On Tuesday, Mayor Tom Arthur invited Todd Frauhiger, CTE Engineers, to give the City Council an update on the U.S. 40 INDOT Project. The project would include putting in new pavement, sidewalks and storm sewer and provide 5 lanes of traffic through town. Frauhiger checked the plan sheet and there has been no activity since February.
It would be the city's responsibility to design a detention pond to prevent flooding downstream. Arthur is hopeful to begin generating revenue for the pond. Frauhiger said he could try to push INDOT to build the pond, but the city would still have to provide a place to put the dirt.
Councilman Jim Sheese suggested the several acres of land that the city owns near Cottage Hill Cemetery that cannot currently be used for anything. He thinks that if dirt was filled in there, Brazil could sell lots off of it.
Frauhiger told the Council they would need 5 to 10 acres of land to accommodate the dirt. If they find a five-acre site, the dirt will have to be piled 10 feet high; if they find a ten-acre site, it will have to be five feet high.
The Council also passed Ordinances 1 and 2, 2004, on their second readings. These two ordinances make the anniversary date the indicator of where police officers and firefighters, respectively, are placed on the salary schedule. They amend Ordinances 8 and 9, 2003.
At Arthur's request, Mia Bazzani of MSB Web Solutions gave a presentation on the kind of Web site her Clinton-based company could provide for the city of Brazil. She said it would be supported by local sponsors and the city could choose what kinds of information to include. It would be updated daily.
Arthur said he would like to have the Web site in order to keep citizens informed. He hopes to have a page that allows people to look up city ordinances and other pertinent information. He is still looking into the matter, but wanted the Council to have some idea of what they might be able to do.
Two Advisory Plan Commission appointments were made. Matt Pollom was voted as the Council appointment and Michele Driscoll was added as a Mayoral appointment.
The Council heard reports from a few department heads. Police Chief Mark Lowdermilk finally got their three new cars on the road and the officers been ticketing a number of people for parking on the sidewalks.
Fire Chief Tobey Archer informed the Council that the Fire Department recently acquired new self-contained breathing apparatus, using grant money. He said there have been several advancements made in them since the old apparatus were purchased.
The firefighters are continuing to do walk-throughs of all the downtown businesses to familiarize themselves with the buildings' layouts. They are not enforcing fire codes or fining any of the businesses.
The Council scheduled a work session for before their regular meeting next week to discuss personnel policy.
In the Board of Works and Safety meeting that followed, Planning and Zoning Administrator Michele Driscoll requested that the Board take action on two properties. The matter was tabled until the next meeting because Board Member John Nelson was not able to attend this one.