The Board of Works and Safety for the City of Attica met, pursuant to Public Notice, on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at 4:30 P.M. in the City Council Room.
Present was Board Member, Andy Smart and Chris Gaylor. Also, present: Clerk-Treasurer; Joanne Broadwater, Mayor, Duane Roderick and City Attorney Jud Barce.
Minutes from the previous meeting:
Smart made a motion to approve the minutes from the November 19th meeting. Gaylor seconded. All were in favor and the motion passed.
There were none.
Department Head Reports:
Director of Public Works, Eric Swank, was present, but had nothing to report.
Police Chief, Ed Durnil, was present. Officer Swisher graduated from the police academy on December 27th, 2019, and Lucas Miller will start the police academy on January 13th. Chief Durnil also gave a brief update followed by a short discussion on cameras at the city parks, namely the river front, and the possible placement of those cameras to deter vandalism of the city properties.
Attica Fire Chief, Mike Little, was present, he reported that they received a grant for $2000.00 from the Western Indiana Community Foundation to purchase smoke detectors. According to Mr. Little 235 smoke detectors were purchased and the fire department will give then out to Attica residents that need them, the fire department will install them if necessary. Mr. Little stated once these are gone, they will seek additional funding to purchase more.
Chief Little also mentioned to Director of Public Works, Eric Swank, that there are a lot of trees that need trimmed due to growing out into the streets. The overgrown trees will damage the fire trucks if let untrimmed. Eric Swank responded that they have already begun the tree trimming process.
Building Commissioner, Jeff Pycke, was present, he stated they have delivered 6 unsafe building orders notices but would like to request an extension of the deadline until 2-4-2020. Andy Smart made a motion to extend the deadline, and Chris Gaylor seconded the motion. All were in favor, and the motion passed.
Utility credits were presented by Joanne Broadwater. The Board of Works moved to approve all the credit requests. Motion made by Smart. Seconded by Roderick. All were in favor and the motion passed.
The claims were presented by Joanne Broadwater. Smart made a motion to approve claims from 12/18/19 to 1/7/20 totaling $378,248.83. Gayler seconded. All were in favor and the motion passed.
Smart inquired if there is an encumbrance of approximately $60,000.00 for the purchase of an excavator. Broadwater replied that she would research this and let him know.
Mayor Roderick shared that he had spoke with Rod Bannon, the City’s Economic Development Director, about a possible opportunity to have Fiber Optic cable brought to Attica through a project coming out of Benton County. The buy-in cost is estimated to be approximately $500,00.00 for the City. Further information regarding this possible opportunity will be shared as it is received.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned, the next Board of Works meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 21st at 4:30 pm.