The Common Council for the City of Attica met on July 9, 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. Askren and seconded by Mr. Hall to approve the minutes of the June 11, 2018 meeting. All were in favor and the motion passed.
There were no citizens petitions.
Teresa Kerr was present to speak about creating a governing board consisting of a member from the health department, an animal control officer and a member of the Attica Police Department. Mr. O’Connor said that our current ordinance says if an animal is deemed dangerous, it goes in front of city court for a hearing and Ms. Kerr is asking to modify our ordinance. Ms. Kerr stated she supports this change. The last court ordered euthanasia was unnecessary in her opinion. Tracy Sudlow spoke about the training that Ms. Kerr has in animal behavior. They are not interested in skirting a dangerous animal situation. They feel that adopting this new procedure takes the full responsibility off of a police officer.
Mrs. Maus made a motion to have the city attorney prepare the new ordinance for the August Council Meeting. Mr. Craft seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed. Ms. Kerr said she would email a copy of the proposed ordinance to Mr. O’Connor.
Street Superintendent, Ron Jean: present; the oxidation ditch for the waste water treatment plant is being constructed right now. The Yount Street Lift Station construction is just about to begin.
Attica Police Chief Cole: present; he had nothing to report.
Attica Fire Department: Mayor Roderick announced that Ed O’Farrell is retiring as the cities’ Chief. He introduced the new Chief, Mike Little. Mike works for the Lafayette Fire Department as a career fire fighter. Mike stated that Ed O’Farrell has done a lot for the City of Attica during his tenure. He reported that there were 25 runs in June and 6 so far in July. He reported that the chassis has been built for the new fire engine and the truck will be delivered near the end of August or beginning of September. He reported that the current roster of firefighters sits at 20 members. The department only have 10 radios right now and have a need to upgrade this equipment. They are looking at the brand EF Johnson. The current radios are 11-12 years old. The radios cost $4600 per radio. Reliable radios are important for protecting the lives of firefighters, especially if they must go into a structure fire. The deal on the radios expires at the end of the month and he is interested in using public safety money to purchase the new equipment. Mrs. Stoll is still working on converting to new software and is not sure of the balance in the fund but will review this before the next meeting. Mr. Little also reported that the AFD visited the Attica Park Program today.
Building Commissioner, Jeff Pycke; present; reported that a citizen called complaining about some properties on the north end of town. Jeff will address the complaints with the owner.
- Tracy Sudlow from Paws N Claws asked if the City Council would consider agreeing to a 5-year contract instead of an annual contract that the City renews each year. The shelter has a lead on a property to relocate the shelter but is waiting to hear if the offer they have made will be accepted. Currently the City is under contract in 2018 to pay $17,000 year. It will go up $1000 a year until it reaches $22,000 and then will remain at that amount. Fountain County currently contracts with Paws N Claws for $28,000/year. The shelter board is looking for security. It was discussed that their staff, with some exceptions, do not trap feral cats. They will provide traps to citizens. If the cat is dropped at the shelter, they decide if they are adoptable or not. Mrs. Maus asked if the shelter staff would potentially make an exception for an elderly resident, they said in some cases they would. Mr. Hall made a motion to have Mr. O’Connor create an extended contract that included language allowing termination of the contract with 90-day notification. Mr. Madden seconded. All were in favor and the motion passed.
- Mr. Madden made a motion to bring Ordinance # 9, 2018 to the table and read for the third time. Mrs. Maus seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed. Upon reading, the location of the parking and the width of the street was discussed. Mr. Shepherd, an Attica Main Street member was asked to explain the proposed parking. He stated the north block is 46’ wide and it is proposed that angled parking be located on the west side only. The south block is 56’ wide and it is proposed that angled parking be located on the east and west sides. Mr. Madden spoke on behalf of Attica Main Street, based on their research, he would like to accept the recommendation to allow these proposed changes. Concerns were voiced about semi-trucks using the road and how angled parking might negatively impact traffic. Mr. Madden made a motion to adopt Ordinance # 9, 2018. Mrs. Maus seconded the motion. A roll-call for votes was taken by Mrs. Stoll. Mrs. Maus; yes, Mr. Askren; no, Mr. Madden; yes, Mr. Hall; no, Mr. Craft; no. The motion was not passed with the vote being 2-3. The Mayor asked to veto the decision, but a veto can only be used if the vote was in favor of the adoption and he wanted to overturn that vote.
Mayor Roderick opened the Public Hearing for the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Water System Study Planning Grant Project. The Mayor stated that a good amount of the public water infrastructure is aging, some is 100 years old. He introduced Kristy Jerrell, from Jerrell Consulting. Kristy mailed out 5 solicitations for engineering services to conduct the study. HWC Engineering has been procured from that solicitation. The total project cost is $40,000. The requested grant is $35,000. There will be a $5000 administrative fee for Jerrell Consulting which is our local match coming out of water operating funds. She explained the grant evaluation criteria. The City is hoping to submit the grant around 7-31-18 even though the deadline is not until 1-27-19. Ms. Jerrell said that this study would help the city understand the needs of the water utility and help us come up with a plan for actions that should be taken. Ms. Jerrell asked the public and city officials if anyone had any questions or comments. There were none. Mayor Roderick closed the hearing.
Mrs. Stoll said she is looking at a company called Reach Alert that offer a program that allows citizens to have city messages sent out via text, email or phone messages. This could be used for sending out information on, for example, trash pick-up delays, hydrant flushing, pool closings, even for promoting the Twilight Music Series concerts or similar events. The cost is $1 per residence in the first year and $2 per residence thereon. Mrs. Stoll proposed that Riverboat Gambling funds could be used to fund this. Mr. hall made a motion to create a resolution to allow the expenditure out of this fund. Mr. Craft seconded, all were in favor and the motion passed. Mr. O’Connor will investigate creating a resolution.
The Board of Public Works have created a position of Public Safety Officer. At the August Council Meeting, a job description will be presented to the Council. They will decide whether to fund this new position.
Mayor Roderick announced that the Park Board was able to hire additional life guards and the pool is now open on Wednesdays.
Mayor Roderick addressed Mr. Askren about his question in the June Council Meeting about the Police Chief driving a city police care to Ft. Wayne for a Fraternal Order of Police golf outing. Mayor Roderick said the Chief did not attend a golf outing but instead went as a delegate for the Fountain/Warren County FOP to the 83rd FOP State Conference.
Mayor Roderick also addressed Mr. Askren asking if a list of all the donors for the new police canine were given to Mrs. Stoll. Mayor Roderick said he contacted Charlie Pride with the State Board of Accounts and he said that donors could remain anonymous if they desired. Mayor Roderick asked Mrs. Stoll if the Attica Volunteer Fire Department identified all the donors to their pancake breakfast. Mrs. Stoll said that the fire department is a volunteer department and is only partially funded by the City, but the police department is a paid staff and their budget is fully funded by the City.
Mr. Askren had 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 in the last Council Meeting. The Mayor said that an officer cannot wear a shirt with an Attica patch or something that designates them as employees of the City of Attica. The police have standard operating procedures in place regarding the use of equipment for contractual work outside of city business.
The next Council meeting will be held Monday, August 13, 2018.