Mayor Bryan Shock called the July 27, 2017 Village of Attica Council meeting to order at 7:34PM.
Roll call: Kirk Stanfield, Jeff Love, Nate Frisch, George Yakoubian, Gary Jordan. Absent: Jeff Painter. Others present: Village Administrator Martin, Solicitor Rick Palau, residents Mary Bolen, Ed Treft and Rachael Hark (Bulger). Chief Turner called away on duty.
Motion by Councilman Frisch, seconded by Councilman Jordan to approve the warrants for payment. Vote: 5-0. Motion carried.
Mayor Shock announced Minutes corrections for the meeting held 7-13-17: The votes of Pres-Pro-Tem Frisch do not count, as he was acting in place of Mayor Shock’s absence and should not have voted, only in the case of a tie vote for which the motion of Mary Bolen-utility bill was a tie breaking vote. Councilman Stanfield corrected the units (not 11, but 111). Motion by Councilman Jordan, seconded by Councilman Love to approve the 7-13-17 minutes with the noted corrections. Vote: 5-0. Motion carried.
Written & Oral Communication: The W/s committee was given some paperwork on an account to figure out a solution.
Public Safety: Councilman Yakoubian spoke of the levy millage needed for the Police operations. The proposal will be 8 or 9 mills to go on the May Ballot. Solicitor Palau laid out the time-line for the levy process. Committee(s) are to formulate their budget, ask the Co. Auditor for an approximate amount of monies that certain millage will generate and have the proposals ready by Nov. or December this year for the two Resolutions (Necessity and Intent to proceed), in between the two, the County Auditor to certify millage/revenue, State of Ohio’s approval, then to Board of Elections for ballot language. Any millage in excess of the current 3 mills levy would be called an additional levy, not a replacement. Council can waive the three read rule on either or both of the Resolutions when presented to them. Councilman Yakoubian mentioned the recent contracting of Bettsville and New Riegel with the Sheriff’s office for coverage and disbanding their Police Departments. Bettsville is paying $73,361 per year for 40 hours per week of coverage for one officer. Attica’s department levies generate $77,000 per year and look at the department we operate. Attica at one time did contract with the Sheriff’s office and that didn’t work out so well said the Mayor.
Streets & Properties: A joint effort from the County and Village of Attica on the Eagles Building demolition (if Attica would fill in hole after Co. has the building raised) is asked by Commissioners and Rep. Bill Reineke. We can work with that. Cleaning of catch basins when weather permitted, tile work on N. Liberty and Heyman Drive is bermed. What about the payment plan and Ordinances that Council has been considering? Solicitor Palau has brought copies of both drafts of Ordinances for the once-in-life-time water bill forgiveness on owner leaks and Ordinance for deducting Sewer cost of filling a swimming pool from the property owners’ sewer bill for Council to look over and discuss. As for a payment plan – Council is to work out the policy and guidelines of how you want that to work. It should include the time line (length in months) for repayment, penalties, (if any payment is missed, owners vs. renters (as with renters if they skip out on the bill at any time of the process, then the homeowner becomes responsible for the remaining bill balance) (and the homeowner did not agree to this payment plan, so are home owners then legally responsible for those types of bills?) It was mentioned that landlords should have access to this payment information (no, only if they have the tenant’s approval with a signed contract letting landlord know of bills status on account(s), we will not violate a customers account status with anyone, landlord or otherwise. Mayor Shock asked that Council finish Mary Bolen’s contract. Motion by Councilman Jordan, seconded by Councilman Love that Mary Bolen make 12 months of payments of $40.00 (in addition to paying her regular utility bills monthly) per month until the entire $465.88 bill is paid in full. No penalty or interest will apply on the payment plan. The $80.00 paid last month by Mary will be applied to the account and first month due will be August. Vote:5-0. Motion carried.
Parks & Rec: same time-line, committee work and Resolutions needed (as applies to Police levy mentioned prior) for the P/Rec levy that expires 12-31-18.
Fire: Paid the bills.
EMS: Meeting held, bills paid.
Cemetery: still looking at needed repairs.
Finance & Rule: Total all funds: $893,259.02 Advance (Police Dept.): will work with what they have on hand and hopefully the settlement will be made soon.
Water & Sewer:
Village Web Site & IT: -
Unfinished Business, Old Business, New Business:
1st Read of Ordinance 2017-12 Delinquent utility/weeds/mowing to certify to the Co. Auditor for tax assessment was read. Amount: $3,790.53 for 7 individual accounts.
Read over the two Ordinances presented by Solicitor Palau. (water bill forgiveness and swimming pool fills sewer bills.
Motion by Councilman Yakoubian, seconded by Councilman Jordan to schedule the August Council Meetings on the 17th and 31st of August, due to the Attica Fair the 8th – 12th. Vote: 5-0. Motion carried.
Next meeting: Thursday August 17, 2017 at 7:30 PM.
Motion by Councilman Love, seconded by Councilman Frisch to adjourn the meeting. Time: 8:13PM.