Ashby Street is exclusionary to other businesses. Whit Weeks of Ashby Street addressed the council and the topic was discussed at length. Further comments need to be sent to Wright and he will continue to work on it.

Mayor Keeney Presented ORDINANCE NO 2016-07: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE JOHNSON NO KNOCK ORDINANCE NO 2013-06, ALSO KNOWN AS CHAPTER 4.28 OF TITLE 4 OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE. City Attorney Danny Wright stated that the original ordinance adopted had language about an appeal process that refers to code that we don’t have and this changes that. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-07 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2016-07. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Hunter Haynes. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-07 was approved.

Mayor Keeney Presented RESOLUTION 2016-03: A RESOLUTION AGREEING TO THE CHANGE IN ZONING FROM R-A (RESIDENTIAL AGRICULTURAL) TO C-2, THOROUGHFARE COMMERCIAL AND C-3, CENTRAL COMMERCIAL FOR PROPERTY LOCATED IN FAYETTEVILLE ADJACENT TO JOHNSON. Motion to approve was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.

Mayor Keeney Presented ORDINANCE 2016-08: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING A REVISED OFFICIAL ZONING MAP FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, REPEALING THE   PREVIOUS OFFICIAL ZONING MAP AND FOR OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-08 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2016-08. Motion was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-08 was approved.

Mayor Keeney Presented ORDINANCE 2016-09: AN ORDINANCE VACATING A UTILITY EASEMENT ACROSS PARTS OF LOTS 21 AND 22 OF HERITAGE HILLS SUBDIVISION (4190 AND 4204 LEGACY DRIVE) AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-09 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Hunter Haynes. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2016-09. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-09 was approved.

Mayor Keeney Presented ORDINANCE 2016-10: AN ORDINANCE VACATING A PORTION OF A DRAIN/UTILITY EASEMENT ACROSS LOT 151, PHASE IV, CLEAR CREEK SUBDIVISION (4461 CADDO LANE) AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-10 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bill Burnett and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2016-10. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-10 was approved.

Mayor Keeney Presented RESOLUTION 2016-04: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF PRELIMINARY AGREEMENT WITH TRIANGLE BUILDER’S SUPPLY, INC., AND AUTHORIZING APPLICATION FOR A GRANT. Motion to approve was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Dan Cross. 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. Dan Cross made a motion to pay the bills and Melissa Posinski seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 7:18 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

_________________________________    ___________________________________

Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC                              Chris Keeney, Mayor

Recorder/Treasurer 

Monday, 18 April 2016 18:46

March 8, 2016

Written by

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL

MEETING MINUTES

CITY HALL

march 8, 2016

Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.

Present were Aldermen Bill Burnett, Hunter Haynes and Bob Fant. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Public Works Director Gerry Russell and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. Aldermen Richard McMullen, Dan Cross and Melissa Posinski were absent and no one from the Fire Department was present.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the February 9, 2016 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.

 

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 38 new cases were opened, 34 of which were closed, 9 vehicle accidents. Chief Sisemore stated the department gets requests to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs on a regular basis and would like to purchase a specialized steel cabinet to be bolted into the sidewalk at the PD office for this purpose. After discussion Bob Fant made a motion to approve $1,500 to purchase the drug drop off box and was seconded by Bill Burnett. All aldermen present approved including the Mayor. Chief Sisemore stated the 2003 analog camera system that covers the exterior of the buildings and the courtroom is down and needs to be replaced. He requested $5,000 to purchase a new digital system that will cover more area and has the ability to burn the video to disc. After discussion Bob Fant made a motion to approve $5,000 to purchase the drug drop off box and was seconded by Hunter Haynes. All aldermen present approved including the Mayor. Chief Sisemore stated after discussions with the Mayor, and with the support of the council, he would like to unify the speed limits through town to standardize them with the adjacent cities. This would make the speed limit on Main Drive 30 mph all the way through town, Johnson Mill Boulevard 40 mph all the way through town, Wilkerson 35 mph from the south city limits to where it narrows north of the bridge and Carley Road 35 mph from the north city limits to the top of the hill by the electric substation. The Council and Mayor supported these changes.

Mayor Keeney stated no one from the Fire Department was available for the meeting tonight, but he had been told Todd Witzigman and Roy Edwards both passed the Arkansas EMT training and would be taking the national test in the morning.

Public Works Director Gerry Russell stated they have been working on equipment maintenance, road maintenance and have made good progress on the trailhead.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 4 new permits issued. Wilson stated the slab has been poured for the new medical building and construction of the elevator shaft will begin once it has cured. Wilson stated he held a Technical Plat Review and attended the Planning Commission meeting, along with numerous meetings with EDA.  

