The most-discussed topic of Tuesday's Brazil City Council meeting was damage caused by storms over the weekend and its subsequent cleanup.
Mayor Kenny Crabb was called in the middle of the night both Friday, when a fallen tree was blocking a street, and Saturday, when plate glass windows had been blown out of a local building, leaving glass in the streets.
With trees down in various places all over town, Crabb said the city has spent "two solid days" picking them up. Five basements were flooded and had to be pumped. Councilman Jim Sheese said it was determined that most of this flooding had occurred due to leaks in the basements' walls. Crabb said the number of basements flooded had decreased drastically since the city's sewage work a few years ago.
Crabb referred to pictures published in The Brazil Times earlier this week of people in a boat on Jackson Street and stressed the fact that people should not engage in such activities. He said that no one should be in the water because there is a lot of suction in the catch basins that is potentially dangerous, especially for small children. He added that he looked at putting pictures in the newspaper as "enticing" that sort of behavior.
Councilwoman Jean Martin said the park board met last week and there are a few improvements needed. The city will be putting new pumps in for the waterslide at Forest Park pool, which will be opening May 31, and repairing Forest Park's merry-go-round, among other things. East Side Elementary School donated $100 to the Forest Park bridge fund.
Crabb also said that Sheriff Rob Carter had prisoners scrub the pool and pick up fallen limbs and sticks in the park. Luckily, however, no trees were down from the storm. When the water was turned on in the pool, a leak was found in the plumbing, which had been installed in its cement walls. A block was broken through in order to repair the leak.
Several trees will be taken out from around the Forest Park band shell before concert season begins. It was reported that the $79,000 sidewalk and bridge project at the park will be paid for in full by donations of local businesses. Therefore, no money will have to be taken from the city's budget.
The board also briefly discussed the Humane Society's recent shot clinic, which was a success; the possibility of replacing Hoosier Codifications, who were hired to prepare the city's ordinances, but have not yet finished after two years, and looking into a grant for cleaning and painting the water tower. Sheese suggested they also think about cleaning the inside as well, since it has not been done in several years.
In the meeting of board works that followed the City Council meeting, adjustments to water and sewer bills were approved and Sheese brought up the necessity for getting a siren to alert residents in storms such as those that hit the city last weekend. Crabb felt that this would be more of a county issue, falling under emergency management, but said the idea will be researched.