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Michelle Horne

Michelle Horne

Tuesday, 05 May 2020 13:10

May 7, 2020

No Planning Commission meeting for the Month of May

Wednesday, 15 April 2020 20:27

ORDINANCE 2020-07

ORDINANCE 2020-07

CITY OF JOHNSON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS 

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 15.04.02: PROCEDURE OF CHAPTER 15.04: SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS 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 15.04.02: PROCEDURE of Chapter 15.04: SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS needs to be amended in order to better provide for the efficient review and approval of lot splits, lot line adjustments and other related matters thereto;

            WHEREAS, the City of Johnson Planning Commission, the City Council of the City of Johnson now finds it to be in the best interest of the citizens of Johnson to amend Section 15.04.02: PROCEDURE of Chapter 15.04: SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS of the Johnson Municipal Code in order to incorporate certain changes that are necessary;

            WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Johnson finds it necessary to proceed with this amendment to the zoning regulations under Johnson Municipal Code § 14.04.11(F)(1)(d) as there exists a nationwide and statewide emergency and accommodations to process certain lot splits and lot line adjustments administratively as necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public; and

            WHEREAS, having fully reviewed the proposed amendment, the Johnson City Council has determined that Section 15.04.02: PROCEDURE Chapter 15.04: SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS of the Johnson Municipal Code should be revised and restated as set forth herein below.

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

Section 1.       That Section 15.04.02: PROCEDURE Chapter 15.04: SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS of the Johnson Municipal Code is hereby attached hereto as Exhibit “A”, is hereby adopted 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 15.04.02: PROCEDURE Chapter 15.04: SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS of the Johnson Municipal Code should be immediately revised in order to clarify procedure and enforcement of lot split 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 _________ day _____________, 2020.

APPROVED:                                                                                                           

                                                                        _________________________________

                                                                        CHRIS KEENEY, Mayor 

ATTEST:

__________________________________

JENNIFER ALLEN, Recorder-Treasurer

 

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Wednesday, 15 April 2020 20:22

RESOLUTION 2020-05

RESOLUTION 2020-05

 CITY OF JOHNSON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS 

A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING TEMPORARY PROTOCOLS FOR PUBLIC MEETINGS DURING TIMES OF NATIONAL OR STATEWIDE EMERGENCY.

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson issued an Executive Order to Declare a State of Emergency due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) across the United States and in Arkansas;

WHEREAS, public schools and universities across the state have been closed due to this State of Emergency and further orders by Governor Hutchinson;

WHEREAS, the disease is known spread from person to person contact;

WHEREAS, public events, meetings, and gatherings have been cancelled throughout the state of Arkansas due to continued transmission of the disease throughout the state and the Arkansas Supreme Court has ordered that all in-person proceedings in Arkansas Courts are suspended;

WHEREAS, businesses throughout the state of Arkansas have closed or have employees working from home in order to limit the transmission of the disease;

WHEREAS, continued public events, meetings, and gatherings pose an immediate threat to the health, safety and welfare of the general public and the Governor has ordered that public gatherings, with limited exceptions, of more than ten (10) persons are prohibited;

WHEREAS, due to the nation-wide and state-wide emergencies that have been declared, the state mandated orders and the city’s authority under Arkansas law to use police powers to protect the health, safety and welfare of citizens and the general public, the City of Johnson must establish a protocol for the conduct of public meetings during times of such emergencies in order to safely and appropriately conduct public business while best adhering to the principals of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) and Arkansas law; and

WHEREAS, such a protocol shall apply to the City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustments and other public meetings involving the City of Johnson (“Public Meetings”) as required by the FOIA and Arkansas law.

