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Thursday, 28 January 2021 14:35

December 8, 2020

CITY OF JOHNSON
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
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Mayor Keeney called the City Council Meeting to order at 6:00 pm.

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

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the November 10, 2020 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Angela Perea. All approved.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Wayne Woods stated 12 CID cases were opened this month and 11 were closed. Chief Woods stated there was a misunderstanding in the Certification process about proof of employees receiving new policy; it is a clerical issue. Chief Woods stated the department is fully staffed. Chief Woods stated the new Tahoe for the department approved a few months ago is no longer available and we will have to wait until next year due to model changes. Chief Woods said Santa on the Square has been modified this year; 30 families have been identified with over 60 kids who will receive toys and family games. Any extras will go to Arkansas Children's Hospital North West. Chief Woods said there has been tremendous support from the community.

Assistant Fire Chief Todd Andrews stated there were 29 calls for service this month, mostly EMS. He said they have a good crew and are doing well, only using overtime when they need it.

Mayor Keeney said the Public Works Department is doing limb pick up once a month now and they are filling potholes and doing maintenance. Mayor Keeney said the equipment is in good shape and the guys are healthy.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated 3 new building permits and 6 mechanical permits were issued and 33 inspections were completed. Wilson stated he did MS-4 inspections, checked stop light battery back-ups, and performed vehicle maintenance, as well as attending multiple zoom meetings.

City Clerk/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated because of the early date of this meeting, no State or County aid has been received (including State Turnback, Property taxes, or Sales Taxes.) Allen said on December 1, 2020, the City received funding of the CARES Act Grant for $132,877.91 for Patrol officer pay since March 1, 2020. This is due to the protocol change to officer interaction with the community due to COVID-19. This money can be spent on anything since it is a reimbursement of payroll funds already paid. Act 833 received a deposit of $4,999.97 on November 4, 2020. The County did not send a notification email, so this was discovered when the checking account was reconciled for November.

City Attorney Justin Eichmann stated he had nothing new but would be happy to answer any questions. He said he has not heard if the Governor is extending the emergency order, but he fully expects it.

Mayor Keeney stated there are 2 options for making repairs on Main Drive: doing numerous patches for $85,000 +/-or $92,00 to mill and overlay. The areas impacted are from the south side of Kell to Hawks Landing and by the bridge. The options were discussed, and Bob Fant made a motion to have the bid documents prepared to overlay the areas of Main Drive that need it and was seconded by John Wright. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for the Council's approval to provide full time City employees a one time pay increase of $297.78 which would net $275 to each person. Motion to approve was made by John Wright and seconded by Bob Fant.

Mayor Keeney stated the City is in great shape despite 2020 challenges. All employees are healthy, a few have been exposed and had to quarantine, but the employees have done a good job of keeping everyone healthy.

Mayor Keeney stated updated budget numbers will be presented in January.

OLD BUSINESS: NONE

NEW BUSINESS:

Mayor Keeney stated Kevin Gardner from Orion has joined the meeting as they have requested an increase for 2021. CPI adjustments are included in the contract, but Orion has requested an increase to help offset the increase in landfill prices. After discussion, Bob Fant made a motion that the Council approve the landfill increase regarding recycling and was seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2020-12: AN ORDINANCE TO VACATE AN EASEMENT LOCATED AT 5533, 5555 AND 5577 WALTER CIRCLE ON LOTS 197, 198 AND 199 IN CLEAR CREEK SUBDIVISION WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2020-12 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by John Wright. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Justin Eichmann read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2020-12 by title only. Motion was made by John Wright and seconded by Angela Perea. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes. ORDINANCE 2020-12 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2020-13: A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE 2021 BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS. Katherine Hudson made a motion to approve and Bill Burnett seconded. 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 Katherine Hudson seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney wished everyone a great holiday season and best of health to everyone.

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 6:32 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Tuesday, 19 January 2021 14:49

November 5, 2020

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

CITY OF JOHNSON, AR

NOVEMBER 5, 2020

PLANNING COMMSION PUBLIC HEARING:

Chairman Dan Cross called the Planning Commission Public Hearing to order at 6:00 PM

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

Chairman Dan Cross amended the November 05, 2020, Planning Commission Agenda to change Petition 2020-13 to be changed from 5802 S. Caldwell to 5533, 5555, and 5577 Walter Circle with no objections.

PETITION 2020-06: Requesting a CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT for property located at 5802 S. Caldwell. Requested by Charles Cassat, owner.

