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Council Proceedings – June 11, 2018

The Common Council for the City of Attica met on June 11, 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 Clerk Treasurer, Susan Stoll.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING: A motion was made by Mr. Madden and seconded by Mr. Askren to approve the minutes of the May 14, 2018 meeting. All were in favor and the motion passed.


Tracy Sudlow was present and asked if the Council would consider a new contract that would be effective for a 5-year term instead of the present situation where the contract is effective for one-year at a time.

Trish Hargan spoke on behalf of the Doggie Dash event for Paws N Claws. She thanked the Attica Police Department for stopping and directing traffic along the race route.

Mayor Roderick spoke on behalf of Christie Crawford/Paws N Claws. She is requesting to use McDonald Park for a flea market that will benefit the animal shelter. The weekend they would like to set up the flea market will be September 8. The Council was in favor of granting the use of the park. Christy will have to fill out a facility use form and turn it into the Clerks’ Office.

Cindy Mason reminded and invited the Council to attend the Community Celebration in McDonald Park on June 30.

Jake Mediate spoke about Attica Heritage Days. There will be a queen contest at the Ravine Park Pavilion on September 9. The event will take place in McDonald Park and Perry Street.


Ms. Kerr from Paws N Claws could not attend tonight’s meeting. The animal control contract will have to be tabled until the next Council meeting.


Street Superintendent, Ron Jean: present; the streets department has been very busy around town.

Attica Police Chief Cole: was not present.

Attica Fire Department Chief O’Farrell: present; reported they have had 11 runs in June so far.

Building Commissioner, Jeff Pycke; present; reported that he has followed up with a letter to the owner of 923 S. Perry St. The owner of the burned home on Sycamore Street has been in contact with Jeff about demolishing what is left of the house.


  1. Josh Hall made a motion to bring from the table, Ordinance # 8, 2018 Ordinance Rezoning Certain Real Estate, and read for the third time in full. Mr. Craft seconded the motion, all were in favor and the motion passed.       Upon reading, and with no further discussion, Mr. Askren made a motion to adopt and Mr. Madden seconded.       Mrs. Stoll took roll-call for the vote. The vote was 5-0 and the motion passed.
  2. Josh Hall made a motion to read Resolution # 4, 2018 and adopt. Mr. Askren made a second. All were in favor and the motion passed.
  3. Mrs. Stoll spoke about possibly changing our utility account procedure requiring that property owners to put all rental accounts in their names and not allowing renters to have accounts in their names any longer.   Mrs. Stoll needs more time to iron out details on how to implement new rules and will revisit the topic with the Council at a later meeting. Mr. Askren asked if Mrs. Stoll would send out letters to all landlords if the City considers changing our policy.       She said she would.
  4. Matthew Madden made a motion to bring Ordinance # 7, 2018 (10) Zoning Districts from the table and read it for a third time in full and adopt. Mr. Askren made a second. Mrs. Stoll took a roll-call for votes. The vote was 5-0 in favor and the motion passed.
  5. Mrs. Maus made a motion to read Ordinance # 9, 2018 Entitled Parallel Parking, for the first time in full, for a second time in title only, then table and publish. Mr. Madden seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed.


There was no new business to discuss. 


Mayor Roderick announced that the first Twilight Music Series will take place on June 17 in McDonald Park, beginning at 4 PM, with live music and strawberry shortcake being served by the Rotary Club.

Mr. Askren asked why the city pool is closed on Wednesday’s this year. The Mayor said that the Park Board was unable to hire enough life guards.

Mr. Askren asked why the Police Chief drove a city police vehicle to Ft. Wayne for a Fraternal Order of Police golf outing. The Mayor said he would check into this.

Mr. Askren asked if Mrs. Stoll was given a list of all the donors for the new police canine. Mrs. Stoll said the donors of the cash were unidentified. Mr. Askren asked if something could be put in the newspaper asking donors to contact the Clerk’s office identifying themselves as a donor and indicating how much they donated.

Mr. Askren asked if Full-Time Attica Police Officers could use Attica equipment if they worked as part-time security for someone else when they were not on duty with the City.


Mrs. Maus made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Mr. Craft seconded, and the meeting was adjourned. The next Council meeting will be held Monday, July 9, 2018.