The Common Council for the City of Attica met on September 10, 2018, at 6:00 P.M. pursuant to public notice.
Those present at the meeting were: board members; Mr. Bill Craft, Mrs. Valarie Maus, and Mr. Matthew Madden. 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. Craft to approve the minutes of the August 13th, 2018 meeting. All were in favor and the motion passed.
Mayor Roderick spoke on behalf of Amanda Irwin from the Attica PTC. She could not attend the meeting but asked if the Council would entertain her request to have city-wide Trick-or-Treat for Halloween on Saturday, October 27, to coincide with the Attica Elementary fundraiser they do at the school. The Mayor said we have done this a couple of other years and the sentiment goes both ways as to the pros and cons of holding trick-or-treat on a Saturday. The Council decided to set the date for Saturday, October 27. City-wide will be from 6-8 PM that evening.
There were none.
Street Superintendent, Ron Jean: present; construction on the Yount Street lift station ongoing.
Attica Police Chief Cole: present; he had nothing to report.
Attica Fire Department: Chief, Mike Little; was present. He reported that the department have received the new radios. They are happy with them. He was asked by the Board of Works to contact the Davis Township Trustee to try to develop a fire protection contract with them. He will bring back the proposal to the Council. Tomorrow is 9/11, the fire department will be hoisting a large flag outside the station beginning at 7 AM to recognize the day. The American Legion donated a 25’ flag to the department. The American Legion will do a flag dedication with a 21-gun salute at 7 PM and everyone is invited to that. It will be held at the fire department.
Building Commissioner, Jeff Pycke; present; reported that the owner of 500 E. Jackson is present at the meeting. He introduced himself as James Smick. He recently moved all of the loose bricks on the back of the building which improves the safety of that part of the structure. He plans to continue to stabilize the back corner of the building. Mr. Smick said he would entertain selling the property.
Mr. Madden asked about the homes on the 900 block of South Perry that were discussed at the last Council meeting. The Parrish property owners were given more time by the Board of Works to come up with a solution. The other property with the shingles that have been blowing off the roof said that they are beginning repairs. Mr. Pycke said since the last meeting, Mr. Lockhart has erected a fence that is in non-compliance with our city ordinance. Mr. Pycke will be corresponding with him about this issue. Mrs. Maus asked about 600 S. Perry. The front porch had been hit by a vehicle and recently the windows have been left open and there was a lot of refuse in the yard. Mr. Pycke has sent a letter to the owner of the property asking them to communicate their intentions with the city.
Mayor Roderick asked the Council to consider angled parking on Perry St. on only the east side of the street between Jackson/41 and Main Street. He and Bob Shepherd have measured the width of the road and feel there is ample space to accommodate this scenario. Mrs. Maus made a motion to have Mr. O’Connor create an Ordinance that would allow this change. Mr. Madden made a second to the motion. Mr. Craft and Mr. Askren were not in favor. Mr. Craft said that he has spoke to some citizens who are not in favor of this change. Street Superintendent, Ron Jean, suggested that the painted center line could be moved further to the west to allow more space in the northbound lane. Mayor Roderick said that he has the tie-breaking vote and votes yes. Mr. O’Connor said he will prepare an ordinance for the next meeting.
Mayor Roderick opened the Public Hearing for the Budget for 2019. He also presented the Salary Ordinance for the Council’s consideration. He asked for comments from the public and/or Council. Mrs. Stoll explained that adoption will take place at the October Council Meeting. Mrs. Stoll read the amounts that have been advertised on the Indiana Gateway portal. The General Fund has been advertised for $1,196,228; the Public Safety Fund, $100,000; the Police Pension Fund, $35,000; the Local Road & Street Fund, $13,000; MVH Fund, $342,766; Park Fund, $149,000; Cemetery Fund, $159,900; the CCIF Fund, $12,000; the CCD Fund, $55,000, and the Economic Development Fund for $80,000. Mrs. Stoll reported that the Tax Cap Credits have increased in 2019 for the City because our net assessed value has decreased. The City needs to attract new business to help increase our net assessed value. There were no further comments, so Mayor Roderick closed the Public Hearing.
Mayor Roderick brought up the subject of the PERF retirement plan for the Public Safety Officer. Mrs. Stoll said that the city offers the PERF Hybrid plan for eligible employees. Mr. Madden made a motion to adopt a resolution electing to join the PERF plan for the Public Safety Officer. Mrs. Maus seconded the motion. Mr. Askren and Mr. Craft voted no. Mr. Askren asked Mayor Roderick why the City created this position. What led the City to add this position. Mayor Roderick explained that we have employed this officer for a year and that we originally thought we could place the officer in PERF as a police officer, but Mrs. Stoll found out after the fact that the job of police officer was already covered by the 77 Fund in the City of Attica. That position could not therefore participate in PERF. Mayor Roderick said that communities such as Whitestown and Plymouth have Public Safety Officers and that unique position could participate in PERF if the City wanted to allow it. Mr. Askren said that those communities created a job description and then advertised and hired someone who could fill the position. Mayor Roderick explained that our job description will be similar to our current police officers, but this position will have to have some fire and EMT training. Mr. Askren asked why the Safety Officer does not have the training. Chief Cole said he will be cross trained by Officers Durnil and Larson who have fire training. Mr. Askren asked how much time the Safety Officer will be given to move to the area. Mayor Roderick stated that it will be a year from the August meeting when the Public Safety Officer position was created. Mr. Askren said that he takes issue with the fact that the Merit Board allowed him to be hired when he shouldn’t have been. He is unhappy with the process that was followed. Mayor Roderick cast a tie breaking vote to approve the enlargement of the cities PERF to include the position of Public Safety Officer. Mayor Roderick stated that we have a good officer and he has worked for the City for a year.
Mayor Roderick discussed funding a new position of an Economic Developer for the City of Attica. The details of hiring a full-time or contracted employee have not been decided. Cindy Mason spoke about the need the City must bring in new businesses and support existing businesses. We would use our economic development funds for this purpose. Mr. Askren made a motion to create the position. Mrs. Maus made a second to the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed.
Mayor Roderick said a meeting will be set in October with grant writer, Kristy Jerrell, to meet with downtown business owners to discuss a façade program.
Kyle Knosp has approached the Mayor about selling ATV stickers to people visiting the Badlands out at the Badlands. The Council was fine with this. Mr. Askren asked if there is a curfew for ATV’s. Mr. O’Connor read the part of the ordinance that addresses the curfew.
A citizen asked Mayor Roderick about banning Jake brakes (exhaust brakes) at the top of Jackson St coming into the City. The noise and vibration is a nuisance. Mr. O’Connor said if the City considered this, an ordinance would have to be adopted. Mayor Roderick said this could be revisited at the next Council meeting.
Cindy Mason reminded everyone about the “Rock into Fall” event on Saturday, Oct. 6.
The next Council meeting will be held Monday, October 8, 2018.