The Common Council for the City of Attica met on the 11th of February, 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.
A special presentation was made by Chief Brewer to award Officer Greg Grimmett with a Bronze Merit Award for meritorious service in the line of duty. Last March 2012, Officer Grimmett made a water rescue of a gentleman, Mr. Slinker. Chief Brewer presented a request for this award to the Merit Board on February 6 and they approved it. Officer Grimmett thanked Chief Brewer, the Merit Board and the Council for allowing the recognition during the Council Meeting.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM THE PREVIOUS MEETING
Mrs. Maus made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 14, 2013 meeting, seconded by Mr. Craft and passed.
There were no Committee Reports to present.
Brian Jarvis made an appeal to the Council to reconsider the use of Ouabache Park for the Potawatomi Festival this year. He presented a slate of officers and board members to the Council. He also indicated they plan on removing the portable restrooms once the weather stabilized. Mayor Shepherd pointed out that most of the proposed officers and board members were still the same people who have previously served and therefore Mr. Jarvis was not proposing the changes that the Council hoped to see if they were to reconsider. Mr. Askren said he did not wish to change his mind. Mr. Grant and Mrs. Maus concurred and the remainder of the council agreed.
Mr. Jean was present but indicated no new information to report. Upon being asked for an update, he spoke about the section of McDonald St. in front of Wayne Foster’s home and the new sewer line and curb that is in the works.
Chief Brewer reported that a new police officer was hired. His name is Matthew Ditmer and he is from West Lafayette. He graduated from Purdue and is not currently a police officer so he will attend the police academy some time later this year. His start date will be February 25, 2013.
Mr. O’Farrell was not present.
Mr. Dismore reported that McDonalds has a building permit for a $600,000 expansion and remodel of their restaurant.
The Mayor asked the Council to bring to the table the proposed Safety Manual. The subject of “Confined Entry Spaces” is not yet resolved so adoption of the Safety Manual was tabled.
The Mayor presented a summary report provided by Paws n Claws of the handling of animals for the month of January 2013.
City Attorney Tom O’Connor presented a resolution transferring funds for the deferral and diversion program fee fund to police law enforcement fund for the payment for cameras installed into 3 police vehicles. The transfer is for $11,265.00. Mr. Grant asked if there were ample funds to pay for this expense. Currently there is $16,493.14 in that fund. Upon no further discussion, Mayor Shepherd asked the council for a motion to adopt Resolution #1, 2013. Mr. Askren made a motion. Mr. White seconded. All were in favor and Resolution #1, 2013 was adopted.
Mrs. Stoll reported on the Year End Financial numbers. A report on ending balances was provided to the Council. Mrs. Stoll reported that she is working on the annual report. The 1782 report has been received and only Local Roads and Streets were not funded as requested. They cut our request by $24,298.00. Mrs. Stoll said that Mrs. Negele indicated that the house is looking at this issue because they realize cities and towns are being hurt by this cut in funding.
Mayor Shepherd spoke about the Commissioner’s Certificate Sale upcoming and his interest in having the city purchase 1302 N. Perry St. The property is only .13 acres and sits adjacent on the north side of three properties the city is already mowing and in the process of acquiring. Properties in the Commissioner’s Certificate Sale are being sold for a starting amount of $50.00. The Mayor is only interested in buying the property if no one else bids on the property so as to spend as little money as possible. The Mayor has begun a title search on the property which Mr. O’Conner is reviewing. Mr. Craft made a motion to authorize the Mayor and City Attorney to take necessary steps to secure title to 1302 N. Perry St. Mr. Askren seconded. All were in favor and the motion passed.
Mayor Shepherd announced that there will be a public hearing about the Americans with Disabilities Act. This meeting is designed to solicit comment from the community about the cities’ buildings, programs and services as they relate to ADA compliance. The city has hired DLZ Engineering to help in the assessment of our adherence to ADA standards for municipalities.
Mayor Shepherd spoke about the fact that the state of Indiana will celebrate their Bicentennial in 2016. The City of Attica celebrates their sesquicentennial that year as well. The first Council and Mayor were established in 1866. Bunny Jordan mentioned that a time capsule is buried in McDonald Park and it was supposed to be dug up on this anniversary.
Mr. Grant inquired where township fire contracts stand in regard to contributing money to our city fire service. The 2006 freeze on the tax levy for this money still stands and without a change to that, Davis Township cannot afford to pay any money as their budget continues to be cut. Mayor Shepherd said Sharon Negele mentioned that she would like to get this changed for Davis Township but it is uncertain if that is possible.
Meeting adjourned at 7:25 P.M.