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Board of Works & Safety – August 21, 2018

The Board of Works and Safety for the City of Attica met, pursuant to Public Notice, on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 4:30 P.M. in the City Council Room.

Present were Board Members, Andy Smart and Chris Gayler.  Also present were, Mayor, Duane 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 Aug 7th, 2018 were approved as written.

Citizens petitions

Ron Lockhart addressed the board about properties just north and south of his home that are in different states of disrepair. Mr. O’Connor spoke about the ordinance that addresses these types of issues.  For the City Building Commissioner to act, the property must meet one of the definitions that would deem the property a danger to the public/public health.  The property cannot just be in poor condition for the City to intercede.  Some of the issues that may cause the City to address a property owner are when the property is a hazard to public health, the property has become a public nuisance, the property has been vacated, the property is not suitable for human habitation, and the property is a fire hazard.  If the property meets one of these conditions, the Building Commissioner makes an order against the property owner, giving them a date to respond and the right to appeal to the Board of Works. Tom O’Connor may send a letter to the owner notifying them of fines if they do not comply by the given date.

One of the properties that Mr. Lockhart was asking the City to check is 923 S. Perry St. It needs roof repairs and has water & mold problems.  Mr. O’Connor will send a letter giving the owners until Sept. 4 to come to the Board of Works if they want to appeal the decision to condemn the property.

Mark Mason addressed the Board about a utility bill for the use of 26,000 gallons for the ASK Food Pantry.  They do not know what caused the high use, but they usually only use 3000 gallons or less per month and have determined that it is not an ongoing problem.  He asked the Board if they would consider giving ASK a sewer credit this one time. They are a non-profit entity and operated on limited funds. Mr. Smart made a motion to approve a sewer credit.  Mr. Gayler made a second to the motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Rodney Ward addressed the Board asking if he could be given permission to clean out the Old Buckley Building downtown.  He would agree to sign a waiver/release from the City agreeing to not seek liability for any injuries sustained while cleaning the building.  The Mayor said that he will have city officials; Jeff Pycke and/or Ron Jean look at the building and will have an answer for him by the next Board of Works meeting on September 4.

Department Heads

Director of Public Works, Ron Jean; was not present.

Police Chief, Bob Cole, present; reported the DUI Taskforce conducted a sobriety checkpoint and saturation patrols last weekend to target impaired drivers.  On Saturday night they stopped someone with the drugs fentanyl and heroin.  Jared Larson is currently away on his National Guard duty and will be for the next month.  He reported he will be taking vacation the week of September 3.

Fire Chief, Mike Little, present; reported he is looking into starting a cadet program.  He spoke to our insurance broker and the cadets would be covered under our current policy.  He is creating a new application for employment with the fire department.  He will have Tom O’Connor, City Attorney, review it.  The fire department is looking at purchasing a Polaris Ranger with a six-man cab.  They have 30-50 runs a season to the Badlands and this type of vehicle would be very helpful for that terrain.  This type of vehicle could also be used for brushfires and rescues in wooded areas.  If they purchased one, it would have a 70-gallon tank on it.

Building Commissioner Jeff Pyke, present; reported he has contacted the owner of 500 Jackson St. about repairing the building.  The owner lives locally, his name is James DeGrazia.  He expressed his interest in having repairs completed.  Mr. Pycke has determined that Justin Hoffa owns 204 W Columbia and he will send him a letter asking for repairs are done to the building.

Unfinished Business

Mr. O’Connor said he sent a letter to Mr. Bieneman about requiring repairs be done to his building and asking him to respond to the Board of Works by the Sept. 4 meeting.

Mr. O’Connor said he will be checking on the property at Canal and Monroe (previously Mr. Beaver’s property).

New business

There were utility credits presented for consideration.  Mr. Gayler made a motion to approve and Mr. Smart made a second to the motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Claims

Mr. Smart made a motion and Mr. Gayler made a second to approve all claims presented.  All were in favor and the motion passed.  

Miscellaneous Business 

Mr. Smart asked Mr. Little if he could be in contact with Davis Township about their fire protection contract.  He also suggested that Mike contact the WestPoint Fire Department to discuss the matter.

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

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