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City Council Minutes

June 13, 2017

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
JUNE 13, 2017

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

Present were Aldermen Katherine Hudson, Bill Burnett, Hunter Haynes, Bob Fant and Melissa Posinski. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman, Public Works Director Jerry Morrow and Building Official Clay Wilson. Alderman Richard McMullen was absent.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the May 9, 2017 council meeting. Katherine Hudson 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 33 new cases were opened and all 33 were closed. Chief Sisemore stated 3 officers and a court clerk were child safety seat trained and are now certified. Chief Sisemore stated a search warrant was executed at an illegal tattoo parlor and drugs were found, too. Chief Sisemore requested the Council’s approval to purchase a new Tahoe. Bob Fant made a motion to approve and Melissa Posinski seconded. All approved.

Fire Marshall Todd Witzigman stated there were 25 calls for service. Witzigman stated the department has received 309 hours of training and 2 fire fighters are at the academy working on their Fire Fighter 1 & 2 certifications.

Public Works Director Jerry Morrow stated he attended ACT and TAC meetings at NWARPC. Morrow stated the department is working on Cris Hollow Road and they helped with the survey on the trail with JPD and JAVFD.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 13 building permits issued and 25 mechanical permits. Wilson stated he attended a continuing education class in Little Rock about construction to withstand high winds and tornadoes.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback and Property Taxes have been received, but Sales Taxes have not. Property Taxes were spread over 2 months, but the totals have set a new record of $182,317.21 for the May bump (General Fund = $164,250.41 and Street Fund = $18,066.80). Allen stated the City has actually been reimbursed by Universal Fleet Premium! This is the company used for fuel cards for the City that took $24,809.00 from the General Fund instead of the authorized $248.09. After being told a check was mailed to us 4/28/2017 for the overage, it was actually deposited back into the General Fund and not discovered until last week when the account was reconciled. Allen stated that effective July 1, 2017 the MHBF has dropped the City’s rating to Class 5 which reduces the premiums for the last half of the year. Savings to the City should total $2,940.00. Allen stated the City’s long time Administrative Assistant, Jacqueline Brookshier, is retiring on July 5, 2017. We are reviewing the job description before interviewing prospective employees.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated that court has leveled out and is going well. Wright stated he has been working on getting the fuel funds returned, Mark Eaton’s unemployment, the fire department transition, and the overlay districts.

Mayor Keeney stated the ladder truck is still in the shop for “2 more weeks...” He and Clay are looking at options and trying to actually get it done.

Mayor Keeney stated he is still working on 2 grants: TAP grant for lighting the trail, and partnering with Springdale Water and the Walton Family Foundation on the park grant.

Unfinished Business:

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2017-06: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 5 OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE BY ADDING CHAPTER 5.10 SOLID WASTE AND AMENDING TITLE 5, CHAPTER 5.04 AND CHAPTER 5.12. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2017-06 for the second time by title only, waiving the third reading. Motion was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, 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 2017-06 by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2017-06 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2017-07: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING DISTRICT CLASSIFICATION AND BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY IDENTIFIED IN REZONING PETITION 2017-02 OF TONS OF STORAGE, LLC, APPROVED APRIL 6, 2017 BY JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2017-07 for the second time by title only, waiving the third reading. Motion was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, 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 2017-07 by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2017-07 was approved.
Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2017-08: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING DISTRICT CLASSIFICATION AND BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY IDENTIFIED IN REZONING PETITION 2017-01 OF TONS OF STORAGE, LLC, APPROVED APRIL 6, 2017 BY JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2017-08 for the second time by title only, waiving the third reading. Motion was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, 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 2017-08 by title only. Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2017-08 was approved.

New Business:

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2017-09: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 14 ZONING CHAPTER 14.04 ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE, BY ADDING JOHNSON MILL BOULEVARD OVERLAY

DISTRICT TO SECTION 14.04.05 DISTRICT REGULATIONS, DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2017-09 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; 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 2017-09 by title only. Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause. Motion was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes 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 Hunter Haynes. Roll call: Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2017-09 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2017-10: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING A NEW MASTER STREET PLAN AND MASTER STREET PLAN MAP FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2017-10 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney stated the main changes are changing 1st, 2nd and Bryan Streets to one way, adding 48th Street over the mountain, adding a future extension of Joyce Boulevard and changing the intersection of Main Drive and Johnson Mill Boulevard. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2017-10 by title only. Motion was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2017-10 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2017-11: AN ORDINANCE VACATING A DEDICATED RIGHT OF WAY AS DEPICTED ON LOT SPIT SURVEY RECORDED AT BOOK 2005 AT PAGE 00054229 OF THE WASHINGTON COUNTY REAL ESTATE RECORDS. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2017-11 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, 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 2017-11 by title only. Motion was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2017-11 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2017-06: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF BUSINESS ASSOCIATE AGREEMENT WITH BROWN AND BROWN OF ARKANSAS, INC. Motion to approve was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2017-07: A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE WILLINGNESS OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON TO APPLY FOR STBGT-A FUNDING FOR ACQUISITION OF RIGHT OF WAY AND RELOCATION OF FRANCHISE UTILITIES FOR 56TH STREET FROM DON TYSON PARKWAY TO JOHNSON MILL BOULEVARD. Motion to approve was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2017-08: A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE WILLINGNESS OF THE CITY

OF JOHNSON TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ANRC FLOODPLAIN MAPPING PROJECT. Mayor Keeney stated the approximate cost of this would be about $6,000.00. Motion to approve was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Katherine Hudson. 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. 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 Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 6:43 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC Chris Keeney, Mayor
Recorder/Treasurer