Mayor Nathan Frisch called the January 23, 2020 Village of Attica Council meeting to order at 7:35 PM.
Roll Call: Lynn Love, George Yakoubian, Ed Treft, Louie Sanders, Kirk Stanfield Approval of Warrants: Motion by Councilman Yakoubian, seconded by Councilman Love to approve the warrants for payment. Vote: 5-0. Motion carried.
Approval of Minutes: Motion by Councilman Sanders, seconded by Councilman Love to approve the minutes. Vote: 4-0, with Councilman Stanfield abstaining. Motion carried.
Written & Oral Communication: Tiffin City Councilman Tyler Shuff attended to announce that he is running for a County Commissioner seat. Shuff owns a consulting company that works with local companies. Some discussion was had about what commissioners do. Shuff confirmed he is open to dialogue about issues presented to him from Councilwoman Love regarding a county emergency responder facility. He was reminded by Council that Attica is currently without police. Shuff also stated he supports the bill to let the people decide regarding windmills.
Charlene Watkins from Seneca County Regional Planning Commission was present to discuss the ODNR NatureWorks Grant. Paperwork needs to be turned in ASAP. She will work with the new solicitor and FO Gullett to get paperwork completed. The SCRPC Annual Meeting is 2/12 at Sauced in New Riegel. Watkins also stated that new maps are being made for villages, with updated zoning, land use, parcel maps and possibly road maps. Watkins reaffirmed there is no cost for the new maps, as that is part of the benefits of being a member. Watkins also stated she appreciated working with the members of the Attica Legion and looked forward to continuing work on the project.
Councilman Yakoubian stated that he recently visited The Hub office and reminded everyone that the office is moving to Bellevue. He stated it was another reason to take a look around town and recognize the need for stewardship.
Public Safety: none Streets & Properties: Councilman Yakoubian stated he received a phone call about trash piling up behind an apartment building. He advised to call the Health Department if it is attracting rodents.
Councilman Yakoubian also reported a semi running through North Woodwind and Venice on Tuesday. The sheriff was called, Ohio State Highway Patrol responded. Pictures were taken but no license plate number was gathered. OSHP suggested signage to avoid the problem in the future. VA Martin will look at current signage and see if there is anything better or additional to be put up. Councilman Treft suggested a load limit sign.
Fire: Councilman Yakoubian reported: had meeting; paid bills. Finances look good for the department, and he will review minutes to get up to speed with recent happenings there. Fire Chief Lonnie Jaynes presented an idea to get more volunteers involved at the fire department, using auxiliary members who can help at the station but not on runs. Charlene Watkins asked to make sure that Chief Jaynes checks into a FEMA grant.
EMS: Councilman Love reported: had meeting; paid bills. The staff is up to 10 EMTs, with 6 being regular. Hours in and out of service are improving. Love is looking to take training on Sunshine Laws/public records.
Cemetery: Paid bills.
Personnel: Councilman Yakoubian stated that a Personnel Committee meeting was held. Josh Drown was interviewed for a position with the Village, but no recommendation to hire can be given at this time. More information needs to be examined on the water/sewer budget.
Zoning Commission: none
Finance & Rule: Cash balance of all funds $ 1,090,142.98. FO Gullett asked Council what reports they generally like to see after Year End Closing. Fund Balance Comparison, Distribution of Wages, Debt, and Energy Savings information were all requested. FO Gullett will work on that information to give to Council.
Water & Sewer: Water/Sewer Committee will be holding a meeting on Wednesday, 1/29/20 @ 7pm. Councilman Yakoubian requested information on aging utility accounts.
Village Website & IT: Councilman Yakoubian requested FO Gullett contact our IT contractor to do a maintenance/checkup visit. He would like to get on a schedule of service about every 6 months.
Unfinished, Old Business and New Business: Councilman Stanfield reminded Mayor Frisch that a compliance officer needs to be appointed, per the credit card use policy. Councilman Stanfield asked for the EPA report resulting from their recent visit. VA Martin explained that it wasn’t a full site survey, more of an introduction for the new representative. There was a letter sent afterwards that Martin can bring to the next meeting. Councilman Stanfield stated that he read in the audit they recommend using a Village Handbook and asked FO Gullett if she had ever seen one. Gullett advised yes, she has seen it and used it several times. It’s a generic recommendation. Councilwoman Love stated the sick pay issue is still being reviewed.
Next meeting: February 13, 2020 at 7:30PM Motion by Councilman Yakoubian, seconded by Councilman Sanders to adjourn the meeting.
Time: 8:47 PM. Vote: 5-0. Motion carried.
Mayor Nathan Frisch Fiscal Officer Michelle Gullet