Panel talks emergency plans

ATTICA – Attica Mayor Bryan Shock and council members discussed emergency procedures to be put into practice when the village experiences a power outage, as happened recently, and the town center traffic lights are not working.

Police Chief Keith Turner informed council that Ohio Department of Transportation said the intersection is treated as a four-way stop in that instance. Council members reported that during a heavy storm July 9, traffic at US 224 and SR 4 was not stopping and citizens were assisting with directing traffic.

They also discussed the safety of crosswalks and traffic stopping for pedestrians.

Also during the power outage, the police department was left with no communication except for mobile units. Members discussed purchasing a generator for the municipal building for such emergencies. They are to seek grants to assist with that purchase.

Turner also noted an increase in juvenile crime throughout the county and warned parents to be aware of where their children are and what they are doing. He said curfew times are posted on the department’s Facebook page.

Village Administrator Greg Martin reported engineer Lyn Makeever submitted the plans to the EPA for the lagoon system a month late. Council members questioned whether any fines and penalties come with that and decided to invite Makeever to the next council meeting to answer questions.

Martin said brush pick-up continues following the recent wind storm on Fridays. He said Roes Tree Service would be in the village next week to access further trimming of the trees for safety. Councilman Jeff Painter said residents wanting village trees removed could split the removal cost with the village but stump grinding would be at the citizen’s expense.

Martin said the water plant generator was found working Wednesday but there was no power to the plant. The automatic trip switch had not been working properly. After the switch was flipped manually, there have been no further problems. Martin said the trip switch box is to be tested monthly instead of annually.

Fiscal Officer Pat Krebs reported $722,008.95 in all funds. She reported that more than $10,000 in court fines from the police department have been put toward the loan for the police department’s 2013 Ford Interceptor SUV, while $11,610.87 is still needed.

Krebs also said the Myers Park swimming pool is $2,603.19 in the red as of Tuesday. Martin plans to close the pool for the season Saturday.

Painter announced a successful farmers market in downtown Attica. All vendors and concessions sold out for the day. The next scheduled village market is 9 a.m. Aug. 10.

Members moved into executive session for discussion of lawsuit litigation and personnel issues.

Council is to meet at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15, one week later than normal, due to the Attica Independent Fair.