The Brazil City Council voted to suspend the rules and approve Ordinance 20, 2002, on first reading. Normally, two readings are required, at different meetings to approve an ordinance.
Ordinance 20, 2002, sets the salaries of elected officials.
Salaries approved by the council include:
- Mayor - $27,000 a year, up from $25,000
- Clerk/Treasurer - $25,000 a year, up from $23,000
- Council members - $3,000 a year, up from $2,000
Also, council members that are on the Board of Works earn $1,000 a year.
"I move we amend Ordinance 20, 2002, to read that council members' salary remain at $2,000 a year," Tom Arthur said. However, there was no second, so the motion failed. Arthur was the only nay vote on the salary ordinance.
Arthur's concern about the raise revolved around the fact that some city employees are at or near the poverty level and he felt it was inappropriate to vote a raise for himself.
In other business, the Council approved a rezoning of real estate belonging to Kim and Brad Emmert. The property, located near the intersection of White Rock Road and Morgan Street will be rezoned so that Emmert can build a wall panelization plant that will be leased to Timberland. The property will also be used for storage of bulldozers, backhoes and other heavy equipment. An estimated four semis a day will be leaving the plant once it is in operation while one semi will be entering the plant.
Arthur and Ann Bradshaw voted nay to the rezoning of the property. Arthur said there had been some problems with an apartment complex that Emmert was involved in building. The building project caused excessive water run-off onto property located near the project. Matt Pollom had attended several council meetings complaining that the excessive water run-off from the building project was flooding his basement.
An ordinance prohibiting parking on the south side of Mechanic Street was again tabled because some people living on that side of the street do not have off-street parking available to them. The ordinance was also tabled at the council meeting on Dec. 10.
"Some of the homes between Harrison and Vandalia don't have drives," Arthur said.
He received several calls about the proposal, some saying that semis shouldn't be allowed in the city.
"I've not had one call about the parking issue," Mayor Kenneth Crabb said.
Crabb said he took the time to walk Mechanic Street and not one person stopped him to comment on the proposal.