Recent storms brought about mass destruction throughout Brazil, but the ensuing clean-up was a success.
Mayor Kenny Crabb credited all the city departments for coming together to dispose of the debris at Tuesday night's City Council meeting. Forest Park was hit especially hard, but Pike Lumber came through, bringing in two logging crews who worked for two days cutting up fallen trees. Crabb said they "completely donated all the work" and all the logs will end up at Craig Park for grinding; Pike took none of them for themselves.
Chief of Police Terry Harrison reported that the Emergency Management meeting Tuesday morning went well. Those present discussed how things worked and who did what during the storm. Crabb agreed and said more of these meetings will be scheduled. City Attorney Eric Wyndham also mentioned that officers directing traffic the day after the storm were very courteous. Besides the effort put forthby city employees, Crabb felt that Cinergy "did a marvelous job all last week," working many hours beyond their regular schedules.
Crabb reported that he had spent last Saturday riding around Brazil with a Federal Emergency Management Association representative looking for damage around Brazil. FEMA hopes that even those who had insurance to cover their repairs will report their damage. They can do so by calling 1-800-621-FEMA. In addition, part of FEMA works directly with municipalities, recording the amount of truck and backhoe use and manpower and overtime used in times such as these and Brazil will likely be reimbursed for their costs.
Still, Crabb discovered that there is a "need to educate the public" in some areas. For example, he said, "People were out watching to see what was going on and getting in the way" of workers. While they were trying to clear the roads in Forest Park, cars were traveling through 'bumper-to-bumper'." He also witness people passing live wires over their heads as they tried to get a closer look at fallen trees. He expressed relief that no one was killed or injured.
Also, Brazil citizens had no forewarning of the severe weather, so the council is still working on acquiring weather alert sirens. The city will most likely purchase two to be placed at each end of town.
The Council approved some changes to the proposal for a heat treatment plant. This will save time and money for local factories that had previously had to transport waste materials to Indianapolis. They also voted in favor of allowing Dennis Trucking to go ahead with the sidewalk project. Their original bid was for $1.1 million, but upon further discussion, it was decided that they will do $700,000 worth of work to stay within the allotted budget.