Brazil City Council suspended the rules and passed Resolution 1, 2004, on the first reading at Tuesday night's meeting. The resolution deals with "victory rides" that local winning teams sometimes take on Brazil's firetrucks. Fire Chief Tobey Archer had asked City Attorney Joe Trout to draft something to set a precedent that they could follow.
Archer was concerned about the city's liability and asked for the resolution.
It was decided that the Fire Department will only provide escorts or allow children to ride inside the vehicles rather than on the engines. Only school personnel or someone in a position of authority can request use of the trucks.
Mayor Tom Arthur asked the Council's permission to look at the city's bonds to see if there is a potential for savings. Jennifer Wilson, CPA, looked over the records and found that with the combined amortization schedule of the bonds from 1993 and 1996, Brazil is paying between $1 million and $1.04 million.
By combining the bonds now, Wilson said required payments could be reduced to around $965,000 a year and still be paid off at the same time, 2017. In the long run, this would potentially save the city $700,000. The Council voted to grant Arthur permission to look into the matter further.
Some changes were made to the personnel policy handbook for the city employees to eliminate the discrepancies between Brazil and Federal laws. From now on, 50 percent of city employees with CDLs must be randomly drug-tested in a year and an employee's blood alcohol level must be at .02 or less. Also, new employees will be required to take a drug test within 30 days of hire rather than seven days.
The Council also approved the sale of a 1994 Ford Crown Victoria, an old police vehicle, to the Veterans' Administration. The car had previously been declared surplus, but Arthur is having it checked to ensure that it is worth less than $1,000 as was earlier determined.
The Board of Works and Safety approved a water tank evaluation to take place soon on the 750,000-gallon tank downtown. It will be drained and off-line for about a week, during which time it will be cleaned and a complete analysis will be done. Arthur said he found out that a grant had been returned to the Department of Commerce a while back, so the city will try to have that money returned to fund this project.
The Board additionally decided to go ahead with the condemnation and demolition of two properties at 901 Ashley St. and 722 N. Depot St. Planning and Zoning Administrator Michele Driscoll estimated the cost for each at approximately $3,000.