The Common Council for the City of Attica met on May 13, 2019, at 6:00 P.M. pursuant to public notice.
Mayor Roderick broke from the regular agenda to swear in our new police officer, Lucas Miller.
Those present at the meeting were: board members; Mr. Larry Askren, Mr. Larry Grant, Mr. Bill Craft, and Mrs. Valarie Maus. Also, present were: Mayor, Duane Roderick, City Attorney, Jud Barce, and Clerk-Treasurer, Susan Stoll.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:
Mrs. Maus made a motion to approve the minutes for the April 8 and 15th Council Meetings. Mr. Craft seconded. All were in favor and the motion passed.
Josh Barnett, Associate Pastor of the Attica Free Methodist Church, and Jerry Badgley, Pastor, addressed the Council asking permission to use city facilities for a free concert by a band called “The Protest” on July 14. They cannot be sure of the attendance numbers. One possible choice would be to use Ouabache Park (riverfront). A couple of possible issues would be the river height unpredictability and the available power source. Temporary electrical service may be able to be put in. Grant voiced concern about the adequacy of the bathrooms to handle a large number of people. Ravine Park was also discussed. The concert would be set up at noon and be over by 9 PM. The concert would start at 3 PM. Mike Little asked that the AFD and EMS be informed of the location once it is resolved. Josh will also check on the availability of using the Badlands Off-Road Park as a venue.
There were none.
Ed Durnil reported that an officer is leaving the APD in two weeks. They will be taking applications for an officer to replace TJ Powell.
Mike Little, Attica Fire Chief, reported that they have just wrapped up their fire class for two new people. Five people have been certified. At the end of the month, there will be a Jeep Jamboree at the Badlands. 400-500 jeepers will be in town Friday and Saturday. A dinner will be held both nights at the fire station on May 31 and June 1 for the group. There will also be a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning at the station.
Jeff Pycke, Building Commissioner, was not present.
Mayor Roderick asked Barce to discuss the unsafe building ordinance. Barce reported that we have an unsafe building ordinance in Chapter 6, Article 12. The Board of Works is set up as the hearing officer/enforcement authority and the building commissioner is the enforcement officer. Pycke will be getting his orders ready. Barce will review our ordinance against state law and figure out if we need to alter our code. He will report back at the next Council Meeting.
Mayor Roderick reported he spoke to Eric Smith/HWC about Park Avenue repair. There is nothing ready to present yet. There should be something to present by the next meeting.
Mayor Roderick reported that the north facing exposed wall of Robie Criswell’s building was quoted by Interstate Metals/Builders to cover the wall. Roderick asked Interstate Metals business owner, PJ Stoll to speak about the quote. He reported they have put in a proposal for approximately $24,000 in cost.
Mayor Roderick asked Barce to report on the new ordinance setting comp time rules and limits. Barce has not completed the ordinance and asked to be able to present it at the next council meeting.
Resolution # 2, 2019 A Resolution Transferring Funds for the Deferral and Diversion Program Fee Fund to Police Law Enforcement Fund was presented to the Council. The
purpose of the resolution is to transfer funds from the deferral/diversion program fee fund to the police law enforcement fund in the amount of $1054.84 to purchase 12 Hawk lapel microphones. Maus made a motion to adopt and Askren seconded. All were in favor and the motion passed.
Mayor Roderick reported he would like the Council to approve hiring the firm Mitchell Marketing to conduct a housing study. The housing study is an important tool for housing development/economic development. The cost of the study is $9000.00. The report would be good for 6-7 years. The Council were in favor and asked that funds from the Riverboat Fund be used to pay for the study.
Mayor Roderick reported that Ron Jean resigned as the Director of Public Works. The candidate the Mayor wishes to appoint requested 2 more weeks of vacation unpaid in addition to the amount of vacation he would receive according to our current policy. The Mayor feels he is a qualified candidate and feels that we should grant his request in order to be able to hire him to take the job. Grant asked that a good written record be made of this exception so that his pay is reflective of special circumstances granted by the Council. The Council was in favor. Mayor Roderick announced that the new Director of Public Works will be Eric Swank.
Mayor Roderick reported that he approved a $100 a week increase in pay for Ed Durnil and Eric Swank while they act as interim department heads. He realized he could not do that without the Council approving an amended Salary Ordinance after he had authorized the pay increase. He asked Barce to draft the amended ordinance to be retroactive to the date that he began the pay increase.
Mayor Roderick asked the Council to consider amending our personnel policy to allow those hourly employees who work on a holiday to be paid at a rate of time and a half. He asked that the amended policy be retroactive to the Memorial Day Holiday 2019. The Council verbally approved this change to our policy. Barce will draft an ordinance/resolution to present to the Council. Mrs. Stoll reminded the Council that she didn’t budget in 2019 for this change. She thinks it will be okay because the employee that is most affected is paid from an area of the budget that can absorb the extra. In the future, these kinds of changes should be made to coincide with the budgeting planning.
Askren asked about the dwelling ordinance addressing blight problems in the city. Tom O’Connor had worked on the document before he retired. Barce has worked on a policy for Goodland, IN that can be referenced. Barce will review O’Connor’s files and report back at a future meeting.
There was none.
Meeting was adjourned at 6:22 pm. The next Council meeting will be held Monday, June 10, 2019 at 6:00pm.