Mayor Bryan Shock called the August 31, 2017 Village of Attica Council meeting to order at 7:32PM.
Roll Call: Nate Frisch, George Yakoubian, Jeff Painter, Kirk Stanfield, Jeff Love. Absent: Gary Jordan. Others present: Village Administrator Martin, Police Chief Turner, Solicitor Palau, Mary Palau and residents M/M Lance Drummond.
Motion by Councilman Yakoubian, seconded by Councilman Love to approve the warrants for payment. Vote: 5-0. Motion carried.
Motion by Councilman Love, seconded by Councilman Frisch to approve the minutes as presented. Vote: 4-1, with Councilman Stanfield voting No. Motion carried.
Written & Oral Communication: -
Public Safety: -
Streets & Properties: Signs ordered to replace faded ones. No news on Eagles building. Paving measurements, then quote to come from L & L next week on streets listed by committee for consideration. Sutton Bank will be sealing and striping their side of the parking lot. Motion by Councilman Frisch, seconded by Councilman Love to hold-off and not seal/stripe of our side of the parking lot behind Village Hall this year. Vote: 5-0. Motion carried.
Parks: V.A. Martin asked Council how many ball-field light to purchase/replace at Myers Park, as the centerfield lights need replacing. After discussion, V.A. Martin is to purchase 5 bulbs (estm 30.00 each) and replace the centerfield cluster. May need to hire Miller Cable to do the replacements, as the Fairgrounds bucket-truck is not tall enough to reach. Councilman Stanfield said the “Pool report is misleading, that we don’t report on how much the ball-club loses each year”. The Ball club reimburses the Village yearly for half the electric and trash. It is not funded by the Village. Councilman Yakoubian said the report is straightforward, we spent $19,516; admissions $5,235; concessions $1,576, so we had a loss of $12,705, and the two P/R levies generate $16,000. You want everyone to swim in the pool for free. Where are you going to get the revenue to do that? Councilman Stanfield, said “raise the levy amounts”. After a heated exchange between Councilmen Stanfield and Yakoubian, the Mayor said this discussion was over.
Trees: Steve Tanner has a tree than needs trimmed as a fallen limb has broken out and spouse is afraid it will fall on them. Roe’s will look at it when they come in September.
Fire: Meeting held, bills paid.
EMS: Meeting held, bills paid.
Cemetery: No Meeting.
Zoning Commission: -
Finance & Rule: Total all funds $974,569.65. The August utility adjustment sheet was reviewed and signed by Council. The 2015-2016 audit report from Perry & Associates has been received and distributed to Council. F.O. Krebs, summarized the report, noting that overall, a very good audit, and measures put into place already to correct some issues. The delay in finalization was caused by Councilman Stanfield’s complaints about the audit and the Village to the Auditor of State, caused increased testing by P & A, amounting to at least an additional auditor cost to the Village of $1,100 for his complaints (bidding process; Painters’ Garage, etc.). That no violations or wrong-doing was found on those complaints. Councilman Stanfield said “he is representing the people and we are cheating the Village”. Councilman Frisch said no, the Audit proves we are not. Solicitor Palau said the additional audit cost will have to be paid by the Village, we cannot bill Councilman Stanfield. The Village can countersue for frivolous lawsuits. “What about the much wasting of water daily? The crumbling storm drain system? The $ wasted on the old reservoir, when we don’t need it?” asked Councilman Stanfield. V.A. Martin responded to those with the old reservoir being part of the 365 days water supply required by the EPA; the flushing of hydrants (8” line to school, bi-weekly, to keep fresh water supplied to the school (to keep THM levels in proper alignment); the pool usage will be known soon; leaks, yes, lost water there; fire hydrant usage (not metered) by Village for Fire Dept. use.; other dead-end water lines throughout the Village as well. Councilman Stanfield said the Village could cut the water costs by 2/3 by joining Ohio Rural Water. Councilman Painter said to Councilman Stanfield to stop messing with his business, the Auditors and AOS have said it is not a conflict of interest.
Water & Sewer: -
Village Web site & IT: -
Unfinished, Old Business, New Business:
3rd read of Ordinance 2017-12, Certifying accounts for delinquent utility/weed/mowings for tax assessment was read. Amount of $3,157.35 for (five) accounts. Accounts: Ambrose Sturgill $332.74; Kirk Stanfield/Rafela Pazmino Stanfield $1,188.33; Kevin Sylvester $1,188.33; Alan Brooks $225.45; and Robert & Nicola Wright $222.50. Solicitor Palau strongly suggested to Councilman Stanfield that he abstain from the vote as it is a conflict of interest for him. Motion by Councilman Frisch, seconded by Councilman Love to adopt Ordinance 2017-12 the delinquent tax assessments in the total amount of $3,157.35. Vote: 4-0, as Councilman Stanfield did not vote or abstain. Motion carried. 2nd Read of Resolution 2017-13 Accepting Amounts/Rates as set by the Budget Commission was given.
Next meeting will be Thursday September 14, 2017 a 7:30PM.
Motion by Councilman Frisch, seconded by Councilman Painter to adjourn the meeting. Time: 8:25PM. Vote: 5-0. Motion carried.