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Michelle Horne

Michelle Horne

Thursday, 30 January 2020 21:29

June 11, 2019

CITY OF JOHNSON
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
JOHNSON CITY HALL
JUNE 11, 2019

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, Bob Fant and Dan Cross. Also present were Recorder/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 May 14, 2019 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Special May 31, 2019 council meeting. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the minutes as written and was seconded by Dan Cross. All approved.

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to amend the agenda and add Resolution 2019-7 and Resolution 2019-08 to new business before Ordinance 2019-9. John Wright made a motion to approve the amendment and Bob Fant seconded. All approved.

Department Head Reports:

Police Chief Woods stated 27 cases were opened and 24 were closed this month. Chief Woods introduced Officer Brandon Harrison; the other officer he hired never showed. Chief Woods stated animal control guy had sustained an off the job injury that will be a long recovery and he can't hold a part time position that long; strategy to compensate for that is already in the works. There is also an officer who has been out with a long term illness.

Fire Chief Matt Mills stated there were 46 calls for the month,190 YTD (163 this time last year). Chief Mills the loaner ladder truck has tie rod issues that are being addressed. Chief Mills stated the NCAA golf tournament went well and the U of A was pleased with Johnson's help.

Mayor Keeney said the Public Works Department is mowing when it's not raining and maintaining the parks. Both tractors are old and in need of repair. Mayor Keeney said he would have a plan at the next meeting.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated 4 new building permits and 8 mechanical permits were issued. Wilson has been working on vehicle maintenance, MS4, TPR and PC meetings and doing inspections. Wilson has begun the traffic light battery backup installation and attended HVAC school in Alma.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback and Property taxes have been received, but Sales Taxes have not. AIlen stated the 2018 Agreed Upon Procedures Report (Audit) came in and was clean with no findings. City Attorney Justin Eichmann stated the Council should vote to approve the 2016/2017/2018 audits and a motion to do so was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Angela Perea. AIlen stated she has spent many hours working on the takeover of the Fire Department. There are a lot of details in this process, but all employees have been transferred, the first payroll has been processed, new health insurance is in place and she is working on getting all the bills transferred into the City's name.

City Attorney Justin Eichmann stated Holly Shattuck has been working diligently on the new personnel handbook. Eichmann stated there is nothing new on the AR Diesel case and he has not heard anything from Washington County or Casper on either of those situations.

Mayor Keeney stated he received direct deposit notice from FEMA on the $84,000+ so we are watching for it.

Mayor Keeney stated things are going well and State Aid for Streets program project awarded to APAC by ARDOT should begin by the end of the week.

Mayor Keeney stated we are in the payment phase of FEMA reimbursement for the 2017 flood damage. There is no specific timeline for when it will be received, but our 75% will total about $82,000.

Mayor Keeney stated Clay and Captain Edwards went to Missouri to review the ladder truck drives and the ladder repair can begin now.

OLD BUSINESS:

NONE

NEW BUSINESS:

Mayor Keeney recognized Kevin Gardner of Orion (dba Inland Waste Services). Gardner spoke about the likely need for a rate increase when the contract renews at the end of the year and
wanted to begin a dialogue so questions could be addressed.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2019-7: A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING A SPECIAL WARRANTY DEED FROM JOHNSON LANDHOLDINGS, LLC ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS. After discussion, Bob Fant made a motion to amend the Resolution to correct the name of Johnson Square Land Holdings to Johnson Landholdings, LLC which was seconded by Dan Cross. All approved. John Wright made a motion to approve the resolution as amended and was seconded by Angela Perea. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2019-8: A RESOLUTION ACCEPTING A UTILITY EASEMENT AND DRAINAGE EASEMENT FROM JOHNSON SQUARE HOLDINGS, LLC ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON,
ARKANSAS. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the resolution and was seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2019-9: AN ORDINANCE TO VACATE A TWENTY-FIVE (25) FOOT WIDE EASEMENT LOCATED ON LOT FIVE (5) IN HAWKS LANDING SUBDIVISION WITHIN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2019-9 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion 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 ordinance by title only. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading of ORDINANCE 2019-9 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; Dan Cross, yes. ORDINANCE 2019-9 was approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE NO. 2019-6: ORDINANCE 2019-10: AN ORDINANCE ACCEPTING THE FINAL PLAT OF JOHNSON SQUARE PHASE 18 LOCATED AT THE INTERSECTION OF JOHNSON MILL BOULEVARD AND MAIN DRIVE ON BEHALF OF JOHNSON SQUARE HOLDINGS, LLC. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2019-10 by title only, waiving the second and third readings. Motion was made by Angela Perea 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 2019- 10 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. ORDINANCE 2019-10 was approved.

