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Board of Works & Safety – September 1, 2020

The Board of Works and Safety for the City of Attica met, pursuant to Public Notice, on Tuesday, September 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 August 18th, 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 had nothing to report.

Mayor Roderick asked what the timeframe is to tear down the Buckley Building, Swank responded that he would get it scheduled as soon as possible. Mr. Smart asked if the Lions club building could be demolished as well.

Police Chief, Ed Durnil reported the department has the second Durango and it is on the road.

Chief Durnil had nothing further to report. 

Attica Fire Chief, Mike Little, they will still have a 911 ceremony, and will be putting a flag up. 

Building Commissioner, Jeff Pycke and Attorney Mallory Redlin began the unsafe building order hearings:

  • 204 W. Columbia St. owned by Gloria Hoffa; she is interested in transferring the property over to the city in exchange for the city tearing down the remaining burned structure on the property. Smart made a motion that the city accept the offer of the property in exchange for tearing it down, Gayler seconded, all were in favor, motion passed.
  • 113 W. Pike St. owned by Mrs. Lanum, Pycke reported that John Smith had been in touch with him and reported that he had ownership of the property and would begin the process of tearing the buildings down. Mrs. Lanum confirmed the land purchase documents have been signed but she is not sure if they have been processed. Smart made a motion to extend the hearing for 30 days, to gather updated information on the ownership and timeframe for the cleanup, Gayler seconded, all were in favor, motion passed.
  • 200 West St.- it was reported that the house is gone, and the property has been cleaned up except for a pile of shingles that will be removed. Redlin confirmed with Mr. Pycke that the update was accurate, Pycke confirmed that is was. Redlin requested a motion to dismiss the unsafe building order, Gayler made the motion to dismiss the UBO with the stipulation that the shingles be removed, Smart seconded, all were in favor motion passed.

Redlin stated the UBO was recorded at the recorder’s office as part of the title, so a new order will need to be recorded releasing the UBO.

  • 404 S. Perry St. owned by the Coopers, Redlin stated the owner’s attorney reported that the titles have been cleared and repairs have begun. Pycke confirmed the information. Smart made a motion to review the progress of the repairs in 30 days, Gayler seconded, all were in favor, motion passed.

There were no further UBO’s to review, Pycke reported he still needs to look at the following properties:

102 David Dr. – tarp on the roof, mold
200 W. Pike – tarp on the roof, mold
200 W. Yount (?)
105 W. Columbia

Smart asked if there was any additional information on the Bever property on Canal St. with respect to if it will be offered at a Sheriffs or commissioners’ sale. Redlin state she would check and report back.

Unfinished Business:


New Business:

Utility Credits: None

Mayor Roderick asked for permission to spend $6,000 for Fireworks for the City, he reported that the cost will be split with Mainstreet, and they will reimburse $3000 to the city. Smart made a motion to approve the $6000, Gayler seconded, all were in favor, motion passed.


The claims were presented by Mayor Roderick, Smart made a motion to approve claims, Gayler seconded.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Miscellaneous Business:

Fireworks at dusk on Saturday, city wide clean up Thursday and Friday September 10th and 11th, there will be an electronics dumpster at the recycling center.

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

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. The next Board of Works meeting will be held on Tuesday September 15st, 2020 at 5:00pm, in person, in the City Council meeting room.