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April 12, 2016

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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,

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Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC                              Chris Keeney, Mayor

Recorder/Treasurer 

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