By this weekend, organizations wanting to solicit funds on public property will have to first register with the Brazil City Clerk or City Police Department.
On Tuesday night, the Brazil City Council passed an ordinance requiring anyone who sells anything or solicits money in any fashion, whether non-profit or business, to register with the city if they plan to do so on property owned, maintained or operated by any government body in the Brazil city limits.
The ordinance does not apply to door to door solicitations or groups selling items on private property. However, there are laws already in force that require door to door sales people to register with the city.
No fee will be levied for registering, according to the new ordinance.
"All we're asking is for them to register," said Mayor Kenny Crabb.
The ordinance was written because out of county groups have used U.S. 40 to collect money, said Police Chief Terry Harrison.
The new ordinance also requires organizations that solicit on public property to display a sign or placard that clearly states the name of the group and the purpose of the solicitation. Solicitors must wear brightly colored clothing for safety and may only solicit on public property during daylight hours.
Offenders will be subject to a $100 per day fine.
The ordinance was passed unanimously by council members who were present, Pat Heffner, Ann Bradshaw and Jim Sheese. Absent were Tom Arthur and Jean Martin. It will take effect as soon as it is published in the newspaper, probably this week, the mayor said.
In other business, the Council:
- Heard a request to rename Babe Wheeler Park to Hendrix Park. Hendrix family members made the request to honor their ancestor who donated land for the park. The request is to be considered at the next Council meeting on April 8.
Although it was commonly referred to as Hendrix Park or Meridian Street Park, it was named Babe Wheeler Park by city council ordinance in 1976.
- Heard that the city spent its budget for sand and salt during the past snowy winter. Mayor Crabb said the city will try to reclaim sand from city streets, screen it and possibly use it again next winter.
- Learned that attorneys for the city and the Indiana Civil Liberties Union toured new sidewalk construction since the last Council meeting on March 11. Kenneth Falk, the ICLU attorney, expressed satisfaction with the construction.
A new round of bids for sidewalk construction will be received this spring.
Following the Council meeting, the Board of Works and Safety met in regular session.
Ten of 11 requests for water adjustments were approved. That number was far fewer than the last meeting, the mayor said.