-Council also discusses park vandalism, other items
As the City Council meeting began Tuesday night, sirens could be heard from City Hall as the Northview Girls Cross Country Sectional Champs went by on a fire truck. Ironically, Ruthann Jeffries was just starting to tell the Council about the recent problems with the new cross country track at Craig Park.
Two or three weeks ago, a young man got his truck stuck in the woods at Craig Park. He had already cut down a tree and planned to cut down as many as he had to in order to get the truck out. After the police arrived, a back hoe had to be used to remove it.
Jeffries said that it seems like every day, someone has done something at one of the city's parks. "Everybody loses," she told the Council, "except the ones who do it, because they don't care." She is hoping to get an ordinance passed so that park vandals can be made responsible for their actions.
She says the Park Board is constantly "fixing up what they're tearing up." Signs will be placed at the track and at the walking track at Forest Park that read, "No unauthorized vehicles beyond this point." And the city plans to enforce these rules.
Morris Manufacturing has proposed a new truck route, which would send them from Vandalia Street, north to Jackson Street and then west to Alabama Street. Mayor Kenny Crabb felt that this may cause problems at the intersection of Vandalia and Jackson Streets as the Fifth Third Bank exit is also located there. The Council voted to set forth the truck route.
Planning and Zoning Administrator Michele Driscoll told the Council that she feels she is probably way over her budget on certified letters, which cost $4.22 each to send. It was decided that she may have at least some of them personally delivered by the police in the future. The Council scheduled a work session with her to be Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. to further discuss her recent work on area properties.
Joe Wilson, the president of the board at the Senior Center came to the meeting to express his concern over the fact that the street is being blocked on a regular basis by the owner of a local business. He wishes to have the police step in and keep the street clear.
Robert A. Lamb II was sworn in by Crabb as a new Brazil fireman. Fire Chief Joe Bennett says he has already been working and is ready to go. The Board of Works and Safety also approved the hiring of City Attorney Eric Wyndham's new secretary, Shannon Heald.
Further, they voted to borrow money from Riddell National Bank to pay for their insurance program, after finding that they had to pay the full $150,000 at once, rather than month by month.