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Michelle Horne

Friday, 16 October 2020 14:09

RESOLUTION 2020-12

 

           

CITY OF JOHNSON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS

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

WHEREAS, following a request for proposals issued by Washington County on behalf of Washington County and the Cities of Elkins, Elm Springs, Farmington, Fayetteville, Goshen, Greenland, Johnson, Lincoln, Prairie Grove, Tontitown, West Fork, and Winslow for ambulance services, and the selection thereby of Washington Regional Ambulance Authority, the City of Johnson, Arkansas, has received an Ambulance Service Agreement with Washington Regional Ambulance Authority to provide ambulance services to the residents of Johnson; and

WHEREAS, the Mayor of the City of Johnson, upon receipt of advice and consultation from the City Attorney, has reviewed the Ambulance Service Agreement determined that has determined that is in the best interest of the citizens of Johnson to authorize the execution of the same.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, in connection with the receipt of the Ambulance Service Agreement with Washington Regional Ambulance Authority, that the City of Johnson, Arkansas, hereby authorizes the Mayor and the City Clerk-Treasurer to execute the agreement attached hereto as Exhibit “A”, and all other measures to execute any and all other documents necessary in connection therewith.

PASSED and APPROVED this13th day of October, 2020.

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Friday, 16 October 2020 14:08

RESOLUTION 2020-11

RESOLUTION 2020-11

 CITY OF JOHNSON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE RATE OF PROPERTY TAX FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS FOR THE YEAR 2020 TO BE COLLECTED IN 2021.

WHEREAS, Ark. Code Ann. § 26-25-102 provides that a city may levy a tax on the real and personal property located within the city for general purposes, in any one year, pursuant to the provisions of the Arkansas Constitution; and

WHEREAS, Ark. Code Ann. § 26-73-202 requires the City Council of any municipal corporation to make out and certify to the county clerk the rate of taxation levied by the city on all the real and personal property within the city; and

WHEREAS, the City Council has determined that it is in the best interest of the City of Johnson and its citizens to levy the rate of taxation on the real and personal property located within the City of Johnson as set forth herein, and to certify the same to the Washington County Clerk, and authorize the Washington County Quorum Court to levy said tax for the year 2020 to be collected in 2021.

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

Section 1. That the property tax rate for the city General purposes on the real and personal property situated with the City of Johnson to be collected in the year 2021 shall be fixed and levied at the rate of 5.0 mills on each dollar of assessed value of real and personal property.

Section 2. That the Rate of taxation levied herein on the real and personal property within the city shall, by this Resolution, be certified to the county Clerk to be placed upon the tax books and collected in the same manner that the state and county taxes are collected.

Section 3. The Quorum Court of Washington County, Arkansas is hereby authorized to levy the said tax as set forth herein for the real and person property located within the City of Johnson, Arkansas for the year 2021, at the appropriate meeting in accordance with state law.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 13th day October, 2020. 

APPROVED:

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Friday, 16 October 2020 14:02

ORDINANCE 2020-11

ORDINANCE 2020-11

CITY OF JOHNSON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS

AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF CODES BY AN INSPECTOR OR CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OR OFFICIAL WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS.

WHEREAS, Ark. Code. Ann. §§ 14-55-601 and 12-9-108(b)(3) provides that an inspector or code enforcement officer of a municipality who does not meet certification requirements prescribed by the Commission of Law Enforcement Standards and Training can issue a citation for the violations of municipal codes and regulations; and

WHEREAS, the City of Johnson has adopted technical codes as well as regulations adopted through orders, resolutions, and ordinances which it enforces through the collection of fines, the issuance of citations and other processes and procedures; and

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Johnson desires to clarify the roles and responsibilities with regard to the enforcement of codes and regulations and believes it to be in the best interests of the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Johnson to provide such clarification as provided herein.

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

Section 1 Any certified law enforcement officer or non-certified employee or contractor of the City of Johnson designated by the Mayor may serve as an inspector or code enforcement officer can issue a citation for the violations of municipal codes and regulations.

Section 2:  It shall be the duty of any such law enforcement officer, inspector or code enforcement officer designated by the Mayor to be qualified by their knowledge of City of Johnson codes, training and experience to carry out the enforcement of violations of City of Johnson codes.

Section 3:  All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed.

Section 4 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 5:  Emergency Clause. It is hereby found and determined that there is an immediate need to provide for the enforcement of codes by an inspector or code enforcement officer or official in order to preserve the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the City of Johnson. Therefore, an emergency is declared to exist, and this Ordinance being immediately necessary for the above-stated purposes, shall become effective immediately from and after the date of its passage, to take effect as provided by the terms of this Ordinance.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 13th day of October, 2020.   

APPROVED

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Tuesday, 29 September 2020 20:21

October 8, 2020

AGENDA FOR:

JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING AND BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS

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PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Approval of September 3, 2020 Planning Commission Meeting minutes

Old Business: Continuing discussion of Zoning Updates 

New Business: NONE

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING 

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER: 

Approval of September 3, 2020 Board of Adjustment Meeting minutes

MOTION TO ADJOURN BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS

Monday, 21 September 2020 14:57

RESOLUTION 2020-10

RESOLUTION 2020-10 

CITY OF JOHNSON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS

A RESOLUTION RATIFYING THE EXECUTION OF A REAL ESTATE CONTRACT AND EXCLUSIVE BUYER AGENCY AGREEMENT FOR THE PURCHASE OF REAL PROPERTY LOCATED AT 3305 MAIN DRIVE, JOHNSON, AR 72704 FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS

            WHEREAS, following authorization provided by the City Council of its August 11th, 2020 City Council Meeting, the City of Johnson has entered into a Real Estate Contract and Exclusive Buyer Agency Agreement, attached hereto as Exhibit “A”, for the purchase of 3305 Main Drive, Johnson, AR, 72704; and

            WHEREAS, the Mayor and the City Council, after thorough consideration believe that it is in the best interest of the citizens of the City of Johnson to ratify the Real Estate Contract and Exclusive Buyer Agency Agreement.

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

            Section 1:  That the City Council hereby ratifies the Real Estate Contract and Exclusive Buyer Agency Agreement for the purchase of real property attached hereto as Exhibit “A”, with any changes deemed necessary and all further action which may be necessary in order to carry out and perform the purposes and intents of this Resolution and all actions taken by the Mayor in connection therewith are hereby approved.

            PASSED AND APPROVED this 8th day, September, 2020.

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Wednesday, 09 September 2020 15:14

August 11, 2020

CITY OF JOHNSON

COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

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AUGUST 11, 2020

 

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, Fire Chief Matt Mills and Building Official Clay Wilson. Police Chief Wayne Woods was absent.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the July 14, 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 is taking care of his Mom who had surgery. Mayor Keeney read the PD report: 12 CID cases were opened this month and 12 were closed. A search warrant was executed for an ongoing case and department certification continues.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 43 calls for service this month. Chief Mills stated if they get accurate information, a protocol 46 is issued for a positive COVID-19 case so they know before they get to the call.

Mayor Keeney said it keeps raining and the Public Works Department keeps mowing. They are doing limb pick up twice a month and have gotten all the street signs up. Mayor Keeney was asked if the guys could build the Carley Road sidewalks needed themselves and his response was that we do not have the equipment or the expertise. The west side of street sidewalk bid will be relet next week and hopefully a bid will be received that is less exorbitant than the last. Mayor Keeney said these are the 3 hardest working guys in the City, everyone is healthy, and the equipment is in good shape.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated 1 new building permit and 11 mechanical permits were issued and 26 inspections were completed. Wilson stated he worked on building plan reviews, vehicle maintenance, did MS-4 inspections, prepared, and attended the Planning Commission meeting as well as attending multiple other zoom meetings.

City Clerk/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback and Property taxes have been received, but Sales Taxes have not. SITT (special state tax) Revenue was received in July and is being held in our LOPFI account to pay our City retirement portion until it runs out. $10,615.87 was received for Fire and $38,707.72 was received for Police totaling $49,323.59. This should cover our cost through November. On August 6, 2020 $12,008.93 was received from the County for RFA Funding. Congratulations to our Council Members Dan Cross, Ward 1, Katherine Hudson, Ward 2 and John Wright, Ward 3. They are all running unopposed in the General Election in November and as such have been re-elected to 4-year terms. Allen reminded them to please remember to send in their Campaign Contribution Forms according to the directions included in their packet.

City Attorney Justin Eichmann stated it was a slow month, nothing new to report. He has been working with Clay on planning matters. Eichmann stated if the PC wanted to create an entertainment district zone, the City could start the process or wait until the need arises. After discussion Eichmann will start the framework and get it back to the Mayor.

Mayor Keeney stated the pre-construction meeting for Ravenswood was held today and it will be a five-day project they will start ASAP.

Mayor Keeney said in 2009 the City received an ISO grade 9 for its residential and commercial building requirements. In 2020 that rating improved to a grade 4 due to building code updates and administration of those codes.

With the news of Chief Mills retiring October 1,2020, Mayor Keeney asked the Council to approve the creation of a full time Fire Chief position. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by John Wright. All approved.

Mayor Keeney stated the Hawkins-Weir phase 2 plans for the bridge on Main Drive show the City will eventually have to buy the land that Millye Pollack’s old house stands on. This house is currently listed at $100,000.00 and if the City is proactive, we can probably get a better price if we purchase it now. It has been on the market for over 300 days and 30% of the property is in the flood plain. Dan Cross was concerned the eventual bond issue needed for the project may not pass, but the Mayor said he is confident it will and would like to offer $80,000.00 cash and purchase it to simplify the project in the future. Bob Fant made a motion to offer $80,000.00 for Millye’s house. Angel Perea asked about demolishing the house. Mayor Keeney stated it would have to be tested for asbestos, and if there is none there the FD would love to use it for training; if there is, we would be looking at an abatement cost. Katherine Hudson asked that an extended inspection be put in the contract with the ability to reduce the price if asbestos is found. Dan Cross seconded the amended motion to include the extended inspection and all approved. City Attorney Eichmann will begin drawing up the offer tomorrow.

