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City Council Minutes

October 10, 2017

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL

MEETING MINUTES

CITY HALL

October 10, 2017

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

Present were Council Members Richard McMullen, 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 Chief Matt Mills, Public Works Director Jerry Morrow and Building Official Clay Wilson.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the September 12, 2017 council meeting. Melissa Posinski made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.

Mayor Keeney appointed the following people to the new Parks and Recreation Committee and asked for the Council’s affirmation of these appointments. Jason Miller, Chairman, term 9/12/2017-9/12/2022. Motion to approve the appointment was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved. Angela Perea, term 9/12/2017-9/12/2019. Motion to approve the appointment was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved. Bill Burnett, term 9/12/2017-to the end of his term as Council Member 12/31/2018. Motion to approve the appointment was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved. Danny Tuxhorn term 9/12/2017-9/12/2020. Motion to approve the appointment was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved. David McKinney term 9/12/2017-9/12/2021. Motion to approve the appointment was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.

Department Head Reports

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 28 new cases were opened and 24 were closed.  Chief Sisemore stated that calls are up a bit from last year.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 29 calls for service up 2 ½% compared to last year at this time. Chief Mills stated it was as bad month for trucks as the engine is now down. Chief Mills stated the department is holding an open house for Fire Prevention Week.

Public Works Director Jerry Morrow stated the department has been picking up limbs and mowing. Morrow stated the department completed the rehab of the rain garden at the trail head, did MS4 inspections and attended TAC meeting at NWARPC. Morrow stated to complete the proposal for FEMA assistance he had received 2 bids from surveyors to determine the volume of debris to be removed from the creeks. He recommended going with the low bid of $3200 from Paya in Cave Springs. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the bid and was seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 11 building permits and 13 mechanical permits issued. Wilson stated he attended TPR and PC meetings along with numerous meetings with the City Engineer and routine vehicle maintenance.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated that State Turnback has been received; Property Taxes and Sales Taxes have not. Allen stated the Johnson Storage building permit was $37,356.00 for 6 buildings with a combined value of $8,976,000.00.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated that he has been working on administrative issues, 2 bankruptcies that don’t include fines, the quarry issue which went away, planning and building issue with Mr. Flippo and court.

Mayor Keeney stated that in working with FEMA, the survey of quantity of debris in creeks and channels to be removed is extremely important; if the combined project cost is $123,100.00 it gets bumped up in priority and reimbursement is made faster.

Mayor Keeney stated the appeal for the quarry denied by the Planning Commission has been withdrawn.

Unfinished Business:  None

New Business:

Mayor Keeney stated the references provided by the NLC SERVICE LINE people had never used the service and he was not comfortable with putting it forward at this time. No action was taken.

Mayor Keeney requested that a formal request for qualifications (RFQ) be prepared and advertised for the Main & Wilkerson road project. Mayor Keeney stated this would be for future road improvement: land acquisition, utility relocations, bridge design, drainage design, floodplain solutions, roadway (transportation) design, traffic signaling. Hunter Haynes made a motion to approve putting together an RFQ for engineering and was seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.

Mayor Keeney appointed the following people to the Personnel Committee and asked for the Council’s affirmation of these appointments.

NAME:                                                TERM BEGINS             TERM ENDS                APPOINTED

Jennifer Allen (chair)              7/15/2016                   7/15/2019                   11/6/2016

Hunter Haynes                        7/15/2016                   7/15/2019                   11/6/2016

Melissa Posinski                      7/15/2017                   7/15/2020                   10/10/2017

Richard Duncan                      7/15/2015                   7/15/2018                   7/15/2015

Jerry Morrow                          7/15/2017                   7/15/2020                   10/10/2017

Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for Council Members to volunteer for the Budget and Finance Committee, joining Jennifer Allen (Chair), Mayor Keeney, Chief Vernon Sisemore and Public Works Director Jerry Morrow. Bob Fant and Hunter Haynes both volunteered. Motion to approve was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2017-09: A RESOLUTION LEVYING A TAX ON THE REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FOR THE YEAR 2017, FIXING THE RATE THEREOF AT 5 MILLS, AND CERTIFYING THE SAME TO THE COUNTY CLERK OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS. Motion to read by title only was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved. City Attorney Danny Wright read the Resolution by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the reading which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. 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. Hunter Haynes 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 Bill Burnett and seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC                                                      Chris Keeney, Mayor

Recorder/Treasurer