PETITION 2020-13: Requesting a VACATION OF UTILITY EASEMENT for property located at 5533, 5555, and 5577 Walter Circle. Requested by Craig Davis of ESI for Clear Creek Residential, LLC.

Chairman Dan Cross opened up the Hearing for public comment and allowed the public meeting to remain open to allow comments from anyone who may arrive late. No additional comments were offered.

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING:

Motion to Adjourn Planning Commission Public Hearing was made by Henry Layes and seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved. Chairman Dan Cross closed the Board of Adjustments Public Hearing at 6:05 PM. 

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

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

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

A motion to approve the October 08, 2020 Planning Commission Minutes was made by Todd Wood and seconded by Richard Cromwell. All approved. 

Old Business:

Chairman Dan Cross opened discussion for review of Zoning Updates.

Building Official, Clay Wilson, requested the Commissioners review Zoning Updates for final review by EDA consultants and communicate their feedback by November 18, 2020.

Gregg Gainer stated he has some concerns about the lack of local supply of “Native” plants and the high percentage required in Zoning Code Updates.

Katherine Hudson suggested possibly reducing the percentage of Native Species required to reduce the burden on builders. She also stated that Commissioners should be sure to consider the maintenance of plants when including them in the Zoning Code.

Henry Layes agreed with Gregg Gainer and Katherine Hudson that the developers should be considered when finalizing updates to Zoning Code.

Richard Cromwell agreed with the statements made by the Commissioners and stated he believes that there are plenty Non-Native, Non-Invasive species that would positively add to the landscape and could be included in the Zoning Code.

Chairman Dan Cross requested specific feedback to assist the consulting team.

Building Official Clay Wilson reviewed the remaining contract of consulting team.

Henry Layes requested information on the process of possibly extending current contract. To which, Chairman Dan Cross stated he will seek clarification with the Mayor.

No additional comments were made and the discussion was closed by Chairman Dan Cross.

New Business:

Petition 2020-06: Requesting a CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT for property located at 5802 S. Caldwell. Requested by Charles Cassat, owner.

City of Johnson Engineer, James Geurtz, clarified zoning of property listed to include both floodplain and floodway classifications. He went on to review his recommendations which was included in writing to Commissioners and property owner.

Gregg Gainer requested clarification on how the City of Johnson’s street plans would effect the permit being requested. Mr. Guertz discussed the effects and reiterated that the permit would be a temporary conditional use permit. The owner of the property and his employee acknowledged the understanding and importance of permit being conditional and thus temporary if approved.

Chairman Dan Cross requested information from the property owner on his plan to clean and retain materials during flooding; to which the owner deferred to Mr. Guertz who reviewed the requirements based on FEMA standards.

The owner and his employee reviewed the construction of the bins that would be used to hold the materials. He stated that each bin would consist of pre-fabricated, interlocking concrete pieces spanning two pieces high and six pieces wide with each piece weighing 4,000 lbs.

Todd Wood reviewed the written recommendations and questioned if the property listed is appropriate placement of business proposed.

The City of Johnson Building Official abstained from making a recommendation

Henry Layes made a motion to approve the conditional use for twelve months with the owners meeting all the requirements presented in the letter presented by EDA. The motion was seconded by Shane Bronson. A roll call was conducted, Richard Cromwell: No, Henry Layes: Yes, Shane Bronson: No, Gregg Gainer: No, Katherine Hudson: No, Todd Wood: No. Majority vote, Petition 2020-06 failed to pass. The request for CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT for property located at 5802 S. Caldwell, requested by Charles Cassat, owner, was not approved.

PETITION 2020-13: Requesting a VACATION OF UTILITY EASEMENT for property located at 5533, 5555, and 5577 Walter Circle. Requested by Craig Davis of ESI for Clear Creek Residential, LLC.

After reviewing the request with discussion of drainage easement and ownership Building Official, Clay Wilson, made his recommendation for Petition 2020-13.

A motion to approve Petition 2020-13 was made by Richard Cromwell and seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved.

No additional New Business.

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING:

Motion to Adjourn Planning Commission meeting was made by Henry Layes and seconded by Gregg Gainer. All approved. Meeting adjourned at 6:56 P.M.

Tuesday, 22 December 2020 20:36

January 7, 2021

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PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING IS CALLED TO ORDER 

Comment from the Public is requested regarding the following:

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

PUBLIC HEARING IS CLOSED 

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Approval of November 5, 2020 Planning Commission Meeting minutes

Old Business:

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

New Business: 

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.

