The Common Council for the City of Attica met on January 14, 2019, 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, Mr. Larry Grant and Mr. Matthew Madden. Also, present were: Mayor Roderick; Attorney, Tom O’Connor; and Clerk-Treasurer, Susan Stoll.
Valarie Maus read a part of Tyler Trent’s eulogy as inspiration for the Council and City employees as we begin our work for the City in 2019.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:
Valarie Maus made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 10, 2018 Council Meeting. Mr. Askren seconded. All were in favor and the motion passed.
Matthew VanDeWater, a Student Council Representative, came and spoke on behalf of the Attica Student Council. He stated that Student Council is requesting to host a 5K run for Riley Children’s Hospital on Saturday, April 6, 2019. The course will be the same and the Turkey Trot. Council approved.
There were none.
Ron Jean, Superintendent of Public Works, present. He reported that a 70-day extension on construction of the sewage plant was requested and approved by our engineering firm.
Chief Cole, Chief of Police, present. He had nothing to report.
Chief Little, Fire Department, present. He had nothing to report
Jeff Pycke, Building Commissioner, present. He had nothing to report.
Regarding the Ordinance to address run-down properties which was presented to the Council in December 2018, the Council asked to table discussion until the next meeting.
The request for additional paid holidays for 2019 was requested to be tabled by Mr. Madden until the next meeting. All were in favor. The holidays include: Veterans Day, Presidents Day and Columbus Day.
Mrs. Stoll spoke about the ordinance that is currently in our code that requires citizens to register their pets with the city and pay an annual fee. Mrs. Stoll reported that the revenue generated is the same as the cost of the tags we order each year. Perhaps the ordinance does not serve a purpose anymore. The Council will consider this and table the discussion until our next Council meeting. Tom O’Connor said he would work on an ordinance that would repeal the existing one and bring it to the next meeting.
There will be a benefit on January 26, 2019 from 7-10 am for Bob Scherer at the Fountain County EMS building.
Larry Grant, who recently vacated the Police Commission representative that is appointed by the City Council, suggested that his replacement be Trish Hargan. Mayor Roderick recently appointed Cindy Mason to replace Trish Hargan. Larry Grant said Ms. Hargan would allow continuity by continuing to serve on this board. All were in favor and Ms. Hargan was appointed as the Council representative.
The floor was opened for nominations for Council President for 2019. Mrs. Maus made a motion for Matthew Madden to be appointed President for City Council. There was no second to the motion. Mr. Askren motioned for Larry Grant to be appointed President, Mr. Craft seconded. Mayor Roderick closed the nominations. All were in favor and Mr. Grant will serve as President.
Meeting was adjourned at 6:14pm. The next Council meeting will be held Monday, February 11, 2019 at 6:00pm.