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

  1. Public Meetings through electronic or virtual participation by city officials, city employees or the general public shall be allowed during a time of a nation-wide or state-wide emergency upon the order of the Mayor of Johnson.
  2. City Council members, Planning Commissioners, members of the Board of Zoning Adjustments may choose to be physically present or to attend any Public Meetings during this temporary period of time through a conference call or telephone or a computer device which allows an audio or video to be transmitted and recorded. Such electronic or virtual participate shall ensure that that an official can hear other official participants of the meeting and also be heard by other participants of the meeting. 
  1. Public hearings required by state law shall continue to be held in the City Council Chambers and the public may participate and offer comments through electronic or virtual participation. 
  1. For Public Meetings in which city officials, city employees or the general public are present, proper distancing guidelines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control shall be observed, if necessary. 
  1. Public participation in Public Meetings shall be conducted through a virtual web conference application or publicly accessibly video stream and audio stream that will allow public participants to hear the discussion and make public comments at the appropriate times in the meeting. Public comments will also continue to be encouraged through email, US mail, or other forms of appropriate transmission to the City of Johnson. 

PASSED AND APPROVED this _________ day April, 2020. 

APPROVED: 

                                                                        _________________________________

                                                                        CHRIS KEENEY, Mayor

ATTEST:

__________________________________

JENNIFER ALLEN, Recorder-Treasurer

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Wednesday, 15 April 2020 20:13

March 10, 2020

CITY OF JOHNSON

COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

JOHNSON CITY HALL

MARCH 10, 2020

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

Present were Council Members Angela Perea, Katherine Hudson, John Wright and Bob Fant. Also present were Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Justin Eichmann, Police Chief Wayne Woods arrived late due to a call) and Building Official Clay Wilson. Fire Chief Matt Mills and Council Member Dan Cross were absent. Council Member Bill Burnett was called away by a family emergency.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the February 11, 2020 council meeting. John Wright made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Bob Fant. All approved.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Wayne Woods was on a call, so Mayor Keeney gave his report. He stated 9 CID cases were opened this month and 2 were closed. The department is running well. Two officers attended Advance Supervision School this month. Certification is going smoothly.

Fire Chief Matt Mills is out due to a dog attack. Mayor Keeney stated there were 32 calls for the month, with the majority being EMS calls. Captain Edwards attended Command and Control of Multiple Alarms school at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD.

Mayor Keeney said the Public Works Department almost completed the new street signs on the north side of the City and they will work with the FD to get the large signs installed soon. Mowing season will start soon. There was a bridge maintenance issue found during our last State inspection and a large nut is missing. Clay has tracked one down and they will get it installed ASAP.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated 2 new building permits and 6 mechanical permits were issued and 34 inspections were completed. Wilson stated he worked on vehicle maintenance and attended a storm drain committee meeting regarding MS-4 compliance and an HVAC board meeting about contractors operating without a license.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback has been received, but Property taxes and Sales Taxes have not. Allen said the loan was funded and fire truck has been purchased and insured. Loan repayment begins in April. Allen stated there are still 7 outstanding business licenses. New applications must be done annually, and the applications and fees were due by January 31, 2020. Warnings are being issued by the PD for those in non-compliance.

City Attorney Justin Eichmann stated the 2 ordinances for tonight are to correct some problems found in the new zoning code. These are band-aids to The Sign Ordinance and Large Scale Development referred to in old areas and giving Clay some administrative authority to make some administrative decisions. The next zoning phase is underway, and the long-term fixes are coming soon. City Attorney Eichmann stated he has heard nothing the from the Secretary of State about the City of Johnson become a City of First Class and he’ll follow up on this.

Mayor Keeney stated that the Judge has ordered mediation in the billboard lawsuit and the Mayor cannot speak for the Council. Because of this, sometime in the next few weeks they will set up a Special meeting with the Council to hopefully get this resolved.

OLD BUSINESS: NONE

NEW BUSINESS:   

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2020-05: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2017-12 PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION BY REFERENCE OF SIGN REGULATIONS FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FURTHER PROVIDING FOR THE ADMINISTRATION THEREOF AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2020-05 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, 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 2020-05 by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Angela Perea. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause which was made by Katherine Hudson and seconded by John Wright. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, 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 Angela Perea and seconded by Bob Fant. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes. ORDINANCE 2020-05 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2020-06: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 15.08.02 APPLICABILITY OF CHAPTER 15.08 LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2020-06 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Angela Perea and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, 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 2020-06 by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Angela Perea. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, 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 Bob Fant and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; John Wright, yes; Bob Fant, yes. ORDINANCE 2020-06 was 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. Angela Perea 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 6:46 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

_________________________________                                  ___________________________________

Jennifer Allen CMC, CAMC                                                               Chris Keeney, Mayor

Recorder/Treasurer

 

Northwest Arkansas Health Systems Are Working Together For Screening,Treating, Containing the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A messagto thNorthwest Arkansas community from your regional health care providers: Arkansas Children’s Northwest, Community Clinic, Mercy Northwest Arkansas, Northwest Health System, Washington Regional Medical Center, UAMS Northwest and the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks.

