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Council Proceedings – April 8, 2013

The Common Council for the City of Attica met on the 8th of April, 2013, at 5:00 P.M.

Those present were: Mr. Wilson, Mr. Askren, Mr. Grant, Mr. Craft, Mrs. Maus, Mayor Shepherd, Mrs. Stoll and Mr. O’Connor.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM THE PREVIOUS MEETING

Mr. Wilson made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 11, 2013 meeting, seconded by Mr. Craft and passed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

There were no Committee Reports to present.

CITIZENS PETITIONS

Brian Jarvis announced there are three new Board of Directors for the Potawatomi Festival; Gene Aldridge, Frank Eberley Sr. and Cathy Minnick. He said there are 88 members of the Potawatomi Festival committee but did not provide a list of those names. Mayor Shepherd asked if the Council had any comments in light of this new information. The Council asked for a formal list of the Board Members to be sent to them for review. Mr. Askren stated that he still feels that the Potawatomi Festival should not be held on City property.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Mr. Jean announced that they will begin working on the sidewalk replacement project soon. The city is still accepting applications for 2013.

Interim Chief, Mr. Snoeberger was not present in this portion of the meeting. Mayor Shepherd, in his absence, announced that the police department is working on yard clean-up and abandoned vehicles. Also, the application process is closed for the new Police Chief. 13 applicants currently have qualifications for the job, interviews will begin shortly.

Mr. O’Farrell reported that there have been 6 grassfires in the last week. 3 of the fires appear to be started by a tossed burning cigarette, 1 by a campfire that wasn’t put out. He reminded everyone of these types of dangers that can start a fire.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Mayor Shepherd announced that due to guidelines by the Federal Government, as it pertains to the new Affordable Care Act, part time workers are defined as 30 hours per week or less. That has changed from 35 hours per week or less so we will need to make that change in our Personnel Manual.

NEW BUSINESS

Ordinance #3, 2013, “An Ordinance Amending Chapter 2, Division VII, By the Inclusion of Section 2-70 For the Adoption of a Grievance Procedure Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Providing Notice of Such Procedure”, was brought to the table. Mr. Grant made a motion for Mr. O’Connor to read the Ordinance through a first time, in title only the second time and to suspend the rules and adopt the Ordinance on the third reading which Mr. O’Connor did and the Ordinance was adopted.

Resolution #2, 2013, “Adopting the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines for Standards for Accessible Design and Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-Of-Way”, was brought to the table. Mr. Wilson made a motion to pass the resolution and Mr. Askren seconded. All were in favor and the resolution passed.

Resolution #3, 2013, “Adopting the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator and Procedures”, was brought to the table. Mr. Wilson made a motion to pass the resolution and Mr. Askren seconded. All were in favor and the resolution passed.

MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

A discussion about the charge for 2 cremations being contained in one grave was brought to the table. The council agreed that the charge should be for one grave, not two.

Interim Chief Snoeberger spoke about the amount of time the police department gives for a party to respond to an ordinance violation. He also reported that 2 new reserves will begin training this week.

Mr. Grant expressed an interest in setting City Council Meetings to 5 PM year round. The members of the Council were agreeable to this suggestion. Mr. O’Connor said he will work on an Ordinance to present at the next City Council meeting.

Mrs. Stoll reported on the February Financial Report.

ADJOURNMENT

With no further business to discuss, Mr. Wilson made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Askren seconded the motion. All were in favor and the meeting was adjourned.

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