Mayor Bryan Shock called the August 17, 2017 Village of Attica Council meeting to order at 7:33PM.
Roll Call: Jeff Love, Nate Frisch, George Yakoubian, Jeff Painter and Kirk Stanfield. Absent: Gary Jordan. Others present: Village Administrator Martin, Police Chief Turner, Residents M/M Lance Drummond and Pool Manager Glea Herr.
Motion by Councilman Yakoubian, seconded by Councilman Love to approve the warrants for payment. Vote: 5-0. Motion carried.
Motion by Councilman Frisch, seconded by Councilman Love to approve the minutes as presented. Vote: 3-1, with Councilman Stanfield voting No, and Council Painter abstaining. Motion carried.
Written & Oral Communication: Pool Manager Glea Herr was present to thank Council for allowing her to manage the pool this summer. She reported two individuals are interested in becoming lifeguards next year.
Public Safety: Chief Turner reported the Attica Fair coverage went well, with 21 Kid ID’s begin issued. Our condolences to the Shaun Correll Family in his passing (a former Police Officer with the APD). Chief Turner has discussed with Solicitor Palau the wants of the Department for millage and will get the process started early October for ballot process. September 1 will be the distribute date (and begin work) for department budgets for the 2018 Annual Appropriations. Councilman Yakoubian will discuss with Chief Turner a dogs running loose issue.
Streets & Properties: Co. Treasurer Damon Alt and Commissioner Thomas reported that funding for the demolition of the Eagles building should be secured within 30 days (land bank $), and that within 90, the bidding process in place for demolition. They asked if the Village could take the fill (not sure how much we can, and with the paving of Heyman Drive, will limit the traffic). Councilman Painter would like to thank Val Bordner for her generous donation to his Flag project, with sales from her lemonade stand. The other half of monies raised will go to the Food Pantry. And, thank you to the SOL riders group for flags being purchased at cost thru them. Painter’s goal is to have 100 flags posted in Attica.
Parks: The 2017 pool report was submitted, showing revenue of $6,811 less expenses of $19,516 (with a few additional bills to come yet) for a loss of $12,705 for the 2017 summer season. Comparison with other pool operations years listed. Councilman Yakoubian reported a breakdown of cost for pay and fringes and stating that we are losing too much money in charging so little for admissions, and need to reconsider this in the future. Our revenue from two levies is only $16,000. The SOL have scheduled Party in the Park for Sept 22-23rd. V. Administrator Martin is checking on ballfield lights that are out and will have them replaced.
Trees: Councilman Painter reported that Roe’s Tree Service will be here in September to address our trees/stumps.
EMS: Meeting is next week.
Cemetery: Paid the bills, looking at roof repairs for the Mosuliem.
Zoning Commission: -
Finance & Rule: Total all funds: $935,663.09 The 7/31/17 bank reconciliation was reviewed and signed by Council. The July Utility adjustments listing was reviewed and signed by Council.
Water & Sewer: OML Service Line Warranty Program was mentioned as a means for residents to participate in an affordable home protection solution for unanticipated service line repairs and replacement costs. Mosquito spraying? Yes, it is being done within the Village (grant money). Guidelines for payment plans? Councilman Stanfield said that Ordinance #1988-4 addresses that already – pay what you want, if late and balance due then the ten percent penalty is assessed. No need to create anything else. Motion by Councilman Love, seconded by Councilman Frisch that Rachael Hark pay $1,241.69 on her Utility bill and paying the average sewer bill, that resulted in large usage due to a broken water heater. She has 12 monthly payments of $103.50. If at anytime the payment(s) are made late, then the deal is off and that all penalties will be assessed (and no longer penalty free), with the full balance due immediately. Billing Clerk will notify Tim Bulger of this agreement as it is his property. Vote: 4-1, with Councilman Stanfield voting No. Motion carried.
Village Web-site & IT: -
Unfinished, New Business, Old Business:
2nd reading of Ordinance 2017-12, the delinquent utility accounts/mowing/weeds to certify to the Co. Auditor for tax assessment $3,319.43 for year 2017 was read.
1st Read Resolution 2017-13 Accepting the Amounts/Rates as set by the Budget Commission for 2018 was given.
Discussion on Ordinances for Pool Fills and Once in a life-time water bill forgiveness for owners (leaks) was brief. Councilman Love said he didn’t agree with section 2 on the forgiveness Ordinance, that they should pay 25% as Mary Bolen did. What happens when property owners change ownership to a spouse, divorce, move, etc? It creates many issues that need to be addressed if this is passed. It should be up to each department effected to make decisions, especially the utility and how it effects the budgets. Pool fills? If households want to get a break on sewer, then have their water hauled by a trucking firm, or haul it themselves. They have other options available to them, we should not have to reduce our costs to accommodate the pool fills. Councilman Stanfield asked why we can tell the landlords that their tenants owe money, and bill them as it says in Ordinance #1988-4. New Federal Laws have come into place since then (regarding confidentiality) and landlords can have a mutual agreement with their tenants to give the landlord permission to ask about their accounts at any time. Water and Sewer committee will address these two Ordinances and give their recommendations to Council.
Next meeting: Thursday August 3l, 2017 at 7:30PM.
Motion by Councilman Frisch, seconded by Councilman Painter to adjourn the Meeting. Time: 8:40PM. Vote: 5-0. Motion carried.
Mayor Bryan Shock Fiscal Officer Krebs