The area health care providers and state agencies continue to work and coordinate efforts in screening, treating and containing the coronavirus (COVID-19) as questions continue to circulate in our community - from patients, media, employers, family and friends.

There are several COVID-19 screening opportunities in the region listed in the attached PDF. If you are concerned that you have COVID-19, we cannot emphasize enough that you please utilize their online and call options before coming to one of their locations. COVID-19 is a contact illness. To protect yourself and their teams, it is important that if testing is required you be tested in an appropriate location where staff have the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

PLEASE SEE THE PDF ATTACHMENT FOR UPDATED COVID-19 INFORMATION AND LOCAL SCREENING LOCATIONS. TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE LISTED FOR EACH MEDICAL FACILITY. PLEASE CONTACT THEM BEFORE GOING TO THEIR LOCATION.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 13:49

Attention All Contractors


OUR OFFICES ARE NOW OPEN

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT https://cityofjohnson.com/permits

TO DOWNLOAD PDF PERMIT APPLICATIONS

ALL PERMIT APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE:

CURRENT COPY OF MASTERS LICENSE AND CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE LIABILITY 

 

BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATIONS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE

 ALL BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE:

3 SETS OF FULL SIZE PLANS, CURRENT COPY OF GENERAL CONTRACTORS LICENSE AND CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE LIABILITY 

 

  PLEASE CONTACT CITY HALL IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS 479-521-7291 option 1

 

 

Thursday, 19 March 2020 16:34

Free Online Screening for COVID-19

Uams is offering Free Online Screening for COVID-19

By answering a series of questions about your symptoms, age, overall health and travel, this screening will provide you with ways to access more information if needed.

This screening is intended for adults (at least 18 years old) currently located in Arkansas who consider themselves to be symptomatic of the Novel Coronavirus. Depending on the screening questions answered, an interactive video consult may be conducted, and/or the appropriate authorities/response teams may be notified.

Note: They are experiencing longer than average wait times with their screening service.

Other Options:
For screenings or questions regarding COVID-19, you can now call the UAMS Health hotline at 1-800-632-4502.

For patients less than 18 years old, call 1-800-743-3616 to speak with an Arkansas Children’s pediatric nurse. Nursing staff will be available for questions and phone screenings 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

PLEASE VISIT THE ONLINE SCREENING PORTAL HERE:      https://uamshealth.com/healthnow/?fbclid=IwAR34-wsW5Gvr1f1Z9ZRT2RGuUZf9u_X2UAzxylOeWnW2fLHMM6b2cqMiSr4

Tuesday, 17 March 2020 15:28

April 2, 2020

AGENDA FOR:

JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

AND BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS

JOHNSON CITY HALL

APRIL 2, 2020 – 6:00 PM 

 

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Approval of February 6, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting minutes

Old Business:

Discussion of the Phase 2 of the City Zoning Update 

New Business: 

PETITION 2020-01: Request for PROPERTY LINE ADJUSTMENT for property located at 5218/5226 St. Andrews Drive in Clear Creek Subdivision. Requested by Jorgensen & Associates for Two Dogs Investment Holdings, LLC, owner.

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION 

No Business for BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING

 

Thursday, 12 March 2020 18:56

ORDINANCE 2020-06

ORDINANCE 2020-06

AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 15.08.02 APPLICABILITY OF CHAPTER 15.08 LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

WHEREAS, on or about August 17, 2007, the City Council of the City of Johnson adopted Ordinance No. 2007-08 establishing minimum requirements for a Large Scale Development within the city limits of the City of Johnson; and

WHEREAS, it has come to the attention of the City Council of Johnson that Ordinance No. 2007-08 needs to be amended in order to align with new zoning districts created by Ordinance No. 2020-3 and that the City Council finds it is necessary for the City Council to proceed with this amendment under Johnson Municipal Code §14.04.11(F)(1)(d) as there is a need to correct an inadvertent typographical, transcription or other non-material error.

