Attica receives new equipment

ATTICA — John Davoli, director of North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments, and Kathy Mohr, IT director at North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, presented Attica council with its share of equipment gained from a county safety grant Thursday night. A large screen monitor, laptop and video conferencing equipment worth $6,000 is to be used for local safety training and NCOESC representatives hope to hold a joint conference with safety services for the six villages in the county receiving the equipment.

Davoli extended a special thank-you to Mohr and her staff for their work and persistence in obtaining the grant. The IT staff are to assist the village in installing the equipment.

Police Chief Keith Turner participated at Seneca East’s Grandparents Day Thursday, creating 30 kid identification badges containing pertinent information with their picture and fingerprint. He said his department benefited through the sheriff department’s participation in the county safety grant by obtaining a new laptop for a cruiser.

Turner said Seneca County Health Department has condemned a house on Main Street in the village and is investigating another property. Council discussed the recent purchase of a property that is filling with automobiles. Officials do not know the intent of the owner, but 13 vehicles have been placed on the property. The owner is to be sent a certified letter of warning about junk vehicles, according to the village ordinance, and will have five days to comply.

Turner noted 13 warnings have been delivered to owners of properties in need of clean up and two citations have been issued. He suggested to council that the village create an impound lot on the old wastewater plant property and he is investigating costs.

Turner attended the NCOESC training conducted by Seneca County Common Pleas Judge Steve Shuff about the new drug court. As it is the first multi-jurisdictional court in the state, legislation is being considered for the merger.

Turner said he is looking for funding for the department’s new bulletproof vests.

Fiscal Officer Amber Coontz said $1,067,455.63 is in all funds. The village received its first half tax settlement totaling $67,511.59.

Village Administrator Greg Martin reported dismantling of the old wastewater plant has been finished and they are hauling in fill dirt. He also informed members that the Seneca County Health Department is reviewing bids for demolition of the abandoned Eagles facility.

Martin plans to repair the split rail fence at Myers Park and start filling potholes. Friday brush pick-up resumed last week.

Resident Scott Doris thanked the village for announcing the May 31, June 1 and 2 Community garage sales on the community calendar on the village website.

Councilman Kirk Stanfield presented a manual on property maintenance codes to Martin for his review.

Members entered into executive session to discuss personnel issues and no action followed.

In other action, council:

• Heard NCOESC is conducting a Lunch and Learning program May 4, presenting its public service announcements to students, parents, administrators and community members about tobacco, alcohol and drug use.

• Learned May 9 is Bike to Work or School Day.

• Heard the Memorial Day parade is May 28.

• Discussed advertising for lifeguards and plan to invite pool manager Glea Herr to the next meeting.

Council is to meet at 7:30 p.m. April 26.