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

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING 

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS HAS NO BUSINESS TO DISCUSS

 

Tuesday, 15 December 2020 14:18

RESOLUTION 2020-13

RESOLUTION 2020-13

CITY OF JOHNSON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS 

A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE YEAR 2021 BUDGET

FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS

           

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Johnson finds it is necessary to approve a budget for the year 2021 for the City of Johnson; and

WHEREAS, the proposed 2021 budget, attached hereto as Exhibit “A”, was presented to the City Council at a regular City Council meeting held on December 8, 2020, and has been reviewed and discussed by the City Council; and

WHEREAS, the City Council, after thorough consideration, believes that approval of this proposed budget for the year 2021 is in the best interest of the citizens of the City of Johnson.

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

The year 2021 budget attached hereto as Exhibit “A”, is hereby adopted by the City Council of the City of Johnson.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 8th day December, 2020.

APPROVED:

ATTEST:

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Tuesday, 15 December 2020 14:05

ORDINANCE 2020-12

ORDINANCE 2020-12

AN ORDINANCE TO VACATE AN EASEMENT LOCATED AT 5533, 5555 AND 5577 WALTER CIRCLE ON LOTS 197, 198 AND 199 IN CLEAR CREEK SUBDIVISION WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS.

 

WHEREAS, after being duly advertised, a public hearing was held on November 5, 2020 on the subject of closing 5533, 5555 and 5577 Walter Circle located on Lots 197, 198 and 199 within the Clear Creek Subdivision; and

WHEREAS, upon information provided to the Mayor and City Council of the City of Johnson, the easement more particularly described herein is of no use for any public purpose and has no value to the citizens of the City of Johnson; and

WHEREAS, the Johnson Planning Commission has reviewed the Petition to Vacate and recommends to the City Council that this request be approved; and

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Johnson is empowered to vacate an easement which it concludes is no longer needed for city purposes.

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

Section 1       That the easement located at 5533, 5555, 5577 Walter Circle; Lots 197, 198 and 199 in Clear Creek Subdivision, located within the City of Johnson, Washington County, Arkansas, more particularly described in the legal description attached hereto as Exhibit “A”, is hereby vacated by the City of Johnson.

Section 2.        All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with this Ordinance are hereby repealed.           

Section 3.        In the event that any section, paragraph, subdivision, clause, phrase, or other provision or portion of this ordinance shall be adjudged invalid, unenforceable 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, unenforceable 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.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 8th day December, 2020.

Approved:

ATTEST:

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Tuesday, 15 December 2020 14:02

November 10, 2020

CITY OF JOHNSON

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City Clerk/Treasurer Jennifer Allen called the City Council Meeting to order at 6:00 pm.

Present were Council Members Angela Perea, Katherine Hudson, Bill Burnett, John Wright, Dan Cross and Bob Fant. Also present were, City Attorney Justin Eichmann, Police Chief Wayne Woods, , and Building Official Clay Wilson. Mayor Keeney was out of town, and Assistant Fire Chief Todd Andrews is on duty in Springdale and out on a call.

City Clerk/Treasurer Allen asked for a motion to amend the agenda to include discussion of the 2019 Arkansas State Legislative Audit Report to new business. Bob Fant made a motion to approve amending the agenda and was seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved.

City Clerk/Treasurer Allen asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the October 13, 2020 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Angela Perea. All approved.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Wayne Woods stated 13 CID cases were opened this month and 11 were closed. Chief Woods 2 new officers have started since the last meeting and the final new hire will start on Nov. 16th bringing the department to full staff. Chief Woods said he is working with the Chief of Police Association on the Certification process; being a small agency our records are done by hand and they would like for everything to be computerized so the process is challenging. They are still waiting on an onsite visit. Chief Woods excused himself from the meeting for another appointment.

Since Assistant Fire Chief Todd Andrews was not available, City Clerk/Treasurer Allen stated there were 46 calls for service this month, 28 were ems. There were 32 training man hours and 2 new full time Fire Fighters have been hired. There is no news regarding a new Fire Chief.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated 4 new building permits and 11 mechanical permits were issued and 25 inspections were completed. Wilson stated he did vehicle maintenance, did MS-4 inspections and attended a special zoom MS-4 meeting, checked stop light battery back-ups, and prepared for and attended the Planning Commission meeting as well as multiple plan reviews. He also attended his yearly plumbing class.

