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Board of Works & Safety – October 1, 2019

The Board of Works and Safety for the City of Attica met, pursuant to Public Notice, on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at 4:30 P.M. in the City Council Room.

Present were Board Members, Andy Smart and Chris Gayler. Also, present: Mayor Roderick, and Clerk-Treasurer; Susan Stoll.

Minutes from the previous meeting:

Gayler made a motion to approve the minutes from the September 17th meeting.  Smart seconded.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Citizens petitions:

There were none.

Department Head Reports:

Director of Public Works, Eric Swank, was present. He reported that Thieneman will begin construction on the holding tank at the wastewater treatment plant.  Swank says that it has become apparent that the tank will need to allow dewatering off the bottom level of the tank.  The current tank will only allow dewatering off the upper level.  Swank does not have a quote for this extra construction.  The Board of Works members realize this is needed and support the extra construction.  Swank said that the city will contribute some excavation for this part of the construction which will create a credit of $6,900 which can go towards the extra costs involved.  On another topic, Swank feels our water tap fee, which is set at $500, is set too low.  Veedersburg charges $750, Williamsport charges $850.  Swank proposes we increase our fee to $850.  Mayor Roderick said the Council would have to approve a change to the fee.

Interim Police Chief, Ed Durnil, was present. He thanked the city workers for helping the police department set-up for the Doggie Dash over the Heritage Days weekend.

Attica Fire Chief, Mike Little, was not present.

Building Commissioner, Jeff Pycke, was present.  He reported on the following topics:

  • 606 N. Fifth St., owner, Lawson, applied for a building permit on a lot that is not a full-size lot according to our zoning code.  Pycke denied the permit.  Lawson may appeal the decision to the Board of Zoning Appeals.  Swank said two roads would have to be torn up to bring sewage lines to the property.
  • 204 W. Yount St. submitted a building permit to add a deck.  Pycke denied the permit because the deck exceeds the set back limits.  If they wish to proceed, they will have to appeal the decision to the Board of Zoning Appeals.
  • Citizen, Amy Poynter, contacted Pycke with complaints about the rental she lived in.  Pycke tried to contact her two times, she did not return his calls.
  • Attorney, Jud Barce, advised Pycke to allow the owners of two properties to be given until the November 5 Board of Works to respond to requests for repairs.  Those addresses are 600 S. Perry and 200 West Street.
  • Pycke has issued an unsafe building order to 705 S. Union St.  The owner is Todd Howard.
  • Pycke has received another complaint about the property, 907 E. Summit.
  • Pycke received a building permit for a fence at 201 W. Monroe.  The construction of the fence commenced before a permit was filled out.  Patrick Runyan has since filled it out and Pycke denied it because the height of the fence is taller than our code allows.  The fence is already partially installed.  Mayor Roderick asked Pycke to contact our attorney, Barce, to ask what the city should do to get the owner to take the fence down.
  • Mayor Roderick mentioned that the repair to the property at the corner of Bethel and Avenue Six is taking an excessive amount of time.  The home is still in poor condition.
  • Smart asked if the city could potentially sell city owned properties to individuals who wished to build in city limits.  Mayor Roderick thinks we may be required to hold an auction if we try to sell city property.

Unfinished Business:

There was none.

New Business:

Utility credits were presented by Stoll. Smart made a motion to approve all credits except for two which need to be investigated by Swank.  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 claims from 9/18/19-10/1/19 totaling $135,765.23. Gayler seconded.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Miscellaneous Business:

Mayor Roderick presented a proposal by Wilson Home Improvement to construct an ADA compliant/accessible ramp from the city building parking lot to the door of the Clerk-Treasurer/Mayor’s Office on the north end of the building.  The bid is for $12,700.  Smart made a motion to approve.  Gayler made a second to the motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned, the next Board of Works meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 at 4:30 pm.  Mayor Roderick will not be able to attend.