The Common Council for the City of Attica met on January 11th, 2016, at 5:00 P.M. pursuant to public notice.
Those present were: Board members; Mr. Askren, Mr. Craft, Mrs. Maus, Mr. Hall, and Mr. Wilson. Also present were: Mayor Roderick; City Attorney, Mr. O’Connor; and Clerk-Treasurer, Susan Stoll.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
Mrs. Maus made the motion to approve the minutes as read and Mr. Craft seconded. All were in favor and the motion passed.
Mr. Little requested 5.3 acres that are currently zoned “Conservation” be rezoned to “General Business”. Mrs. Maus made the motion to refer his request to the proper committee and Mr. Wilson seconded. The Committee will work with the City to advertise a public hearing for the request to rezone.
Streets Superintendent, Mr. Jean: present. Nothing to report
Police Department, Chief Cole: present; reported December 2015 was not a high run volume month. The new body cameras are now in place. The police officers will be wearing them while on duty. The new Reserve Officers have been assigned to the Field Training Officers for field training. Sergeant Durnil recently completed First Line Supervisor school. A sexual predator has been identified and arrested by the police. Officer of the Year Awards for 2015 were given to Bryant Pearman for the Full-Time Officer of the Year and Frank Jordan for the Reserve Officer of the Year.
Fire Department, Chief O’Farrell: present; he reported there have been 8 runs year-to-date in 2016. The total number of runs for 2015 was 243. This is compared to 271 runs in 2014 and 304 runs in 2013.
Building Commissioner, Mr. Dismore: present; reported Robert May is now the owner of the house at 600 S. Perry and he has indicated he has plans to repair the damage to the front of the home.
- Resolution 4, 2015- Mr. Wilson made the motion to table the resolution for another month to evaluate the state statute as it relates to our local resolution. Mr. Askren seconded.
- A Public Hearing on the proposed increase to storm water rates was opened by Mayor Roderick. There was no comment from the public or the board. The Mayor then closed the Public Hearing. A motion to reaffirm the adoption of the new storm rates for residential, commercial/public authority and industrial users was made by Mr. Wilson. Mr. Askren seconded, all were in favor and the motion passed. This was Ordinance #10, 2015.
- A new Materiality Threshold Policy was presented to the Council. Mrs. Stoll informed the Council that the State Board of Accounts advised that cities adopt a materiality threshold policy to establish the dollar amount which the city would be required to report to the SBOA a variance, loss, shortage and/or theft. The policy proposed states the amount of cash would be anything over $200 and a loss or theft of any physical asset that has a value of more than $500. A motion was made by Mrs. Maus to adopt the policy. Mr. Craft seconded. All were in favor and the motion passed.
- Nepotism and Contracting forms were signed by all elected officials.
- Resolution 1, 2016, allowing the transfer of funds between departments within the same fund was presented for consideration. Mrs. Maus made the motion to adopt the resolution and Mr. Wilson seconded, all were in favor and motion passed.
- Mrs. Stoll presented funds that she would like to encumber from 2015 funds into 2016. The amounts, vendors and funds are as follows:
|101007123||SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER/ATTICA HIGH SCHOOL||$14,000.00|
|402012442||COMMUNITY LEASING PARTNERS||$40,000|
Mr. Askren made the motion to approve the proposed encumbrances and Mr. Craft seconded, all were in favor and the motion passed.
- Fire protection contracts were discussed. Shawnee and Logan Townships both are being asked to pay $9,536.00 annually to the City/AFD. These contracts will go in front of the Board of Works in order to sign the contracts.
- Mayor Roderick informed everyone that at the next Park Board Meeting they will be discussing the 5-year comprehensive plan.
- Ron Jean/Streets Superintendent, explained that the City of Attica adds fluoride to our water supply. The pipe at the “T” by the air stripper has had to be replaced in the area where fluoride is pumped into the water supply due to corrosion. It has been replaced for the 3rd time since installing the air stripper in 2012 at a cost of $850 for the replacement parts. The City began adding fluoride to the water supply in 1986 because it is supposed to be good for your teeth. Mr. Askren suggested possibly having a Public Hearing on the topic of fluoride use.
- The Council extended a welcome to our new Mayor, Duane Roderick.
The next meeting will be February 8th, 2016 at 5 PM.