Planning Commission Chair Dan Cross stated the PC had turned down a Conditional Use Permit with a 5-1 vote

of a business that could potentially generate tax revenue. Cross thought it was due to lack of a recommendation from the Building Official. Clay stated his letters would no longer have a recommendation, but would let the PC know of any deficiencies or concerns in the application itself, as it is the Planning Commission’s job to determine the correct action on any given petition. The property is located on the east side of the fruit stand, west of the railroad tracks, in the flood way. Katherine Hudson stated she is on the PC and they have created these beautiful new overlay districts and she did not think making exceptions or variances to these standards was what the PC wanted to do. Angela Perea, who takes the minutes for the PC meetings, said the petitioner said they would meet the requests of EDA for addressing the deficits of the site, but did not have a plan on how to do this or how to mitigate the issues with their flood plan to meet FEMA standards and this is why they were turned down. City Clerk/Treasurer Allen stated this was informational only and required no action by the Council.

City Clerk/Treasurer Allen stated State Turnback and Property taxes have been received but Sales Tax has not. The November bump in property tax totaled $179,099.06 ($161,350.83 General Fund, $17,748.23 Street). Allen stated she completed the CARES Act Grant application for the City to be reimbursed $132,877.92 for Patrol officer pay since March 1, 2020. This is due to the protocol changes to officer interaction with the community due to COVID-19. This grant should be received by the end of next week. On Nov. 3, 2020, the City received $11,945.05 for RFA funding for Q4 2020. $10,185.00 was paid out of Act 833 Fund for 3 SCBA packs for the Fire Department. The only change to the 2021 budget you received last month is to the MuniCode expense line. That amount is $6,040.00, which is the annual fee. The cost of initial set-up will come out of this years’ budget.

City Clerk/Treasurer Allen reported for Mayor Keeney that the City is still waiting on the cost of the Main Drive asphalt repair and he is continuing to work on the entertainment district.

City Attorney Justin Eichmann stated he has been working with Mayor Keeney on economic development and entertainment districts and when the Mayor returns, they will be bringing more information forward.

OLD BUSINESS: NONE

NEW BUSINESS: 

City Clerk/Treasurer Allen stated that the 2019 Arkansas State Legislative Audit Report came back completely clean with no reportable items, but the City is required by law to discuss it in open Council. Bob Fant and Bill Burnett both stated they liked the results. 

City Clerk/Treasurer Allen 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.

City Clerk/Treasurer Allen asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bill Burnett and seconded by Bob Fant. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 6:22 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

_________________________________                     ___________________________________

Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC                                                Chris Keeney, Mayor

City Clerk/Treasurer

Friday, 13 November 2020 21:58

October 8, 2020

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

CITY OF JOHNSON, AR 

OCTOBER 08, 2020

 

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Present: Todd Wood, Katherine Hudson, Richard Cromwell, Henry Layes, Gregg Gainer, and Shane Bronson. Also, Clay Wilson – City of Johnson Building Official, Sarah Geurtz, Juliet Ritchey, 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 September 03, 2020 Planning Commission Minutes was made by Henry Layes and seconded by Richard Cromwell. All approved except Shane Bronson who abstained from voting on the issue, stating he did not have a physical copy of the minutes to review. 

Old Business:

Chairman Dan Cross opened discussion for review of the Landscaping and Parking portions of the updated zoning code. Sarah Geurtz presented a presentation on the Land Codes and Juliet Ritchey presented on the Parking Codes.

Commissioner Shane Bronson questioned the subjectivity of replacement and repairs of trees and fencing, to which Sarah Guertz added clarifying terminology to code and Clay Wilson acknowledged the enforcement of these items are covered under the City’s Land Maintenance Ordinance to which the City Code Enforcement Officer enforces at their discretion.

Commissioner Gregg Gainer requested clarification on the numbers regarding percentages on expansion of parking/sq footage to which terminology was changed to not exceed 25% of existing. Commissioner Gregg Gainer questioned the restrictiveness of limiting non-native plants to 20%, to which Sarah Geurtz reviewed species and all agreed with current limits. He also requested clarification on plugs to which Sarah Geurtz responded that plugs in code refer only to perennials. Gregg Gainer went on to question whether use of land would change requirements according to code, to which Clay Wilson and Sarah Geurtz clarified change of land use would dictate the requirements as it is currently being used.

Commissioner Todd Wood requested clarification on the Large Species trees, number of feet of sidewalk crossing landscaping, setback standards, and fence heights. Sarah Geurtz and Clay Wilson clarified code as it is written and which Sarah Geurtz added additional clarifying terminology.

