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City Council Minutes

MAY 9, 2017

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL

MEETING MINUTES

CITY HALL

MAY 9, 2017

 

Mayor Chris Keeney declared a quorum present and called the meeting to order at 6:04 pm.

Present were Aldermen Katherine Hudson, Bill Burnett, and Hunter Haynes. 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, Bob Fant and Melissa Posinski were absent.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to amend the agenda adding Ordinance 2017-07 and Ordinance 2017-08 after Ordinance 2017-06 in new business. Motion was made by Bill Burnett and seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved including Mayor Keeney.

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

 

Department Head Reports

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 24 new cases were opened and all 24 were closed.  Chief Sisemore the department has racked up some overtime due to the flooding.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 48 calls for service, 11 of which were water rescues; in the process the boat was damaged beyond repair. Mills stated 60 people were rescued during the flooding. Mills stated the truck is still not back and there is no timeline. Mills stated the hoses were tested in preparation for the ISO visit. 

Public Works Director Jerry Morrow stated the department assisted with the flood emergency, and in the aftermath, cleared ditches and the trail. Morrow stated the department performed City maintenance and mowing. Morrow stated he attended ACT and TAC meetings at NWARPC.

Special Attorney Justin Eichmann stated the Planning Commission is working on the Sign Ordinance and plans to have it to Council in August. On the litigation side, Eichmann stated it has been really quiet and they are prepared to file a summary judgement motion this week against Casper. Eichmann stated he will be back to let the Council know what is happening.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 3 building permits issued and 6 mechanical permits. Wilson stated he has been working on plan reviews and attending meetings along with vehicle maintenance.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback has been received, but Property Taxes and Sales Taxes have not. Allen received an email from the county which stated property taxes could be lower than expected this month due to slow payments, but should be higher than usual next month. Allen stated that

Universal Fleet Premium, the company used for fuel cards for the City, took $24,809.00 from the General Fund instead of the authorized $248.09. We have been told a check was mailed to us 4/28/2017 for the overage, but it has not been received.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated that he has been working on the Fire Department transition and put the final touches on transferring the traffic signal at Joyce and Wilkerson to the City of Johnson from Fayetteville.

Mayor Keeney stated there is a chain link fence that boarders the trail at Green Country Nursery that has been damaged by the rain and the chain link is a leaf net. City Attorney Danny Wright stated it was legal to remove the damaged fence and remove debris, but not to fix it. Hunter Haynes made a motion to get this done and was seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved including Mayor Keeney.

 

Mayor Keeney stated that all city services, Police Department, Fire Department and Public Works, did an excellent job during the recent flooding; all departments will have an After Action Report meeting on Thursday to evaluate what could or should be done differently in the future.

Mayor Keeney stated he attended the Congress of New Urbanism in Seattle; focused on public transit with an emphasis on mass transit.

Mayor Keeney stated there was approximately $180,000 in damages from the flood and the City is hoping to get some state help to complete all the repairs. The flood took out the guardrails on the Greenway bridge crossing Mud Creek on the south end and chain link is going up in the meantime for safety.

Unfinished Business: None

New Business:

City Attorney Danny Wright stated an employee quit last August and went to work for another company. Since then, he has filed for unemployment against the City. All attempts to appeal the payment of this fee have been denied. The City has 2 options: pay the claim, or file a lawsuit with the Circuit Clerk to challenge it. If the suit is filed, it is up to the individual making the claim to prove that it is owed to him. Hunter Haynes made a motion to file with the Circuit Court and was seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved including Mayor Keeney.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2017-05: A RESOLUTION REPEALING RESOLUTION No. 2016-09AND THE CONTRACT APPROVED THEREBY AND APPROVING A REVISED CONTRACT BETWEEN WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS AND THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS TO PROVIDE ANIMAL SHELTERING SERVICES TO THE CITY OF JOHNSON. City Attorney Danny Wright stated the new Resolution and contract were required because after the contract approval last fall, the election brought a new County Attorney and County Judge into office and their response was to increase the fees and place liability for dangerous animals back on the City. Wright stated after negotiation, this contract has the liability removed, but still costs more.  Motion to approve was made by Katherine Hudson and seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved including Mayor Keeney. RESOLUTION 2017-05 was approved.

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 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; Mayor Keeney, 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 Hunter Haynes and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes yes; Mayor Keeney, yes.

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 by title only. Motion was made by Katherine Hudson and seconded by Hunter Haynes. Roll call: Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes yes; Mayor Keeney, 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 Hunter Haynes and seconded by Bill Burnett. Roll call: Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes yes; Mayor Keeney, yes.

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 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; Mayor Keeney, 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 Katherine Hudson and seconded by Bill Burnett. Roll call: Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes yes; Mayor Keeney, yes.

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. Hunter Haynes made a motion to pay the bills and Katherine Hudson seconded. All approved including Mayor Keeney.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved including Mayor Keeney.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC                                                      Chris Keeney, Mayor

Recorder/Treasurer