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City Council Minutes

MARCH 13, 2018

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
MARCH 13, 2018

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

Present were Council Members Richard McMullen, 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. Council Member Katherine Hudson Public Works Director Jerry Morrow were absent.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the February 13, 2018 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the February 22, 2018 Special council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by John Wright. All approved.

Mayor Keeney recognized Jeff Hatley from ORT who gave an overview of the agency’s challenges after 80% of the fleet was destroyed by fire January 10, 2017 and their efforts maintain services and rebuild the fleet.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 24 new cases were opened and 23 were closed. Chief Sisemore stated the officers all passed their annual weapons qualification.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 28 calls in January and the department received 300 hours of training including a live burn in Tontitown. Chief Mills stated that FEMA money has come in and they have purchased a rigid inflatable boat and when the rest comes in they will get a trailer. Chief Mills stated Todd Witzigman resigned last month leaving him as the Fire Marshall, but Roy Edwards is being trained for the position.

Public Works Director Jerry Morrow is out with the flu, but Mayor Keeney stated the guys have been busy and the City is well maintained.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 2 building permits and 23 inspections. Wilson stated he did MS4 inspections and attended TPR and PC meetings along with numerous other meetings with the City Engineer.

Planning Commission Chairman Dan Cross stated the PC had a full house at the March 1, 2018 meeting for the rezoning of the Bayyari property on Main Drive. Cross stated he asked City Attorney Danny Wright to attend, but it went smoothly and the rezoning was approved contingent upon the approval of Springdale, whose city limits abut the property.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback and Property Taxes have been received; Sales Taxes have not. Allen stated she reinvested 2 CDs at 0.75%; $158,000 for 12 months, $154,000 for 18 months and also transferred $30,000.00 in funding to the LOPFI Fund to cover the required monthly payments until the SITT payment due in July is received. Allen stated $23,000.00 has been set aside to payout sick leave and vacation pay in preparation for Chief Sisemore’s retirement at the end of the year.

Mayor Keeney stated Tom Kieklak of Harrington Miller Law Firm picked up the fire truck issue and is going to file to get the truck back. Mayor Keeney stated he has been exploring ways to obtain a working ladder truck such as lease vs. purchase, new vs. used. The Council discussed the subject. Mayor Keeney stated he would get more information together for the next meeting.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated that the gentleman in possession of the firetruck has sued the City. Wright stated he has been working on the Opioid issue, R/T resolution and the fire department transfer. He is waiting to hear back from Jeff Watson.

Unfinished Business: none

New Business:

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2018-05: A RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE NEED TO TRAIN A CITY EMPLOYEE TO SERVE AS ASSISTANT TO AND BACKUP FOR THE RECORDER/TREASURER. John Wright made a motion to approve the resolution and was seconded by Bob Fant. All approved. RESOLUTION 2018-05 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2018-05: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE ZONING DISTRICT CLASSIFICATION AND BOUNDARIES REGARDING PROPERTY IDENTIFIED IN REZONING PETITION 2018-01 OF DUANE DAVIS APPROVED MARCH 1, 2018, BY THE JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2018-05 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by John Wright and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, no; 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 2018-05 by title only. Motion was made by John Wright and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, no; Bill Burnett, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross, yes. With a vote of 1 no and 4 yes, ORDINANCE 2018-05 was approved.

Mayor Keeney stated the lease for the old post office building expires at the end of the month and the current tenant is a good one who wants to stay. Bob Fant made a motion to execute a new lease at the current rate of $700.00 per month and was 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. Dan Cross 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 Dan Cross. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,