Mayor Keeney reminded the Council that the ribbon cutting for Channel 5 is at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 14, 2019 and all were invited to attend.

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 asked for a motion to adjourn which was made by Bill Burnett and seconded by John Wright. All approved. The meeting was adjourned at 7:53 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Thursday, 30 January 2020 20:54

December 10, 2019

CITY OF JOHNSON
COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
JOHNSON CITY HALL
DECEMBER 10, 2019

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

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

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the November 12, 2019 council meeting. Katherine Hudson 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 2 CID cases were closed this month. He said the 2 officers hired most recently have completed field training and are on shift. Chief Woods reminded the Council Members about Santa on the Square coming up December 14 at Johnson Square from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Fire Chief Matt Mills state there were 27 calls for the month with the majority being EMS calls. He said there was a big gas leak by Collier's; a boring machine caught the line but the gas company responded quickly and avoided a major incident.

Mayor Keeney said the Public Works Department is still mowing and has been patching roads. The rest of the new street signs have been received and will be installed as weather and time permit. The mower approved last month has been received and is working well.

Building Official/Maintenance Specialist Clay Wilson stated 4 new building permits and 5 mechanical permits were issued and 21 inspections were completed. Wilson stated he attended his annual 16 hour electrical class.

Recorder/Treasurer Jennifer AIIen stated State Turnback and Property taxes have been received, but Sales Taxes have not. Receipt of the following revenue was noted: 11/4/2019: $38,565.57 was returned to the City by the Circuit Clerk of WA County officially closing the Fire Truck litigation; 11/8/2019: November Property Tax bump totaled $178,359.45 ($160,684.55 General Fund, $17674.90 Street Fund); 11/22/2019: $4,772.64 received in Q4 funding for Act 833 (Fire Department). AIIen said the fund balances shown on her report reflect the payment of annual compensation of Council, PC and the one time pay increase for all full time employees approved last month.

City Attorney Justin Eichmann stated the Council had received a copy of the proposed budgeting policy to consider, particularly with regard to spending for the Mayor. It gives transparency but flexibility; basic norms for revenue and expense policy. The current policy is so restrictive all value in the bidding process is lost. Eichmann recommended the change to make the City current moving forward. Bob Fant made a motion to approve and Dan Cross seconded. All approved.

Mayor Keeney stated he had executed the solid waste contract with Orion that was approved by Council last month.

Mayor Keeney stated that the water and gas lines have been repaired. Other issues were found and addressed as they went through the process. Mayes plumbing also replaced the water heater at the Fire Department and brought it up to code along with repairing a water leak at the old post office building.

Mayor Keeney stated the grant for lighting the trailhead was denied.

OLD BUSINESS: NONE

NEW BUSINESS:

Barry McCormick of Hawkins-Weir gave an extensive presentation of the Main & Wilkerson Project project.

Mayor Keeney stated the engineer was way off with his estimate of $20,000 for the Wilkerson ditch repair (missed the labor component) and the bid results were as follows: Diamond C $38,015.32 and Sweetser $39,788.25. The bids were discussed. Angela Perea made a motion to accept the bid from Diamond C and was seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved. Dan Cross left for a prior engagement.

Mayor Keeney presented RESOLUTION 2019-15: A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE 2020 BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS. Bob Fant made a motion to approve the budget and was seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved.

Mayor Keeney presented ORDINANCE 2019-20: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2011-3 IN ITS ENTIRETY AND PROVIDING FOR THE REGULATION OF SOLID WASTE AND RECYCLING COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY AND PRESCRIBING OTHER MATTERS RELATED THERETO. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read Ordinance 2019-20 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; Bill Burnett, 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 2019-20 by title only. Motion was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Katherine Hudson. Roll call: Angela Perea, Yes; Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read the emergency clause which was made by Bob Fant and seconded by Angela Perea. Roll call: Angela Perea, yes., Katherine Hudson, yes; Bill Burnett, 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; Bill Burnett, yes; Bob Fant, yes. ORDINANCE 2019-20 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. Bob Fant made a motion to pay the bills and Katherine Hudson 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 7:30 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Thursday, 30 January 2020 20:22

February 6, 2020

AGENDA FOR:

JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

AND BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS

JOHNSON CITY HALL

FEBRUARY 6, 2020 – 6:00 PM

 

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Approval of January 9, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting minutes

Old Business:

Discussion of Zoning Update (Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map, and Code)

ORDINANCE 2020-03: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTIONS 14.04.01 THROUGH 14.04.08 OF CHAPTER 14.04: ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE CONCERNING ZONING REGULATIONS OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON; ADOPTING A NEW ZONING MAP; FOR OTHER PURPOSES AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. 

