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City Council Minutes

December 13, 2016

JOHNSON CITY COUNCIL
MEETING MINUTES
CITY HALL
DECEMBER 13, 2016

 

Mayor Chris Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:05 pm.

Present were Aldermen Bill Burnett, 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; Public Works Director Jerry Morrow; and Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson; Aldermen Richard McMullen and Dan Cross were absent.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the November 7,2016 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved.

Mayor Keeney amended the agenda to add the appointment of a new Planning Commissioner after the Mayor's report.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Vernon Sisemore stated that 32 new cases were opened, 28 of which were closed. Chief Sisemore stated that there had been a bank robbery at lst National Bank and the department is working with the FBI but here is very little to go on. This was the first bank robbery ever in Johnson.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 35 calls for service, 361 YTD. Chief Mills stated the department was losing Konrad Anderson to other employment and he will be replaced with a full time fire fighter. Public Works Director Jerry Morrow stated 2 employees received minor injuries when they were hit by a car driving into the ditch® Morrow stated he has done some MS4 inspections and supervised the new guardrail installation; the old guardrail was torn out by a truck.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated there were 2 new building permits issued. Wilson stated he attended the ribbon cutting at La Media Luna Restaurant and he had worked on plan reviews, vehicle maintenance and attended a number of meetings.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback and Property Taxes have been received, but Sales Taxes have not. The expected Property Tax bump in November totaled $165,453.54 (General $149,057.54 Street $16,396.12). The funds were invested in a $100,000.00 CD bringing the City's contingency balance to $1,008/308.99. City finances were impacted by the continuing audit by DFA of City Sales Tax rebates. Instead of the expected amount of $50,000+ in city sales tax, the City received $24,000. $100,000 was transferred to the Street Fund to pay for the trailhead upon completion.

City Attorney Danny Wright stated he has been working on the fire department agreement, getting the SOP for the PD in line and the animal sheltering agreement. Wright stated most of his time has been spent on court changes and large dockets. 

Mayor Keeney recognized Alderman Dan Cross for his 5 years of service to the City as an Alderman.

Mayor Keeney asked for the Council's approval of a one-time pay increase to net out $200.00 to each City employee. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the request and was seconded by Hunter Haynes, All approved.

Mayor Keeney stated the lawsuit continues and his feeling is that Ashby is hoping at some point in the future They will get a permit and Casper is going to litigate until they get a permit.

Mayor Keeney stated Johnson Square should be starting soon.

Mayor Keeney stated Stewart Walton will be stepping down from the Planning Commission December 31 at the end of his term. Mayor Keeney asked for approval his appoint of Richard Cromwell, who lives in Heritage Hills; to a term starting January 1,2017 and going through December 31, 2021. Hunter Haynes made a motion to approve this appointment and was seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.

Unfinished Business:

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2016-20 AN ORDINANCE VACATING A UTILITY EASEMENT ALONG THE SOUTH BOUNDARY OF OLD LOT 208 (PARCEL NO. 785-19319-000) CLEAR CREEK SUBDIVISION, PHASE VII, AND
FOR OTHER PURPOSES and ORDINANCE 2016-21 AN ORDINANCE VACATING A UTILITY EASEMENT ALONG PORTION OF NORTH BOUNDARY OF LOT 211 CLEAR CREEK SUBDIVISION, PHASE VII AND FOR OTHER
PURPOSES' Motion to take both Ordinances off the table was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski All approved. Motion to return these Ordinances to the Planning Commission until such time as their conditions have been met was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved.

New Business:

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2016-10 A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR AND ADOPTING A BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS; FOR THE TWELVE (12) MONTHS BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2017, AND
ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2017; APPROPRIATING MONEY FOR EACH AND EVERY ITEM OF EXPENDITURE THEREIN PROVIDED FOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated the Budget is put forth
By the Budget and Finance Committee. There was some discussion about potential sales tax revenue. Motion to approve RESOLUTlON 2016-10 was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2016-11 A RESOLUTION CONCERNING APPOINTMENT AND APPROVAL OF MUNICIPAL ATTORNEY FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS. Motion to approve RESOLUTION 2016-11
was made by Melissa Posinski and seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2016-12 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CERTAIN CITY OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE A CONTRACT FOR FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES BETWEEN THE CITY OF JOHNSON AREAS VOLUNTEER
FIRE DEPARTMENT. Motion to approve RESOLUTION 2016-12 with the correction to 12 hours on the agreement was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2016-13 A RESOLUTION CONFIRMING APPOINTMENT BY DISTRICT JUDGE JEFF HARPER AND GRAHAM NATIONS OF RACHEL GUENTHER AS COURT CLERK FOR THE JOHNSON

DEPARTMENT OF THE WASHINGTON COUNTY DISTRICT COURT AND THE APPOINTMENT OF SUZY WALKER AND CHERYL MORGAN AS DEPUTY COURT CLERKS AND DESIGNATION OF COLLECTOR FOR THE JOHNSON
DEPARTMENT. Motion to approve RESOLUTION 2016-13 was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Melissa Posinski. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2016-14 A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE JOHNSON POLICE DEPARTMENT POLICY AND STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE MANUAL TO ADOPT POLICIES AND
PROCEDURES FOR POLICE BODY CAMERA RECORDING. Motion to approve RESOLUTION 2016-14 was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Hunter Haynes. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2016-15 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF CONTRACT WITH TOMLINSON ASPHALT CO., lNC.TO COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION OF CAROL VAN SCYOC TRAILHEAD.
Motion to approve RESOLUTION 2016-15 was made by Hunter Haynes and seconded by Bill Burnett. 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. Bill Burnett made a motion to pay the bills and Hunter Haynes seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney invited everyone present to attend a holiday potluck on at noon Friday, December 16 at City Hall.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bill Burnett and seconded by Bob Fant. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 6:37 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

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