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Friday, 09 April 2021 18:18

March 4, 2021

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

CITY OF JOHNSON, AR

MARCH 4, 2021

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Present: Dan Cross, Todd Wood, Katherine Hudson, Richard Cromwell, Gregg Gainer, and Shane Bronson. Also, Clay Wilson – City of Johnson Building Official, Juliet Ritchey-Garver, and one guest were in attendance.

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

A motion to approve the January 07, 2021 Planning Commission Minutes was made by Richard Cromwell and seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved.

Old Business:

Chairman Dan Cross requested to amend the agenda to add discussion of the letter he sent out to the Planning Commissioners with all in favor to amend.

Discussion of the Updating of Ordinance 2020-05 regarding Signage in the City of Johnson was opened by Chairman Dan Cross.

Juliet Ritchey from Garver reviewed the updated Signage Ordinance 2020-05, reviewing each change in detail.

Commissioners agreed to move forward with a public hearing next month to present the updated Signage Ordinance 2020-05.

New Business:                                                                                                                  

Chairman Dan Cross opened the discussion of the letter he sent out to the Planning Commissioners for further discussion on the current process of proceeding with working sessions.

Commissioners provided several recommendations to include communicating concerns in writing prior to scheduled Planning Commission meetings, to which all commissioners agreed.

No Additional New Business.

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING:

Motion to Adjourn Planning Commission meeting was made by Richard Cromwell and seconded by Todd Wood. All approved. Meeting adjourned at 7:05 P.M.

Friday, 09 April 2021 16:59

February 4, 2021

No Planning Commission meeting  for the month of February

Friday, 09 April 2021 16:58

January 7, 2021

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

CITY OF JOHNSON, AR

JANUARY 9, 2021

PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC MEETING

Present: Katherine Hudson, Dan Cross, Richard Cromwell, Shane Bronson, and Gregg Gainer. Also, Clay Wilson – City of Johnson Building Official, Sarah Geurtz- Earth Plan Development Alternatives (EDA), Juliet Richey- Garver, four guests were in attendance.

PUBLIC HEARING

Public hearing was called to order at 6:00 P.M. by Chairman Dan Cross.

Comments from the Public were requested for consideration of changes to Section 14.04.09 in the Zoning Code regarding Landscape Standards and Parking Standards for the City of Johnson.

Chairman Cross allowed the public meeting to remain open to allow comments from anyone who may arrive late. No additional comments were offered.

Public hearing was closed at 6:05 P.M.

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Planning Commission Meeting was called to order at 6:05 P.M. by Chairman Dan Cross.

Chairman Dan Cross requested to reverse the order of Old Business and New Business to review New Business first with no objection from the Planning Commission.

NEW BUSINESS:

Chairman Dan Cross requested to amend the agenda to include the nomination and election of Planning Commission Officers for 2021 with a term of two years. Richard Cromwell made a motion to amend the agenda and the motion was seconded by Henry Layes. All Approved.

Dan Cross volunteered to remain Planning Commission Chairman with no objections. A roll call was taken as follows: Gregg Gainer: Yes, Shane Bronson: Yes, Katherine Hudson: Yes, Richard Cromwell: Yes, Henry Layes: Yes. All Opposed: None. Dan Cross will remain Planning Commission Chairman for 2021-2022.

Chairman Dan Cross nominated Henry Layes as the Vice Chairman of the Planning Commission for 2021-2022. A roll call was taken as follows: Dan Cross: Yes, Gregg Gainer: Yes, Shane Bronson: Yes, Katherine Hudson: Yes, Richard Cromwell: Yes. All Opposed: None. Henry Layes will remain Planning Commission Vice-Chair for 2021-2022.

Commissioner Shane Bronson nominated Todd Wood as Planning Commission Secretary for 2021-2022. A roll call was taken as follows: Dan Cross: Yes, Gregg Gainer: Yes, Shane Bronson: Yes, Katherine Hudson: Yes, Richard Cromwell: Yes, Henry Layes: Yes. All Opposed: None. Todd Wood will remain Planning Commission Secretary for 2021-2022.

Approval of November 05, 2020 Planning Commission Minutes: A motion was made by Katherine Hudson and seconded by Greg Gainer. All approved.

Petition 2020-15: Requesting an AMENDMENT TO THE JOHNSON SQUARE P.U.D. to address signage and lighting for property located at Johnson Mill Boulevard and Main Drive known as Johnson Square. Requested by Jason Bailey, representative of Johnson Square Holdings, LLC, owner.

