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Council Proceedings – November 25, 2019

The Common Council for the City of Attica met on November 25, 2019, at 6:00 P.M. pursuant to public notice.

Those present at the meeting were: Board Members; 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:

No minutes were presented for approval.

CITIZENS PETITIONS:

There were none.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

There were none.

DEPARTMENT HEADS:

Eric Swank was not present.

Ed Durnil, Police Chief, was present.  He gave an update on the new police reporting software.

Mike Little, Attica Fire Chief, was present. He had nothing to report.

Jeff Pycke, Building Commissioner, was not present.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Barce passed out several documents pertaining to the payout of comp time to former Police Chief, Bob Cole. Barce provided the spreadsheet showing the total comp time that was turned in by Cole for the last pay period he worked for the city (pay period 4-March 12 to April 8), and Cole’s hourly rate of pay in 2019. Barce provided an email from Cole’s attorney, Edward Merchant.  Merchant provided “FirefigterOvertime.org” newsletter about a case concerning the Fair Labor Standards Act and the payment of comp time. Merchant also cited a case filed in the US District Court by an individual (Jeffrey Kozma) suing the City of Cleveland for a payout of comp time. Both documents were shared with the Council. FSLA says that you can’t allow employees to accumulate more than 480 comp time hours if they are in firefighting or public safety positions.  Cole’s attorney is requesting the payout of all accrued comp time.  At the time that Cole left the City, the payroll records showed his accrued comp time was 605.875 hours.  His hourly rate of pay is $25.98.  Barce strongly encourages the City to pay Cole something.  Part of Cole’s duties were administrative and other times he patrolled like all the other officers. Grant made a motion to approve the payout of $15,740.63.  Craft seconded.  All were in favor by a vote of 3-0.

The police sought two quotes for a new 2020 Tahoe. This vehicle is meant to replace the 2013 Tahoe. The city spent $4,436.50 on repairs in 2019 for this vehicle. DeFouw and Alsop provided quotes.  Alsop’s total was $35,309.90 vs. $36,202.50 by DeFouw. Alsop’s quote includes police rated tires and leather/vinyl seats, DeFouw’s does not. There will be an additional $7,454 for the cost of equipment for the vehicle.  Additionally, the kennel for the Tahoe will cost $5,995 which can be paid out of the K-9 Fund. Stoll said the public safety fund has enough money to afford this type of expenditure.  Maus made a motion to approve the expenditure of $40,763.90 with Alsop for the vehicle and Move Over Outfitters for the equipment (to be paid out of the public safety fund) and $5,995 for the K9 kennel with Move Over Outfitters (to be paid out of the K9 fund).   Grant seconded.  The motion passed by a vote of 3-0.

NEW BUSINESS:

There was none.

MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS:

There was none.

ADJORNMENT:

The next Council meeting will be held Monday, December 9th, 2019 at 6:00pm.

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