Mayor Bryan Shock called the November 14, 2019 Village of Attica Council meeting to order at 7:32 PM.
Roll Call: Nate Frisch, George Yakoubian, Justin VanAlstine, Louie Sanders, Ed Treft, and Kirk Stanfield
Others present: Village Administrator Greg Marti
n Approval of Warrants: Motion by Councilman VanAlstine, seconded by Councilman Frisch to approve the warrants for payment. Vote: 6-0. Motion carried.
Approval of Minutes: Motion by Councilman VanAlstine, seconded by Councilman Sanders to approve the minutes.Vote: 6-0. Motion carried.
Written & Oral Communication: none
Public Safety: VA Greg Martin reported that a vulnerability statement for hazard mitigation was compiled by John Spahr of the Seneca County EMA after their meeting in October. Martin has seen the initial report and will be meeting with Spahr again in December. Streets & Properties: VA Martin gave an update that the sidewalk issue from the last meeting has been resolved. They did not have to take the tree down but did have to cut the roots. Councilman Frisch noted that resident’s neighbor had no complaint about the tree but was happy to see the sidewalk fixed. Martin also noted the catch basins mentioned from the last meeting had been installed and/or repaired. Parks: Councilman Frisch called attention to the report on pool operations provided to Council by FO Gullett. The pool has been operating at a loss for a number of years, with this year being a loss of $14,820. Gullett stated she gathered the numbers that she could, based on files available. Councilman Yakoubian asked about the revenue from the levies for the park, which are just under $20K. Yakoubian expressed concern that such a large loss from the pool would be more than the budget or fund for the parks. Gullett advised there was carry over from prior years, and we’re still OK in the park fund due to that. VA Martin commented we had some carry over build up in years that the pool did not open. Some discussion was had on whether or not the pool was worth operating. Councilman Frisch reminded everyone that the pool is one of the few things in the town for children.
EMS: Councilman VanAlstine reported that a meeting was held to discuss outsourcing service to BloomScipio but no agreement was reached. There will be another meeting next week in Republic where the topic will be discussed again.
Zoning Commission: none
Finance & Rule: Cash balance of all funds $ 1,026,790.44. October Bank Reconciliation and Utility Billing Adjustments were both passed for review and approval. FO Gullett announced she is registered for a free training on 12/12 in Columbus for UAN Year End updates and procedures.
Water & Sewer: none
Village Website & IT: none
Unfinished, Old Business and New Business: VA Martin advised he will not be present at the next meeting. Resident Lynn Love asked about property that is becoming a junkyard. VA Martin advised that he has been working with the landowner, as the property is rented out. Martin has sent zoning letters in hopes to get the resident to abide. Love asked if we could team up with Venice Township to enforce clean up since part of the property is technically theirs. Martin advised that the resident can have a salvage yard there but a fence would be required, as well as some other stipulations. Love also inquired about the 3% water rate increase and how long the village is paying on that. It was advised it was a 30-year loan at the time. Love also asked what determines whether or not the 3% is required or can be waived. VA Martin advised that it depends on several factors, citing the rising costs of water testing would mean the water side of it would need the increase. As for the sewer side, it is doing somewhat better, and he would like to evaluate that part. He would need to speak to the Water Superintendent Gary Weis to determine the need for or against an increase in sewer. Love also wondered how often we pay those loans, whether it’s once or twice a year. FO Gullett advised that one of them is once a year, and the others are twice.
Next meeting: November 26th*, 2019 at 7:30PM *Please Note: Next meeting is on a TUESDAY, due to Thanksgiving.
Motion by Councilman VanAlstine, seconded by Councilman Sanders to adjourn the meeting. Time: 7:47 PM. Vote: 6-0. Motion carried.
Mayor Bryan Shock Fiscal Officer Michelle Gullett