Many Brazil residents were concerned when they encountered out-of-county solicitors at the intersection of US 40 and SR 59 last week.
House of David, a group from Indianapolis, was in the streets collecting money at least three days in a week. These people had followed the existing laws on solicitation in the city and did have permission to be there.
Members of the City Council heard a number of citizens' complaints in the past few days, so at Tuesday night's meeting, they discussed passing another ordinance on the matter.
City Attorney Eric Wyndham suggested the possibility of simply eliminating all such practices. However, after input from several council members, it was decided that Wyndham should come up with a draft of an ordinance, which will be voted on during the next regular meeting, Aug. 26.
The ordinance will tentatively include regulations that all solicitors in the city must be representing a county-based organization or the Clay County chapter of a nationally-recognized group. They must get permission at least two weeks in advance and no one may collect money in this manner more than one day a year at only one intersection without the approval of the Board of Works.
The Council also hopes to crack down on other types of solicitation.
The sidewalk project should finally be under way very soon. Due to the city's tight budget constraints, some details had to be "ironed out," but Mayor Kenny Crabb has signed a contract with Dennis Trucking for $712, 971.30 worth of work.
City Council also approved renewing a pigeon control contract with L.T. Clark. Crabb says that Clark's method of pigeon eradication is less expensive and more practical than poisoning the birds. He uses a special kind of gun to eliminate them at the courthouse and other particular buildings.
Four ordinances were passed by the council. Three involved fixing salaries of firefighters (Ordinance 8); police officers (Ordinance 9); and city employees other than elected officers, police officers and firefighters (Ordinance 10), all based on a 3 percent increase.
Ordinance 11 establishes a Riverboat Wagering Tax Revenue Fund.
Indiana Legislature has divided up $33 million in revenue between all Indiana cities, municipalities and towns. Brazil received over $51,000 and can expect a check around the beginning of August every year from now on. If the money went straight to the General Fund, Brazil would have to ask the state's permission before spending it. Ordinance 11 eliminates this process.
Planning and Zoning Administrator Michele Driscoll gave a report on her recent activities. She requested that a work session be scheduled.. They agreed to meet in an open session on Aug. 19 at 6 p.m., following a closed Board of Works session where three candidates for firefighter will be interviewed.
Driscoll hopes to be given authority to issue citations as well as deal with abandoned vehicles.
The Board of Works talked about individual properties she has been dealing with and decided how they will continue with each situation.