Henry Layes also requested clarification of fence height and materials allowed to which all those vocal agreed that there should be a height limit to fences in front yards to maintain consistency with existing code.

Clay Wilson discussed his concern for tree species which bear items larger than one inch, that obstruct street view and/or lighting, and or below a specified height over sidewalks; to which Sarah Geurtz removed one species of street trees and added clarification to code to allow for property owners to maintain their landscaping to not obstruct visibility/lighting, right of way/easements, and sidewalks. Clay Wilson also requested removal of code referencing no electricity to fencing to allow for pet barriers to be installed to which all agreed. Clay Wilson went on to discuss his concern with the verbiage of fencing around pools, hot tubs, etc., and requested that clarifying terminology be added as to not read that multiple fences would have to be installed around item if the item is within a fenced in area to which Sarah Geurtz changed verbiage for clarification purposes.

After extensive review of Landscape and Parking Code updates, all agreed to forward the Parking Code updates to Legal for Review and for the Landscape Code updates to be changed to reflect discussion and Commissioners to continue to review with a goal of forwarding to legal by December 2020 for review.

New Business:

No New Business.

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING:

Motion to Adjourn Planning Commission meeting was made by Henry Layes and seconded by Gregg Gainer. All approved. Meeting adjourned at 7:55 P.M.

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING CALLED TO ORDER:

Chairman Dan Cross called the Board of Adjustments Meeting to order at 7:56 PM

Present: Dan Cross, Todd Wood, Katherine Hudson, Richard Cromwell, Gregg Gainer, and Henry Layes. Also present, Clay Wilson-City of Johnson Building Official, and three guests.

New Business:
None

Old Business:

None

MOTION TO ADJOURN BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING:

Motion to Adjourn the Board of Adjustments meeting was made by Richard Cromwell and seconded by Todd Wood. All approved. Meeting adjourned at 7:57 PM.

Friday, 13 November 2020 21:42

October 13, 2020

CITY OF JOHNSON

COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

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

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

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the September 8, 2020 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Wayne Woods stated 13 CID cases were opened this month and 11 were closed. Chief Woods introduced new Officer Robert Sanders who has moved here from Florida and stated there are 2 more officers in the hiring process and they are looking at one other. Chief Woods said the Certification is completed on this end; the next step is an onsite visit, and it should be completed by the end of the year. Chief Woods said the slowdown in speed on Johnson Mill Boulevard is going well.

Assistant Fire Chief Todd Andrews said the department held a party for Fire Chief Matt Mills to wish him well on his retirement. Mayor Keeney presented Chief Mills with a beautiful axe plaque to thank him for his years of service to the City of Johnson. Chief Andrews stated there were 25 calls for service this month, 19 ems. Chief Andrews stated the department has ordered 3 new SBAs (self-contained breathing apparatus) and cylinders.

Mayor Keeney said the core sample for Ravenswood came back >97% and the invoice has been paid. Mayor Keeney said this is the last month for the Public Works Department to do twice a month limb pick up, next month it goes back to the first Monday of the month only. Mayor Keeney said the equipment is in good shape and the guys are healthy.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated 3 new building permits and 11 mechanical permits were issued and 33 inspections were completed. Wilson stated he attended his yearly HVAC class, did vehicle maintenance, did MS-4 inspections, checked stop light battery back-ups and prepared for and attended the Planning Commission meeting as well as attending multiple other zoom meetings.

Planning Commission Chair Dan Cross stated the committee held a lengthy meeting regarding trees, bushes, and plants with a lot of information covered. Katherine Hudson said the PC has welcomed the knowledge made available to them through Juliet Richey of Garver and EDA.

City Clerk/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback and Property taxes have been received but Sales Tax has not. Allen said she and the Mayor closed on the property at 3305 Main Drive 9/25/2020 for $77,161.31 paid out of General Fund and $58,132.00 was paid to Sweetser for completion of the Ravenswood project out of Street Fund. Allen said the Budget and Finance Committee met 10/7/2020 and requests that the Council review the Preliminary Budgets for General & Street Funds that were attached with the Council packets. The Council was also reminded Flu shots would be available 10/23/2020 at 10:00 AM

City Attorney Justin Eichmann stated he has been working 3305 Main Drive property that closed and the next steps in the zoning change. Eichmann said he has been working with Mayor Keeney on economic development and entertainment districts and is working on the return of land from Springdale to Johnson that should be the end of terminating the Johnson Mill Boulevard Interlocal Agreement.

