During its meeting Tuesday night, Brazil City Council set the trick-or-treating dates for Halloween this year. It was decided that children will be allowed to trick-or-treat on Oct. 30 and 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. and that they should only visit houses where the porch light is on.
The Council also heard comments from two Mary Patton Drive residents.
Apparently, several houses on their street are connected to the same 3/4-inch water line. They complained of a lack of water pressure and a number of leaks.
The Council agreed that they should have at least a 2-inch line and assured the couple that they will look into the situation.
Planning and Zoning Administrator Michele Driscoll reported to the Council that 44 of the property owners she has contacted recently have complied to the city's requests, 22 have not and 11 are still in progress.
In addition, she informed the Council of a possible money-making venture for Brazil, which would involve changing the current abandoned vehicle procedure. At present, the city contacts one of three wrecker services to tow the automobiles. The business then gains revenue by charging the owner towing and storage fees.
Driscoll suggested that the city open for bids from the towing services and choose one to pick up all the abandoned vehicles. That service would then give the city a share of the profits.
Driscoll added that Terre Haute makes about $25 per car using this method.
The idea will be discussed further at the next City Council meeting.
The Board of Works and Safety voted in favor of sending a crew to clean up several properties recommended by Driscoll. Others will be pursued after further legal action is taken.