New Business:

NONE 

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION 

No Business for BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING

 

Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:30

RESOLUTION 2020-03

RESOLUTION 2020-03
A RESOLUTION TO AMEND RESOLUTION 2018-22 THAT PROVIDED
FOR, APPROVED AND ADOPTED A 2019 BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF
JOHNSON, ARKANSAS FOR THE TWELVE (12) MONTHS BEGINNING
JANUARY 1, 2019 AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2019

 

•WHEREAS, the City Council duly adopted the 2019 Budget on December 11, 2018; and

•WHEREAS, the proposed amended 2019 Budget, attached hereto as Exhibit "A" has been presented to the City Council and has been reviewed and discussed by the City Council; and

•WHEREAS, the City Council, after thorough consideration, believes that approval of this amended 2018 Budget is in the best interests 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 2019 City of Johnson Budget, as adopted on December 11, 2018, shall be, and hereby is duly amended to reflect the changes attached hereto as Exhibit "A" and incorporated herein by reference; and all such additional receipts
and revenues and disbursements and expenditures as reflected in the attached Exhibit "A" are fully approved, ratified and confirmed.

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

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Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:25

RESOLUTION 2020-02

RESOLUTION 2020-02
CITY OF JOHNSON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS
A RESOLUTION PETITIONING THE AUDITOR OF STATE, THE
SECRETARY OF STATE AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE
STATE OF ARKANSAS TO DECLARE THE CITY OF JOHNSON TO BE
A CITY OF THE FIRST CLASS.

 

•WHEREAS, Ark. Code. ha. § 14-37-103(a)(2) provides that all municipal corporations having over one thousand five hundred (1,500) inhabitants may become a city of the first class upon the enactment of an ordinance; and

•WHEREAS, the 2010 federal census determined that the City of Johnson had 3,354 inhabitants; and

•WHEREAS, Ark. Code ha. § 14-37-108 provides that the Auditor of the State, Secretary of State and the Attorney General of the State of Arkansas may declare a city of the second class to be a city of the first class between federal census upon application from a city of the second class when accompanied by a resolution asking to be declared a city of the first class; and

•WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Johnson, being duly apprised of all facts and advised of the applicable law, finds it in the best interests of the citizens of the City of Johnson to authorize a petition and application for advancement to be a city of the first class to be filed with the Auditor of the State, Secretary of State and the Attorney General of the State of Arkansas.

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

Section 1: After review and consideration, the city council of the city of Johnson has determined that advancing Johnson to the status of a city of the first class is now in the best interest of the City and its citizens, therefore the City of Johnson, Arkansas, asks to become a city of the first class in recognition of its increase in population as determined by the 2010 federal census.

Section 2: Application is hereby made to the Auditor of state, the secretary of state and the Attorney General of the State of Arkansas to take note of the 2010 federal census of the City of Johnson, then population of 3,354 inhabitants and this City Council's request to declare the city of Johnson to be a city of the first class.

Section 4: Pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. § 14-37-108 application is hereby made to the Auditor of State, Secretary of State and Attorney General of the State of Arkansas for a declaration that Johnson is, as of a date certain, a city of the first class by virtue of this Resolution, the application of the City of Johnson, and the results of the 2010 federal census.

Section 5: Be if further resolved that the Mayor and City Recorder-Treasurer are hereby authorized to take such additional or other steps as are necessary to complete or perfect this application for Johnson to be advanced to the City of the first-class status as provided by Ark. Code Ann. § 14-37-108.

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

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Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:22

RESOLUTION 2020-01

RESOLUTION 2020-01
A RESOLUTION APPROVING AND ADOPTING AN
ACCOUNTING AND BUDGET POLICY FOR THE CITY OF
JOHNSON, ARKANSAS.

 

WHEREAS, it has become apparent to the City Council for the City of Johnson, that a need exists to adopt an Accounting and Budget Policy for use by the City, for the purpose of establishing a c.urren.t guide to record financial information associated with specific activities of the City of Johnson; and

WHEREAS, after City Council review and consideration of the Accounting and Budget Policy, the City Council for the City of Johnson has determined that it is in the best interest of the City of Johnson and its citizens to adopt the Accounting and Budget Policy.

