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City Council Minutes

February 9, 2021

FEBRUARY 9, 2021 CITY COUNCIL MEETING
February 09, 2021 at 6:00 PM
Via Zoom (In Person Option Available)
MINUTES

CALL TO ORDER

Mayor Keeney called the meeting to order at 6:04 PM. Present were Council Member Bill Burnett, Council Member Bob Fant, Council Member Angela Perea, Council Member John Wright, Council Member Katherine Hudson, and Council Member Dan Cross. Also present were City Clerk Treasurer Jennifer Allen, City Attorney Justin Eichmann, Fire Chief Donald Ferguson, and Building Official Clay Wilson. Police Chief Wayne Woods was absent.

  1. STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS

Mayor Keeney asked if the Council would like him to read this report and they decided it was not necessary.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Mayor Keeney asked for approval of the January 12, 2021 City Council Meeting Minutes. Motion made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Wright. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. Minutes were approved.

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS

  1. POLICE DEPARTMENT

Mayor Keeney stated Chief Woods was on leave. In January 7 CID cases were opened; 3 remain open and 4 are closed. Unit 1702 was involved in an accident and totaled by the Municipal League Vehicle Program. Chief Woods has asked to replace the unit for a cost of $11,974.91 after the insurance money is received. Motion to replace the vehicle was made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Hudson. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross

  1. FIRE DEPARTMENT

Fire Chief Donald Ferguson stated he hopes to meet members of the Council soon. 95 hours of training were received by the department and there are plans to start cross training with the PD. Ferguson said every year the department asks for Act 833 money from the state. In the past the request has only been for $50,000, this year FD asked for $229, 000. There are very specific guidelines from the state on how the money can be spent, we do not know if we will receive all of it, but we do believe we will receive more. The Mayor also approved a Kitchen renovation for the fire station with the firefighters doing the work which will save the city thousands of dollars. JFD has also repainted some of the station and plan to do more in February. In 2020 JFD had 453 calls with 29 percent of them being after hours. In January 2021 there were 29 calls with 29.7 percent after hours. Chief Andrews and Chief Ferguson are adjusting the schedule for March to have more coverage after hours.

  1. PUBLIC WORKS

Mayor Keeney stated the department finished the cleanup of the bridges at Elmore and Johnson Mill Boulevard and did some superficial repairs. Also spread material for brief snowfall.

  1. BUILDING OFFICIAL

This month there was 1 building permit, 6 mechanical permits and 42 inspections soft. Working on extensive vehicle repair , being proactive by making repairs now. MS4 inspections after rain events, attended MS4 training and attended the January PC meeting.

  1. SPECIAL COMMITTEES
  2. CITY CLERK/TREASURER

       City Clerk/Treasurer Jennifer Allen stated State Turnback has been received but monthly Property Tax and Sales Tax have not. $80,000.00 was transferred to LOPFI from the General Fund to cover PD/FD retirement expenses; $12,008.93 in Rural Fire Association funding was received 2/2/2021 from Washington County. She also reminded the Council members to get their 2020 Statement of Financial Interest turned in ASAP.

  1. CITY ATTORNEY

City Attorney Justin Eichmann stated he is working on financing the Wilkerson & Main Project - sales and use tax to use as collateral for bonding. City requires a bond counsel to assist with this project. Helped create a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for bond underwriter and a Request for Proposal (RFP) for bond counsel to assist getting this project stated. Distributed to all know entities and are due 2/22/2021. Results should be available at the next meeting.

  1. MAYOR

Mayor Keeney stated he spent time with City Attorney Eichmann working on RFQs/RFAs. Also been working with EDA for the rebid of the Main Drive Overlay and working with Clay on the PD vehicles. He asked all the Council Members to come by City Hall and pick up the full feasibility study and engineering for Wilkerson and Main Project, stating all values in there are accurate less right of way acquisitions.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

  1. BIDS FOR MAIN DRIVE OVERLAY

Bids for Main Dr overlay were received after the bid after rules were not followed to the letter last month. Bids received were as follows: Tomlinson Asphalt $89,591.00, Hutchens Construction $76,340.00 After discussion, Mayor Keeney asked for a motion. Motion to approve Hutchens bid of made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Wright. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross

NEW BUSINESS

  1. ORDINANCE 2021-01: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND SECTION 14.04.09: LANDSCAPE AND SCREENING OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2021-01 by title only waiving the second and third readings. Motion made by Council Member Perea, Seconded by Council Member Wright. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. ORDINANCE 2021-01 was read by City Attorney Eichmann. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading. Motion made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Wright. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the reading of the emergency clause. Motion made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Hudson. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. City Attorney Eichmann read the emergency clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause. Motion made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Hudson. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. ORDINANCE 2021-01 was approved.
  2. ORDINANCE 2021-02: AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND IN ITS ENTIRETY SECTION 14.04.09: GENERAL STANDARDS OF THE JOHNSON MUNICIPAL CODE; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to read ORDINANCE 2021-02 by title only waiving the second and third readings. Motion made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Wright.
    Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. ORDINANCE 2021-02 was read by City Attorney Eichmann. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve this reading. Motion made by Council Member Wright, Seconded by Council Member Hudson. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the reading of the emergency clause. Motion made by Council Member Perea, Seconded by Council Member Burnett. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. City Attorney Eichmann read the emergency clause. Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to approve the emergency clause. Motion made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Burnett. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. ORDINANCE 2021-02 was approved.

MOTION TO PAY BILLS

Mayor Keeney asked for a motion to pay the bills. Motion made by Council Member Fant, Seconded by Council Member Hudson. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross

MOTION TO ADJOURN

Mayor Keeney asked for a to adjourn. Motion made by Council Member Burnett, Seconded by Council Member Fant. Voting Yea: Council Member Burnett, Council Member Fant, Council Member Perea, Council Member Wright, Council Member Hudson, Council Member Cross. Meeting was adjourned at 6:42 PM.

Respectfully Submitted,