Mayor Bryan Shock called the October 12, 2017 Village of Attica Council meeting to order at 7:35PM.
Roll Call: Kirk Stanfield, Jeff Love, Nate Frisch, George Yakoubian, Jeff Painter. Absent: Gary Jordan. Others present: Village Administrator Martin, Police Chief Turner 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 Painter, seconded by Councilman Love to approve the minutes as presented. Vote: 5-0. Motion carried.
Written & Oral Communication: Letter received from OH Secretary of State Jon Husted on State Issues 1 and 2, informing Ohio voters where they can obtain information on these two ballot issues.
Public Safety: Councilman Yakoubian distributed a new Police Levy proposal to Council, showing homeowner costs, points of consideration and shows an eight mill levy to replace the expiring (12-31-18) 3 mills levy. Discussion involved the 2nd Police Levy (expires 12-31-19), its’ needs/thoughts on what those mills will be, asking for other options of mills and possible permanent levy vs numbers of years. Agreed, no one wants to pay more taxes, but this has been an issue for the past years. Costs continue to rise for aging equipment replacements, wages, contracted services and the revenue continues to decline with decreasing valuations on property taxes. All of Council must be willing to go door-to-door to promote the levy, not just the committee. Bettsville has contracted with SCSO for 40 hours week for $74,000. Attica gets far more service than that with our limited budget. The vehicle replacement fund has been used up to meet increasing budget shortfalls. An income tax was brought up by Councilman Painter, with FO Krebs explaining that tax dollars stay in the community where a resident works (taxed), and our local community would have to have a zero tax credit (to other cities) to generate $ for Attica if that is considered. Councilman Yakoubian will have Co Aud. Adkins work up figures for other costs on different millages, for homeowners with values of $50,000’ $75,000 and $100,000 and present them to Council.
Streets & Properties: Paving of streets for $45,000 (Street fund and PMVL fund) was discussed, and felt the lateness of the year with freeze/thaws nearing that Attica will hold off till spring for any paving. New signs (including stop’s and Woodwind) are in and will be replaced as time permits. Stone was placed in sidewalks (removed for tree cutting) and will be re-poured if not working out.
Parks: The lighting problem at Myers Park ball-field is in the electric, not the bulbs and will cost $3,250 for the connections/wiring to be properly fixed. Motion by Councilman Yakoubian, seconded by Councilman Painter to repair the Ballfield light connections (only 1 of 6 poles to be replaced) in the amount of $3,250 this fall. Vote: 4-1, with Councilman Stanfield voting no. Motion carried. Councilman Frisch said he did not want to step on the toes of the Police department with their levy considerations this May, so will be placing a levy on the November ballot, with terms specified later for consideration.
EMS: No meeting.
Cemetery: Paid the bills. E. W. Ayres monument/marker will be landscaped and maintained by Becky Kochel. Thanks Becky.
Personnel: rates of pay for all employees were given to Council for pay raise considerations. Minimum wage for Ohio will be $8.30 effective 1-1-2018.
Zoning Commission: -
Finance & Rule: Total all funds: $887,276.57. The 9-30-17 bank reconciliation was reviewed and signed by Council. 3rd Quarter debt update was given to Council. FO Krebs answered Councilman Stanfield’s audit questions regarding Accounts receivable ( utilities billed each month around the 30th, not due until the following month on the 22nd, includes past due tax assessed delinquent accounts in those figures, general AR monthly is $63,XXX average. For the adjustments, a detailed monthly adjustment sheets were presented to Council for review, with three major situations of false/wrong meter reads involved, with one being a quarterly billing read to locate leaks, usage, etc is accounts that are closed. The 2018 appropriations are being worked on, with Council to determine wage increases/health insurance coverage, etc.
Water/Sewer: ODNR stated that Attica did not need to comply with all the “recommendations” concerning the Old reservoir they put forth. Attica will draft a letter as to what repairs we will make to the old reservoir, noting that we will NOT put in the switch for the over-fill, but will maintain the rock erosion practice. ODNR will be here 10-16-17 to final inspect the new lagoons. Councilman Love reported the w/s committee recommendations on pool fills that they would like changed in the pool-fill Ordinance, stating that only 3times per any given year, will pool owners be able to have their sewer portion reduced from their bills, and that all meter reads, begin and ending must be reported to V.A. billing clerk within 24 hours. (No exceptions). This will still involve trust in the homeowners reporting to the Village. Revisions will be given to Solicitor Palau for re-drafting of Ordinance for consideration.
Village Web Site & IT: -
Unfinished, Old Business, New Business: -
Next meeting: Thursday October 26, 2017 at 7:30PM.
Motion by Councilman Painter, seconded by Councilman Love to adjourn the meeting. Time: 8:50PM. Vote: 5-0. Motion carried.
Mayor Bryan Shock Fiscal Officer Pat Krebs