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Council Proceedings – March 9, 2020

The Common Council for the City of Attica met on March 9th, 2020, at 6:00 P.M.

Those present at the meeting were: Council Members; Mr. Larry Grant, Mrs. Kaylie Carnahan, Mrs. Valarie Maus, Mrs. Patricia Hargan and Scott Voorhees. Also, present were: Mayor, Duane Roderick and Clerk-Treasurer, Joanne Broadwater.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING:

Maus made a motion to approve the minutes for the February 10th, 2020 Council Meeting.  Hargan seconded.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

CITIZENS PETITIONS:

None

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

None.

DEPARTMENT HEADS:

Eric Swank:

Swank stated barricades were placed by the Attica Hotel to block the alley, Swank also asked Mr. Pycke the building commissioner to look at the Hotel’s south wall.

Roderick asked Jeff Pycke to look at the hotel wall.

Swank reported that the city finally took possession of a new truck that was ordered the end of 2019.

Chief Durnil:

Durnil stated the Tahoe is in, the equipment has been removed from the old Tahoe and the new Tahoe will be taken to Lafayette to have the equipment installed. The old Tahoe will be turned in to Alsop Chevy as part of the trade in for the new one.

Durnil is waiting on a grant to purchase new laptops for the police cars. The current laptops are not rugged enough for the use and are not holding up. The grant is for 7 laptops with cradles and are specifically made for this type of use.

Durnil asked the Council what their preference is between the City issuing 1099 vs W-2’s? The issue was raised because some of the City’s part time officers work as needed for the city but they also work “operation pull over”, in the past all non-fulltime employee’s that had wages paid for OPO were given a 1099, and if they  worked for the city, the employee received a W-2. The city pays the cities portion of taxes when a W-2 is issued, but no taxes are paid by the City on a 1099. Per the SBOA, the City issuing W-2’s and 1099’s to the same employee raises a red flag for the IRS, the SBOA suggested that all full and part time  employees that receive a W-2  have taxes withheld so that the employee doesn’t receive both a 1099 and W-2 from the city. Right now, there is only one part time city officer that is also working OPO.

Broadwater stated the city would pay the amount of Social Security taxes owed for the hours worked.

Roderick asked for a motion to approve, Voorhees made the motion to approve issuing W-2’s instead of 1099’ss for all full and part time employees that also work OPO. Hargan seconded the motion, all were in favor, motion passed.

Durnil reported the new tasers are in and are much better than the old ones.

Durnil had nothing further to report.

Chief Little:

Nothing to report.

Mr. Pycke:

Nothing to report.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Chief Durnil reported on the police car take home program. Durnil asked if the council looked at the proposals he presented at the last meeting. Several council members stated they only received one option to consider.

Roderick stated 5 years ago he was against the take home program, but now there are so many departments that have this option he feels it would be beneficial for the city, as long as there is a clear understanding how the take home vehicles can be used. Voorhees stated for retention purposes it would help the city, if it was cost effective.

Durnil provided some additional details regarding the different options for the Council to consider regarding the patrol car take home program.

Voorhees asked if leasing has ever been considered for patrol cars? Durnil stated he hasn’t but will investigate leasing.

Roderick asked Chief Durnil to look at leasing programs and draw up proposals for the next meeting. 

NEW BUSINESS:

Roderick and Hargan sat in on a meeting with AT&T about Fiber Optic. They have also talked to Mainstream. Roderick stated AT&T seemed more reasonable. Hargan agreed the AT&T proposal seemed more cost effective.

Carnahan asked about golf cart use on Perry St. and some of the additional roads in Attica that were previously not allowed. Roderick asked Broadwater if she would ask Attorney Jud Barce to amend the city Ordinance regarding golf carts to allow travel on Perry St. Summit St. and Sycamore St.

A citizen asked if it is legal for kids to drive 4 wheelers in the city parks. Durnil asked if he was referring to battery or gas powered, the citizen state both. Durnil stated battery powered ones are allowed, but gas powered one are not.

Roderick attended a meeting regarding the Corona Virus. The health department suggested precautionary measures, IE hand washing, hand sanitizer etc. A Citizen asked if there was a county quarantine plan, Roderick stated not to his knowledge at this time, but he would check with Joe Whitaker the Fountain County EMA director.

MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS:

Park board meeting tomorrow night at 6:00pm to discuss the city pool at the City Hall.

Roderick also stated the city will have a special Council meeting on March 25th at 6:00pm to discuss utilities.

ADJORNMENT:

Roderick stated he had no further business and requested a motion to adjourn. The next Council meeting will be held Monday, April 13th, 2020 at 6:00pm.

Grant made the motion to adjourn, Carnahan2nded, motion passed. Meeting Adjourned.

 

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