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Council Proceedings – January 14, 2013

The Common Council for the City of Attica met on the 14th of January, 2013, at 7:00 P.M.

Those present were: Mr. Dale Wilson, Mr. Larry Askren, Mr. Larry Grant, Mr. William Craft, Mrs. Valarie Maus, Mayor Robert Shepherd, Mrs. Susan Stoll and Attorney Tom O’Connor.

Approval Of The Minutes From The Previous Meeting

Mr. Wilson made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 10, 2012 meeting, seconded by Mrs. Maus and passed.

Committee Reports

There were no Committee Reports to present.

Citizens Petitions

Craig Stalter came to speak about the August 28, 2012 letter to the Fountain County Commissioners from Mayor Shepherd regarding the move of 911 dispatch out of the Attica City Building. Mr. Stalter inquired if the deadline stated in the letter, December 31, 2013, was negotiable. Mayor Shepherd said that his intention was to give ample time for the commissioners to do an evaluation, thus a 15 month notification, but that it may be possible to extend this deadline. The intention is that the citizens of Attica do not bear the entire cost of housing this service that is for all the citizens of Warren and Fountain counties. Mr. Stalter thanked the Mayor and council.

Kyle Knosp came to speak about the UMC (Ultimate Motor Championship) event which will be held on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29. The city has hosted entertainment on the Friday evening of this two day event in downtown Attica. Mayor Shepherd spoke up to say that the city has participated in this event for the last two years because it is a family friendly event. Bill Craft said that he has heard positive comments and the public has expressed interest in the event continuing. Valarie Maus stated that she felt it was good for the community as well.

Department Heads

Mr. Jean was present but indicated no new information to report.

Chief Brewer reported that the police car is almost finished. It would be picked up in the next week. He is conducting background checks over the next 4 weeks and when he is done with that, he will turn it over to the Merit Board. He also reported that the police canine is now certified in narcotics, apprehension and tracking and is approved and out on the street.

Mr. O’Farrell was not present but sent a report on a summary of 2013 fire runs for the council to read.

Mr. Dismore reported that a building permit for a storage shed for 603 N. Perry St. had been filed with the city.

Unfinished Business

Pursuant to public notice, the Council opened a public hearing to get input about the Petition for Vacation of Public Street for a portion of Bond St. by Craig A. and Valli A. Stalter. Upon description of said property by city attorney, Tom O’Connor, and with there being no input from the public, the public hearing was closed. Mayor Shepherd asked the council for a motion to adopt Ordinance #1, 2013, vacating a portion of Bond Street as requested in the Petition. Dale White made a motion. Larry Askren seconded. All were in favor and Ordinance #1, 2013 was adopted. Tom O’Connor said he would record the ordinance (Ordinance #1, 2013) with the Auditor and submit payment for the public hearing and recording fees.

The Mayor asked the Council to bring to the table the proposed Safety Manual. The subject of “Confined Spaces” is not resolved so adoption of the Safety Manual was tabled.

The Mayor asked the Council to bring to the table the proposed Personnel Policy Manual. Mayor Shepherd reported that he had not done a drug test randomly during his entire tenure of 9 years with the city. All new employees are drug tested at the time of hire (part-time, seasonal, full-time). Mayor Shepherd described how we test, what type of testing happens next if the first test shows a positive result and the costs, $25 & $76 respectively, of these two tests. After discussion by the council members, all council members expressed support of random drug testing of employees. Mayor Shepherd said he will present the Personnel Policy with this added at the next council meeting.

New Business

Well Ordinance #2 was read by city attorney, Tom O’Connor. After some discussion, the Ordinance was tabled.
The subject of the Potawatomi Festival was discussed. In light of a recent case being filed against the President of the Potawatomi Festival, Kimberly Bower, and the reputation of the festival being tarnished, Larry Grant stated that he did not feel the festival should be allowed to continue on city property. He questioned the integrity of the committee and the officers. Discussion was held between the council, mayor and members of the public who were present at the meeting. The council stated that unless there was a complete change of the officers and the committee, they would not support the use of city property for the Potawatomi Festival.

Miscellaneous Business

The Mayor reported on the WRHCC grant.
Larry Grant addressed Ron Jean about the drivers of city snow plows. He is concerned that they are not stopping at stop signs and would like Ron to address this with the city workers.

Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 7:58 P.M.

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