The Board of Works and Safety for the City of Attica met, pursuant to Public Notice, on Tuesday, September 18, 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 on Sept. 4, 2018 were approved as written.
There were none.
Director of Public Works, Ron Jean; present, reporting that Hesler will be patching roads the first week of October.
Police Chief, Bob Cole; present, reported about the house explosion on Monday morning, September 17. Four officers went into a burning house next to the one that exploded and removed a woman in a wheelchair. Chief Cole will recommend that the Merit Board recognize the officer’s efforts. The extra hours required because of the explosion may cause comp time by the department. The Jag grant has been awarded for the purchase of mobile radios for 5 police vehicles. $38,411 was awarded for this purpose. He will get an updated quote on the radios and the grant will honor that pricing. Mike Alsop Chevrolet has donated a police vehicle to be exclusively used by the School Resource Officer. The car would potentially be replaced by Alsop each year. Mr. Gayler asked if this car replaces one of the others. Chief said that all the other vehicles would be retained so that the department always has a car if another is out for repairs, or perhaps used as a night shift car, or for training. He was not sure who would insure the car yet because Alsop will retain ownership of the vehicle. He gave a quote to the board for a light package from JTN in the amount of $5613.00. The lighting package could be removed after a year and used on a subsequent vehicle. There is no cost to the City for the vehicle itself. Chief Cole asked if the Safety Officer be allowed to be governed by the Police Merit Board. He felt that this position would be classified as a Merit Officer, but Tom O’Connor did not agree. Currently, this position would under the jurisdiction of the Board of Works. Mr. O’Connor said he will do some investigation on this topic to see what the law allows.
Fire Chief, Mike Little, not present. Mr. Beedle spoke in his absence. The department was very busy with the house explosion yesterday. Mike Little and the Davis Township Trustee met and they worked on developing a fire protection contract that could be presented to the Council. The department has used the new Polaris Ranger about 4 times already. It is very useful. Mr. Beedle is working on a grant with the Attica Community Foundation.
Building Commissioner Jeff Pyke, present; reported that the Parrish’s who own 923 S. Perry St., contacted him to say that they do not have the funds to repair the home. Mr. O’Connor said he would contact a realtor in Lafayette to ask if the home can be sold. Jeff will consult with the Health Department to see if the home’s mold is bad enough to justify condemnation. He will try to find out if there are any health issues with air quality if the building is demolished. Jeff will contact the owner of 917 S. Perry about a fence that was put up that is not in compliance with our existing ordinance.
The police have received more complaints about the lot on S. Perry St. that is being used to store vehicles. Some of the vehicles appear to be inoperable. The present zoning does not allow for wrecked vehicles to be stored on that property. Mayor Roderick said he would personally contact Mr. Stepp about these concerns.
There were utility credits presented for consideration. Mr. Smart made a motion to approve and Mr. Gayler made a second to the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed.
Mayor Roderick said that he sought and has received a quote from Steve Hall for $3325 to install a pole and electric box in the alley near the newly vacated lot on the 100 S. Perry block. Mr. Smart made a motion to hire Mr. Hall for this purpose. Mr. Gayler seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed.
Mr. Gayler made a motion and Mr. Smart made a second to approve all claims presented. All were in favor and the motion passed.
Mr. Gayler said there are branches near the football field that need to be trimmed by Duke as they present a hazard. Mayor Roderick said he would call Dan Rhodes from Duke to inquire about this.
Mayor Roderick reminded everyone that the “Rock into Fall” event will take place on Saturday, October 6th in downtown Attica.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned, and the next Board of Works meeting will be held on October 2, 2018 at 4:30 pm.