In attendance of support for Petition 2020-15 is Ward Davis and Erin Adkins-Oury with High Street Real Estate and Onyx Coffee Owner, Jon Allen. City of Johnson Building Official, Clay Wilson, stated that a sign ordinance had not been developed for Johnson Square thus placing it under the City of Johnson’s sign ordinance. As a result, the developers are requesting an amendment from the City of Johnson sign ordinance to allow for rooftop signage and signage that could be animated. The High Street Real Estate representatives provided historical precursors to their requests as well as an overview of their future plans. Mr. Allen from Onyx Coffee went into detail about his desire to add to the artistic culture of Johnson Square with use of signage and this location for his business being distinctively different as it is extremely important to him as a long time resident of Johnson.

Commissioner Shane Bronson voiced his concern that if an amendment were to be granted there would be no limitations on businesses within the square having competitive and growing signage as to potentially overtake the area and deter from the architecture, cultural arts, and City of Johnson.

Commissioner Henry Layes stated his concerns about making exceptions to city ordinances for specific areas in the city could potentially be seen as non-inclusive.

Chairman Dan Cross reiterated Commissioner Layes concerns based on previous legal issues and recommended reviewing concerns with legal.

Commissioner Gregg Gainer reiterated the need for addressing the signage in Johnson Square due to the absence of current signage P.U.D. He believes that the developers will be prescriptive based on their work up to this point, but has some concerns about their request being carte’ blanche. He went on to request possibly adding some verbiage to place limitations on anything excessive and for liability purposes, and/or requiring an individual review by the Planning Commission for each sign outside of the City of Johnson signage ordinance.

Mr. Ward stated that he has no issues with review by the Planning Commission, but is apprehensive to place that requirement on every sign used due to the lengthy process involved potentially causing substantial delays. He recommended verbiage including works of art to encompass a percentage.

City of Building Official, Clay Wilson, discussed the recommendations by Juliet Richey from Garver to update Ordinance 2020-05 regarding Signage in the City of Johnson to clarify P.U.D. districts to supercede the city ordinance with each P.U.D. being unique, which would eliminate some of the Commissioners concerns. Juliet Ritchey expanded on the need to update the verbiage in the City of Johnson’s current sign ordinance and reiterated that P.U.D. 's should be considered as unique.

Mr. Wardand Mr. Allen requested that corrections and recommendations be made in a timely manner to allow time for sign development.

Commissioner Cross recommends the document be updated to include specific language and final document reviewed by the Planning Commission prior to forwarding to City Council. Commissioners Gregg Gainer, Shane Bronson, Henry Layes, agreed to meet with the City Building Official, Juliet Ritchey, and High Street Real Estate Representatives to discuss and develop the final draft.

A motion to table Petition 2020-15 to February 2021 Planning Commission Meeting Agenda was made by Commissioner Gregg Gainer and seconded by Commissioner Henry Layes. All Approved.

A motion to Approve the 2021 Calendar to include application dates was made by Commissioner Shane Bronson and seconded by Commissioner Katherine Hudson. All Approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Chairman Dan Cross reviewed the denial of Petition 2020-06 at the November 2020 Planning Commission meeting. Commissioners were provided a copy of the letter provided to the applicants with the appeal process information. Chairman Cross stated after review with the City of Johnson Legal Representative, it was established that all denials must be provided in writing the reason for denial and the appeals process.

Chairman Cross discussed some concern that there may have been some confusion regarding recommendations made by the City of Johnson Building Official and/or the City Engineer. Clay Wislon reiterated that in February 2017, it was established that the City Building Official and the City Engineer are only to voice the specific issues they have identified within their subject matter expertise in reference to how these issues affect the City of Johnson, but are not to make formal recommendations for or against applications. Previous Planning Commission Secretary, Chairman Gregg Gainer, stated previous documentation reflects that this was discussed in February 2017, and April 2019, with documentation congruent with statements from the City Building Official.

Discussion of changes to Section 14.04.09 in the Zoning Code regarding Landscape Standards and Parking Standards for the City of Johnson.

LANDSCAPE

Commissioner Gregg Gainer discussed several concerns with Landscaping to include

percentages of native species required, narrow tree lawn description, parking dimensions, turf grass, specific invasive species, inorganic mulch, 12’ requirement in section 4.e., street tree maintenance responsibility, open fences, and iron spikes on fencing. After extensive discussion of each issue, it was agreed that the 12’ requirement in section 4.e. would be changed to 15’, percentages of native species changed from 50% to 25% required, Trident and Japanese Maples to be removed from invasive species, and language and formatting would be updated on remaining issues to provide clarity.

