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City Council Minutes

September 12, 2017

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL

MEETING MINUTES

CITY HALL

SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

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

Present were Council Members Richard McMullen, 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. Council Member Katherine Hudson was absent.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the August 8, 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 26 new cases were opened and 16 were closed.  Chief Sisemore stated the department performed their quarterly firearms training. Chief Sisemore stated he lost 2 more officers to other jobs, so the department is down 3 on patrol. Chief Sisemore stated the bike patrol officer rode 133 miles in 8 days.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 22 calls for service. Chief Mills stated it was as bad month for trucks as the engine is now down. Chief Mills stated the Knox Caps for their FDC pipes have been received and they are working on installation. Chief Mills stated the new ISO rating is a Level 3 with a score of 76.33.

Public Works Director Jerry Morrow stated the department has been working on cleaning up the City by picking up limbs and mowing. Morrow stated the department worked on the rehab of the rain garden at the trail head, did MS4 inspections and attended TAC meeting at NWARPC.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 1 building permit and 11 mechanical permits issued. Wilson stated attended TPR and PC meetings along with numerous meetings with the City Engineer and routine vehicle maintenance. Wilson stated he also attended a preconstruction meeting for the new storage facility.           

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated that State Turnback and Property Taxes have been received; Sales Taxes have not. Allen stated an annual payment of $12,096.00 was paid to DigiTicket giving the City a 4% annual payment discount.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated that he has been working on fire department connections, the no knock ordinance, quarries, bid proposal requirements and court.

Mayor Keeney stated the 3 sections of streets that were in great need of repair have been completed.

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 ladder truck has been started and is running; it should be done by the end of the week.

Mayor Keeney stated an application for a quarry was denied by the Planning Commission and may be appealed to the City Council.

Unfinished Business:  None

New Business:

 Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2017-16: AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING VARIOUS CODES WHICH REGULATE ALL CONSTRUCTION OF NEW BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES OF ALL TYPES, INCLUDING ADDITIONS AND MODIFICATION OF EXISTING BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES; AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2017-16 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, 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 2017-16 by title only. Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Hunter Haynes. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes.  ORDINANCE 2017-16 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. 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 Bill Burnett and seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:22 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC                                                      Chris Keeney, Mayor

Recorder/Treasurer