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

Section 1. The Accounting and Budget Policy, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit "A", is hereby approved and adopted for use by the City of Johnson.

Section 2. The city Recorder-Treasurer is hereby directed to place one copy of the Accounting and Budget Policy on file in the City's records.

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

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Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:12

ORDINANCE 2020-02

ORDINANCE 2020-02
AN ORDINANCE TO VACATE AN APPROXIMATELY 8221
SQUARE FOOT WIDE EASEMENT AND AN APPROXIMATELY
7162 SQUARE FOOT EASEMENT LOCATED ON LOT FOUR (4)
OF HAWKS LANDING SUBDIVISION WITHIN THE CITY OF
JOHNSON, ARKANSAS.

 

WHEREAS, after notice and being duly advertised, a public hearing was held on November 7, 2019 on the subject of a petition filed by Gray Rock, LLC, to close and vacate a portion of Casements found in Lot 4 of Hawks Landing Subdivision, a diagram of which is attached hereto as Exhibit "A"; and,

WHEREAS, upon information provided to the Mayor and City Council of the City of Johnson, the easements 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 easements 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 easements located on Lot 4 of the Hawks Landing Subdivision within the City of Johnson, Washington County, Arkansas, described in the legal description set forth below, and more particularly described in the diagram attached hereto as Exhibit "A", is hereby vacated by the City of Johnson:

Commencing at the S.W. Corner of Lot 4 of Hawks Landing
Subdivision, Johnson, Washington County, Arkansas, thence
S87°08'26"E, twenty feet; thence N2°49'42"E 36.14 feet to the Point of
Beginning; thence N2°49'42"E 203.45 feet; thence S87°24'45"E thirty
feet; thence S2°49'42".W 89.98 feet; thence S87°11'55"E 82.45 feet;
thence N17°32'49"W 6.84 feet; thence N 2°49'26"E 83.86 feet; thence
S87°10'34"E 5.00 feet; thence S 2°49'26".W 82.96 feet; thence
S17°32'49"E 7.80 feet; thence S87°11'55"E 16.00 feet; thence
S17°32'49"E 10.67 feet; thence N87°11'55".W 16.00 feet; thence
S17°32'49"E 20.02 feet; thence S 2°48'05".W 101.08 feet; thence
N87°11'55"-W 5.00 feet; thence N02°48'05"E 100.18 feet; thence
N17°32'49".W 20.98 feet; thence N87°11'55"'W 86.17 feet; thence
S2°49'42".W 103.60 feet; thence N87°10'18"'W thirty feet to the Point
of Beginning, containing 8,221 square feet, or 0.189 Acres, more or less,

AND

Commencing at the SW Corner of Lot 4 of Hawks Landing
Subdivision, Johnson, Washington County, Arkansas; thence
S87°08'26"E, twenty feet; thence N2°49'42"E 36.14 feet to the Point of
Beginning; thence N2°49'42"E 203.45 feet; thence S87°24'45"E thirty
feet; thence S2°49'42"W 89.98 feet; thence S87°11'55"E 103.79 feet;
thence S17°32'49"E 10.57 feet; thence N87°11'55"W 107.50 feet;
thence S2°49'42W 103.60 feet; thence N87°10'18"W thirty feet to the
Point of Beginning, containing 7162 square feet, or 0.16 Acres, more
or less,

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 14th day of January, 2020.


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Thursday, 23 January 2020 15:56

ORDINANCE 2020-01

ORDINANCE 2020-01
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING IN ITS ENTIRETY ORDINANCE NO.
2017-13 AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON TO
MAKE PURCHASES OF SUPPLIES, APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT,
MATERIALS AND OTHER THINGS REQUISITE FOR PUBLIC
PURPOSES FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, AND TO MAKE
NECESSARY CONTRACTS FOR SUCH. WORK OR LABOR TO BE
DONE, OR MATERIAL OR OTHER NECESSARY THINGS TO BE
FURNISHED TO OR FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CITY; AND
DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

 

•WHEREAS, the City Council for the City of Johnson has determined .that it would be in the City's best interest to authorize the Mayor of the City of Johnson, or his authorized representative, to make purchases of supplies, apparatus, equipment, materials and other things requisite for public purposes for the City of Johnson, and to make necessary contracts for work or labor to be done, or material or other necessary things to be furnished to or for the benefit of
the City, with certain restrictions to apply, as set forth below; and

•WHEREAS, Ark. Code ha. §14-58-303 as amended. by the Arkansas General Assembly, authorizes the mayor to make the purchases and contracts referred to herein;

•WHEREAS, Ark. Code ha. § 14-58-303 further provides that the municipal governing body of any city of the second class may provide by ordinance the procedure for making such purchases;

•WHEREAS, the City Council desires to authorize the Mayor to make such purchases and enter into such contracts in accordance with the Ark. Code Alm. §14-58-303, and to set forth the procedure for making such purchases and contracts; and

•WHEREAS, the City Council thereby desires that Ordinance No. 2017-13 be hereby amended in its entirety.