PARKING

City Building Official queried the dimensions on page 9, table 4, possibly being inverted. Henry Layes discussed parking change requirements recently made at the University to adjust for motorcycle requirements that should be considered. Juliet Ritchey provided clarification, agreed to shade the chart to add clarity, and change dimension from 3’ to 5’; there were no objections to proposed changes.

Clay Wilson requested clarification on page 12, item k, to which Juliet Ritchey replied she will update language as to not limit to four cars.

Richard Cromwell made a motion to approve the Section 14.04.09 in the Zoning Code regarding Landscape Standards and Parking Standards for the City of Johnson with the proposed changes. The motion was seconded by Henry Layes. All approved.

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 8:44 P.M.

*Please note that the date listed for January minutes is wrong. The correct date January 7, 2021

*Please see attachment for complete document

Friday, 09 April 2021 16:56

January 7, 2021

Friday, 09 April 2021 15:47

February 9, 2021

FEBRUARY 9, 2021 CITY COUNCIL MEETING
February 09, 2021 at 6:00 PM
Via Zoom (In Person Option Available)
MINUTES

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:04 PM. Present were Council Member Bill Burnett, Council Member Bob Fant, Council Member Angela Perea, Council Member John Wright, Council Member Katherine Hudson, and Council Member Dan Cross. Also present were City Clerk Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Justin Eichmann, Fire Chief Donald Ferguson, and Building Official Clay Wilson. Police Chief Wayne Woods was absent.

  1. STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS

Mayor Keeney asked if the Council would like him to read this report and they decided it was not necessary.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Mayor Keeney asked for approval of the January 12, 2021 City Council Meeting Minutes. Motion made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Wright. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. Minutes were approved.

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS

  1. POLICE DEPARTMENT

Mayor Keeney stated Chief Woods was on leave. In January 7 CID cases were opened; 3 remain open and 4 are closed. Unit 1702 was involved in an accident and totaled by the Municipal League Vehicle Program. Chief Woods has asked to replace the unit for a cost of $11,974.91 after the insurance money is received. Motion to replace the vehicle was made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Hudson. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross

  1. FIRE DEPARTMENT

Fire Chief Donald Ferguson stated he hopes to meet members of the Council soon. 95 hours of training were received by the department and there are plans to start cross training with the PD. Ferguson said every year the department asks for Act 833 money from the state. In the past the request has only been for $50,000, this year FD asked for $229, 000. There are very specific guidelines from the state on how the money can be spent, we do not know if we will receive all of it, but we do believe we will receive more. The Mayor also approved a Kitchen renovation for the fire station with the firefighters doing the work which will save the city thousands of dollars. JFD has also repainted some of the station and plan to do more in February. In 2020 JFD had 453 calls with 29 percent of them being after hours. In January 2021 there were 29 calls with 29.7 percent after hours. Chief Andrews and Chief Ferguson are adjusting the schedule for March to have more coverage after hours.

  1. PUBLIC WORKS

Mayor Keeney stated the department finished the cleanup of the bridges at Elmore and Johnson Mill Boulevard and did some superficial repairs. Also spread material for brief snowfall.

  1. BUILDING OFFICIAL

This month there was 1 building permit, 6 mechanical permits and 42 inspections soft. Working on extensive vehicle repair , being proactive by making repairs now. MS4 inspections after rain events, attended MS4 training and attended the January PC meeting.

  1. SPECIAL COMMITTEES
  2. CITY CLERK/TREASURER

       City Clerk/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback has been received but monthly Property Tax and Sales Tax have not. $80,000.00 was transferred to LOPFI from the General Fund to cover PD/FD retirement expenses; $12,008.93 in Rural Fire Association funding was received 2/2/2021 from Washington County. She also reminded the Council members to get their 2020 Statement of Financial Interest turned in ASAP.

  1. CITY ATTORNEY

City Attorney Justin Eichmann stated he is working on financing the Wilkerson & Main Project - sales and use tax to use as collateral for bonding. City requires a bond counsel to assist with this project. Helped create a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for bond underwriter and a Request for Proposal (RFP) for bond counsel to assist getting this project stated. Distributed to all know entities and are due 2/22/2021. Results should be available at the next meeting.

