Ruthann Jeffries, Brazil Parks Board president, brought good news to the Brazil City Council meeting Tuesday night.
She stopped by City Hall on her way home from Craig Park to share "what a wonderful sight I saw tonight."
By her account, the park was filled with people who were there for the first cross country meet to take place on the new course through the woods. She says its "great to see Craig Park being used."
Four schools, including Northview High School, participated in the run and Jeffries said all their "comments were wonderful."
The path was cleared by volunteers and the process did not cost the city anything. She gave credit to Mayor Kenny Crabb, Ron Muncie, the workers, the coaches and kids at Northview and Brad Deal of the Park Board. She also noted that the course is open to anyone in the community, whether they wish to run or walk.
In other business, the Council:
- Discussed the working copy of Ordinance 12, dealing with solicitation and distribution on public property.
A few amendments were made and City Attorney Eric Wyndham will clean it up so the board can vote on the matter in their next meeting.
In part, it states that solicitors must be Clay County residents or representatives of an organization based or located in the county and that the group must obtain permission two weeks in advance. In addition, they must display a flat sign with the name of their cause and each group will be limited to collecting donations one time per year.
- Approved a contract for the Brazil Fire Department to be assigned a budget of $12,500, the same amount they were given last year.
The necessity of fixing and replacing fire hydrants was brought to the table.
Crabb says they plan to start on that process soon, but the city does not currently have the cash on hand. He added that they should have it eventually, but they will be borrowing $60,000 today in order to make payroll.
Police Chief Terry Harrison reported that the Police Department has ordered three 2004 Chevy cars for their use. They will probably have them within a month.
Michele Driscoll gave her Planning and Zoning report and informed the Council that action had been taken on two properties and the owners of each had received bills for the work. Further, two properties were condemned last Friday.
In the Board of Works and Safety meeting that followed, Councilman Jim Sheese made a motion to give the mayor power to approve action on a property on the Board's behalf. Since it was approved, Driscoll will be able to attend to her duties more quickly as she will not be delayed by waiting for the Board to meet.