Agenda items included requests:
- For ERA and tax abatement
- To rezone portion of S. Murphy Ave.
Put on hold was a request by Hendrix family to rename Wheeler Park
Brazil City Council heard the first reading of a resolution Tuesday that would designate property as an economic revitalization area and recommended for tax abatement.
Eric Somheil, attorney for Brad J. Emmert and Kim A. Emmert O'Dell, said the property on White Rock Road had been annexed and rezoned as manufacturing for the production of premanufactured walls.
"There are currently eight employees and that number is intended to double. They (the Emmerts) have made improvements of $525,000 to the property where the radio station was (WSDM was destroyed by fire a few years ago). And Timberland, Inc. has purchased $250,000 worth of new equipment for this. Both the real estate and machinery are seeking the economic revitalization designation and tax abatements," Somheil said.
Council members voted unanimously to accept the motion to pass the first reading.
City Attorney Eric Wyndham suggested the council void the first vote and then suspend the rules of the second reading so signatures could be obtained for legal publication.
The voided vote passed unanimously. However, suspension of the second reading was vetoed by Tom Arthur councilman.
"I don't understand why the first original motion was voided 5-0 but the suspended rules failed 4-1 when a first and second reading would still be required before the designation or abatement could be approved," Wyndham said .
Arthur said he just didn't feel comfortable passing it on the first reading.
The council was also asked to approve property rezoning on South Murphy Avenue from agriculture to residential.
"The planning commission had previously passed the rezoning request presented by Ron Grigsby. The property is located just south and then east of where the old viaduct was. INDOT (Indiana Department of Transportation) planned to put a retention pond there," Mayor Kenny Crabb said.
Arthur said he had been told that INDOT intended to place the dirt removed to dig the retention pond on another person's property and asked the mayor several questions about the intentions of INDOT, what compensation property owners might receive and if INDOT would take the land.
Crabb said he had been promised information several times from the engineering firm working on the project but still had not heard anything. He told Arthur that rezoning had nothing to do with whether or not INDOT would take over the land. He also said he was not willing to spend any more money (that would have to come out of the sewer project) on a project planned six or eight years ago and has still not happened.
Wyndham and some of the other council members agreed.
The motion, initiated by Arthur, passed unanimously.
In other business:
- A request previously presented by descendants of the Hendrix family asked to re-name Wheeler Park for the family. However, no descendants were present at the meeting and the council tabled the issue until more historical research could be done.
- Interviews are proceeding for the full-time planning and zoning administrator. The council set a work session for 6:30 p.m. on April 15 to develop a job description and discuss ordinances pertaining to the subject.
- Sidewalk bids for summer phase of the project will be opened soon so that construction might begin in May. It will start on Vandalia Street.