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Michelle Horne

Monday, 03 August 2020 13:25

August 6, 2020

No Planning Commission meeting for the Month of August

Monday, 03 August 2020 13:23

August 6, 2020

No Planning Commission meeting for the Month of August

Friday, 17 July 2020 18:33

June 9, 2020

CITY OF JOHNSON
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
VIA ZOOM
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JUNE 9, 2020


Mayor Keeney called the City Council Meeting to order at 6:00 pm.


Present were Council Members Angela Perea, Katherine Hudson, Bill Burnett, Dan Cross and Bob Fant. Also present were City Clerk/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Justin Eichmann, Police Chief Wayne Woods, Fire Chief Matt Mills and Building Official Clay Wilson. Council Member John Wright was absent.

Mayor Keeney recognized Bob Fant. Fant stated that while Police Departments all over the country are under assault, he wanted to take time to recognize members of our own PD. Both Officer Tamica Oswalt and Officer Brandon Harrison have gone out of their way, on their own time, to take care of yard work for some of the elderly in our community. Each is being presented a certificate for being an outstanding officer in community policing and letters of appreciation for going above and beyond the call of duty will go in their files. Fant also congratulated Chief Woods on his staff.


Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the May 12, 2020 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Bill Burnett. All approved.


Department Head Reports:


Police Chief Wayne Woods stated 8 CID cases were opened this month and 7 were closed. Court has resumed. Officer Oswalt attended the Reid interview course and is working towards becoming a detective. Chief Woods stated they have discovered a number of unlocked businesses at night when the officers are making their rounds. Officers are using Covid 19 protocol when dealing with the public. Officer Faust is no longer employed by the City. The public support of the department has been phenomenal. A grant was received from the U of A for opioid kits and 4 officers are certified in their use.


Fire Chief Matt Mills thanked the Council for the beautiful flowers received when his mother passed away. Mills stated there were 39 calls for service and 7 false alarms (majority at Towne Place Suites.) Mayor Keeney said the Public Works Department has been mowing but the rain has put them behind. Graffiti events on the trail are getting cleaned up quickly. Mayor Keeney stated emergency repairs are needed on Ravenswood. There is a 4' x 4' area in the cul de sac that is destroyed; underground springs and the continuous rains caused it to give way under a trash truck. APAC can cold mill and put 2" of asphalt over it as a band aid fix or we can pay $27,695 for a more permanent fix. After discussion, it was decided to go for a more permanent fix and Bob Fant made a motion to have the bid documents created and let out for bid which was seconded by Angela Perea. All approved.


Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated 5 new building permits and 11 mechanical permits were issued and 28 inspections were completed. Wilson stated he worked on building plan reviews, vehicle maintenance, did MS-4 inspections and installed 80 storm water markers on the inlets as well as attending multiple zoom meetings. 


City Clerk/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback has been received, but Property taxes and Sales Taxes have not. Allen stated that Melsine Carter of AR Legislative Audit is working on the 2019 audit and it is going well. Insurance proceeds for the damage to the new fire truck have been received ($19,001.94) but the bill for the collision repair has not. Allen reminded the Council that Council Members in Position 2 of their Wards are up for election this year and since Johnson is now a City of the First Class, 30 signatures of registered voters residing in the City are required for a candidate's name to be placed on the ballot. Two of the 3 Incumbent Council Members have picked up their packets with the last one scheduled to tomorrow. Allen stated the first day to file for election this fall is noon on July 29, 2020 and the final day to file is noon August 5, 2020. City Attorney Justin Eichmann stated he has been working on Johnson Mill Boulevard maintenance agreement for next month's meeting. Since the road improvements and right of way secured were done with federal funds there are some hoops to jump through. Chief Mills asked if City Attorney Eichmann had heard anything back on the mutual aid agreement for 1-49 with Springdale. Eichmann said it had been prepared and sent but there was no answer yet; he will follow up on it.


Mayor Keeney stated we are doing the best we can during strange times; virtual meetings can be trying. Mayor Keeney stated he had received the design from the engineer for the sidewalks on the east and west sides of Carley Road and asked for a motion to put the project out for bid. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved.


OLD BUSINESS: NONE


NEW BUSINESS:
Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2020-06: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING MEMBERSHIP AND PARTICIPATION IN THE NORTHWEST ARKANSAS RAZORBACK GREENWAY ALLIANCE. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Angela Perea. All approved.


Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2020-07: A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING THE WILLINGNESS OF THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE TO APPLY FOR STBGP-A FUNDING FOR ACQUISITION OF RIGHT-OF-WAY AND RELOCATION OF FRANCHISE UTILITIES FOR GENE GEORGE BLVD FROM DON TYSON PARKWAY TO JOHNSON MILL ROAD. Mayor Keeney stated it should say Johnson and not Springdale; that will be corrected. Katherine Hudson made a
motion to approve with the correction and was seconded by Bob Fant. 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 Angela Perea seconded. All approved.


Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Bill Burnet. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 6:28 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Friday, 17 July 2020 18:26

RESOLUTION 2020-09

RESOLUTION 2020-09

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO TERMINATE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE AND THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS

REGARDING JOHNSON ROAD/JOHNSON MILL BOULEVARD.

WHEREAS, on or about January 10, 2006, the City of Springdale and the City of Johnson entered into an Interlocal Agreement (“Agreement”) to develop a collector street which connects two (2) high priority corridors through the improvement of Johnson Road from Highway 412 in Springdale south to connect with Main Street to be known as the Johnson Road/ Main Street Improvement Project (“Project”); and

WHEREAS, Phase I of the Project consisted of the acquiring of right-of-way and initial construction improvements and has been performed and Phase II of the Project requires the maintenance of the entire length of the Project for a period of twenty (20) years; and

WHEREAS, in order to allow for the installation of continued improvements, the City of Springdale and the City of Johnson desire to terminate the Agreement in order to release Springdale from the management of the maintenance for the portion of the Project that lies in the municipal limits of Johnson and allow for the continued improvements to take place; and

WHEREAS, both cities have received assurances from ARDOT which manages the funding for the project that the Agreement was no longer needed and could be terminated; and

WHEREAS, the Johnson City Council desires to authorize the Mayor and the City Clerk-Treasurer to take all measures, including the execution of documents, to terminate the Agreement.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Johnson as follows:

Section 1: That the Mayor and City Clerk-Treasurer of the City of Johnson, Arkansas are hereby authorized to take all measures necessary, including the execution of any documents or instruments, to terminate the Interlocal Agreement between the City of Johnson and the City of Springdale regarding the construction and maintenance of Johnson Road/Johnson Mill Boulevard.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 14th day July, 2020.
APPROVED:
ATTEST:

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Friday, 17 July 2020 18:18

RESOLUTION 2020-08

RESOLUTION 2020-08

CITY OF JOHNSON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS

A RESOLUTION APPROVING A MUTUAL AID AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF JOHNSON FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE FIRE DEPARTMENT.

 

WHEREAS, the City of Johnson, Arkansas and the City of Springdale, Arkansas, believe that it is in their best interests to enter an agreement providing for mutual aid in certain circumstances as set forth in the attached Mutual Aid Agreement; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to authority authorized in the Interlocal Cooperation Act, the parties have prepared an informal agreement setting forth their respective duties, obligations and responsibilities with respect to mutual aid services within their respective jurisdictional boundaries.

NOW, THERFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. That the Mutual Aid Agreement between the City of Johnson Fire Department, and the City of Springdale Fire Department is hereby ratified and approved as in the form, or substantially similar to the form, as attached.

Section 2. The Mayor, Fire Chief and City Clerk-Treasurer are hereby authorized and directed to execute the informal Mutual Aid Agreement on behalf of the City of Johnson, Arkansas, and to take any and all necessary action as may be required to fully completely implement the provisions of said Agreements.

PASSED AND APPROVED by the City Council for the City of Johnson, Arkansas, this 14TH day of July, 2020.

APPROVED:
ATTEST:


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Wednesday, 15 July 2020 14:53

ORDINANCE 2020-10

ORDINANCE 2020-10
CITY OF JOHNSON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS

AN ORDINANCE REGARDING THE USE OF MASKS IN THE CITY OF
JOHNSON IN RELATION TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.

 

WHEREAS, an outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) has resulted in an ongoing global pandemic; and

WHEREAS, on June 18, 2020, Executive Order 20-37 declared that the emergency declared pursuant to Executive Order 20-03 and its amendments was terminated and that the public health and disaster emergency and declaration of the State of Arkansas as a disaster area resulting from the state-wide impact of Covid-19 was declared anew and would be effective for sixty (60) days unless renewed; and

WHEREAS, on June 19, 2020, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), released guidance regarding the use of face masks/coverings by the general public which asserts that ample evidence exists to support the efficacy of wearing face masks to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 including a World Health Organization (WHO) funded study; and

WHEREAS, the afore-mentioned ADH guidance on masks recommends that the general public should wear face coverings in all indoor environments where they are exposed to non-household members and distancing of six (6) feet or more cannot be assured. This includes, but is not limited to, workplaces, retail stores, businesses, places of worship, courtrooms, jails/prisons, schools, healthcare facilities, and other people' s homes; and

