The Brazil City Council approved the second reading of two resolutions at their regular meeting Tuesday night that will allow property and machinery to be designated as an economic revitalization area.
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. The Emmerts have made improvements of $525,000 to the property and Timberland, Inc. has purchased $250,000 worth of new equipment in conjuction with the project.
Someheil will file the resolutions with the assessor's office and then they'll be published for public reading.
The Council discussed other improvements for Brazil.
The waterworks department will soon be functioning with new digital meter reading devices. Mayor Kenny Crabb said it could be the first of June before it is in place, but once it's ready, readings will be done within five days and bills sent out to customers 10 days later.
Aerial photographs were taken of the sidewalk construction project. It was noticed that two sections from last year were missed.
"I don't know how they (construction crews) missed it because it's abut 40-feet long. The other section may have been our (the city's) fault when a water tap was put in, but I don't know for sure. However, Dennis Trucking will be in the area soon to fix both sections," Crabb said.
Bids for the next phase of the project will be advertised in mid-May.
Councilwoman Jean Martin said she was visiting another town recently and all the handicap accessible areas in the sidewalks were painted orange. Clerk-Treasurer Janet Wallace said the town of Elletsville, Ind. had done that to its sidewalks and Eric Wyndham said Columbus, Ind. painted its handicap areas yellow. Crabb said he thought the same would be done in Brazil, but he checked with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the contract didn't specify the special painting.
The mayor said he would be signing a proclamation declaring the first week of May as Beautification Week in Brazil. He said the Preservation Society and Brazil Business Women of Vision asked him to set aside the week for volunteers to clean up, fix and paint areas throughout downtown.
Councilman Tom Arthur asked about getting a dumpster set at a specific location for city residents who missed the heavy trash pick up as he has noticed a lot of stuff set out after the collection. He also noted that many people may have missed the notification in The Brazil Times.
Crabb said he thought a dumpster was a good idea and said he knew of a company that would collect refrigerators, freezers and other heavy items and would pay the city for those items to be used in recycling efforts.
In other news:
- Terry Harrison, Brazil City Police Chief, asked the council to consider placing a no parking sign at the intersection of Pinkley and Alabama Streets near Park Place Drive.
"It's already zoned no-parking, but people going to the food pantry will park there. I've seen five to six cars parked there at any given time and it creates a traffic flow problem in the area," he said.
The council agreed and voted to have the appropriate sign installed.
- Arthur asked Harrison if the police department had any control over traffic lights on US 40. He questioned if the department could put the lights on a blinking pattern in case of traffic being converted from I-70 created congestion as happened last week.
Harrison said INDOT had given the department a key to regulate the lights but it disappeared. Since the congestion last week, he ordered another key; however, he said blinking lights help only slightly. He said the biggest help was officers and reserve officers coming from other departments to assist in traffic control.
- Crabb said Indiana Rep. Andrew Thomas, R-Brazil, told him he would work to get a stop light installed on US 40 in front of the Wal-Mart shopping center. It was noted that Wal-Mart agreed to pay for the light if INDOT would install it, but somehow the agreement had been forgotten.
Councilwoman Pat Heffner asked if the mayor would draft a letter of encouragement to Wal-Mart for council members to sign. She said she'd had several complaints about the area. Crabb said he would do so.