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City Council Minutes

JANUARY 9, 2018

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL

MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL

JANUARY 9, 2018

Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:02 pm.

Present were Council Members Richard McMullen, Katherine Hudson, Bill Burnett, 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 Hunter Haynes was absent.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the December 12, 2017 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes with corrections and was seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 20 new cases were opened and 17 were closed; for the year 2017 the department opened 351 with 21 still open. Chief Sisemore stated Officer Porter is back as the pay and promises that were made to him didn't pan out.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 26 calls in December, 349 for the year. Chief Mills stated the department had a volunteer complete certification as a firefighter 1 & 2. Chief Mills stated there is still no ladder truck and Engine 1 has been taken to Springfield for repairs which will begin soon. Chief Mills stated 4 air packs were ordered in 2017.

Public Works Director Jerry Morrow stated he has been coordinating with FEMA and needs Council approval to pay for the City's portion of the flood cleanup, contingent on an approval from FEMA of a 75/25 split. Morrow asked for the Council's approval of estimated cost for the City not to exceed $43,544.05 with the understanding that it is a reimbursement agreement. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the expenditure with the above parameters and was seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 3 building permits and 3 mechanical permits issued. Wilson stated he attended an MS4 storm water yearly refresher class and held TPR and PC meetings along with numerous other meetings with the City Engineer.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated that State Turnback has been received; Property and Sales Taxes have not. Allen stated the City invested $200,000 in a 0.65% 12-month CD and rolled a $100,000.00 CD for 1.45% for 12 months, but they would not give us this rate for the new investment. Allen stated she paid $25,000.00 in first of the year bills this month and reminded the Council to get their Statements of Financial Interest turned in by January 31.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated that one court appeal washed out, but another was filed today. Wright stated he has been working on the budget resolution, both the Johnson Mill Boulevard and the Wilkerson-Main Overlay Districts, working with Clay and James Guertz on the Conditional Use Permit issues and the fire department agreement.

Mayor Keeney stated he has written lots of emails for grants and sent in the TAP and State Aid for Streets applications.

Mayor Keeney stated the latest on 56th Street is that it is 50% through the ARDOT process.

Mayor Keeney stated the City is doing well financially and we are beginning to look at street projects.

Unfinished Business: None

New Business:

Mayor Keeney asked for the approval of the following appointments to the Planning Commission for the stated terms. Dan Cross 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2022 motion made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved. Katherine Hudson 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2022 motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2018-01: A RESOLUTION AMENDING RESOLUTION 2016- 10 OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS; AMENDING THE BUDGET FOR THE PERIOD
BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2017 AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2017. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded Richard McMullen.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2018-02: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN CITY OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT FOR FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES BETWEEN THE CITY OF JOHNSON AND THE JOHNSON AREA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT. Motion to approve was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2018-01: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING DISTRICT CLASSIFICATION AND BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY IDENTIFIED IN REZONING PETITION 2017-25 OF CLAYTON BRONSON AND JENNIFER BRONSON APPROVED DECEMBER 7, 2017, BY JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2018-01 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, 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 2018-01 by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Hunter Haynes yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2018-01 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2018-02: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 14 ZONING, CHAPTER 14.04, SECTION 14.04.05 DISTRICT REGULATIONS OF THE JOHNSON ZONING CODE AMENDING THE JOHNSON MILL BOULEVARD OVERLAY DISTRICT BOUNDARY; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST; AND OTHER MATTERS. City Attorney Danny Wright stated the purpose of this ordinance is to adjust the boundary of the overlay district to the creek to provide a more definitive line between this and the Wilkerson-Main Overlay District which will come up next. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2018-02 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Pasinski. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Pasinski, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2018-02 by title only. Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll caH: Richard McMuHen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Pasinski. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Pasinski, 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 Melissa Posinski and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Pasinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2018-02 was approved and goes into effect immediately.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2018-03: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 14 ZONING, CHAPTER 14.04 ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE, BY ADDING WILKERSON-MAIN 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 2018-03 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Richard McMullen and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Pasinski, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2018-03 by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Pasinski, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Pasinski, 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 Katherine Hudson and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Pasinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2018-03 was approved and goes into effect immediately.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2018-04: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND TITLE 9 STREETS AND SIDEWALKS, CHAPTER 9.04, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION, SECTION 9.04.02 DESIGN OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE TO ADD A PAY-IN-LIEU OF OPTION TO IMPROVEMENTS OF SUBSTANDARD ROADS; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2018-04 by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, 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 2018-04 by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes.

Mayor Keeney stated he had received an email from Hunter Haynes officially resigning from the Council and stated Melissa Posinski was also resigning. Mayor Keeney thanked them both for their service to the City.

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 Katherine Hudson. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 6:54 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,