Semis and resident parking were again discussed at the Brazil City Council meeting Tuesday night.
"I've lived here 40 years and Windbreaker and Nasser Furniture never had a problem getting trucks in to their plant," Anita McIntire, a Mechanic Street resident, said. "Our children don't have a fighting chance. This is ridiculous."
McIntire was commenting on the proposal to make Mechanic Street no parking on the south side from Alabama Street to the end of Mechanic Street. She also indicated that there were people speeding up and down the street.
According to Mayor Kenneth Crabb, Morris Manufacturing has semis coming and going at all hours of the day and night, and there are far more semis going in and out than before. As to the comment about Nasser's and Windbreaker, it was noted that the former businesses in the building didn't have semis delivering to the plant. As for the speeding situation, Crabb pointed out that McIntire was instrumental in making the intersection of Mechanic and Ringo Streets a four-way stop. Further, Morris Manufacturing operates three shifts and has more than 100 employees, and there are complaints about speeding on most of the city streets.
The council approved on first reading of ordinance 2, 2003 prohibiting the parking on Mechanic Street. A second reading must be approved before the ordinance is approved.
Tom Arthur requested a letter from Morris Manufacturing that they would assist the residents of the south side of Mechanic with creating off-street parking. Morris Manufacturing was not available for comment about the offer to assist the residents.
In other business, Jim Sheese was re-elected as president of the council, while Ann Bradshaw was re-elected as vice president.
Also discussed at the meeting was the new hardware and software for the water department.
"The hardware is on order and the software will be installed and people trained in its use. The new software should be up and running in March," Crabb reported.
Crabb went on to say that there might be a higher deposit required for water and sewer. "We might make it a $50 deposit or possibly a $100 deposit," Crabb said.
The cost is currently $40 total for water and sewer.
Much of the concern over the deposit stems from the fact that many rental units have people move in, not pay their water bill for 5-6 months and then move out, leaving the owners of the property responsible for the debt. One such family moved out leaving the property owner stuck with a $500 water bill.
Trashy houses were brought up on for discussion by Jean Martin, council member. According to Martin, there are several houses on Compton Street that are unsightly.
Crabb said that the issue of the houses needed to be addressed.
Arthur also requested the city look into taking action on burned-out houses in the city limits.
"It appears some property owners that have burned-out houses in the city have taken the insurance money and ran," Arthur said. "Some of the buildings have been burned-out and nothing done for several years."
Crabb said that the payment from the Lenox Street property should be made, and that the money from that property sale could be used for the hiring of a person to handle the trashy houses and burn-outs. The council will discuss that issue at the next meeting.