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City Council Minutes

FEBRUARY 14, 2017

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL

MEETING MINUTES

CITY HALL

FEBRUARY 14, 2017

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

Present were Aldermen 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/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. Aldermen Richard McMullen and Hunter Haynes were absent.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the January 10, 2017 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 31 new cases were opened, 27 of which were closed. Chief Sisemore asked for the Council’s approval to sell or dispose of excess equipment that is no longer of use to the department such as light bars, scanners, radars, parts of Chargers, used tires and wheels for Chargers, old duty gear and fire arms. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the sale or disposal and was seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved. Chief Sisemore stated he had received a bid from a Glock dealer for $2,362 including tax to take 11 old .40 caliber service handguns as trade-ins and replace them with 11 G21 .45 caliber service handguns. Chief Sisemore stated it has been 7 years since the weapons were last replaced and by switching to .45 caliber from .40 caliber it is much easier to get ammo at the state bid price. Chief Sisemore asked for the Council’s approval to accept the bid and trade-in. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the trade-in and purchase which was seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved. Chief Sisemore stated the first homeless campers in the City were discovered on private property and moved out. Chief Sisemore asked the Council to look at an ordinance to keep homeless campers out of the City trail and right-of-way. City Attorney Wright stated since the no loitering law was struck down by the Supreme Court, we should expect to see more and he will research what the City can do.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 34 calls for service, 47 year to date. Chief Mills stated the ladder and brush trucks are both out of commission; automatic aid from Fayetteville or Springdale will kick in while the trucks are down. Chief Mills stated the department is looking at the City becoming a Fire Wise Community, a free Federal program.

Public Works Director Jerry Morrow stated they department cleared a lot of brush this month and 2 guys passed their CDL written test and have learner’s permits. Morrow stated the trailhead is complete.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 3 building permits issued and 8 mechanical permits along with a grading permit for Johnson Square. He stated there are a lot of new plans in the works. Wilson stated he has worked on plan reviews, vehicle maintenance and attended a number of meetings.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback and Property Taxes have been received, but Sales

Taxes have not. Allen requested the Council’s approval to pay Universal Fleet Premium bills online. Timing between the billing date and payment due date (13 days) does not allow enough time for bills to ever be paid on time. January bill was paid online to get cards reactivated. Bob Fant made a motion to approve and was seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved. Allen requested the Council’s approval to close the Schematic City Master Plan checking account. There is a residual balance of $35.26 due to the rounding in the process of paying invoices to have the plan created. Funds will be deposited in the General Fund. Bill Burnett made a motion to approve and was seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated the Aldermen have a new version of Ordinance 2017-01 changing the extension to 190 days to get past the September Council Meeting. Wright stated he has been working on the animal sheltering agreement, home detention unit standardization, circuit court appeal and the solid waste ordinance.

Mayor Keeney stated that the City is looking at current zoning rules and who is responsible for infrastructure – the developer or the City. The City is also looking at roles and responsibilities of City personnel in helping the Planning Commission.

Mayor Keeney stated the Fire Department is working towards being under the City’s umbrella; the Fire Board is willing to disband by July 1, 2017. Mayor Keeney stated the City has increased funding in preparation for this eventuality and asked the for the Council’s approval to pursuing this course of action. Bob Fant made a motion to pursue the process of the City taking over the Fire Department and was seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved.

Mayor Keeney stated the Carol Van Scyoc Trailhead is completed and open. A few strategic changes were made such as running conduit for electric lines for lighting, and once it was complete, the apron was broadened by 8 feet to remove a sharp drop off the driveway on the north side.

Mayor Keeney stated Johnson Square is underway and heavy equipment is out there moving dirt. In the next year and a half to two years the 30 acres of phase one should be done; 3 new buildings should be started by mid-summer.

Unfinished Business: None

NEW BUSINESS:

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2017-01: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO 2016-22 TO INSTITUTE AN EXTENSION OF AN ADDITIONAL ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY (190) DAYS TO EXISTING MORATORIUM TO NOT ACCEPT ANY APPLICATIONS NOR ISSUE ANY PERMITS FOR BILLBOARDS AND DIGITAL BILLBOARDS, DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. City Attorney Danny Wright stated the 180 day moratorium will expire March 9th or 10th without extension, and making the extension 190 days will get us past the September Council Meeting. Wright stated the Planning Commission is discussing a new sign ordinance and it needs to be in effect and ready to be enforced before the moratorium can be lifted. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2017-01 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Bill Burnett. Roll call: 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 2017-01 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call:

Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2017-01 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. Melissa Posinski 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 Melissa Posinski and seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 6:48 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC Chris Keeney, Mayor