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

Section 1. Amendment in the Entirety. Ordinance No. 2017-13 is hereby amended in its entirety.

Section 2. $20.000.00 or under. The Mayor of the city of Johnson, Arkansas or his duly authorized representative, shall have exclusive power and responsibility to make purchases of all supplies, apparatus, equipment, materials and other things requisite for public purposes for the City of Johnson and to make all necessary contracts for work or labor to be done, or material or other necessary things to be furnished for the benefit of the city, or in carrying out any work or undertaking of a public nature therein, where the amount of the expenditure for any purpose or contract does not exceed the sum of Twenty Thousand and No/100 Dollars ($20,000.00) or in accordance with the city's adopted accounting and budget policy. The spending limit requiring City Council approval shall be followed for all expenditures and projects, except it shall not apply to budgeted expenses which reoccur on a regular basis. Such budgeted expenses which reoccur on a regular basis include budgeted utility payments, City Council approved contracts requiring regular payments, budgeted payroll tax or insurance/benefits payments or budgeted and approved professional service expenses that have been approved by the City Council and as reflected in the adopted Budget and Expenditure Policy for the city. In the event of an emergency that affects the health or safety of individuals or property, the Mayor shall be allowed in accordance to law to make such expenditures as required to protect the health and safety of persons or protect property to the extent permissible by law, but at the earliest possible convenience shall have such expenditures ratified and approved by the City Council.

Section 3. Over $20.000.00. Where the amount of expenditure for any purchase or contract exceeds the sum of Twenty Thousand and No/100 Dollars ($20,000.00) for expenditures that do not fall under the city's adopted budget and expenditure policy, or in any event in excess of Twenty Thousand and No/100 ($20,000), the Mayor of the City of Johnson, Arkansas, or his or her duly authorized representative, shall obtain approval of the City Council prior to making
such expenditures.

Section 4. Approval of Payment. The Mayor of the City of Johnson, Arkansas, or his or her duly authorized representative, may approve for payment out of any funds previously appropriated for that .purpose, or disapprove any bills, debts or liabilities asserted as claims against the City, when funds on hand are adequate to pay such bills, debts or liabilities. The payment or disapproval of any bills, debts or liabilities not covered by a previous appropriation shall require confirmation of the City Council.

Section 5. Sale or Exchange of Supplies. The Mayor of the City of Johnson, Arkansas, or his or her duly authorized representative, may sell or exchange any municipal supplies, materials or equipment having a value in excess of Twenty Thousand and No/100 Dollars ($20,000.00) only with the prior approval of the City Council of the City of Johnson. Supplies, materials or equipment not exceeding the value of Twenty Thousand and No/100 Dollars ($20,000.00) may be sold by the Mayor, or his duly authorized representative, without the approval of the Johnson City Council.

Section 6. Repeal of Conflicting Ordinances. All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with this Ordinance are hereby repealed.

Section 7. Severability Provision. 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 8. Declaration of Emergency. It is hereby found and determined that there is an immediate need to authorize the Mayor to make purchases and contracts on behalf of the City of Johnson in accordance with Ark. Code Ann. § 14-58-303 as amended, and to set out specific clarification of the power, responsibility and authority of the Mayor to make such purchases and contracts on behalf of the City, in order to assure the proper and efficient operation of the City and to clarify the issue in light of currently pending contracts and future contracts to be considered by 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 14th day of January, 2020.

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 21:35

December 5, 2019

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

CITY OF JOHNSON

DECEMBER 5, 2019

PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC MEETING

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

PUBLIC HEARING

Public hearing was called to order at 6:02 P.M. by Chairman Dan Cross.

Comments from the Public were requested for consideration of Petition 2019-15: Requesting a LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Chairman Cross allowed the public meeting to remain open to allow comments. No additional comments were offered.

Public hearing was closed at 6:09 P.M.

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Planning Commission Meeting was called to order at 6:09 P.M. by Chairman Dan Cross.

