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City Council Minutes

AUGUST 14, 2018

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL

MEETING MINUTES

CITY HALL

AUGUST 14, 2018

 

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

Present were Council Members Angela Perea, Katherine Hudson, Bill Burnett, John Wright, Bob Fant and Dan Cross. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore, Fire Chief Matt Mills, and Building Official Clay Wilson.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the July 10, 2018 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 23 new cases were opened and 15 were closed. Chief Sisemore stated Officer McCollough has resigned and there are 2 new officers being hired in the next 2 weeks.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 36 calls for service. Mills stated Roy Edwards has completed Inspector 1 and 2 training. The Department held a pancake breakfast on August 11, 2018 and made approximately $700, thanks to donations of gift cards from Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club. The Department is having engine maintenance issues; the equipment is 25+ years old and we need to look at replacement. Mayor Keeney stated the not to exceed date for the fire truck being repaired in Missouri is Friday, but they will exceed that date.

Mayor Keeney said the rain hasn’t stopped but the Public Works Department has mowed and cleaned out the ditches along Main Drive and Hewitt Street that weren’t contracted. Diamond C is waiting for permits from ADEQ to get started on cleaning out the creek beds.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were no new building permits, 7 mechanical permits issued. Wilson stated he attended a pre-construction meeting with KFSM and they should be ready to go soon. Wilson said he did MS4 inspections after the rain and attended the TPR meeting and Planning Commission meeting along with numerous other meetings with the City Engineer. The final Plat for Johnson Square Phase 1A is making the rounds getting signatures and the RMP building is on schedule for September completion.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated that State Turnback and Property Taxes have been received; Sales Taxes have not. SITT taxes of $43,439.67 were received last month by LOPFI and we will ride that credit out for as long as we can and then take over payment again. Historically, the credit has paid for up to 4 months of the City’s contribution towards the officers’ retirement. The City currently pays 23% of each officer’s salary per month in retirement benefits to the program. All the incumbent candidates up for re-election this year have filed their paperwork with the County. Election form filing for the fall 2018 Election closes August 17, 2018 at noon.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated he has been working on an ordinance for the utility easement in Johnson Square and worked with Hawkins-Weir on their contract for the job approved last month. Wright stated he would put together the ordinance for September or October to start the Fire Department transfer. The chief will be on board and the department will be created effective November 1, 2018; transfer assets effective December 31, 2018 and have the department up and running on January 1, 2019. Matt Mills will be appointed chief in the ordinance and current personnel will be moved over to the City.

Mayor Keeney stated the City of Johnson was voted the 14th safest city in Arkansas by Crimewise, a national organization.

Mayor Keeney stated he and City attorney Danny Wright looked over the contract provided by Hawkins-Weir which was not in the City’s interest. He said the contract will be reworked for next month.

Mayor Keeney stated the Council Members have all received a job description for a city planner with a salary range of $45,000 - $55,000 per year. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the position which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.

Unfinished Business: NONE

 New Business:

RESOLUTION 2018-11: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF ENGAGEMENT LETTER WITH THRASH LAW FIRM P.A. AND OTHERS TO FILE A MOTION TO INTERVENE IN A LAWSUIT AGAINST ONLINE TRAVEL COMPANIES FOR GROSS RECEIPT TAXES OWED THE CITY OF JOHNSON. After discussion, Dan Cross made a motion to approve and Katherine Hudson seconded. All approved.

RESOLUTION 2018-12: A RESOLUTION APPROVING A CONTRACT BETWEEN WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS AND THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS TO PROVIDE ANIMAL SHELTERING SERVICES TO THE CITY OF JOHNSON. John Wright made a motion to approve and Bob Fant seconded. All approved.

RESOLUTION 2018-13 A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE ACCEPTANCE AND APPROVAL OF LETTER CONTRACT WITH GARVER, LLC FOR ON-CALL PLANNING SERVICES. Mayor Keeney stated Juliet Richey has gone to work for Garver and this allows us to still use her services. John Wright made a motion to approve and Katherine Hudson seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2018-10: AN ORDINANCE VACATING A UTILITY EASEMENT LOCATED ACROSS PART OF LOTS 73 AND 74, CLEAR CREEK SUBDIVISION, PHASE 3 AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2018-10 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by John Wright. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2018-10 by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross, yes. ORDINANCE 2018-10 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 Dan Cross seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bill Burnett and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 6:37 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,