Gregg Gainer spoke on behalf of the Planning Commission. Gainer stated they were working on creating an overlay district to create a common thread throughout the city with regard to signage, posts and landscaping to provide some standardization and uniformity. Gaines said the NWARPC will help with the project once a scope has been developed and the City has a picture of what it wants/needs. To that end, the PC would like the Council’s approval to hire Travis Brooks to help generate the information required by NWARPC. The Council agreed since Brooks worked on the SCMP last year and is known to the City, no RFQ will be required. Bob Fant made a motion to approve up to $5,000 to hire Brooks and was seconded by Hunter Haynes. All aldermen present approved including the Mayor.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated that turn back funds, property taxes and sales taxes have not been received. Allen stated that after removing the $13,400 set aside for grouting the creek, a bill in the amount of $8,907.71 was received. The work was completed in late 2014 but the railroad neglected to send the bill. Allen stated the building permit issued for the new medical building cost $12,823 and the building material delivery should help increase City sales tax collection in future months.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated he has been working on the resolution for the adjacent city rezoning, the park lease proposal, the City logo trademark and updates on the sign ordinance. Wright said he has also been working on the Planning Commission structure issues, and public hearing and public meeting notifications. Wright stated court is functioning well.

Mayor Keeney stated he attended the NWA Storm Water Management meeting and there will be more MS4 requirements coming from EDA probably in May.

Unfinished Business:  none

 

New Business:

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2016-02: A RESOLUTION AGREEING TO THE CHANGE IN ZONING FROM R-A (RESIDENTIAL AGRICULTURAL) TO C-2, THOROUGHFARE COMMERCIAL AND C-3, CENTRAL COMMERCIAL FOR PROPERTY LOCATED IN FAYETTEVILLE ADJACENT TO JOHNSON. City Attorney Danny Wright read the resolution. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Bill Burnett. Discussion was had regarding the roadways listed in the attachments and it was agreed to omit the roadway plan listed and ROW listed. All aldermen present approved including the Mayor.

Mayor Keeney stated the City has no ties to the street now called Jupiter (the old Van Asche) other than an agreement for there to remain access for emergency vehicles until the new Van Asche was completed. Hunter Haynes made a motion to have City Attorney Danny Wright write a letter to Fayetteville stating the City has no issues with the abandonment of Jupiter Street and was seconded by Bob Fant. All aldermen present approved including the Mayor.

Mayor Keeney stated there was a grant opportunity for the city from the Walton Foundation to pay for the geotech study for the cavern by Zero Mountain for a possible cooperative project in the future. Mayor Keeney asked for the support of the council to pursue this $34,000 grant. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Hunter Haynes. All aldermen present approved including the Mayor.

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 Hunter Haynes seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 6:56 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

_________________________________    ___________________________________

Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC                              Chris Keeney, Mayor

Recorder/Treasurer 

Monday, 18 April 2016 18:42

February 9, 2016

Written by

JOHNSONCITYCOUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

CITY HALL JANUARY 12,2015

Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:00pm.

Present were Aldermen 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 Chief Matt Mills, Public Works Director Gerry Russell and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. Alderman Richard McMullen wasabsent.

Mayor Keeney amended the agenda to recognize the Police and Fire Departmentsfirst.

Mayor Keeney recognized Randy George, Post Commander VFW 2952. George gave a civic award to Police Officers Mike Lisenbee and Justin Belew for their actions in the community. George also presented the Police Officer of the year Award to Justin Belew on behalf of the JPD and Fire Fighter of the Year Award to Cody Bennett on behalf of the JAVFD. These men were applauded for theirdedication.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the December 8, 2015 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Hunter Haynes. Allapproved.

Department HeadReports:

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 46 new cases were opened and 41 closed. Chief Sisemore stated in 2015, the department had a 95% closure rate for criminal cases and responded to 1,769  calls for service while keeping overtime well  controlled.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were approximately 280 calls for service in 2015. Chief Mills stated they purchased a gear washer and a life pack 12  with a 5 year warranty to  aid their ability to provide initial medical assessment more quickly on EMS calls. Chief Mills stated the department also has purchased a $2,500.00 Hummer from surplus and  in 18  months it is theirs fee and clear. The department  has been utilizing the extra money to staff weekends and it is going well. Chief Mills stated that Central EMS has a 24 hour crew bunking overnight until the Tontitown facilities are complete, but Johnson will retain a 12  hour squad 7:00 am to 7:00 pm even after Tontitown  is done.

