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City Council Minutes

July 12, 2016

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
JULY 12, 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, Fire Chief Matt Mills and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist clay Wilson. Aldermen Richard MCMullen was absent.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the June 14, 2016 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the June 27, 2016 special council meeting. Melissa Posinski made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 33 new cases were opened, 31 of which were closed. Chief Sisemore stated he has ordered a new Tahoe which is included in the budget; with trade in the cost will be $27,000 and outfitting it can be paid for out of the Act 988 Fund.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 31 calls for services, mostly EMS. Heat related calls and brush fires are common this time of year.

Mayor Keeney said the Public Works Department has been doing a lot of city maintenance and mowing. A topographical study of the current red dirt at the trailhead site is being done before bid packets to complete the project can be created.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 8 new building permits. Wilson stated he had numerous meetings with EDA, City Attorney Danny
Wright and the Mayor. Wilson stated the water fountain at the park needs to be replaced and suggested it be budgeted for next year.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated $50,000 was transferred to the LOPFI Fund to cover police officer retirement. SITT money from the state should be deposited to the City's LOPFI account this month, but has only been enough to cover 4-5 months in the
past.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated he worked on the contract and resolution for the GTS special meeting and has been working on changes to the proposed property maintenance ordinance. This should go to the Planning Commission at the August meeting. Wright stated he there is one appeal to circuit court and he completed his CLE requirements in Little Rock.

Mayor Keeney stated construction has begun on the new lift station and it is a 180 day project. Once the new one is completed, it will become the main station and the old one will be improved to handle any future growth. Mayor Keeney stated the top candidate for the Public Works Director position will have a second interview tomorrow. This candidate is a certified engineer.

Mayor Keeney asked for the Council's confirmation of his appointment of Les Garrett to the Planning Commission. Dan Cross made a motion to approve the appointment and was seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.

Unfinished Business:
None

New Business:

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-16: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 2007-09 THE JOHNSON SIGN ORDINANCE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-16 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Dan Cross, 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 opened the floor for discussion. From this discussion came two amendments to the ordinance. A motion to remove the language requiring commercial or industrial structures to be located on the same parcel as the proposed sign was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved. A motion to reduce the height to 45' above grade and reduce square footage to 480 square feet was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Bob Fant. All approved. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve ORDINANCE 2016-16 as amended, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross,yes., Hunter Haynes,yes., Bob Fant, yes; Melissa Posinski, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-16 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 Bill Burnett seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 7:17 pm.

Respectfully Submitted