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December 8, 2020

DECEMBER 8, 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, 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.



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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