WHEREAS, the City of Johnson Planning Commission, the City Council of the City of Johnson now finds it to be in the best interest of the citizens of Johnson to amend Section 15.08.02 APPLICABILITY of Chapter 15.08: LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT 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 15.08.02 APPLICABILITY of Chapter 15.08: LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT of the Johnson Municipal Code should be revised and restated as set forth herein below.

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

Section 1:       That Section 15.08.02 APPLICABILITY of Chapter 15.08: LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT of the Johnson Municipal Code is hereby revised and amended and shall now read as follows:

15.08.02 Applicability. This ordinance establishes minimum design standards, providing minimum improvements to be made or guaranteed to be made by the developer, establishing overlay districts for certain highway corridors, establishing interstate signage districts for certain highway corridors, setting forth the procedure to be followed by the Planning Commission in applying these rules, regulations and standards and prescribing penalties for the violation.

A Large Scale Development will be required for all projects meeting one of the following:

All new construction of commercial buildings in zones UN1, UN1-C, UN2, UN2-C, TC, TC-C, HC, and LI.

All additions to existing commercial buildings UN1, UN1-C, UN2, UN2-C, TC, TC-C, HC, and LI.

All new construction or additions to multi-family housing. All changes from residential use to any other use classification of a building, without consideration of the zoning district at that location.

All non-residential new construction or additions to existing buildings in the A or ORC zones where the final building square footage exceeds 5,000 square feet. All placement of non-residential trailers.

All parking lots over five (5) spaces in size.

Section 2.        All other parts and provisions of Chapter 15.08: LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT remain unaffected by this Ordinance and shall remain in full force and effect.

Section 3.        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.        Declaration of Emergency. It is hereby found and determined that Section 15.08.02 APPLICABILITY of Chapter 15.08: LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT of the Johnson Municipal Code should be immediately revised in order to clarify administration and enforcement of large scale development 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 _________ day _____________, 2020.

APPROVED:

ATTEST:

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Thursday, 12 March 2020 18:40

ORDINANCE 2020-05

ORDINANCE 2020-05

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2017-12 PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION BY REFERENCE OF SIGN REGULATIONS

FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FURTHER PROVIDING FOR THE ADMINISTRATION THEREOF AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

 

WHEREAS, on or about August 8, 2017 the City Council for the City of Johnson adopted Ordinance No. 2017-12 providing for the adoption by reference of sign regulations for the City of Johnson; and

WHEREAS, on February 11, 2020, the Johnson City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2020-3 which amended Ordinance No. 2007-13 to make changes to the zoning districts of the City of Johnson Zoning Regulations; and

WHEREAS, it has come to the attention of the City Council of Johnson that Ordinance No. 2017-12 needs to be amended in order to align with new zoning districts created by Ordinance No. 2020-3 and that the City Council finds it is necessary for the City Council to proceed with this amendment under Johnson Municipal Code §14.04.11(F)(1)(d) as there is a need to correct an inadvertent typographical, transcription or other non-material error.

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

Section 1.        The City of Johnson Sign Regulations, attached hereto as Exhibit “A”, is hereby adopted in its entirety.

Section 2.        That all ordinances, including Ordinance No. 2007-09 & 2011-12, or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith, are hereby repealed to the extent of the conflict.

Section 3.       That the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby declared to be severable and if any section, phrase, or provision shall be declared or held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the remainder of the sections, phrases or provisions.

Section 4.        Declaration of Emergency. It is hereby found and determined that the existing ordinances and regulations relating to the regulations of signs within the municipality need to be amended to correct an error, and based upon the needs of the City of Johnson in connection with its current and future growth the enactment of the Johnson Sign Regulations Abatement will provide for the safe and orderly control of signage within the city and help assure the safe and proper growth and development of land. 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 _________ day _____________, 2020.

APPROVED: 

ATTEST:   

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