The Common Council for the City of Attica met on August 13, 2018, at 6:00 P.M. pursuant to public notice.
Those present at the meeting were: board members; 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 Mrs. Maus and seconded by Mr. Hall to approve the minutes of the July 9th, 2018 meeting. All were in favor and the motion passed.
Jake Mediate asked if he and Brent Bauerband could build a wigwam on August 19 in McDonald Park. The wigwam will be used for a living history presentation during Attica Heritage Days in September. The Council said this would be fine.
Ron Lockhart addressed the Council. He lives at 919 S Perry St. He stated that shingles are blowing off 917 S Perry St and the home is in poor condition. He stated that 915 & 921 S. Perry are in poor condition. He asked if these properties can be investigated by the City to determine if there are ordinance violations. Mr. Pycke said he has sent a letter to the owner of the home that has mold from water damage. The Mayor said the police will begin the process of investigating the properties and the City will go from there.
Sandy Shonkwiler said that a certain landlord leaves projects unfinished. She asked the Council if there is a time limit for repairs to properties. Mr. O’Connor said that our current ordinance does not place a time limit on building permits. The Mayor stated that the zoning board will have to look into these issues and try to come up with some solutions.
Cindy Mason spoke as a representative for Attica Main Street. She said that the next Twilight Music Series will take place on Sunday, August 19 in McDonald Park. Local musician, Dave Clark, and his band will be playing a mix of rhythm and blues and jazz. Bossaer Farms will be selling box lunches and pie.
Cindy Mason also asked the Council if they will permit the closure of the intersections of Mill and Main Street at Perry Street for a downtown fall festival on Saturday, October 6. Their will be music and activities. Attica Main Street is looking for public input on the now empty spot at what used to be a structure at 106/108 S. Perry St. This is Homecoming weekend for the school. Robie Criswell may provide refreshments. The Council said this would be acceptable.
Sam Yoder spoke about a fall he took outside the police department entrance. He asked if the City would add a railing at that entrance. The Mayor said he will have Ron Jean/Street Superintendent investigate to see if there is something that can be done. Ron Jean said they have since painted the step yellow.
There were none.
Street Superintendent, Ron Jean: present; construction on the Yount Street lift station is beginning. The overall waste water treatment plant improvement project is about half completed.
Attica Police Chief Cole: present; he had nothing to report.
Attica Fire Department: Chief, Mike Little; was not present. Fire fighter Chris Beedle was there representing the Fire Department, and he said the new washing machine has been installed in the fire department.
Building Commissioner, Jeff Pycke; present; reported that the structure at 500 E. Jackson has been condemned. A letter has been sent to the owner of the property.
Tom O’Connor spoke about the proposed contract for animal control by Paws N Claws for the City. He said that they are proposing a 5-year contract with an opt-out option with a defined notice by either party. He is waiting on additional proposed language for the contract. The new proposed ordinance regarding the policy on dangerous animals is still pending.
Mayor Roderick asked if the Council would consider revisiting implementing angled parking on Perry Street downtown. He wants the Council to consider allowing angled parking on one side of the road as a compromise to the previous proposal suggesting angled parking would be on both sides of Perry St. Mr. Madden and Mrs. Maus stated they are in support of this change. A concern was raised because semi-trucks use Perry St and parallel parking will restrict the amount of space two semis would have to pass each other. Bill Craft said he thinks it could cause traffic problems. Mayor Roderick said he will see if he could work on a simulation of a semi using Perry St while cars are parked at an angle. The subject will be tabled until a future Council Meeting.
The Fire Department requested that the Council approve the purchase of new radios using public safety funds. The department asked to purchase a radio for every seat. The department wishes to purchase 8 radios. The Mayor stated that the quoted prices on the radios are only good through this meeting. After that, the prices will increase. The deal allows for a free radio for every two purchased. The Council discussed it and Mr. Hall made a motion to approve the purchase of 6 radios right now using public safety funds. Mr. Madden made a second to the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed.
Mayor Roderick spoke about a Public Safety Officer. He explained that we hired Officer Asbury last September. Initially, we thought he could participate in the PERF retirement plan. After Mr. O’Connor spoke to the Indiana Public Retirement System, they said the only way he could participate in PERF would be if the City employs him as a Public Safety Officer. Mayor Roderick said that a Public Safety Officer must have some training in fire and as an EMT. Whitestown and Plymouth employ Public Safety Officers. The Board of Public Works created a Public Safety Officer position on July 3. However, it would be up to the Council if they want to fund that position. The proposal is to take away one police officer and replace it with a Public Safety Officer. Mr. O’Connor said the Council would have to amend the present Salary Ordinance and include the salary for the new position and amend the budget to reflect payment of the other officers from the police patrolman line item and this new position from a new line item for this officer. Mr. Craft asked if this position would have the same salary as his current salary. Mayor Roderick said his salary would be the same. Mr. Madden made a motion to amend the salary ordinance and the budget to reflect the creation of this position and to fund it in the same rate of pay that he is currently paid. Mrs. Maus made a second to the motion. Mr. Hall voted no. Mr. Craft voted no. Since the vote resulted in a tie, Mayor Roderick voted yes to break the tie and the motion passed.
Mrs. Stoll announced that the Public Hearing for the Budget will take place at the September Council Meeting. She reported that she will meet with the DLGF to go over the budget this week. Mrs. Maus asked if one of the Council members should attend. Mrs. Stoll said Council Members are welcome to attend but it is not necessary. The Salary Ordinance will be presented at the September meeting as well. Mayor Roderick said he will be sending out some salary comparisons from AIM.
A member of the public inquired why the lighting project along 41 was stopped. Mayor Roderick explained that Indot stopped the project until an engineering firm provided plans on the placement of light fixtures. He hopes to have some progress on this project in the next month. The Mayor asked Ron Jean if he could investigate installing electrical receptacles since Duke will not provide them on the light fixtures.
The next Council meeting will be held Monday, September 10, 2018.