ATTICA - State Sen. Dave Burke along with assistant Jonathon Snyder visited Attica's council meeting Thursday night. Burke is running for the newly drawn 26th District, that will include all of Seneca County. At the present time, the eastern portion of Seneca County is in the 13th District represented by Sen. Gayle Manning.
If Manning is agreeable, Burke said he may schedule a townhall meeting in the village for residents to ask questions.
Chief of Police Keith Turner offered an apology for the misinformation he presented during the last meeting regarding the moving of Tiffin Municipal Court to Fostoria. The court is to remain in Tiffin.
Turner recommended hiring Fire Chief Brett Meyers as a part-time police officer to carry out detective duties. He has just retired from 30 years serving the state of Ohio in several capacities. His joining the department would free up officers for increased road patrol. Council unanimously approved Meyers hiring effective Friday at $8 per hour.
Turner noted several inquiries about a young woman in the area selling books. Upon examination, it was found she had acquired the necessary vendor's license to sell door-to-door.
Councilman Jeff Painter reported several homeowners are complaining about the tree trimming job done by contractors for AEP. They claim their own trees have been "butchered" and Painter has contacted Roe's Tree Service to examine the trees next week. Homeowners have agreed to share the costs with the village for possible improvements.
Painter announced Attica's next farmers market at Honey Creek Park is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 7. Additional vendors are needed.
Village Administrator Greg Martin said two residents are feuding over an alley property they thought was vacated. No ordinances to that effect have been found but the county auditor's map shows it as vacated. Solicitor Rick Palau suggested contacting the county recorder's office as a deed should be on file if it has been vacated. Martin is to investigate further.
A total of $648,816 is in all funds, according to fiscal officer Pat Krebs. She noted receiving the Public Entity Pool of Ohio liability/content insurance proposal that reflected an increase of $1,034 this year. She also led a discussion as to when the parks and recreation and police levies should be put on the ballot. They determined to place it on the May ballot.
The meeting moved into executive session to discuss litigation and land acquisition.
In other business, council:
Approved the 2013 budget.
Heard recycling is 4:30-6:30 pm, July 5 with Attica in charge. Volunteers are needed.
Approved hiring Bobby Zeigler as pool co-manager at $8 per hour; Devin Oyster as assistant manager at $7.90 per hour and Ben Frankart as lifeguard at $7.70 per hour.
Accepted resignations of pool personnel Rachel Stout and Abby Ehresman.
Council is to meet at 7:30 p.m. July 12.