Three In One Lawn Services was awarded Brazil's cemetery mowing contract after the bids were opened and read at the City Council meeting Tuesday night. Three In One's bid was for $21,465, which was not the lowest bid, but the Council voted to keep them as they had done a good job in the past.
The Council passed Ordinance 4, 2004, which will increase the cost to open and close a grave to $400, on the first reading. Those who have pre-paid for their funeral arrangements could be held accountable for the increase, depending on which funeral home they made arrangements through.
The CF-1 (Compliance with Statement of Benefits) was approved for each of four companies, including Brazil Investors, LLC; Warstler Acquisitions III, LLC; Brad J. Emmert and Kim A. Emmert-O'Dell; and Britt Tool Inc./Britton Family Limited Partnership.
Several department heads gave reports to the Council and they were given some good news from Jim Dulin of the Clay County Humane Society. He informed the Council that the Humane Shelter has made good progress. All calls are being addressed in a better manner and no healthy animals have had to be euthanized since mid-January.
Citations are being issued for dogs running free and for dogs in heat that are not contained. He said he thinks that is a first in Brazil. Also 187 adult dogs and puppies have been placed in other communities, mostly in Wisconsin, where there are actually more people waiting for dogs than there are dogs available.
The company PetSmart has been transporting animals to the no-kill shelters every other week, where they are spayed or neutered, given their shots and placed in homes. Thirty more animals will be moved this week and animals are being adopted directly from the Clay County Shelter each day.
On the future agenda, Mayor Tom Arthur told the Council he will ask them to approve the personnel policy handbook, probably March 23, after the Board of Works approves it.
Storm sirens will also be discussed soon, which will possibly be paid for out of the Rainy Day fund. Arthur estimated the cost for the sirens at about $25,000. Batteries for the sirens will cost around $50 to $70 and Cinergy has agreed to sell poles to the city at cost, which is $845 each.
In the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting that followed, Debra S. Hobson was approved as the new deferral administrator. She will be in charge of the deferral program, in which those who receive a citation can pay a fee to drop the ticket if they meet certain criteria.
These fees go into a deferral fund and the city is given a certain amount of the money to use for projects they wish to complete. Police Chief Lowdermilk says this money can help keep the amount of tax dollars the Police Department uses down.
The Board also rescinded the motion from the Feb. 24 meeting that would allow the ladies in the water office to approve a customer's first adjustment on water bills. Arthur said he had checked into the matter and found that it would not be compliant with the regulations of the State Board of Accounts.