The Common Council for the City of Attica met on June 12, 2017, at 6:00 P.M. pursuant to public notice.
Those present at the meeting were: board members; Mr. Larry Askren, Mrs. Valarie Maus and Mr. Matthew Madden. Also present were: Mayor Roderick; Attorney, Tom O’Connor; and Clerk-Treasurer, Susan Stoll.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
A motion was made by Mr. Madden and seconded by Mr. Askren for approval of the minutes from the May 8, 2017 Council Meeting, all were in favor and the motion passed.
Mayor Roderick broke from our usual business agenda to recognize Bernadette (Bunny) Jordan for 20 years of service as a reserve with the Attica Police Department.
Amanda Terrones spoke for Diane Robinson to petition to close the alley that runs east/west from McDonald to Council Street between Main and Jackson St. Mr. O’Connor informed Amanda that she must publish a legal notice of with a Public Hearing date. In that hearing she would request the closing. She must also notify neighbors by certified mail of the hearing date so they may attend. If this is done in a timely manner, the hearing can be held at the July 10, 2017 council meeting.
Jim Silver lives at 407 E. Main St. He said he is the only one on the block that is affected and that he has no other access to his back yard besides the alley.
Patty Hockenbury spoke for the Attica Heritage Days committee. They requested to move the festival to McDonald Park. A new committee has been formed and they are making Attica Heritage Day a 1-day festival. She was informed that she should fill out a city facility use form to formalize the requested use of City property for the event. Mayor Roderick asked that the tennis courts should not be used for vendor set-up. They would like to close streets on the east and west streets adjacent to McDonald Park. The Council was receptive to the request.
Jake Mediate spoke about a downtown car show that will take place that day. He should also fill out a city facility use form.
Cindy Mason said this Sunday, June 18, is the 1st Sunday of the Twilight Music Series. She said to bring your own chairs. There will be some chairs set up for those who don’t bring chairs. She also spoke about the Community Celebration on Saturday, July 1 at McDonald Park. There will be a Hope Springs 5K Freedom Run, a band playing in the evening, the Taste of Attica will bring local vendors to the park serving from 4-9 PM. A pickleball demonstration, bouncy houses, vendors and other activities will take place that day.
Mr. Jean, Street Superintendent: present; Sycamore Street construction and the wastewater plant improvement planning is ongoing. Mosquito spraying has been occurring at approximately 9 pm when there are proper weather conditions. When it is too windy/rainy they do not spray.
Attica Police Chief Cole: present; Police run volumes jumped considerably in June vs. May. The communication in police vehicles have been affected by failing air cards, Chief Cole says it will be necessary to switch back to modems from AT&T. There are 3-5 year warranties on the equipment. Chief Cole is working on getting an updated quote on the new equipment for the police vehicles.
Attica Fire Department Chief O’Farrell: was not present because he is serving as an instructor for a class on the same night as the Council meeting.
Mr. Pycke: Building Commissioner; present, stated the following:
-On April 10, 2017, 1215 S. Brady became compliant with R1 zoning, according to Tawnya Adams. The police can check to see if more than one family is residing at this location as a verification of this assertion.
-Mr. Pycke sent a letter requesting intentions for repair of 600 S. Perry. This is the home with the front porch tarped from a car wreck.
Mayor Roderick looked at a few storm drains around town with Mr. Jean. Ron Jean said city needs to do an analysis of our storm sewers and develop a master plan for upgrades.
The permanent speed sign near the grade school on US 28 is not functioning. Chief Cole is aware of this, a board is malfunctioning but it is under warranty. He is contacting the manufacturer about fixing it.
The City was awarded a $550,000 OCRA grant for our wastewater treatment plant improvement project.
Mayor Roderick thanked Mark & Cindy Mason for seeing that our downtown planters were done for 2017.
Mayor Roderick thanked Bob Shepherd for cleaning and planting the flower bed at McDonald Park for 2017.
The meeting was adjourned, the next Council meeting will be held Monday, July 10, 2017.