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Board of Works & Safety – March 2, 2021

The Board of Works and Safety for the City of Attica met, pursuant to Public Notice, on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021, at 5:00 P.M. in the City Council Room

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

Minutes from the previous meeting: 

Smart made a motion to approve the minutes from the February 2nd and 23rd, 2021 meetings, Roderick seconded, all were in favor, the motion passed.

Citizens petitions:

There were none.

Department Head Reports:

Director of Public Works, Eric Swank had nothing to report.

Acting Police Chief, Kyle Askren, had nothing to report.

Attica Fire Chief, Mike Little, was not present.

Building Commissioner, Jeff Pycke,

  • 607 N. Perry will issue an unsafe building order by the end of the week.

Attorney Redlin stated a review hearing for 430 E. main St. needs to be set for 4-6-21, the board agreed.

Mayor Roderick suspended the regular meeting of the Board of Works for the following Unsafe Building Order hearings:

  • 204 W. Pike St. review hearing – Pycke reported he has spoken with the owner and told the owner he needed a timeline to bring the repairs up to standard, but the timeline that was provided through correspondence was not acceptable. John Smith spoke up to say he is purchasing the property and asked if a $5000.00 penalty was assessed on this property? Redlin confirmed that it was. The board decided to continue this hearing to the April 6th meeting to allow Mr. Smith and Commissioner Pycke time to look at the property and determine what needs to be repaired to bring up to standard.
  • 430 E. Main St. review hearing – owner John Smith reported that there had been a few delays with property lines but anticipates the construction will be complete by late summer 2021. The board agreed to set a review hearing for May 4th, 2021.
  • 908 S. Brady St. review hearing – owned by Sharon Lefton. No one was present for this hearing. Pyvke reported the granddaughter has made tremendous progress on this property and it has been repaired up to the standards set by Pycke. The Board dismissed the UBO issued for this property. 
  • 202 W. Yount St. UBO initial hearing – Mr. Thomas Farley, the father of the property owner, was present at the hearing. Mr. Farley stated he agreed that the building is unsafe because it is under construction. Pictures taken by Pycke were reviewed by the board, and additional pictures were provided by the property representative. Mr. Farley stated he will continue to work on the property. Smart recommended that the board review the progress each month. Redlin stated the building is unsafe and a review hearing needs to be set. Smart made a motion that the property is unsafe and a review hearing in two months to review the progress. The hearing is set for May 4th, 2021, Gayler seconded, all were in favor, motion passed.
  • 804 S. Brady St. initial hearing – Russel and Holly Towery owners (buying from land trust), updated the board on the updates they have made. Smart made a motion that a review hearing be set for May 4th, 2021, Roderick, seconded, all were in favor, motion passed. 

The regular meeting was resumed.

Pycke had nothing further to report.

Smart reported that he spoke with a Fountain County Commissioner regarding the Beaver property by the river front, it appears that progress is being made on the title to the property being turned over to the city. Smart asked Redlin is she could follow up with the commissioners on this proves, she agreed.

Economic Development Director, Rod Bannon, was not present.

Unfinished Business:


New Business:

Utility Credits:


Utility Disconnects:

Janet Foster approached the board to waive her late fees. She stated she placed her utility payment in her mailbox, but it was not delivered timely to the Clerk’s office. The bill showed up at the Clerk’s office late with a note from a neighbour 3 blocks away that he found the envelope in his yard and dropped it off. The board agreed to credit the late fees back to her account.

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

Broadwater reported that utilities were not physically disconnected in February due to weather, but the fees were assessed like normal.

Miscellaneous Business:


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

There being no further business, Smart made a motion to adjourn, Roderick seconded, the meeting was adjourned. The next Board of Works meeting will be held on Tuesday March 16th, 2021 at 5:00pm, in person, in the City Council meeting room.