Public Works Director Gerry Russell stated they have built a roof structure over the newly designated smoking area, repaired Ball Street by the bridge, used the boom mower all over town and repaired Cris HollowRoad.


Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated he had done 19 inspections. Wilson stated he held a Technical Plat Review and attended the Planning Commission meeting. Wilson stated he attended a class in Rogers regarding Day Care fire suppression.

Personnel Committee: Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the committee

met on January 9, 2016 to continue working on revisions to the Personnel Handbook. Allen stated in 2014, a memo went out when the City changed over to hourly pay stating uniformed employees would receive an extra pay incentive for working on a holiday

that equaled double time and a half. We call this pay category Holiday Prime. In our review process, we discovered that this practice, while approved by the committee, had not been approved by the City Council. The committee requests that the Holiday Prime paid be ratified for last year and continue into this year until changes can be made to  the Police Department SOP and the Personnel Handbook when both are formally approved by the council. Motion was made by Melissa Pasinski and seconded by Hunter Haynes. Allapproved.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated that turn back funds and property taxes have been received but sales taxes have not. Allen stated 2015 was a good year financially for theCityofJohnson.SpendingwaskeptincheckandtheCityinvested$300,000inCD's. The triangle  land was purchased expanding our footprint and it will be paid off by the  end of the year. Allen stated the City starts 2016 in good financial shape and will continue building cash reserves. Allen stated significant first of the year payments made this month include membership in ARML ($6,748) & NWARPC ($3,354), Workers' Comp Insurance Premium of $14,595, $3,380 for a 4 year warranty on the body cams, tower rental $3,150 and leads online.com for $1,668 totaling almost $33,000. Allen told the Aldermen that they have all received a Statement of Financial Interest Form for 2015.

This needs to be completed and notarized and turned in to the office by February 1, 2016.TheFormisrequiredbytheArkansasEthicsCommission.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated he has been working on the fire hydrant ordinance, the park lease, working on the Personnel policy, doing research for the sign ordinance and the hill top/hill side overlay district. Wright said court is going well and he has settled with one of the 2 companies that had trucks hit the Ball Street  bridge.

Mayor Keeney stated the drainage in the City did very well with the incredible amount of rainfall received; only concern was water over Main Drive briefly at the  bridge.

Unfinished Business: none New Business:

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE NO. 201-01:AN ORDINANCE CREATING DUTYOF


REAL PROPERTY OWNERS, OCCUPANTS AND OTHERS IN THE CITY TO PROHIBIT OBSTRUCTING,OBSCURINGORHIDINGOFFIREHYDRANTSONTHEIRPROPERTYORIN THECITY,CREATINGAPENALTYFORVIOLATIONOFSUCHDUTYANDFOROTHER

PURPOSES.  Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016- 01. Motion  was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance  in its entirety.  Mayor  Keeney asked for  a  motion to  approve the first reading of ORDINANCE  2016-01. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded  by Bob Fant. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Bob Fant,   yes; Melissa Posinski,yes.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION  2016-01: A  RESOLUTION  AMENDING RESOLUTION2014-13OFTHECITYOFJOHNSON,ARKANSAS;AMENDINGTHEBUDGET FOR THE PERIOD BEGINNING JANUARY  1, 2015 AND ENDING DECEMBER31,2015.

Resolution was read by City Attorney Danny Wright. Motion to approve was made by BobFantandsecondedbyMelissaPosinski.Allapproved.

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 motiontopaythebillsandDanCrossseconded.Allapproved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Dan Cross and secondedbyMelissaPasinski.Allapproved.Themeetingwasadjournedat6:26pm.

RespectfullySubmitted,

Monday, 18 April 2016 18:08

January 12, 2016

Written by

JOHNSONCITYCOUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

CITY HALL JANUARY 12,2015

Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:00pm.

Present were Aldermen 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 Chief Matt Mills, Public Works Director Gerry Russell and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. Alderman Richard McMullen wasabsent.

Mayor Keeney amended the agenda to recognize the Police and Fire Departmentsfirst.

Mayor Keeney recognized Randy George, Post Commander VFW 2952. George gave a civic award to Police Officers Mike Lisenbee and Justin Belew for their actions in the community. George also presented the Police Officer of the year Award to Justin Belew on behalf of the JPD and Fire Fighter of the Year Award to Cody Bennett on behalf of the JAVFD. These men were applauded for theirdedication.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the December 8, 2015 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Hunter Haynes. Allapproved.

