The Common Council for the City of Attica met on March 12, 2018, at 6:00 P.M. pursuant to public notice.
Those present at the meeting were: board members; Mr. Larry Askren, Mr. Bill Craft, Mrs. Valarie Maus, Mr. Matthew Madden and Mr. Josh Hall. Also present were: Mayor Roderick; Attorney, Tom O’Connor and Deputy Clerk Mikki Hubbard.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING: A motion was made by Mr. Askren and seconded by Mr. Hall for approval of the minutes from the February 12, 2018 council meetings, all were in favor and the motion passed.
Mike Nicolas requested permission to place temporary signs advertising when “wildflowers bloom” in our trails system in the spring. The signs will be placed at the City entrance signs as well as a banner at McDonald Park. He indicated there would be no cost to the city. The council was all in favor.
Kate Van Hyfte spoke on behalf of the AHS Student Council. They will be sponsoring a Color Run on June 2, 2018 to raise money for Riley. She requested city streets be blocked off for the route from 8-10 A.M. The route will be the same as the Turkey Trot. Chief Cole said he will take care of this.
Jake Mediate with Attica Heritage Days stated there will be a Heritage Days meeting on Monday, March 19 at the City Building and there is a need for committee members. He also requested the use of Ravine Park Pavilion on September 8, 2018 for the Queen Pageant. The Council approved this request.
Valerie Gray spoke regarding the retirement of the K-9, Dirk. She doesn’t understand why we would retire the dog and purchase another. Mayor Roderick explained that it is recommended that a K-9 only have 2 handlers in their time as a patrol dog, Officer Askren is the seconded handler for Dirk. The K-9 is a patrol dog for the City of Attica and should be used throughout the city. Since his handler, Officer Askren, is the School Resource Officer, Dirk is out at the school and is not always readily available for the work on the city streets.
Vicki Jordan, a resident of Attica, questioned how the City could be responsible to pay for a new K-9. She asked who had donated funds, if the SBOA is aware of the donations, is the city being accountable for how this money is spent and what are the city’s liabilities for accepting these donations. Mr. O’Connor stated there is no legal liability on the City’s behalf for acceptance of these donations. Mr. Hall questioned why these donations didn’t go through the City Clerk’s office? Mrs. Jordan also asked why this has been kept a secret. Should it have been brought before the Council? Mr. Hall stated the council didn’t know anything regarding this. Mayor Roderick stated he has known about this for some time and that he wants the dog to be out in the community, and the school is aware they can still use the dog when needed. The Board of Works is over the Police/Fire, the Council is not. The Board of Works meetings are open to the public and meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month.
Beth Irvin asked if the new K-9 will be a day or night shift officer? Officer Hohenstein will be the new handler and works evenings. She stated that Fountain County has two dogs and the city could use them. One FC K-9 officer is off due to an injury.
There were no committee reports.
Street Superintendent, Ron Jean: present; he reported the waste water plant improvement project will start next week, the entire project is to be finished by February 2019.
Attica Police Chief Cole: present; he had nothing to report.
Attica Fire Department Chief O’Farrell: was not present.
Building Commissioner, Jeff Pycke: was not present. Larry Smith made a request to rezone his property at 1323 E. Main St. The Council referred this to the Area Planning Committee for review and to hold a public hearing on the request. After the public hearing, the committee will make a recommendation to the Council.
- The ordinance regarding nuisance animals was tabled at the last meeting. Ms. Kerr was unable to attend tonight’s meeting for this discussion. Mr. Hall made a motion and Mrs. Maus seconded to postpone the discussion/decision making until the next meeting All were in favor.
- Mr. Hall made a motion to bring the topic of hiring a new officer to the table. When this was originally brought before the board there was thought that we would be receiving a JAG Grant, since this was not awarded, the council feels it is not within the budget to hire a new officer at this time. A vote was cast on the hiring of a new officer: Mr. Hall, Mr. Askren, Mr. Madden and Mr. Craft all voted no with Mrs. Maus voting yes making this a 4-1 vote, the motion was passed to not hire a new officer. Mr. Askren asked that the Council make a resolution to put a hiring freeze on the police department full and part time positions, due to money not being in the budget.
- Mr. Askren made a motion for a resolution to be passed to make Public Safety Funds only available upon Council approval. Mr. Hall seconded, Mr. Madden and Mr. Craft were in favor.
- Mr. Madden suggested that the police comp be analyzed. He asked if it would be beneficial to the city to pay officers overtime vs. comp time.
- Mayor Roderick stated that we currently have a part-time officer at the academy; he is next in line for hire at the city. Chief Cole stated that this officer was currently a reserve for the city and a status change was made for entry into the academy. Nikki Smith can confirm this does not have to be a paid position. Mayor Roderick stated that by having Officer Powell enter the academy at this time it will save the city over $8,000.
Resolution # 3, 2018 Authorizing the execution and delivery of a master equipment lease-purchase agreement and separate lease schedules and certificates of acceptance with respect to the acquisition, purchase, financing and leasing of certain equipment for the public benefit, authorizing the execution and delivery of documents required in connection therewith; and authorizing the taking of all other actions necessary to the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this resolution. The City will receive funding of $144,979.00 with an interest rate of 2.95% for the purchase of a new fire truck through a Master Lease Equipment. The purchase price of the new vehicle is $226,979.00, a trade-in of $12,000.00 will come off the purchase price and the City will make a down payment of $70,000.00. The motion to approve the resolution was made, seconded and approved by the Council.
Mr. Hall asked Bob Shepherd about the statue that is being created and donated to the City. Mr. Shepherd stated it is still in the creative stages and will be placed north of the city sign when finished.
Mr. Billy Kirkham with Colonial Life requested to review our current health benefits. He would like to present a cost saving program to our employees. Mayor Roderick said they would table this until next month, so he had further time to discuss this with employees.
Mr. Hall made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Mr. Craft seconded, the meeting was adjourned. The next Council meeting will be held Monday, April 9, 2018.