Brazil City Council heard the first reading of Ordinance 13 at Tuesday night's meeting. The ordinance lays out a new truck route for Morris Manufacturing. Trucks leaving the plant will be allowed to take Vandalia Street to Jackson to Alabama to National Avenue. They had been forced to try to maneuver out through Mechanic Street.
The first of two required readings passed unanimously.
The Council also voted to give the planning and zoning administrator the right to assess fines on properties, which will be $250 for the first notice, $500 for the second and $1,000 for the third. The notices will continue to be delivered by certified mail or hand-delivered by the administrator or the police.
Members also agreed to present current planning and zoning administrator Michele Driscoll with a badge to serve as a form of identification. The possibility of providing her with a marked vehicle was also discussed. Mayor Kenny Crabb said he feels these things might give her "more prestige and authority" as far as the public is concerned.
Police Chief Terry Harrison said the new police cars arrived Friday and after some paperwork is completed, they will be on the road.
Three structures, one house and two mobile homes, were deemed unsafe in a work session involving Driscoll and the Board of Works and Safety last week. It was decided at this meeting to have them removed.
In other new business, the Council voted to keep Cornerstone as the city's insurance company. Estimates were given by three companies, but Cornerstone's premiums were far below the others, according to Crabb. The costs only increased 6 percent from last year.