The Common Council for the City of Attica met on October 12th, 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 Mr. Scott Voorhees. Also, present were Attorney Jud and Ingrid Barce, Mayor Duane Roderick, and Clerk-Treasurer Joanne Broadwater.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS:
Carnahan made a motion to approve the minutes for the September 28th, 2020 council meeting, Grant seconded, all were in favor and the motion passed with one correction on page 2, the minutes should have read “Board of Zoning Appeals” instead of Zoning Board.
- Kelly Frodge with Attica Heritage Days requested permission for the Heritage Day Queens to sell hot chocolate at McDonal Park during trick or treat on October 31st, 2020. The Council approved.
Eric Swank Director of Public Works:
- Provided an update on Park Ave. Close to completion and may cost a slightly more then quoted due to a couple unforeseen issues.
- It is leaf season, Swank would like to let residents know to rake the leaves to the street, it will speed up the leaf collection.
Swank had nothing further to report.
Chief Durnil, Police Chief:
- Chief updated the Council on his Chief school and the officers attending the policy academy.
- Chief Durnil read a letter asking for the City Council and Mayor to endorse Jerry Badgley to be the Attica Police Department and Fire Department Chaplin on a voluntary basis. To be available to provide support to the first responders that deal with stressful situations as well as, help with death notifications to families.
Chief Little, Fire Chief:
- The department is pushing their smoke detector program for Attica Citizens. Please call the fire department if you need smoke detectors, the fire department will install and test them free of charge.
- Warren and Fountain County is under a burn ban.
- The department is currently undergoing annual fire apparatus testing.
- Currently 3 fire personnel are going through an EMR class, this is one step below an EMT. This helps the city have more people trained in this area. Attica ambulances are currently making 50% of Fountain County ambulance runs.
Chief Little had no further to report.
Mr. Pycke, Building Commissioner:
- Pycke reported that two more unsafe building orders have been issued.
- 907 E. Summit St.
- 204 W. Pike St.
- Pycke followed up with Zach Cooper who owns 404 S. Perry St. about additional that need done, he did not received a response.
Pycke had nothing further to report.
The council discussed ways that the city could address more property safety issues within the city, such as an ordinance enforcement officer. This person could be responsible for building inspections and ordinance enforcement. Mayor Roderick stated it is the responsibility of the police to handle ordinance violations. Grant stated he brought this up because it is important, and he does not want it to be forgot about.
Attorney Barce discussed the process that takes place when a building permit is issued, he stated that the city adopted the minimum construction standards that provide Pycke with a roadmap of what to look for when buildings are inspected. This can be for both new and existing buildings. Barce provided information about the direction the city can go with building inspections.
Rod Bannon, Economic Development Director:
Was not in attendance
- Ordinance replacing yield signs with stop signs for streets crossing McDonald St. at Monroe, Pike, Maple, Cedar, Pine, Lithia, and Washington streets. Hargan made a motion that we pass Ordinance 2020 – 1012B amending the schedule on preferential streets on the streets listed, Voorhees seconded, all were in favor, motion passed.
- Attorney Ingrid Barce presented on the Tax Refund Intercept MOU for signatures. This is a program that assists cities in collecting bad debt.
- Attorney Barce addressed the Ordinance previously discussed, regarding parking RV’s, campers, trailers, and boats on city streets, and in yards. Chief Little spoke up stating a lot of Attica streets are narrow and if fire trucks cannot go down them, it can add 4-5 minutes on to the departments response time if they must go around the block. The Council discussed this at length and decided to table this decision to a future meeting.
- Hargan stated she had a citizen ask about the city providing electricity for campers at the riverfront. Swank stated it is a flood zone and providing electricity is not possible.
- 2021 Public hearing for the salary ordinance, Roderick opened the public hearing asking if there were any questions or comments regarding the presented 2021 salary ordinance. Hargan made the motion to adopt ordinance 2020 – 1012A as written, Maus seconded, all were in favor, the motion passed.
- Attorney Barce presented a petition to amend the zone code to reflect the requirement that accessory buildings can only be built if there is an occupied primary residence on the same lot or an adjacent lot owned by the person requesting the permit. Grant made a motion to amend chapter 10 of the City of Attica zone code, Carnahan seconded, all were in favor, motion passed.
- Attorney Bsarce asked if the Council had decided regarding the amount of fine imposed if the project for which a building permit was issued, was not completed on time. Carnahan made a motion to amend chapter 10 of the City of Attica code to reflect a $50.00 per day fine for each day a project exceeds the allowed 6 month completion timeline, Voorhees seconded, all were in favor, motion passed.
- Mayor Roderick asked for a motion to introduce the 2021 budget. Voorhees made the motion to introduce the budget, Hargan seconded the motion, all were in favor, motion passed. Roderick announced the public hearing for the budget is on October 22nd and the budget adoption meeting will be on Monday November 2nd.
- Mayor Roderick publicly thanked John Cottrell for all he has done for the city of Attica with Cottrell Village. Cottrell Village is born of a dream for John Cottrell, to honor his mother.
- Halloween is still planned as scheduled.
- Voorhees asked that the citizens of Attica to help stop spread of Covid by wearing masks and washing their hands and recommend.
Roderick stated he had no further business and requested a motion to adjourn. The next Council meeting will be held Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 at 6:00pm.
Hargan made the motion to adjourn, Maus 2nded, all were in favor motion passed.