  1. MAYOR

Mayor Keeney stated he spent time with City Attorney Eichmann working on RFQs/RFAs. Also been working with EDA for the rebid of the Main Drive Overlay and working with Clay on the PD vehicles. He asked all the Council Members to come by City Hall and pick up the full feasibility study and engineering for Wilkerson and Main Project, stating all values in there are accurate less right of way acquisitions.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

  1. BIDS FOR MAIN DRIVE OVERLAY

Bids for Main Dr overlay were received after the bid after rules were not followed to the letter last month. Bids received were as follows: Tomlinson Asphalt $89,591.00, Hutchens Construction $76,340.00 After discussion, Mayor Keeney asked for a motion. Motion to approve Hutchens bid of made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Wright. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross

NEW BUSINESS

  1. ORDINANCE 2021-01: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 14.04.09: LANDSCAPE AND SCREENING OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2021-01 by title only waiving the second and third readings. Motion made by Council Member Perea, Seconded by Council Member Wright. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. ORDINANCE 2021-01 was read by City Attorney Eichmann. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading. Motion made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Wright. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the reading of the emergency clause. Motion made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Hudson. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. City Attorney Eichmann read the emergency clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause. Motion made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Hudson. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. ORDINANCE 2021-01 was approved.
  2. ORDINANCE 2021-02: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND IN ITS ENTIRETY SECTION 14.04.09: GENERAL STANDARDS OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2021-02 by title only waiving the second and third readings. Motion made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Wright.
    Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. ORDINANCE 2021-02 was read by City Attorney Eichmann. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading. Motion made by Council Member Wright, Seconded by Council Member Hudson. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the reading of the emergency clause. Motion made by Council Member Perea, Seconded by Council Member Burnett. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. City Attorney Eichmann read the emergency clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause. Motion made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Burnett. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. ORDINANCE 2021-02 was approved.

MOTION TO PAY BILLS

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to pay the bills. Motion made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Hudson. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross

MOTION TO ADJOURN

Mayor Keeney asked for a to adjourn. Motion made by Council Member Burnett, Seconded by Council Member Fant. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. Meeting was adjourned at 6:42 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Thursday, 18 March 2021 20:45

April 1, 2021

AGENDA FOR:

JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING AND BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS

APRIL 1, 2021 – 6:00 PM

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PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING : 

Discussion of changes to the Zoning Ordinance regarding Sign Regulations for the City of Johnson.

Petition 2021-01: Requesting LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT at 7230 S. Pleasant Ridge Drive. Requested by Geoff Bates of Bates & Associates, owner.

PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING IS CLOSED 

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Approval of March 4, 2021 Planning Commission Meeting minutes

OLD BUSINESS:

Discussion of changes to the Zoning Ordinance regarding Sign Regulations for the City of Johnson.

NEW BUSINESS: 

Petition 2021-01: Requesting LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT at 7230 S. Pleasant Ridge Drive. Requested by Geoff Bates of Bates & Associates, owner. 

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING 

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS PUBLIC HEARING IS CALLED TO ORDER 

Comment from the Public is requested regarding the following: 

Petition 2021-03: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR BUILD TO LINE for property located for property located 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Petition 2021-04: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED STREET LIGHTS for property located for property located 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Petition 2021-05: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR LANDSCAPE BUFFER for property located for property located 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Petition 2021-06: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED STREET TREES for property located for property located 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Petition 2021-07: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED SIDEWALK for property located for property located 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Petition 2021-08: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED CURB ON EASTSIDE for property located for property located 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Petition 2021-09: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED PARKING LOT SCREENING for property located for property located 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS PUBLIC HEARING IS CLOSED 

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER: 

Petition 2021-03: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR BUILD TO LINE for property located for property located 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Petition 2021-04: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED STREET LIGHTS for property located for property located 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Petition 2021-05: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR LANDSCAPE BUFFER for property located for property located 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Petition 2021-06: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED STREET TREES for property located for property located 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Petition 2021-07: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED SIDEWALK for property located for property located 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Petition 2021-08: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED CURB ON EASTSIDE for property located for property located 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Petition 2021-09: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED PARKING LOT SCREENING for property located for property located 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

MOTION TO ADJOURN BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS

Friday, 12 March 2021 15:16

Spring Clean Up & Recycling Event

Spring Clean Up and Recycling Event

April 16th, Friday and April 17th, Saturday

Location: Johnson City Hall - 2904 Main Drive

Must be a resident of Johnson * proof of residency is required

Please see the list below for what is acceptable and what is not.

