The Board of Works and Safety for the City of Attica met, pursuant to Public Notice, on Tuesday September 19, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the City Council Room.
Present were Mayor Roderick and Board Members Mr. Gayler and Mr. Smart. Also present were City Attorney, Thomas P. O’Connor and Clerk-Treasurer, Susan Stoll.
Upon Motion duly made by Mr. Gayler, seconded by Mr. Smart, and adopted, minutes from the previous Board of Works Meeting for September 5, 2017 were approved as written.
Department Head Reports
Ron Jean, Street and Water Supervisor: present; the City will begin the 2017 sidewalk replacements in the next week or so.
Police Chief Bob Cole: present; Craig Asbury has been hired as a police officer. Chief Cole is hoping to fill a few spots in the police reserves.
Fire Chief Ed O’Farrell: was not present
Building Commissioner Jeff Pycke: present; He has approved a garage permit for 201 Avenue One.
- Tom O’Connor explained that Mr. Bieneman and his attorney were present to address the letter received from the City regarding the condition of 201 S. Perry St. Mr. Bieneman and Joel Wesch, his attorney, spoke about repair to the roof and windows among other things. He will submit a proposal for action on repairs and will include a timeline for completion of these items. He will turn in a proposal in 60 days. Mr. Gayler made a motion to allow Bieneman time to respond to the Building Commissioner. Mr. Smart seconded. All were in favor and the motion passed.
- QC Communications has asked for City right of way permission for Coaxial Cable Replacement near 903 North St. Mr. Smart made a motion to approve the right of way permission. Mr. Gayler seconded. All were in favor and the motion passed.
- Mr. Farley, the owner of 108 N. Perry, was informed by the Building Commissioner that the structure behind the Perry St. building has been condemned. Mr. Farley was notified he had the right to appeal the determination at todays’ meeting but he did not appear.
- Mr. Smart asked the police to notify C & D Battery about the overgrowth of weeds behind the Perry Street housing near the railroad tracks.
Chief Cole suggested that the Building Commissioner inspect the apartments at 112 ½ N. Perry St. The police have been called there and the apartments are in bad shape. Tom O’Connor suggested Jeff ask the health department to get involved too.
Utility Credits: Mrs. Stoll presented a group of utility credit requests. Mr. Smart motioned to approve, Mr. Gayler seconded, all were in favor.
Upon Motion duly made and carried, the claims, as presented were approved.
The new officer, Craig Asbury was present and introduced himself.
Mayor Roderick asked if we have heard anything further from Bill Zahn-Demolition Environmental Services. Mrs. Stoll said she has not. We are waiting on a new contract.
Chief Cole said that he has asked the Council and the Mayor to approve the hiring of another officer. He has submitted a grant for another officer through a “Cops” grant. The Chief asked to set up a meeting with the Mayor and the Board of Works to discuss how we can retain officers. He said all we are doing is training them and losing them to Warren County. It is a drain on the department. He thinks we need to come up with a plan to entice officers to stay. Mr. Smart asked Chief Cole if we can require officers to stay with the city for 2 years since we are spending money on training, all their benefits and uniforms. Chief Cole said the only amount we may be able to recoup is the amount spent on their clothing in the first year of employment. Mr. Smart said perhaps we should do a study on the competitiveness of our wages. Mayor Roderick said we pay more than Covington, Veedersburg and Fountain County. Chief Cole said that take-home cars have been cited in all his exit interviews as a reason the officers leave. Ron Jean said the city employees may expect the privilege of take home vehicles if the police have that benefit.
The next Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 3rd @ 4:30 pm.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.