The Brazil City Council took action on a solicitation ordinance Tuesday night.
Rules were suspended and Ordinance 12 was passed after the first reading at the Brazil City Council meeting Tuesday night. After the Aug. 26 Council meeting, City Attorney Eric Wyndham made amendments to the first draft of the ordinance based on Council members' suggestions. The ordinance prohibits solicitation by organizations based outside of Clay County and requires that anyone who wishes to collect must obtain permission from the city at least two weeks in advance.
It also states that each group can only collect once per year and they must display a flat sign identifying their organizaiton. These laws will be effective immediately after the ordinance is publicized.
The Council heard audience comments from Eddie Edwards who lives on Ashley Street next to Kentucky Fried Chicken. He complained that the smell of grease is so bad that he and his wife cannot sit on their porch. In addition, he claimed that teenagers have been gathering in the KFC parking lot at night, using coarse language and playing loud music, and Jamax comes to empty the dumpsters between midnight and 4 a.m., waking everyone in the neighborhood.
A resident on Church Street added that she can hear employees taking orders at the drive-thru from her living room, even with the doors closed, the air conditioner running and the television on. She also said the smell is so bad that she has moved her garden furniture into her basement.
Edwards alleged that there are "No Loitering" signs in the KFC parking lot. If that is indeed the case, then the Brazil Police Department would have the right to enforce the policy. However, Mayor Kenny Crabb suggested the possibility that those gathering may be KFC employees after work.
Further, he told Edwards that because he technically lives in a business district, some of these problems may not be easily solved. Crabb assured him that he has already contacted Jamax several times about their collection times, but he will call again. Fire Chief Joe Bennett said that if the smell is that strong, KFC's filters may be dirty or missing, which would be a fire hazard.
In old business, Crabb informed the Council that materials for the sidewalk project are being brought in this week. Work should begin Monday and Crabb said that Dennis Trucking may be bringing in two or three crews in order to complete it more quickly.