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City Council Minutes

June 14, 2016

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
JUNE 14, 2016

 

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

Present were Aldermen Bill Burnett, Dan Cross, Hunter Haynes, Bob Fant and Melissa Posinski. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Danny Wright, Police Chief Vernon Sisemore and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. Fire Chief Matt Mills and Aldermen Richard McMullen were absent.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the May 10, 2016 council meeting. Dan Cross made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 27 new cases were opened, 26 of which were closed. Chief Sisemore stated the department has 2 officers working with Field Training Officers (FTO) but is still shorthanded and looking for another officer.

Fire Chief Matt Mills injured his leg over the weekend and is unable to attend.

Public Works Director Gerry Russell resigned. Mayor Keeney said the department has been doing a lot of city maintenance, mowing and clearing out ditches.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 3 new building permits issued and he had received his HVAC re-certification. Wilson stated he had numerous meetings with EDA, City Attorney Danny Wright and the Mayor regarding City ordinances and Planning Commission issues along with TPR and Planning Commission meetings.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated Property tax received in May totaled $133,294.36 ($120,084.94 General Fund and $13,209.42 Street Fund), up over last year. Allen stated the Tahoe customizing was completed and $9,863.00 was paid out of Act 988. On 5/24/2016 the City purchased a 6 month CD for $100,000 putting City reserves over $900,000.00. Allen stated election packets for Aldermen seeking position 2 in each ward are available in her office after the meeting; first filing date is July 29, 2016 and final filing date is August 19, 2016 at noon.

Mayor Keeney stated Gerry Russell resigned and there have been 4 applications for the Public Works Director position so far. Mayor Keeney stated the City is doing well financially and we should know something in the next day or two about the grant from the Walton Family Foundation (WFF) for the geotechnic study of the cavern.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated he has been working changes to 2 existing ordinances -Large Scale Development and Planned Unit Development (PUD). The PUD ordinance will allow 2 categories of PUD's and it will be up the Planning Commission to determine which category they fall in. Wright stated he has heard from the patent attorney about the logo and it looks good. Wright stated he had looked at the proposed changes to the property maintenance ordinance as requested and has taken out any subjective language. This revised proposal should go to Planning Commission next and then to the council later. Wright stated before a new sign ordinance has even passed he has received a letter from Mr. Parnell's attorney stating they have a problem with signs being located where there are no buildings. Wright stated he is looking at the old sign ordinance, the Supreme Court statement and recommendations from the ARML.

Unfinished Business:
None

New Business:

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE NO 2016-14: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 2007-08 (JOHNSON'S LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE) AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-14 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross,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 2016-14. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Bill Burnett,yes., Dan Cross,yes., Hunter Haynes,yes., Bob Fant,yes., Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-14 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-15: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 2007-10 (STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES FOR PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT) AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-15 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, 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 2016-15. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Melissa Posinski. Roll call: Bill Burnett,yes., Dan Cross, yes; Hunter Haynes, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-15 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. Dan Cross 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 Dan Cross and seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 6:20 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,