Department HeadReports:

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 46 new cases were opened and 41 closed. Chief Sisemore stated in 2015, the department had a 95% closure rate for criminal cases and responded to 1,769  calls for service while keeping overtime well  controlled.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were approximately 280 calls for service in 2015. Chief Mills stated they purchased a gear washer and a life pack 12  with a 5 year warranty to  aid their ability to provide initial medical assessment more quickly on EMS calls. Chief Mills stated the department also has purchased a $2,500.00 Hummer from surplus and  in 18  months it is theirs fee and clear. The department  has been utilizing the extra money to staff weekends and it is going well. Chief Mills stated that Central EMS has a 24 hour crew bunking overnight until the Tontitown facilities are complete, but Johnson will retain a 12  hour squad 7:00 am to 7:00 pm even after Tontitown  is done.

Public Works Director Gerry Russell stated they have built a roof structure over the newly designated smoking area, repaired Ball Street by the bridge, used the boom mower all over town and repaired Cris HollowRoad.


Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated he had done 19 inspections. Wilson stated he held a Technical Plat Review and attended the Planning Commission meeting. Wilson stated he attended a class in Rogers regarding Day Care fire suppression.

Personnel Committee: Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the committee

met on January 9, 2016 to continue working on revisions to the Personnel Handbook. Allen stated in 2014, a memo went out when the City changed over to hourly pay stating uniformed employees would receive an extra pay incentive for working on a holiday

that equaled double time and a half. We call this pay category Holiday Prime. In our review process, we discovered that this practice, while approved by the committee, had not been approved by the City Council. The committee requests that the Holiday Prime paid be ratified for last year and continue into this year until changes can be made to  the Police Department SOP and the Personnel Handbook when both are formally approved by the council. Motion was made by Melissa Pasinski and seconded by Hunter Haynes. Allapproved.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated that turn back funds and property taxes have been received but sales taxes have not. Allen stated 2015 was a good year financially for theCityofJohnson.SpendingwaskeptincheckandtheCityinvested$300,000inCD's. The triangle  land was purchased expanding our footprint and it will be paid off by the  end of the year. Allen stated the City starts 2016 in good financial shape and will continue building cash reserves. Allen stated significant first of the year payments made this month include membership in ARML ($6,748) & NWARPC ($3,354), Workers' Comp Insurance Premium of $14,595, $3,380 for a 4 year warranty on the body cams, tower rental $3,150 and leads online.com for $1,668 totaling almost $33,000. Allen told the Aldermen that they have all received a Statement of Financial Interest Form for 2015.

This needs to be completed and notarized and turned in to the office by February 1, 2016.TheFormisrequiredbytheArkansasEthicsCommission.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated he has been working on the fire hydrant ordinance, the park lease, working on the Personnel policy, doing research for the sign ordinance and the hill top/hill side overlay district. Wright said court is going well and he has settled with one of the 2 companies that had trucks hit the Ball Street  bridge.

Mayor Keeney stated the drainage in the City did very well with the incredible amount of rainfall received; only concern was water over Main Drive briefly at the  bridge.

Unfinished Business: none New Business:

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE NO. 201-01:AN ORDINANCE CREATING DUTYOF


REAL PROPERTY OWNERS, OCCUPANTS AND OTHERS IN THE CITY TO PROHIBIT OBSTRUCTING,OBSCURINGORHIDINGOFFIREHYDRANTSONTHEIRPROPERTYORIN THECITY,CREATINGAPENALTYFORVIOLATIONOFSUCHDUTYANDFOROTHER

PURPOSES.  Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016- 01. Motion  was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance  in its entirety.  Mayor  Keeney asked for  a  motion to  approve the first reading of ORDINANCE  2016-01. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded  by Bob Fant. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Bob Fant,   yes; Melissa Posinski,yes.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION  2016-01: A  RESOLUTION  AMENDING RESOLUTION2014-13OFTHECITYOFJOHNSON,ARKANSAS;AMENDINGTHEBUDGET FOR THE PERIOD BEGINNING JANUARY  1, 2015 AND ENDING DECEMBER31,2015.

Resolution was read by City Attorney Danny Wright. Motion to approve was made by BobFantandsecondedbyMelissaPosinski.Allapproved.

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 motiontopaythebillsandDanCrossseconded.Allapproved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Dan Cross and secondedbyMelissaPasinski.Allapproved.Themeetingwasadjournedat6:26pm.

RespectfullySubmitted,

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