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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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Council Proceedings – April 8, 2019

The Common Council for the City of Attica met on April 8, 2019, at 6:00 P.M. pursuant to public notice.

Those present at the meeting were: board members; Mr. Larry Askren, Mr. Larry Grant, Mr. Bill Craft, Mrs. Valarie Maus and Mr. Matthew Madden. Also, present were: Mayor, Duane Roderick, City Attorney, Jud Barce, and Clerk-Treasurer, Susan Stoll.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

Maus made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 11, 2019 Council Meeting.  Mr. Craft seconded.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Mayor Roderick paused the meeting to introduce our recently hired city attorney, Jud Barce.

CITIZENS PETITIONS:

There were none.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

There were none.

DEPARTMENT HEADS:

Ron Jean, Superintendent of Public Works, was not present.

Sargent Durnil spoke on behalf of the Attica Police Department.  He announced that there will be an executive session of the Police Merit Board on April 10 from 6-8 PM to interview candidates for a full-time police officer position.  There will be a public meeting after at 8 PM.  The Merit Board hopes to hire an officer to replace Jarid Larson.

Chief Little, Fire Department, present. He had nothing to report.

Jeff Pycke, Building Commissioner, present.  He reported there are properties at 208 and 209 W. Monroe, one that has a demolition permit approved, the other that has a hold in the ground that needs to be filled.  Mr. Pycke is in communication with the owner about completing these jobs.  The Attica North Neighborhood Association contacted Pycke requesting that he look at a few properties.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Mayor Roderick brought the topic of the dwelling ordinance from the table.  He has forwarded the preliminary draft that Tom O’Connor presented to the Council to our new city attorney, Barce, and asked him to review and make suggestions.  Barce has created similar ordinances for other cities that may be helpful.  Mayor Roderick said Mr. Pycke may become the unsafe building inspector through this process.

Mayor Roderick brought the topic of the repair of Park Avenue from the table for discussion. He reported HWC Engineering/Eric Smith is in the process of coming up with estimates for cost/design of storm drains and curbs.  He will not be giving costs on the construction of the brick road.

Mayor Roderick brought the topic of repair to the north facing brick wall on the building owned by Robie Criswell located at 108/110 N. Perry St.  This was the wall that was previously an interior/shared wall with the building that was demolished at 106 S. Perry St. Roderick shared some proposals from KJG Architecture for the repair or enclosure of the existing wall.  It was never meant to be exposed to the elements.  Mayor Roderick asked Madden, who was speaking on behalf of Criswell, about the timing of the request to repair.  Madden reported that Criswell has a potential buyer for the building but didn’t state a specific date.  Madden said that the previously approved amount of $8500 for repairs to be paid by the city is on the low side. Criswell or the potential buyer intend to take on some of the cost but are wondering if the city will contribute more towards the repair.  Grant has concerns about the vacant property next door since it is not owned by the city.  Roderick asked if a dollar amount should be discussed.  Madden suggested $30,000 by the city.  Askren asked if insurance could cover the city portion.  Stoll said there are a few funds within the city budget that could be used for this purpose. Maus asked if the Riverboat Gambling Fund could be used. Stoll said that is a potential source of funds.  Grant asked if proposals could be sought locally for repairs.  The Mayor said he will get two proposals.

NEW BUSINESS:

None.

MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS:

Askren asked what the city is going to do about the accrued comp time that Bob Cole turned in at the time of his resignation. Mayor Roderick said he is looking into it.  Askren asked if the State Board of Accounts were going to be called to do an audit and if an inventory of equipment had been conducted.  Ed Durnil reported that all the equipment was inventoried, and nothing is missing.

Madden asked if there is any resolution to the police canine maintenance hours.  Mayor Roderick reported he has Jud Barce investigating the issue for the city.

ADJORNMENT:

Meeting was adjourned at 6:10 pm. A special Council Meeting will be held Monday, April 15, 2019 at 6:00pm.

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