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Board of Works & Safety – December 1, 2020

The Board of Works and Safety for the City of Attica met, pursuant to Public Notice, on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020, at 5:00 P.M. in the City Council Room.

Present was Board Member, Andy Smart and Chris Gayler, also present, Mayor Duane Roderick, Attorney Mallory Redlin, and Clerk-Treasurer Joanne Broadwater.

Minutes from the previous meeting:

Gayler made a motion to approve the minutes from the November 3rd, 2020 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

Swank had nothing to report. Mayor Roderick thanked Eric for and the city workers for putting up the snow flakes, and transplanting the Christmas tree downtown.

Police Chief, Ed Durnil

  • Provided an update on the police academy classes.
  • Chief Durnil reported he completed his online classes.
  • Chief reported that he will be receiving an award for saving a life along with an Indiana State Trooper.

Attica Fire Chief, Mike Little, was not in attendance 

Building Commissioner, Jeff Pycke,

The meeting was suspended, and the following UBO review hearings were held:

  • 404 S. Perry St. – Susan Dodd appeared for the hearing. She reported she is waiting to sign the quit claim deed for the property. Pycke reported that the owners plan to seal the house up for the winter, then resume the needed repairs in the spring. Redlin asked if the property was safe for the winter? Pycke agreed that it was. The board scheduled a review hearing for the first meeting in April 2021. 
  • 200 West St. – Pycke reported that the property owner has made progress but there is still clean up that needs to be completed. Redlin asked the property owner if he was going to remove the foundation, the property owner stated no he planned to build something else on the property. Redlin asked how long it will take to clean up the shingles and scrap on the property? The owner asked for 60 days, the Board agreed, a review hearing is scheduled for the first meeting in February 2021.
  • 113 W. Pike St. – John Smith – Pycke reported that the property is all cleaned up. Redlin stated she would note in the file that the cleanup is complete.
  • 204 W. Columbia – Redlin reported she has all the transfer documents ready to go, and will present a resolution to the Council at their next meeting.

The following regular UBO hearings were held:

  • 902 E. Main St. – Gerald Hutts property, he was not available to attend the meeting in person. Mr Hutts spoke with BOW member Smart prior to the meeting and stated he has completed the clean up except for some bundles of shingles. Building Commissioner Pycke disagreed with this report. Pycke stated there is a tarp on the roof, soffit, facia, and a basement door that needs addressed. Also, the back-porch roof has not been touched. Redlin recommended that the meeting be rescheduled to the first meeting in January 2021 the board agreed.
  • 907 E. Summit Street – Burim Bexheti- the property owner was present. Redlin asked if the owner agreed that the property was in unsafe condition, the owner agreed. Redlin read the items sited by Pycke that need to be repaired, the owner agreed with each item. Redlin asked the board for a motion deeming this property unsafe. Gayler made a motion to deem the building unsafe, Smart seconded, motion passed. Redlin asked the owner what his timeline for repairs is. The owner stated he wanted to tear it down but is having trouble finding a contractor to do the work. Burim asked what he should do with the property until he can get it tore down? Pycke stated the property should be sealed up to keep animals out. The board set a review hearing for the first meeting in January 2021.
  • 204 W. Pike St. – The property is owned by North Indiana Investments LLC –Redlin confirmed the identified Mr. Pycke as the building commissioner for the City of Attica. Redlin asked if Pycke was familiar with the property in question, he responded, “yes”, Redlin asked if Pycke believed the building was unsafe, Pycke responded “yes”. Redlin confirmed that Mr. Pycke sent an order from the City of Attica building commissioner on September 30th, 2020. Redlin asked if this was exhibit A, Pycke responded “yes”. Redlin asked for a motion to admit Exhibit A, Gayler made the motion, Smart seconded, motion passed. Redlin asked if the order was sent by certified mail, Pycke responded “yes”. Redlin stated Exhibit B is a copy of the certified signature card. Redlin moved to admit Exhibit B showing the service of the letter, Smart made the motion, Gayler seconded, motion passed. Redlin asked Pycke what is wrong with the property. Pycke reported the overhang on the house is not supporting its own weight, the roof needs replaced, the foundation has voids in it were vermin can get in. Several doors and windows need replaced. Redlin asked if Pycke took pictures of the property, Pycke confirmed he did. Redlin asked if the photos are Exhibit C, Pycke responded “yes”. Redlin asked for a motion to admit Exhibit C, Smart made the motion, Gayler seconded, motion passed. Redlin asked if Mr. Pycke believed the building was unsafe and there should be an unsafe building order on the property, Pycke responded “yes”. Redlin stated she has nothing further. Smart made a motion to impose a $5000.00 fine and give the property owner 30 days to make repairs on the property or it will be condemned and torn down by the city at  the owner expense. Gayler seconded, all were in favor, motion passed. Redlin set the review hearing for the first meeting in January 2021.

The regular meeting was resumed.

Pycke reported he received a phone call from a property owner asking if they could place a new trailer on a lot where an old trailer stood. The board stated no, the law does not permit a new trailer to be brought in. 

Economic Development Director, Rod Bannon, was not present.

New Business:

Utility Credits:

Gayler made a motion to approve the utility credits, Smart seconded, all were in favor, motion passed.

Utility Disconnects:

No one present.

Gayler made a motion to approve the presented disconnects, Smart seconded, all were in favor, motion passed.

Miscellaneous Business:

Claims:

The claims were presented by Mayor Roderick, Gayler made a motion to approve claims, Smart seconded.  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 December 15th, 2020 at 5:00pm, in person, in the City Council meeting room.

Smart made a motion to adjourn and Gayler 2nd, all were in favor, motion passed.

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