OLD BUSINESS: NONE

NEW BUSINESS: NONE

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 John Wright seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bill Burnett and seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Wednesday, 09 September 2020 14:43

September 3, 2020

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PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Approval of July 2, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting minutes

Old Business/New Business: NONE

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BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS PUBLIC HEARING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Comment from the Public is requested regarding the following:

Petition 2020-04: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR BUILDING SETBACKS for property located at 7200 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Mark Jackson, owner.

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS PUBLIC HEARING IS CLOSED

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER:

Petition 2020-04: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR BUILDING SETBACKS for property located at 7200 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Mark Jackson, owner.

MOTION TO ADJOURN BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS

Thursday, 13 August 2020 13:58

July 14, 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, Fire Chief Matt Mills and Building Official Clay Wilson.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the June 9, 2020 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by John Wright. All approved.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Wayne Woods stated 13 CID cases were opened this month and 13 were closed. Chief Woods introduced Tammy McGuire, the new Code Enforcement officer. Chief Woods stated Tamica Oswalt and Sterling Halfhill have both been promoted to Sergeant. The state certification process is in the final stages.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 39 calls for service this month. And as of 6:03 this evening, the station is full! All trucks are in place and in working order. The old truck was taken up to Ferrara to be sold on consignment. Chief Mills announced that he will be retiring effective October 1, 2020 on the anniversary of his 20th year of service as Chief. Mills stated it has been a labor of love and he appreciates the City’s support.

Mayor Keeney said the Public Works Department did an extra limb pick up after the storm and have been doing a lot of City maintenance along with mowing.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated 5 new building permits and 13 mechanical permits were issued and 44 inspections were completed. Wilson stated he worked on building plan reviews, vehicle maintenance, did MS-4 inspections, prepared for and attended the Planning Commission meeting as well as attending multiple other zoom meetings.

City Clerk/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback and Property taxes have been received, but Sales Taxes have not. The collision damage bill for the new fire truck ($20,182.70) has been paid and the truck is back in service. Insurance proceeds for the damage totaled $19,001.94. Allen said the remaining balance of $130.85 in the Fire Department checking account was deposited into the General Fund and the FD account has been closed. Council Members in Position 2 of their Wards were reminded 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 at the Washington County Courthouse. Please remember that since we are now a City of the First Class, 30 signatures of registered voters residing in the City of Johnson are required for a candidate’s name to be placed on the ballot.

City Attorney Justin Eichmann stated he has been working on 2 items with the Mayor for the future and the opioid litigation the City received is being handled by the Municipal League. 

OLD BUSINESS: NONE

NEW BUSINESS: 

Mayor Keeney stated there was only 1 bid received for the sidewalk project from Diamond C Construction in the amount of $250,591.23. All agreed this was astronomically high. Mayor Keeney said that breaking down the project is a possibility and he would check into it.

Mayor Keeney stated there were 2 bids received for repair the cul de sac on Ravenswood: Diamond C Construction $69,881.97 and Sweetser Construction Inc. $58,132.00. After discussion, Bob Fant made a motion to accept the bid from Sweetser for $58,132.00 and was seconded by John Wright. All approved.

Mayor Keeney stated the Planning Commission approved changes to Johnson Mill Boulevard. With this, the speed limit through that area needs to be reduced to accommodate the narrower lanes and the on-street parking. Mayor Keeney and Chief Woods agree that it is easier to train people that an area has a reduced speed limit throughout rather than piecemeal it as progress is made. Their recommendation is that the whole PUD from the bridge on the west side to Carley Road on the east be reduce to 25 mph. The pros and cons were discussed. Angela Perea made a motion to approve the speed reduction as recommended and Bill Burnett seconded. All approved with Dan Cross opposed. 

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2020-10: AN ORDINANCE REGARDING THE USE OF MASKS IN THE CITY OF JOHNSON IN RELATION TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2020-10 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Katherine Hudson and seconded by John Wright. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; John Wright, yes; Dan Cross, 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 2020-10 by title only. Motion was made by John Wright and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; John Wright, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause which was made by John Wright and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; John Wright, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. City Attorney Justin Eichmann read the emergency clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause which was made by John Wright and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; John Wright, yes; Dan Cross, yes; Bob Fant, yes. ORDINANCE 2020-10 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2020-08: A RESOLUTION APPROVING A MUTUAL AID AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF JOHNSON FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY OF SPRINGDALE FIRE DEPARTMENT. Motion to approve was made by John Wright and seconded by Angela Perea. All approved. 

Mayor Keeney presented 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. Motion to approve was made by John Wright and seconded by Angela Perea. All approved.

Mayor Keeney for public comment, and there was none.

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. John Wright made a motion to pay the bills and Bob Fant seconded. All approved. 

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 6:29 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

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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