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JANUARY 10, 2017




JANUARY 10, 2017

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

Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Katherine Hudson, 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. Alderman Hunter Haynes was absent.

Judge Jeff Harper swore in Aldermen Katherine Hudson and Melissa Posinski for their 4 year terms ending 12/31/2020.

Mayor Keeney recognized Mr. Villarreal and Mr. Chastain of the local VFW who awarded Firefighter of the year to Chris Salts and Police Officer of the Year to Clint Luond.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the December 13, 2016 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 26 new cases were opened, 21 of which were closed. One officer was let go at the end of the year and Chief Sisemore is looking for a replacement. He stated that 7 suspects have been identified in the bank robbery at 1st National Bank. Chief Sisemore stated the Huntsville PD is interested in buying 3 sets of surplus wheels with snow tires for the chargers that are no longer needed for $100 per set. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the sale and was seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 44 calls for service, totaling 387 for 2016 compared with 282 for 2015.

Public Works Director Jerry Morrow stated they had worked after hours clearing the streets after it snowed. Morrow stated he has done some MS4 inspections and they were clearing undergrowth at the large City Park. Morrow stated the trailhead is close to completion.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated it has been a slow month. He stated he has worked on plan reviews, vehicle maintenance and attended a number of meetings.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated she was sworn in for her 4 year term ending 12/31/2020 by Judge Harper on January 3, 2017. State Turnback and Property Taxes have been received, but Sales Taxes have not. Allen sated 2016 was a good year for the City of Johnson financially finishing the year completely debt free and with a contingency balance of $1,008,791.38. Allen stated the total of first of the year bills totaled over $40,000 and included Workers Comp, ARML membership, NWARPC membership, the Judge’s salary for the year and a number of large bills for the police department. Allen asked for the council’s approval to refund citizens for trash bags purchased from the City that are not going to be used. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the request and Melissa Posinski seconded.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated he has been working on the animal sheltering agreement, doing ad valorum tax research, a FOIA request for the PD, and the SOP for the PD and the trailhead construction contract. Wright stated the change to Washington County District Court is going better here than other places.

Mayor Keeney stated that all of the area Mayors gained up on the Justices of the Peace to get the street portion of our property tax left alone. Taking that would have cost the City over $40,000 in revenue.

Mayor Keeney stated the Fire Department ladder truck leaks when it is sitting still and needs to have the engine rebuilt. Worst case scenario is a cost of $23,000, best case about $15,000, but it needs to be done. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the repair and was seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved. Chief Mills stated that automatic aid from Fayetteville or Springdale will kick in while the truck is down.

Unfinished Business: None


Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2017-01: A RESOLUTION AMENDING RESOLUTION 2015-20 OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS; AMENDING THE BUDGET FOR THE PERIOD BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2016 AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2016. Resolution was read by City Attorney Danny Wright. Motion to approve was made by Richard McMullen and seconded by Melissa Posinski. 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. 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 Bob Fant and seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 6:28 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC Chris Keeney, Mayor