Approval of November 07, 2019 Planning Commission Minutes with the change of Mr. Rock to read Mr. Morton. A motion was made by Shane Bronson and seconded by Henry Layes. All approved.

Old Business:

Discussion of Zoning Updates was opened for discussion by Chairman Dan Cross. Sarah Geurtz, EDA and Juliet Richey, Garver presented proposed updates. Extensive discussion ensued between Planning Commission and City Consultants. A Motion to Table for further review until January 02, 2020 was made by Shane Bronson and seconded by Henry Layes. All approved.

New Business:

Petition 2019-15: Requesting a LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner. City Building Official commented owner is working on previously listed issues to meet city requirements and no additional concerns. City of Johnson Engineer stated no additional concerns. Property owner stated no issues with fulfilling previously outlined city requirements. A Motion to approve Petition 2019-15, contingent on all items previously discussed being complete, was made by Gregg Gainer and seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved.

A Motion to approve the proposed Planning Commission Meeting Calendar for 2020 was made by Todd Wood and seconded by Henry Layes. All approved.

A motion to nominate and appoint Henry Layes for the position of Vice Chairman of the City of Johnson Planning Commission for one term beginning January 01, 2020 and ending on December 31, 2020 was made by Shane Bronson and seconded by Todd Wood. All approved.

A motion to nominate and appoint Todd Wood for the position of Secretary of the City of Johnson Planning Commission for one term beginning January 01, 2020 and ending on December 31, 2020 was made by Gregg Gainer and seconded by Shane Bronson. All approved.

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING:

Motion to adjourn Planning Commission meeting was made by Todd Wood and seconded by Gregg Gainer. All approved. Meeting adjourned at 7:57 P.M.

 

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS PUBLIC HEARING

Board of Adjustments Public Hearing was called to order at 7:58 P.M. by Chairman Dan Cross.

Present: Shane Bronson, Todd Wood, Katherine Hudson, Dan Cross, Henry Layes, and Gregg Gainer. Also present, Clay Wilson-City of Johnson Building Official, James Geurtz & Sarah Geurtz-Earth Plan Development Alternatives (EDA), and Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Comments from the Public were requested for consideration of Petition 2019-18: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR STREET IMPROVEMENTS for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

No additional comments were offered.

Public hearing was closed by Chairman Dan Cross at 8:03 P.M.

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING

Board of Adjustments Meeting was called to order at 8:03 P.M. by Chairman Dan Cross. 

Present: Shane Bronson, Todd Wood, Katherine Hudson, Dan Cross, Henry Layes, and Gregg Gainer. Also present, Clay Wilson-City of Johnson Building Official, James Geurtz & Sarah Geurtz-Earth Plan Development Alternatives (EDA), and Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Petition 2019-18: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR STREET IMPROVMENTS for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates,Owner.

Geoff Bates discussed his request for Variance based on what he believed was an isolated situation in which neighboring businesses have an abundance of lighting and placing small piece of sidewalk mandated by code would deter from landscaping and lead to a dead end, counterproductive to walk-ability.

A motion to separate Petition 2019-18 into,

Part A: Variance for sidewalk located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge.

Part B: Variance for lighting located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge.

Was made by Henry Layes and seconded by Shane Bronson. All approved.

Petition 2019-18, Part A: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR STREET IMPROVMENTS, specifically the sidewalk, for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge and requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, Owner. A motion to approved Petition 2019-18, Part A, was made by Henry Layes and seconded by Shane Bronson. Petition was denied by a vote of 4:1.

Petition 2019-18, Part B: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR STREET IMPROVMENTS, specifically the lighting, for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge and requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, Owner. A motion to approved Petition 2019-18, Part A, was made by Henry Layes and seconded by Shane Bronson. Petition was denied by a vote of 3:2.

MOTION TO ADJOURN BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING:

Motion to adjourn Board of Adjustments Meeting was made by Gregg Gainer and seconded by Katherine Hudson. All approved. Meeting adjourned at 8:25 P.M.

Monday, 30 December 2019 17:40

January 9, 2020

AGENDA FOR:

JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

AND BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS

JOHNSON CITY HALL

JANUARY 9, 2020 – 6:00 PM

 

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Approval of December 5, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting minutes

Old Business:

Discussion of Wright’s BBQ Existing Parking

Discussion of Zoning Update (Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map, and Code)

Discussion of Project Scope for Parking in Various Zoning Areas 

New Business:

NONE 

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION 

No Business for BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING