First, second and third place winners in the "If I were mayor, I would..." essay contest were recognized at Tuesday night's Brazil City Council meeting. Judges included Mitch Chalos, First National Bank and Trust; Pat Heffner, Brazil City Council; Robin Roeschlein, supervisor of the city water works department; the Rev. Gary Scroggins, First Presbyterian Church; Sally Schutte, Holly Hill Nursing Home; Kenny Crabb, former mayor; and Northview High School teacher Penny Arthur.
Ryan Brand, first place, was awarded with a $50 savings bond from Fifth Third Bank and a $50 savings bond from First National Bank and Trust. He will also get to job shadow Mayor Arthur for a day. Dylan Moore, second place, won a $25 gift certificate from Wal-Mart and Allison Brown, third place, was given a five-day pool pass to the Forest Park pool.
In business, the Council passed a motion to allow Planning and Zoning Administrator Michele Driscoll to order 500 door hangers from A+ Printing. The hangers will list citations that a violator may face if their property is not brought up to the city's standards. In addition, City Attorney Joe Trout is to come up with an amendment to an existing ordinance that will allow Driscoll to write her own tickets.
Fire Chief Tobey Archer informed the board that the department is continuing with pre-incident planning, having toured the old G.C. Murphy building this week. He also mentioned that "Tot Finder" stickers are available at the Fire Department. These stickers can be placed on children's bedroom windows to aid firefighters in locating a child during an emergency.
Police Chief Mark Loudermilk said that he and Sheriff Rob Carter found a trailer at Thatcher's RV Sales that will be renovated and used as a mobile command post when needed. The trailer's bed will be replaced with a desk among other changes. The trailer will be paid for with grant money.
Rules were suspended and Ordinance 9-2004 was passed on the first reading. Ordinance 9, according to Trout, basically modernizes an ordinance that was written in 1931 involving public transportation. It states that any driver who wishes to provide such a service must get a license from the city and provide proof of liability insurance that covers $300,000.
Ordinance 10 was tabled until the next meeting. The ordinance was intended to amend the law on excessive noise, which currently only lists a violation as being between 10 p.m. and 7 p.m. If the ordinance is passed, citizens can be cited at any time of day for excessive noise. Members of the Council asked Trout to add another amendment before they vote on the matter. They felt it would be best to allow police to write citations on the first offense rather than after a warning.
The cost to re-establish service for a Brazil water customer who has had their water disconnected for non-payment will be raised to $35 after Ordinance 11 is passed on the second reading. The ordinance passed on the first reading during Tuesday's meeting. It also states that anyone who has put a deposit on a lawn meter will get half of the deposit back upon returning the meter.
Two unsafe building hearings were conducted during the Board of Works and Safety meeting. The Board voted for the city to go ahead with clean-up of 722 N. Depot St., owned by Clyde Grigsby, after a long history of problems with the property.
Members voted to grant Trent Sinnett, the owner of the home at 812 N. Walnut St., a couple more weeks to prove that he is serious about cleaning up his property. They told him that by the next meeting, May 25, he must show the Board copies of a contract for upkeep including mowing and general maintenance while he is deployed with the military. He must also produce a contract that proves he is going ahead with necessary repairs.