The Common Council for the City of Attica met on June 10, 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, Mr. Matthew Madden 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
Askren made a motion to approve the minutes for the May 13th Council Meetings. Madden seconded. All were in favor and the motion passed.
Jeff Pycke spoke on behalf of his wife, Sara Pycke. Directly across from their home, 507 E. Pike, a trailer is parked to the edge of the alley. They wondered if this was allowed. Mayor Roderick asked Sargent Durnil to investigate.
Cindy Mason spoke about the Community Celebration to be held at McDonald Park on June 29 from 4-9 PM. She asked if the alley along the east side of the park and Council Street between Main and Jackson St. could be closed for the event. The Council was okay with her request.
There were none.
Eric Swank was present. He did not report on anything.
Ed Durnil reported that the Police Merit Board will conduct an executive session to discuss candidates for a new police officer at 8 PM and a public meeting to follow at 8:30 PM on Thursday, June 13.
Mike Little, Attica Fire Chief, reported that the siren at the city building is not working. The transmitter was hit by lightning. He is looking into getting a bid to repair or replace it. Kyle Askren asked if the tornado siren is working at the high school. He said it runs for a couple of seconds and then shuts down. Little said he will have dispatch check on it.
Jeff Pycke, Building Commissioner, was present. He didn’t have anything new to report.
Mayor Roderick provided 3 scenarios (in the form of handouts) from HWC for repairing Park Avenue. Road repair funds for 2019 may be fully allocated for the Community Crossing 25% local match.
Mayor Roderick spoke on behalf of Wade Harrison about 110 S. Perry. The north facing brick wall, which became exposed to the elements when 106/108 S. Perry was demolished, needs to be covered by materials or sealed. Mayor Roderick said he and Cindy Mason toured Delphi buildings that had been renovated and he will try to track down the vendor who sealed the bricks on those projects and report back.
Barce has not completed the new ordinance setting comp time rules and limits. He asked to be able to present it at the July council meeting.
Madden inquired about the status of paying our canine officer maintenance hours. Madden made a motion to have Barce develop an ordinance which establishes the payment of canine maintenance hours retroactive to the day Hohenstein began working with the dog. Maus made a second to the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed.
HEA 1402 was passed establishing a Food & Beverage Tax of 1% for the City of Attica. A separate fund will be set up for this money and the money is to be used for economic development in Attica. Grant made a motion to prepare an ordinance for our July Council Meeting which we can read for the first time, a second time in title only, then table and publish, setting a public hearing for the adoption to take place at the August Council Meeting. Askren made a second to the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed. The effective proposed date of implementation would be October 1, 2019. Madden asked if it would be possible to adopt an innkeeper’s tax in Attica as well.
The topic of recreational vehicle and campers used as living quarters came up for discussion. The police have asked an individual who is living in a camper to discontinue doing it. She does for a while and then moves back into the camper. According to Barce, the Building Commissioner and Area Planning Commission are currently in charge of enforcing this rule. The Council is interested in fining penalties of a minimum of $50 and up to $500/day for violations. They expressed interest in escalating fees for repeat offenders. Barce asked if the ordinance should allow a police officer to assess the violation. Barce will work on an ordinance to include language about penalties and the city will have to publish the ordinance before adoption.
Mayor Roderick reported that the fence along the north side of the tennis courts in McDonald Park is leaning and it could be a danger to the public. He has received a proposal from Blue’s Fence to repair the fence for $4,590. He suggested that public safety funds be used for this repair. Askren made a motion and Madden seconded to pay for Blue’s Fence to repair the fence and use public safety funds to pay for it. All were in favor and the motion passed.
Madden asked if our current noise ordinance addresses the use of jake breaks. Madden made a motion to have Barce create an ordinance prohibiting jake breaks and to tie a fine to it. Maus seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed.
Mayor Roderick stated that he allowed Sargent Durnil and Eric Swank to be compensated $100 more per week while they acted in supervisory positions before a department head could be named/hired. He realized that the amendment to the salary ordinance should state the increase be $100/week more for salaried positions and $2.50 an hour more for hourly positions. By stating it this way, if the hourly employee works overtime, they will be compensated for not only their straight hours but their overtime hours as well. He also asked to amend the salary ordinance to allow full-time employees to claim time and a half for working on a holiday. He proposed that the ordinance state this should be effective beginning on Memorial Day 2019. Askren made a motion to adopt an amendment to our policy to allow payment of time and a half for full-time employees who work on a holiday and to amend Ordinance 11, 2018 to allow payment of $100/week more for salary and $2.50/hr more for hourly while an employee acts as an interim department head. Madden made a second to the motion. All were in favor and the motion passed.
Cindy Mason spoke on behalf of the Police Merit Board. They expressed interest in passing a policy that required police officers to reimburse the city for the academy if they leave employment before working for the city 2 or 3 years. Barce said he will check to see if this type of policy would be enforceable. There will be a committee formed to discuss ideas for police retention. Tricia Hargan said an exit interview was conducted with TJ Powell. 16 or 17 officers have left the Attica Police Department in the last 14 years.
Askren said there is a cat problem in his neighborhood. Tricia Hargan was in the audience and asked to speak on behalf of Paws N Claws animal shelter. She said that Paws N Claws have traps residents may borrow. If a cat is trapped, it can be brought out to the shelter and they will take it. She asked that if traps are used that the traps be put in the shade and be checked every 3-4 hours.
Meeting was adjourned at 6:55 pm. The next Council meeting will be held Monday, July 8, 2019 at 6:00pm.