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Saturday, March 23, 2019

News & Updates

Board of Works & Safety – March 6, 2018

The Board of Works and Safety for the City of Attica met, pursuant to Public Notice, on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 4:30 P.M. in the City Council Room.

Present were Board Members Andy Smart and Chris Gayler. Also present were Mayor Roderick, Clerk-Treasurer Susan Stoll and City Attorney, Tom O’Connor.

Upon Motion duly made, seconded, and adopted, minutes from the previous Board of Works Meeting February 20, 2018 were approved as written.

Citizens Petitions:

  1. There were no citizen’s petitions to be presented to the Board.
  2. Susan Smith informed the Board of Works that her dad deeded the property at 805 E. Summit to her on December 22, 2017. This property is comprised of 2 lots. An outbuilding is located on lot 179 & the house is located on lot 180. She receives two tax statements for the property. Mr. O’Connor explained the history on the improvement/addition of the building. A building permit application was submitted to the previous building commissioner as an “accessory building”. The City Attorney wrote a letter addressed to the Dodd’s asserting that this could be used as an accessory building but not a residence. Mrs. Smith stated that it is a 1-bedroom house for her dad, who is handicapped, 2 months out of the year. It is now for rent. Ms. Smith questioned if she can subdivide the property if it goes through the proper channels. If she wants to know the property lines she must privately hire a surveyor. She stated that she would like to lease on a month to month basis. 805 E. Summit is currently zoned R1.

Department Heads:

Ron Jean; Street and Water Superintendent, was present, with nothing to report.

Police Chief, Bob Cole, was present, reported that the 2013 police vehicle is back from repairs. It is not under warranty any longer. Since there was a line item for a vehicle

in the budget, he has ordered one and a $5500.00 trade-in will be available for the 2013 vehicle.


Fire Chief, Ed O’Farrell, present, reported there have been 27 runs year to date, 17 in February and 2 in March.

Jeff Pycke, Building Commissioner, was present, he reported he has received phone calls regarding 902 E. Main St. This property is empty, and the foundation caved into the basement. Mr. Pycke previously sent a letter to the owner, he will send a second letter to follow up. 407 S. Brady needs repairs, they did not respond to Mr. O’Connor’s letter. They said they were going to try to sell the property. 810 Maple St. has an accessory building that was set up without a permit; Jeff hasn’t done anything to address the situation yet.

Unfinished Business:

The status of repairs to 201 S. Perry was discussed- Mr. Bieneman was present. Mayor Roderick commented that the City is tired of the eyesore downtown. Mr. Bieneman stated that he can’t tear down the back wall if the weather is not clear. Mayor Roderick said that he has had the chance to come to the Board of Works meetings and has not for several months. Mr. Bieneman reported that two walls have been skimmed with metal, 2 sides have been tuck pointed, and the east wall needs to come down completely. The Board of Works asked Mr. Bieneman to provide a written schedule of planned work to be done to the building.

Mayor Roderick stated that a property located 6th and Summit is an eyesore.

Chief Cole reported that Dirk is 8 years old now and has a minor injury and he wouldn’t give him a year to continue working. Mr. Smart asked if Dirk could be used at the school. Chief said the APD uses the counties dogs if needed at night. Mr. Smart asked if Dirk’s training is updated. Chief reported Dirk has not been called out in 6 months to a year. Chief Cole said that by the end of the week, a new canine will be totally funded. He said that Warren County Prosecutor John Larson, Harrison Steel, and Daniel Askren, Fountain County Prosecutor, have donated. The Chief will receive a Canine Foundation Grant out of California as well. He said medical expenses and dog food for life will be donated.

New Business:

  1. Utility credits requested were reviewed, Mr. Smart made a motion to approve the credits. Mr. Gayler seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed.
  2. Chief Cole informed the Board of Works that the Fountain County Prosecutor’s office will provide money for the APD to work on task force work from deferral money and the APD will be working extra shifts on St. Patrick’s Day weekend to patrol for impaired driving.


Upon Motion duly made and carried, the claims, as presented, were approved.

Miscellaneous Business:

  1. Bids for community crossings will be March 20th.
  2. Mrs. Stoll informed the Board of Works that she submitted the Annual Financial Report on Gateway and it will appear in the Fountain County Neighbor.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned, and the next Board of Works meeting will be held on March 20, 2018 at 4:30 pm.