Acceptable bulky waste and white goods:

* Common household (Non Freon) appliances
* Artificial Christmas trees
* Furniture
* Grills and fire pits
* Large toys and toy parts
* Mattresses
* Tools
* Carpet and Padding in 4x4 sections

Excluded items:
* Air conditioning units
* Anti-freeze
* Automotive fluids of any kind
* Batteries
* Construction debris
* Engine parts
* Florescent bulbs
* Hazardous waste
* Household waste
* Motor oil
* Paint
* Pesticides, herbicides, or insecticides
* Refrigerators
* Yard waste

Recycling Event:

Acceptable recyclable items and limits.

E-Waste Acceptable Items:

Computers
Printers
Copiers
Phones
Stereos
Televisions
Fax Machines
Cables
Shredders
Microwaves
DVD & VCR players
Video Game Consoles
Satellite Receivers
Handheld Devices

Limit: 10 items each day per vehicle

Tires:
Passenger tires off the rim

Limit: 4 per person

Metal:
Anything 50% or more metal

Monday, 01 March 2021 16:07

March 4, 2021

AGENDA FOR:

JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING AND BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS

MARCH 4, 2021 – 6:00 PM

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PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING : NONE

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Approval of January 7, 2021 Planning Commission Meeting minutes

OLD BUSINESS: NONE

Discussion of Updating Ordinance 2020-05 regarding Signage in the City of Johnson

NEW BUSINESS: NONE

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

 

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS HAS NO BUSINESS TO DISCUSS

Thursday, 11 February 2021 21:47

January 12, 2021

 

JANUARY 12, 2021 CITY COUNCIL MEETING
January 12, 2021 at 6:00 PM
Via Zoom (In person option available)
MINUTES

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CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM. Present were Mayor Chris Keeney, Council Member Bill Burnett, Council Member Bob Fant, Council Member Angela Perea, Council Member John Wright, Council Member Katherine Hudson, Council Member Dan Cross, City Clerk/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Justin Eichmann, Police Chief Wayne Woods, Fire Chief Donald Ferguson, and Building Official Clay Wilson.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.APPROVAL OF DECEMBER 8, 2020 COUNCIL MINUTES
Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the December 8, 2020 City Council Minutes. Motion made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Burnett. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross.

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS

2.POLICE DEPARTMENT
8 CID cases were opened and 6 closed. Johnson has been known in the past as a speed trap, but only 8 of the 178 traffic citations issued in 2020 were actual speeding tickets.

Chief Woods requested Council approval to purchase 2 Tahoes; the one that was approved but not available last year and one budgeted for this year, not to exceed $120,000 completely outfitted. Base price for each is $33,892.00 + tax at State bid price plus outfitting. Motion made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Hudson. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross.

No Santa on the Square was held this year, but the Department was able to help 33 families and 80 children receive Christmas presents with the remaining toys going to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

3.FIRE DEPARTMENT
Mayor Keeney introduced the new Fire Chief Donald Ferguson who came to us from Shreveport, LA. Chief Ferguson said he was happy to be here and appreciates the opportunity. The department handled 31 calls, 18 were EMS and received 60 training hours last month. 453 calls in 2020 was a record over 2019 at 416.

4.PUBLIC WORKS
Every year bridges are evaluated. Need to clean out whistles on tributary 4 – PW crew is working on that this week. Small patch of maintenance on Wilkerson at the city limits. Department is maintaining the status quo and doing what they should do. Everybody is healthy.

5.BUILDING OFFICIAL
No new Building permits issued, 7 mechanical permits and 2 final inspections. Worked on vehicle maintenance, completed MS4 inspections and attended yearly MS4 training. STAA permits to clean out bridges were received.

6.SPECIAL COMMITTEES
Chairman Dan Cross saith the Planning Commission had a lengthy work session to try to get new Ordinances for landscape and parking procedures to move forward to the council. The meeting lasted 2 1/2 - 3 hours. They are working on procedures to limit the discussion time for each topic. Trying to be cleaner and more professional going forward.

7.CITY CLERK/TREASURER
City Clerk Jennifer Allen said tonight she was using the new MuniMeeting software that is part of our MuniDoc package to take minutes. The difference in the formatting of the agenda and packets is from using this software which will make the process cleaner and easier going forward. State Turnback and 2020 Property Tax penalties and corrections have been received (totaling $21,462.36), but monthly Property Tax and Sales Tax have not. First of the year bills paid from the General Fund including 2021 Workers’ Comp, various membership fees and annual bills totaled $24,120.28. Diamond C was paid $28,557.63 from the Street Fund to for the work done so far on the Carley Road sidewalk. 2020 left the City in great shape financially and plans are being developed to put those resources to work in 2021.