Mayor Keeney stated that creating an entertainment district is much deeper than the articles would lead you to believe. He will continue to work on it.

Mayor Keeney stated the big slide in the City Park is broken and there are no replacement parts available. A new slide alone would cost $9,000. The well-loved duck is also broken beyond repair. Mayor Keeney stated he is looking at revamping the whole park. The large equipment in place there now was purchased in 1997 and to replace what is there would cost $100,000. He will look at EDA or another company to design a new park. Angela Perea asked if there were any park funding options and was told not at this time. This is where an entertainment district and HMR (hotel, motel restaurant) tax would be used.

Mayor Keeney stated bids were received for the project to complete the sidewalk on the west side of Carley from Birch north to the city limits. The lowest bid was $71,088.88 from Diamond C Construction who has worked for the City before. Dan Cross made a motion to approve the bid from Diamond C and Bill Burnett seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney stated we are still waiting to get an estimate on the cost to have Main Drive repaired. This is at best a band aid as there is no base there; a dirt road was covered in gravel and then covered with chip and seal.

Mayor Keeney stated he will be out of town for next month’s meeting.

Dan Cross asked about the timing of the Main and Wilkerson road project. Mayor Keeney stated that he hoped that we can hold an election in the first quarter of 2021, but first we have to determine how large a bond we can issue with our current income. 

OLD BUSINESS: NONE

NEW BUSINESS: 

Mayor Keeney Presented ORDINANCE 2020-11: AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF CODES BY AN INSPECTOR OR CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OR OFFICIAL WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2020-11 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by John Wright. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross, yes. City Attorney Justin Eichmann read the ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2020-11 by title only. Motion was made by John Wright and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause which was made by Angela Perea and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross, yes. City Attorney Justin Eichmann read the emergency clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause which was made by Angela Perea and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes; Dan Cross, yes. ORDINANCE 2020-11 was approved. 

Mayor Keeney Presented RESOLUTION 2020-11: A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE RATE OF PROPERTY TAX FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS FOR THE YEAR 2020 TO BE COLLECTED IN 2021. Motion to approve was made by Katherine Hudson and seconded by Bob Fant. All approved. 

Mayor Keeney Presented RESOLUTION 2020-12: A RESOLUTION APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS TO ENTER INTO AN AMBULANCE SERVICE AGREEMENT WITH WASHINGTON COUNTY REGIONAL AMBULANCE AUTHORITY FOR AMBULANCE SERVICES FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON. Motion to approve was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Angela Perea. 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 Bill Burnett seconded. All approved.

Assistant Fire Chief Todd Andrews stated the Fire Department has hired a full-time fire fighter with another starting November 1, 2020 and apologized for not mentioning that earlier.

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 6:43 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC                                                Chris Keeney, Mayor

City Clerk/Treasurer

Tuesday, 03 November 2020 21:49

December 3, 2020

No Planning Commission meeting for the Month of December

Tuesday, 03 November 2020 21:43

November 5, 2020

AGENDA FOR:

JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING AND BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS

NOVEMBER 5, 2020 – 6:00 PM

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PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING IS CALLED TO ORDER 

Comment from the Public is requested regarding the following:

Petition 2020-06: Requesting a CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT for property located at 5802 S. Caldwell. Requested by Charles Cassat, owner. 

Petition 2020-13: Requesting a VACATION OF UTILITY EASEMENT for property located at 5802 S. Caldwell. Requested by Craig Davis of ESI for Clear Creek Residential, LLC. 

PUBLIC HEARING IS CLOSED 

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Approval of October 8, 2020 Planning Commission Meeting minutes

Old Business: Continuing discussion of Zoning Updates 

New Business: 

Petition 2020-06: Requesting a CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT for property located at 5802 S. Caldwell. Requested by Charles Cassat, owner. 

Petition 2020-13: Requesting a VACATION OF UTILITY EASEMENT for property located at 5802 S. Caldwell. Requested by Craig Davis of ESI for Clear Creek Residential, LLC. 

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 2020-05: Requesting a VARIANCE TO THE OVERLAY DISTRICT REQUIREMENTS for property located at 5802 S. Caldwell. Requested by Charles Cassat, owner.

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS PUBLIC HEARING IS CLOSED

 

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER:

 

Petition 2020-05: Requesting a VARIANCE TO THE OVERLAY DISTRICT REQUIREMENTS for property located at 5802 S. Caldwell. Requested by Charles Cassat, owner.

MOTION TO ADJOURN BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS