The Common Council for the City of Attica met on September 11, 2017, at 6:00 P.M. pursuant to public notice.
Those present at the meeting were: board members; Mr. Josh Hall, Mr. Larry Askren, Mr. Bill Craft, 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 Mrs. Maus and seconded by Mr. Askren for approval of the minutes from the August 14, 2017 Council Meeting, all were in favor and the motion passed.
PRESENTATION BY THE PAWS N CLAWS ANIMAL SHELTER
Emily Harrison came to ask the Council to tidy up the parking space lines near the elementary school entrance. Mayor Roderick asked Mr. Jean to look at the area to see if the City could help with repainting the parking lines.
PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE 2018 PROPOSED BUDGET
Mayor Roderick opened the Public Hearing for the 2018 proposed budget. There were no comments or questions. Mayor Roderick closed the Public Hearing.
Street Superintendent, Ron Jean: present. Milestone will begin paving Sycamore Street this week. Mr. Madden asked Mr. Jean about the status of the “Slow Children” sign that was requested for S. Brady St. Mr. Jean said that he hasn’t ordered one yet but that he will speak to Chief Cole about the placement/location for the sign and have one placed there.
Attica Police Chief Cole: present; nothing to report.
Attica Fire Department Chief O’Farrell: present; he reported they had 19 runs in August. To date, there have been 167 runs; 18 have been fires, 116 EMS runs, 1 rescue, 7 vehicular accidents, 7 alarm calls, 3 haz-mat runs.
Mr. Pycke: Building Commissioner; present; he reported that he approved one building permit for a garage at 201 Avenue One. He has sent a letter to Mr. Farley addressing the collapsing structure in the first block of N. Perry St. Mr. O’Connor said that follow-up on this issue will come in front of the Board of Works.
Ordinance # 10, 2017, An Ordinance of the Common Council for the City of Attica, Indiana Amending Chapter 7, Article 7, Sections 62-86 Inclusive Entitled Swimming Pool Regulations was brought from the table. Mrs. Maus made a motion to read in full for a third time and to adopt. Mr. Askren seconded. Upon reading, Mrs. Stoll took roll call for votes. Mr. Hall; yes, Mr. Askren; yes, Mrs. Maus; yes, Mr. Madden; yes, Mr. Craft; yes. The motion was adopted by a vote of 5-0.
Ordinance # 9, 2017, An Ordinance Amending Chapter 10, Article 18, Section 10-133 Entitled Conditional Rezoning Agreement was brought from the table. A question has been asked If when a property is rezoned, could it revert to the original zoning once it is sold to a new owner. The law does not allow that. However, the City can accept a conditional rezoning agreement where the person who is requesting the rezoning can give to the Area Planning Commission/Council an agreement that allows the property to be rezoned. This ordinance does not mandate a conditional rezoning, but allows the applicant to supply such a request at the time of requesting rezoning. It is a way of addressing the issue of spot zoning. Mr. Askren made a motion to read Ordinance # 9, 2017 in full for a third time and adopt. Mr. Hall seconded the motion. Mrs. Stoll took a roll call for votes. Mr. Hall; yes, Mr. Askren; yes, Mr. Madden; yes, Mrs. Maus; yes, Mr. Craft; yes. The motion was adopted by a vote of 5-0.
Ordinance # 11, 2017 was introduced by Mr. O’Connor. He explained that this ordinance is a home-rule ordinance which allows the pre-payment of certain re-occurring bills in between Board of Works meetings. Mrs. Stoll described some of the instances where this ordinance will help the City avoid late fees and to claim discounts for prompt payments. Mr. Hall made a motion to read the ordinance for the first time in full and for the second time in title only. Mrs. Maus seconded the motion, all were in favor and the motion passed. Mr. Madden made a motion to suspend the rules and read for the third time in full and adopt. Mrs. Maus seconded the motion. Upon reading for the third time, Mrs. Stoll took roll call for approval. Mr. Hall; yes, Mr. Askren; yes, Mrs. Maus; yes, Mr. Madden; yes and Mr. Craft; yes.
Mrs. Stoll asked if part of the cost to demolish 106 S. Perry St. would come from our Riverboat Gambling Fund. The proposed sum of $16,064.69 would have to be approved by the Council to be spent from the Riverboat Gambling Fund. Mrs. Stoll reported that we have sufficient funds to allow the approval. Mr. Hall made a motion to approve the payment of $16,064.69 from our Riverboat Gambling Fund to pay part of the demolition of 106 S. Perry. Mr. Madden seconded, all were in favor and the motion passed.
A petition to vacate an alley has been filed with the Council. The Council is responsible for setting a public hearing for the petition. Revere Hotel, LLC, James Smick, has made the request for the alley to be vacated just south of the Attica Hotel. Mr. Hall made a motion to set the hearing for October 9, 2017 at 6 PM at Attica City Hall. Mr. Askren seconded, all were in favor, and the motion passed.
Mayor Roderick read a letter from the Attica Parent Teacher Council asking the City to hold their city-wide trick-or-treat on Saturday, October 28, to coincide with their fall carnival held at the grade school in the afternoon and the Rotary parade held that day as well. Mr. Hall made a motion to accept the request. Mr. Madden seconded. All were in favor and the motion passed.
Mayor Roderick spoke on Chief Cole’s behalf asking the Council to consider allowing him to hire an additional police officer. Mayor Roderick said Chief Cole has applied for a “Cops” grant and then asked Chief Cole to speak about it. Chief Cole explained that the grant pays $125,000 towards the employment of a police officer. The first year, the grant pays 75% of the police officer’s salary, in year two, 50 %, in year three, 25% and in year four, 0 dollars. The City has submitted the grant but has not been approved yet. Mayor Roderick said that if this grant isn’t awarded, the City may want to consider hiring a part-time officer, like Veedersburg does. Mayor Roderick spoke about the time between mid-July and mid-August when Kyle Askren began his SRO job, Jarid Larson was working in the military reserves and we had an officer leave, leaving the department short-handed. Mayor Roderick said this might help reduce comp-time.
Mayor Roderick announced there will be an Area Planning Commission Meeting on September 21st at 7 PM at the City Building.
Mayor Roderick announced the next Twilight Music Series will take place on Sunday, September 17th. Music at 7, food at 6 by Crossroads.
Mr. Askren inquired about the idea to re-introduce angle parking on Perry Street downtown. Mr. Roderick said that Main Street discussed the idea and will temporarily mark the area to assess the possibility. Mr. Askren reported that he has had a few citizens complaining about their dislike for backing out of angled parking. Mr. Roderick said a study will be done on the idea.
Mayor Roderick said he gave everyone the proposal for labor/wages for 2018 to be discussed at our next Council meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:42. The next Council meeting will be held Monday, October 9, 2017.