8.CITY ATTORNEY
Worked on parking and landscape code with the Planning Commission. In the new Legislative Session, a lot of activity will be coming forward that will affect cities. let us know if something will directly affect Johnson.
The Health Department included requiring municipal meetings with over 10 people to prepare a plan in advance, so we will continue to meet via zoom for the foreseeable future. Governor Hutchinson has asked the Legislature to continue practices that were put in place by executive order last year.

9.MAYOR
The Sidewalk on the west side of north Carley is closer to being completed, but there is no completion date yet. A partial payment has been made on the job.

Last month the milling and overlay of Main Drive was let out for bid. $76,340 was bid by Hutchison Construction and $89,591 was bid by Tomlinson. On review, the lower bid did not meet the requirements of having the bid booklet completed along with some other errors. The other party had concerns as well as City Engineer. City Attorney Eichmann says the City always can rebid due to errors. Mayor Keeney said there are 2 options - go with higher bid that was complete or put it out for rebid. Options were discussed. Motion made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Wright to go out for rebid. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross.

Mayor Keeney let the Council know 17 businesses closed, 22 opened in 2020. The City did not notice any difference in our sales tax. Still netted 5 extra businesses in 2020. 3 more new businesses will open in 2021. Wright's BBQ, La Media Luna are busy as is Dollar General.

There was discussion about the new road and the steps needed to make it happen. Mayor Keeney said there is a lot of work to do but COVID-19 and the current social unrest were the biggest barriers to even thinking about holding a special bond election.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: NONE

NEW BUSINESS

10.RESOLUTION 2021-01: A RESOLUTION AMENDING THE 2020 BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve Resolution 2021-01. This is the adjustment to the budget that is done annually. Motion made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Hudson. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross.

MOTION TO PAY BILLS
Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to pay the bills. Motion made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Perea. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross.

MOTION TO ADJOURN
Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn. Motion made by Council Member Burnett, Seconded by Council Member Fant. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. Meeting was adjourned at 6:42 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Thursday, 11 February 2021 21:31

ORDINANCE 2021-02

ORDINANCE NO. 2021-02

CITY OF JOHNSON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND IN ITS ENTIRETY SECTION 14.04.09: GENERAL STANDARDS OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

 

            WHEREAS, it has come to the attention of the City Council of Johnson Section 14.04.09: GENERAL STANDARDS needs to be amended in order amend and clarify the landscaping and screening, parking, fencing and other general regulations of the City of Johnson zoning regulations in order to provide for more orderly development within the City of Johnson; and

            WHEREAS, the City of Johnson Planning Commission, following a public hearing in which all persons were heard, voted to recommend to the City Council the amended Section 14.04.09: GENERAL STANDARDS of the Johnson Municipal Code in order to incorporate certain changes that are necessary; and

            WHEREAS, having fully reviewed the proposed amendment, the Johnson City Council has determined that Section 14.04.09: GENERAL STANDARDS of the Johnson Municipal Code should be revised in its entirety as set forth herein below.

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

Section 1.       That Section 14.04.09: GENERAL STANDARDS of the Johnson Municipal Code, attached hereto as Exhibit “A”, is hereby amended in its entirety.

Section 2.        In the event that any section, paragraph, subdivision, clause, phrase, or other provision or portion of this Ordinance shall be adjudged invalid or unconstitutional, the same shall not affect the validity of this Ordinance as a whole, or any part or provision, other than the part so decided to be invalid or unconstitutional, and the remaining provisions of this Ordinance shall be construed as if such invalid, unenforceable or unconstitutional provision or provisions had never been contained herein.

Section 3.        Declaration of Emergency. It is hereby found and determined that Section 14.04.09: GENERAL STANDARDS of the Johnson Municipal Code should be immediately revised in order to better provide for efficient landscaping and screening, parking, fencing and other general regulations for the City of Johnson. Therefore, an emergency is declared to exist, and this act, being immediately necessary for the preservation and protection of the public peace, health, safety and welfare of the City and its citizens, shall become effective on the date of its passage and approval by the Mayor. If the Ordinance is neither approved nor vetoed by the Mayor, it shall become effective on the expiration of the period of time during which the Mayor may veto this Ordinance. If the Ordinance is vetoed by the Mayor and the veto is overridden by the City Council, it shall become effective on the date the City Council overrides the veto.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 9th day February, 2021.

APPROVED:

ATTEST:

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