The Board of Works and Safety for the City of Attica met, pursuant to Public Notice, on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 4:30 P.M. in the City Council Room.
Present was Mayor Roderick and Board Member Mr. Smart. Also present was Susan Stoll, Clerk Treasurer.
Upon Motion duly made by Mr. Smart, Mr. Gayler seconded to approve the minutes from the previous Board of Works Meeting for February 5, 2019. All were in favor and the motion passed.
There were no citizen’s petitions to be heard.
Department Head Reports:
Ron Jean, Street and Water Supervisor was present, with nothing to report
Police Chief Bob Cole was present, he reported Alexandra Swisher has been hired as a full-time police officer. She will begin her field training on February 27, she cannot work on her own yet. He is still trying to determine if she will have to complete a 3-4-week waiver course or the full 16-week course through the academy. It is uncertain how her training in Illinois will be accepted in Indiana.
Chief Cole reported that Jared Larson is leaving the Attica Police Department on March 14th to begin a job with Nucor Steel. He reported that a $35,000 JAG grant was awarded to the APD for new portable radios. The department is switching out their old portable radios with the new ones. In March, Chief said there is a chance we may lose another officer to Fountain County. Fountain County is hiring one new police officer and two of our officers interviewed for the position. Chief Cole asked the board to consider adding another officer to the total number of officers we currently employ. We currently employ 7 officers-including the SRO. Covington also employs that many officers-including a SRO. He stated that the response time of back-up agencies isn’t as good as it used to be, and he is concerned about officer safety. Mr. Smart was concerned that the City hasn’t budgeted for another officer and would like the Council to weigh in on the issue as well. He wondered if the City could hire a part-time officer for some of the time or tap other agencies for help. He inquired about our reserves. Chief Cole said that they all work full-time jobs and are not available M-F. He stated that the SRO doesn’t end up helping the department at all because he takes his benefit time when the school is not in session. He said he would like to potentially use Public Safety funds to pay for the additional officer. Mr. Smart asked to table the discussion until a future meeting. Mayor Roderick made a second to the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed.
Mr. Little, Fire Chief, was present, reported the department received the new skid unit. The new rescue truck was sent to Michigan to be welded and once completed, it will be sent back. Some members have taken the Fire I & II Course. The department has 3 new members which brings the total of firefighters to 19. There are two remaining spots open.
Jeff Pycke, Building Commissioner, was not present.
Mayor Roderick reported that an owner meeting for the façade project was held. Only one owner attended.
Utility credits were presented by Mrs. Stoll. Mr. Smart made a motion to approve all requests. Mr. Roderick made a second to the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed.
There is a “no parking” sign across the street from the post office. The Mayor asked to have the city take the sign down and paint 33’ from the intersection back to indicate where cars should not park. Right now, the sign is confusing because citizens think they cannot park on the entire block.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned, the next Board of Works meeting will be held on March 5, 2019 at 4:30 pm.