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Council Proceedings – December 10, 2018

The Common Council for the City of Attica met on December 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, Mr. Larry Askren, and Mr. Matthew Madden. Also, present were: Mayor Roderick; Attorney, Tom O’Connor; and Clerk Treasurer, Susan Stoll.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

Mrs. Maus made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 12 Council Meeting.  Mr. Askren seconded.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Mayor Roderick announced that Josh Hall has moved from Attica and therefore, has resigned from the Attica City Council.  Mayor Roderick thanked Josh for the years of service to the City.  Mayor Roderick said that the Republican Party will presumably hold a caucus to replace Mr. Hall.

CITIZENS PETITIONS:

There were none.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

There were none.

DEPARTMENT HEADS:

Ron Jean, Superintendent of Public Works, present.  The newly reconstructed Yount Street Lift Station is completed and operational.  The construction of the waste water treatment plant reconstruction is a month behind schedule.  Leaf pick-up is 90% complete.

Chief Cole, Chief of Police, present.  He had nothing to report.

Chief Little, Fire Department, present.  He reported that the department needs to purchase some new hose.  They are applying for a grant to pay for this expense. He expects to have to pay around $10,000 for the new fire hose.  Mr. Madden inquired about the number of runs the department had for the year.  Mr. Little is still getting his computer records up to date and will report back.

Jeff Pycke, Building Commissioner, was not present.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Citizen, Pat Cole, was in attendance for the public hearing for his request to vacate an alley in the location where the former Family Video building is located.  Attorney, John Larson spoke on behalf of Mr. Cole.  The alley is currently not available to be used by the public.  A certified letter was sent to Mr. Stepp, the adjacent property owner.  Mr. Stepp was present and stated that he has no problem with the request to vacate the alley.  He just wanted to clarify that the existing utilities present in the alley did not present an issue with the request. Mr. Larson stated that the utilities will remain as-is unless an alternate proposal is presented and accepted.  Mr. Cole stated that the national company that is involved with developing this property will pay for the relocation of the utilities if necessary. Mr. Stepp asked if a privacy fence will be erected.  Mr. Cole said there would be no privacy fence. There were no further comments from the public and the public hearing was closed.  Mr. Madden made a motion to read Ordinance # 13, 2018 for the first time in full, for a second time in title only. Mr. Craft made a second to the motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed.  Upon completion of the reading by Mr. O’Connor, Mr. Madden made a motion to suspend the rules, read the Ordinance for a third time and adopt. Mrs. Maus made a second to the motion.  Mrs. Stoll took a roll call for votes.  Mr. Craft-yes.  Mr. Madden-yes.  Mrs. Maus-yes.  Mr. Askren-yes.  The motion passed by a vote of 4-0.

Mrs. Stoll reported that the Department of Local Government Finance approved our requested budget.

NEW BUSINESS:

Mr. O’Connor spoke about a proposed ordinance for addressing “slum lords”. The proposal should address the upkeep of rental properties and private property.  Mr. O’Connor sent the proposed ordinance out to a group of known rental property owners in the city who would be affected by the adoption of the ordinance with the intent that they would be given the opportunity to share their input.  Mr. Askren asked who within the city would oversee enforcement.  Mr. O’Connor said the police and city attorney would oversee enforcement. This first draft of the ordinance is a template used by other cities in Indiana but is just a working document.  Citizen and Board of Works member, Andy Smart, said that run-down properties bring down the value of surrounding properties. The Board of Works would like this problem to be addressed by passing an ordinance. Citizen, Tawnia Adams posed some questions she hopes the city can answer.  How will the City prevent selective enforcement?  Will the City give reasonable notice of violations?  What will the process be for violations?  What will the reporting process be within the City? How will the City reconcile our ordinance with state laws?  Is the inspection of interiors a violation of privacy?  Mr. O’Connor said that the Council will need to define the length of the notification period.  They will need to establish objective standards for the ordinance.  He said that due process will have to be established.  Mayor Roderick stated that many residents have been complaining over time and that stricter ordinance enforcement is desired. Citizen, Art Fletcher asked why the police are involved when they aren’t trained as building inspectors.  Mr. O’Connor said that they oversee citing citizens when there is an ordinance violation.  They aren’t in charge of inspection. Citizen, Rachel Martin asked if the public will have access to the proposed ordinance.  Mr. O’Connor said it will be published and discussed in at least 2 public meetings.   Mr. Askren made a motion to table the discussion until a future meeting.  Mr. Craft made a second to the motion.  All were in favor the motion passed.

MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS:

Mayor Roderick asked the Council to consider adding Veterans Day, Presidents Day and Columbus Day as city paid holidays.  Williamsport, Veedersburg, Covington, Fountain County currently have those as paid holidays.  Mr. Madden made a motion to table a decision until a future meeting.  Mr. Askren made a second to the motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

ADJORNMENT:

The next Council meeting will be held Monday, January 14, 2019.

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