County firefighters presented fireman Shane Zurcher with a check for over $5,000 this week, Mayor Kenny Crabb told the City Council Tuesday evening. The Brazil firefighters' union local had a food booth at the Rotary Celebration July 3-4 to raise funds for Zurcher, who will begin chemotherapy soon. It was a success, as they made over $2,500. The Volunteer Fire Departments from both Posey and Jackson Townships also gathered about $2,500 in donations to benefit Zurcher.
Councilman Tom Arthur was not present at the meeting, where a new ordinance was passed after a city employee made an unusual request for a pay reduction. Oscar Head, who works for the Street Department, has turned 62 and is therefore eligible for social security benefits as long as he makes under $960 per month. However, he must work at least 30 hours to still receive insurance coverage. Therefore, he will work 32 hours a week at $7.50 an hour, down from his previous hourly rate of $9.06. The ordinance also added the new full-time position of Planning and Zoning Administrator to the city payroll.
Michele Driscoll, who has filled this position, gave her first report to the Council. She said she has sent out many letters, issued several building permits and recorded many files in the computer to make her job more efficient. She feels she has made a lot of progress in the three weeks since she assumed the position.
The board approved her request for a new digital camera to use in place of the Polaroid she had been using. She said the quality would be much greater and storage would be much easier. Eric Wyndham, city attorney, agreed that this would also make taking photographs to court when necessary much more convenient.
The owner of X-Treme Reflections brought an issue before the Council. He claims that although he uses over 2,000 gallons of water each month, almost none of it is drained into the sewer. Therefore, he wants an adjustment made to his monthly bill, which is usually around $311, with only $43 being for water. The Council assured him they will look into the situation.
Crabb also gave an update on the sidewalk project situation. He said there have been no new bids, but that Dennis Trucking will be able to pare down the estimate by assessing costs by the unit. Crabb said it should all be resolved before the next meeting.