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Board of Works & Safety – July 2, 2019

The Board of Works and Safety for the City of Attica met, pursuant to Public Notice, on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at 4:30 P.M. in the City Council Room.

Present were Board Members, Chris Gayler and Andy Smart, Mayor Roderick, City Attorney, Jud Barce, and Clerk -Treasurer, Susan Stoll.

Minutes from the previous meeting:

Gayler made a motion to approve the minutes for the June 4, 18 & 25 meetings.  Smart made a second to the motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Citizens petitions:

There were no citizen’s petitions to be heard.

Department Head Reports:

Director of Public Works, Eric Swank, was present.  He asked if anything can do about the overgrown brush along Avenue Six adjacent to the RMC property.  Mayor Roderick asked Durnil if he could notify the owner of the property.  Durnil was not sure if it was Kraft Foods or Mr. Riley. He will look into it.

Interim Police Chief, Ed Durnil, was present.  He had nothing to report.

Attica Fire Chief, Mike Little, was present.  The generator on the grounds of the city building has not worked for years.  He is trying to get a quote for repair or replacement.  It will service the half of the building that houses the police and fire. He also reported that he would like to see a 5-year plan to address trees that can get in the way of fire equipment and to address hydrant replacement around the city.  Mayor Roderick asked Swank if he could get pricing on new hydrants.

Building Commissioner, Jeff Pycke, was present.  A renter living at 917 S. Perry St. asked Pycke to look at the property.  She believes there are some unsafe issues and wants to know if the city can do anything about it. Citizen, Aaron Smith was present to answer complaints from the city about the overhang and soffits/facia/eaves/gutter that need repair.  He said he has intentions to repair. The City would like a timeline from him on the repairs.  He explained he is waiting on a settlement with his insurance company on a workman’s comp claim. He intends to use these funds for the repair. The Mayor stated he would like to see the repairs done in 60 days. The Board of Works stated the repairs should be done by the September 3 Board of Works meeting.  They asked Smith to report back to the city by this date.  Smart made a motion to give Smith until Sept. 3 to repair and report back to the BOW.  Gayler made a second.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Unfinished Business:

Mayor Roderick has nothing to report on specs for demolition of the Buckley building in the 200 block of S. Perry St.  He apologized and said he will follow up with a company out of Terre Haute recommended by HWC.

New Business:

Utility credits were presented by Stoll.  Smart made a motion to approve.  Gayler made a second to the motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed.


The claims were presented by Stoll.  Smart made a motion to approve. Gayler seconded.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Miscellaneous Business:

Stoll reported that $75,100.50 was spent out of public safety funds for the demolition of 106/108 S. Perry St. in 2018.  She contacted the State Board of Accounts and asked if this was okay. They said it cannot be used for this purpose so the public safety fund must be reimbursed.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned, the next Board of Works meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 4:30 pm.