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City Council Minutes

October 11, 2016

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
OCTOBER 11, 2016

 

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

Present were Aldermen Richard McMullen, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross and Bob Fant. 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/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson. Aldermen Hunter Haynes and Melissa Posinski were absent.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the September 13, 2016 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 29 new cases were opened, 26 of which were closed. Chief Sisemore stated the department is integrating digiTICKET with the court and they are working out the bugs.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 31 calls for service; 266 year to date. Mills stated Central EMS is happy at the station and the department is glad to have them; they are working on a partnership for toning.

Public Works Director Jerry Morrow stated he has received the permits from ADEQ to clear the creeks and they will start next week. Morrow stated tree removal along Johnson Road is underway. Morrow stated 3 temporary employees were hired; 1 is gone and the other 2 have been moved to full time. Morrow stated street sweeping will begin next week on Thursday and Friday nights 9:30 pm to 6:00 am. Morrow stated there are over 20 sunken sidewalks in the City and they are being prioritized for repair.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there was 1 new building permit issued and 24 inspections completed. Wilson stated he had worked on plan reviews, vehicle maintenance and attended the plaque dedication on the trail.

Planning Commission Chairman Dan Cross stated the Planning Commission would like to change how publication is done for Public Hearings.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback and Property Taxes have been received, but Sales Taxes have not. Allen stated Property Tax came in at $31,400.03 with the expected bump of $140,000+ due in November. Allen stated City finances rebounded in September when City Sales Tax came in at $76,111.59 balancing out the $20,000 received last month; City Sales Taxes are projected to be $50,000+ over budget this year. Allen stated that the Arkansas Legislative Audit Committee has sent out the official report of the City’s 2015 Audit. The Council discussed and considered the 2015 audit; Richard McMullen asked about the $110,000.00 debt shown and was told it was the triangle land purchase loan. Allen stated this report reflects the City's sixth straight year of clear audits! It also shows the City's cash balance as of 12/31/2015 as 1,273,467.00 ($900,000 of which is in CD's). Allen stated the payoff balance of the triangle land purchase loan is $11,755.77 and asked for the Council's approval to pay off the loan tomorrow and the City will be debt free. Bob Fant made a motion to approve paying off the loan and Richard McMullen seconded. All approved.

Allen stated that in preparation for the bill the City will receive for the 56th Street engineering, funds have Been put aside in the General Fund; this month an additional $50,000 was put aside in the Street Fund to help defer this cost.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated he has been working on the sign ordinance lawsuit, the easement ordinance; the burn permit ordinance and the solid waste bids. Wright stated the only active appeal will wrap up this month. Wright stated as of January 1, 2017, the new court system will be in place and our court will be called the Johnson Division of the Washington County District Court; with this change, the City will no longer be responsible for the Judge's salary or APERS.

Mayor Keeney stated there was a public meeting in Springdale regarding 56th Street; the map was discussed and comment forms were made available.

Unfinished Business:

Mayor Keeney stated that ORDINANCE 2016-20 and ORDINANCE 2016-21 will remain tabled.

New Business:

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-23: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 2.48 PERSONNEL POLICY; TITLE 2 OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE AND ADOPTING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CITY OF JOHNSON PERSONNEL HANDBOOK OF 2016, DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST AND OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-23 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen; yes; Bill Burnett; yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2016-23 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Richard McMullen.
Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett,yes., Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause. Bob Fant made a motion to read the emergency clause and was seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Wright read the emergency clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett; yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-23 was approved and takes effect immediately.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-24: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 7 OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE BY REPEALING CHAPTER 7.16 AND ADOPTING A NEW CHAPTER 7.16; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-24 by title only; waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. It was clarified that the purpose of the Ordinance is to adopt the new fire code and to allow burning in yards with a permit from the Fire Department. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2016-24 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett; yes; Dan Cross; yes; Bob Fant, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause. Bob Fant made a motion to read the emergency clause and was seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen; yes; Bill Burnett; yes; Dan Cross; yes; Bob Fant; yes. City Attorney Wright read the emergency Clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Richard McMullen. Roll call: Richard McMullen: yes., Bill Burnett; yes., Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant; yes. ORDINANCE 2016-24 was approved and takes effect immediately.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-25: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING TITLE 7 0F THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE BY AMENDING THE CHAPTER LISTING UNDER TITLE 7 AND BY ADDING CHAPTER 7.18 TO PROVIDE A PERMIT PROCESS FOR DISPOSAL OF LARGER QUANTITIES OF NATURAL VEGETATION BY CITIZENS OF JOHNSON. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-25 by title only waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett; yes; Dan Cross; yes., Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2016-25 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen; yes, Bill Burnett; yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-25 was approved.

Dan Cross made a motion to approve a $12.00 annual fee for a permit to access this site and was seconded by Richard McMullen. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-26: 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 2016-26 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett; yes, Dan Cross; yes; Bob Fant; yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. It was clarified that The passing of this ordinance is to correct a posting error made when Ordinance 2016-17 was passed in July. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2016-26 by title only, waving the readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen; yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan  Cross,yes., Bob Fant, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-26 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-27 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND T[TLE 5, HEALTH AND SANITATION, REPLACING CHAPTER 5.04 MAINTENANCE OF REAL PROPERTY, AND REPEALING CHAPTER 5.16 OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2016-27 by title only; waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Dan Cross and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Richard McMullen, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Danny Wright read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this Reading of ORDINANCE 2016-27 by title only, waivjng the second and thjrd readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. Roll call: Richard McMullen,yes., Bill Burnett,yes., Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. ORDINANCE 2016-27 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2016-08 A RESOLUTION LEVYING A TAX ON THE REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FOR THE YEAR 2016, FIXING THE RATE THEREOF AT 5 MILLS; AND CERTIFYING THE SAME TO THE COUNTY CLERK OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS. Mayor Keeney read the resolution. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the resolution and Richard McMullen seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney stated the next council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 6:00 pm which is also the day of the general election. The room Council meetings are held in is the same room used as a polling place on Election Day. Dan Cross made a motion to move the next council meeting to Monday, November 7, 2016 at 6:00 pm 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. 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 Bob Fant and seconded by Dan Cross. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 7:27 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,


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