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City Council Minutes

August 8, 2017

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL

MEETING MINUTES

CITY HALL

AUGUST 8, 2017

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

Present were Council Members Richard McMullen, Katherine Hudson, Bill Burnett, 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 Jerry Morrow and Building Official Clay Wilson. Council Member Hunter Haynes was absent.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the July 11, 2017 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved.

 Department Head Reports

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 28 new cases were opened and 23 were closed.  Chief Sisemore stated the department performed their quarterly firearms training. Chief Sisemore stated he lost 2 more officers to other jobs, so the department is down 3 on patrol. Chief Sisemore stated the bike patrol officer rode 133 miles in 8 days.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 26 calls for service, 253 year to date. Chief Mills stated John Brown, newest full time fire fighter, will graduate from EMT school the end of the week. Chief Mills stated FEMA will reimburse the department for all calls and equipment used/damaged in the flood. Chief Mills asked for the Council to discuss requiring the 10 or so existing businesses in town to have Knox Caps for their FDC pipes. Bob Fant made a motion for the City to pay for the existing ones and was seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved. Legislation will be prepared to make the Knox caps mandatory on new construction. Chief Mills stated that the Washington County Fire Association consisting of 19 members (small cities + Springdale and Fayetteville) voted to not call volunteer departments for A/B psych calls for a trial period. Chief Mills stated he is against this as are a number of other departments.

Public Works Director Jerry Morrow stated the department has been working on cleaning up the City by picking up limbs and mowing. Morrow stated a new employee will start on August 10. Morrow stated he attended the FEMA kick off meeting and he is meeting with FEMA with regard to the estimated $190,000 in flood damage, did MS4 inspections and attended ACT and TAC meetings at NWARPC.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 7 building permits and 18 mechanical permits issued. Wilson stated he did 40 inspections and attended TPR and PC meetings along with numerous meetings with the City Engineer and routine vehicle maintenance. Wilson stated at the last PC meeting, he was asked to request funding to hire consultants to revamp the zoning.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated that because of the early date of this meeting State Turnback, Property Taxes and Sales Taxes have not been received. Allen stated $46,617.46 in SITT Funds (premium tax distribution) were credited to the City’s LOPFI account in July. Premiums will be deducted from this credit until it is depleted and with decrease in the force may get us through November.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated that he has been working on Master Street Plan and Map with James Geurtz, the overlay districts and other Planning Commission issues, code issues and administrative issues with payroll matters and court.

Mayor Keeney stated with regard to the Planning Commission’s request for funds, they are trying to get the City caught up and are requesting money to have the zoning reviewed to revise the 2007 Zoning Ordinance. There was discussion of the potential cost for this and no clear answer was available. Bob Fant stated he was not comfortable writing a blank check for this and requested a scope of the project and estimated cost be provided by the Planning Commission. The rest of the Council agreed and Mayor Keeney stated he would send this request to the PC.

Mayor Keeney stated there are 3 sections of streets that are in great need of repair in town; 25’x35’ on Wilkerson by the nursery, 48’x37’ on Main at the east city limits and 25’x35’ on 48th at the north city limits. Mayor Keeney stated only one bid was received from Tomlinson Asphalt to cut out the bad areas and repave them for the $17,500. Mayor Keeney stated there is money budgeted for this and asked for a motion to waive the additional bid requirement and accept the bid from Tomlinson to get this work done. Bob Fant made this motion and was seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved.

Unfinished Business:

None

New Business:

 Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2017-12: AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION BY REFERENCE OF SIGN REGULATIONS FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FURTHER PROVIDING FOR THE ADMINISTRATION THEREOF AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2017-12 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, 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 2017-12 by title only. Motion was made by Richard McMullen and seconded by Melissa Posinski. For clarification on need for the ordinance it was explained that this brings the city into compliance with Reed vs. Gilbert and plugs holes in the old ordinance. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes.  Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause.  Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes.  City Attorney Danny Wright read the emergency clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the reading of the emergency clause.  Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2017-12 was approved and goes into effect immediately.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2017-13: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 3, FISCAL AFFAIRS CHAPTER 3.04 PURCHASES OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2017-13 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. To fill in the values left blank, Bob Fant made a motion that the value of an item traded would be $5,000 and was seconded by Richard McMullen, all approved; Bob Fant made a motion that the value of a lot (multiple items) also be $5,000 and was seconded by Melissa Posinski, all approved.  Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2017-12 by title only with additional values listed above. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2017-13 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2017-14: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 4, CHAPTER 4.24 OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE TO PROVIDE FOR GROUNDS AND PROCEDURES FOR THE SUSPENSION AND/OR REVOCATION OF BUSINESS LICENSES ISSUED BY THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, DECLARING AN EMERGENCY, AND FOR OTHER RELATED PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2017-14 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, 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 2017-14 by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause.  Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes.  City Attorney Danny Wright read the emergency clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the reading of the emergency clause.  Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2017-14 was approved and goes into effect immediately.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2017-15: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING A PLAN FOR FUTURE LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT AND A FUTURE LAND USE MAP FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS; AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2017-15 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, 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 2017-15 by title only. Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause.  Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the emergency clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the reading of the emergency clause.  Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2017-15 was approved and goes into effect immediately.

 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.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Melissa Posinski and Bill Burnett seconded by. All approved.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:05 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC                                                      Chris Keeney, Mayor

Recorder/Treasurer