WHEREAS, the afore-mentioned ADH guidance recommends that the general public should also wear face coverings in all outdoor settings where there is exposure to non-household members, unless there exists ample space of 6 feet or more to practice physical distancing; and

WHEREAS, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson supports and encourages the usage of facial coverings in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19; and

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court has long recognized state and local control over the spread of infection diseases and gave broad leeway in responding to these threats in Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U.S.11 (1905); and

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages the use of cloth face coverings to curb the spread of Covid-19; and

WHEREAS, individuals infected with Covid-19 are often asymptomatic and may transmit the virus; and

WHEREAS, the health of employees and patrons of reopened businesses is directly threatened by individuals who enter such establishments without a facial covering.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED BY CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS:

Section 1: Upon consultation with the ADH and the Governor’s Office, the City of Johnson requires the usage of facial coverings according to ADH guidance in an effort to help curb the spread of Covid-19, in particular to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, as well as to ensure that the hard won progress made by the citizens of Arkansas in reopening our shared economy is preserved.

Section 2: The City of Johnson has hereby determined that local law enforcement and other city officials will act in a support capacity to local businesses that wish to enforce the use of masks upon their premises. Law enforcement, acting in such a support capacity, shall educate and encourage members of the public who decline to wear facial coverings regarding the efficacy of wearing such coverings according to the ADH guidance on facial coverings released on June 19, 2020. Law enforcement may additionally act in a support capacity to local businesses by educating individuals who decline to comply with the facial covering requirement of any local business that the individual must abide by that  equirement or leave the premises.

Section 3: The city is hereby directed to print and mail this ordinance to all businesses within the municipal limits as soon as practical, for display in a prominent area of the business or on the primary entrance way.

Section 4: An emergency is declared to exist, and because of the need for immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this ordinance shall go into effect immediately upon passage. The emergency factors considered in declaring an emergency is the infectious rate of COVID-19, the rapid use of protective equipment across all sectors, the fatality rate, and the fatality rate if the virus is left unchecked. Therefore, an emergency is declared.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 14th day of July, 2020.

ATTEST:
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Thursday, 09 July 2020 13:19

July 2, 2020

 

Thursday, 09 July 2020 13:18

June 4, 2020

No Planning Commission Meeting for the month of June

Thursday, 09 July 2020 13:16

May 7, 2020

No Planning Commission Meeting for the month of May

Thursday, 09 July 2020 13:07

April 2, 2020

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

CITY OF JOHNSON, AR

APRIL 02, 2020

 

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Present: Todd Wood, Katherine Hudson, Dan Cross, Richard Cromwell, Henry Layes, and Gregg Gainer. Also, Clay Wilson – City of Johnson Building Official, James Geurtz – City of Johnson Engineer, and two guests were in attendance.


Planning Commission Meeting was called to order at 6:00 P.M. by Chairman Dan Cross.

A motion to approve the February 06, 2020 Planning Commission Minutes was made by Greg Gainer and seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved. 

Old Business:

Chairman Dan Cross opened a discussion of the Phase 2 of the City Zoning Update. A motion was made by Todd Wood to appoint Clay Wilson, City of Johnson Building Official, to oversee Phase 2 and that Mr. Wilson would notify all Planning Commission Officials of proposed meeting times. Henry Layes seconded the motion and all approved.

New Business:

Petition 2020-01: Request for PROPERTY LINE ADJUSTMENT for property located at 5218/5226 St. Andrews Drive in Clear Creek Subdivision. Requested by Jorgensen & Associates for Two Dogs Investment Holdings, LLC, owner. Dave Jorgensen spoke with appreciation for all in attendance and stated that it would be a nice piece of property once the two lots are combined. A motion was made by Henry Layes to accept Petition 2020-01 and seconded by Richard Cromwell. All approved.

Chairman Dan Cross opened discussion of review of the Earthplan Design Alternatives, PA, scope of work letter detailing rewriting the City’s development applications and some of the City’s code. A Motion to propose the rewrite estimate provided by Earthplan Design Alternatives, PA, to the City Council to be added to the City’s 2020 Budget, was made by Katherine Hudson and seconded by Richard Cromwell. All approved.

The City of Johnson Building Official brought forth an issue presented to him by Teresa Fedosky for an informal requests to move medical clinic to her current property without adding the additional parking required by Large Scale Development codes. The planning commission unanimously agreed that all residents must follow the current codes of the City of Johnson without exception to include all aspects of Large Scale Developments.

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING:

Motion to Adjourn Planning Commission meeting was made by Richard Cromwell and seconded by Gregg Gainer. All approved. Meeting adjourned at 6:09 P.M.

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