Mayor Bryan Shock called the October 10, 2019 Village of Attica Council meeting to order at 7:31 PM.
Roll Call: Nate Frisch, George Yakoubian, Justin VanAlstine, Louie Sanders, Ed Treft, and Kirk Stanfield
Others present: Village Administrator Greg Martin
Approval of Warrants: Motion by Councilman Yakoubian, seconded by Councilman VanAlstine to approve the warrants for payment. Vote: 6-0. Motion carried.
Approval of Minutes: Motion by Councilman Frisch, seconded by Councilman VanAlstine to approve the minutes. Vote: 6-0. Motion carried.
Written & Oral Communication: Resident Rick Gillett wanted to call to attention an article the Hub written by a former resident of Attica, with an outsider’s view of the state of the Village currently. Councilman Yakoubian affirmed it was a well written article. Councilman Stanfield later in the meeting piggybacked his thoughts on this article and another that referenced restoring a building in Republic. He also suggested that someone look at the old building out by the school for the potential of a jogging path. He stated that it’s not exactly our issue but has potential. Lynn Love gave an update on the status of her committee tasked with looking into the interest of residents in an income tax. Love stated that she spoke to Councilman Frisch and needed to also speak to Councilman Sanders about the method of gathering information, stating data is crucial. Mayor Shock asked that when she does speak to residents, to remind them that not all of the tax would go to a police department. Love asked if the 1% could be split. It was advised that it would go to the General Fund, so it could then be used for various needs. Love stated she is gathering information on wages and benefits of a police chief for surrounding towns and villages. She is expecting info back from New Washington soon.
Public Safety: Village Administrator Greg Martin met with John Spahr of the Seneca County EMA regarding hazard mitigation. They are set to meet again on 10/29. Councilman Frisch asked if they were using the same information as in the past. Martin said yes but upgrading, as there is now more money available for infrastructure.
Streets & Properties: VA Martin advised that after the last meeting, he was contacted by Randy Brown, who was on Council in the past. Brown said that Lyn Makeever was involved in the process with Woodwind Drive. Brown believed that Council accepted it the summer he left Council, which may have been in the mid-1990s. Martin will have to do some research through past minutes and information to find out more. VA Martin advised that there will be paving next week in the parking lot next to the building.
EMS: Councilman VanAlstine stated there is an upcoming meeting with Bloom-Scipio to discuss a contract with their coverage. Attica has been experiencing about an 80% out of service rate with our ambulance recently. Among reasons for this are no volunteers and nobody on the schedule. VanAlstine did confirm there is a levy coming up this year for a vote. Councilman Yakoubian voiced concern that if the other service is used, the levy would basically be paying another district for services. Resident Lynn Love asked if there was a number on how much EMS monies would be carried over. VanAlstine advised he can’t know that yet since the year is not over, but they are sitting at approximately $167K right now. Last year’s carry over was around $100K. Love asked if he had seen the contract yet. VanAlstine advised, no.
Cemetery: none Personnel: none
Zoning Commission: none
Finance & Rule: Cash balance of all funds $ 1,054,160.13. September bank reconciliation and utility adjustments were passed for review and approval.
Water & Sewer: none
Village Website & IT: none
Unfinished, Old Business and New Business: Mayor Shock stated that we should look to plan ahead for Council meetings over the holidays coming up. After some discussion, alternate dates were set for the 2 nd meeting in November and both meetings in December. Motion by Councilman VanAlstine, seconded by Councilman Yakoubian to move the 2nd regular meeting in November to Tuesday, 11/26. Vote: 6-0. Motion carried. Motion by Councilman VanAlstine, seconded by Councilman Sanders to set the regular meetings dates in December to Thursday, 12/5 and Thursday, 12/19. Vote: 6-0. Motion carried.
Next meeting: Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:30PM.
Motion by Councilman VanAlstine, seconded by Councilman Sanders to adjourn the meeting. Time: 7:51 PM. Vote: 6-0. Motion carried.
Mayor Bryan Shock
Fiscal Officer Michelle Gullett