Brazil Common Council met as scheduled Tuesday evening, although Mayor Tom Arthur and Clerk/Treasurer Patricia Whistler were both on vacation. The Board of Works and Safety meeting that usually follows has been postponed until June 29 at 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Audience members once again voiced their concern over various problems in their neighborhood. Their grievances include "boom box noise and dumpster noise" as well as speeding drivers on Ashley Street.
City Attorney Joe Trout pointed out that Eddie Edwards had already attended at least two other meetings to complain about Jamax emptying KFC's dumpsters in the middle of the night. Trout also said that he has already written amendments to the noise ordinance that should help take care of the issue of loud stereos.
Trout told the Council that something needs to be done to correct these situations right away. He promised to write a letter to Jamax and bring the amendments to the next meeting. Trout apologized to the local citizens, adding, "We'll get on it right away."
Fire Chief Tobey Archer reported to the Council that the Fire Department and Police Dispatch office will be benefiting from the 2004 Homeland Security Grant, submitted through Emergency Management Director Gerri Husband. The grant is distributed by the federal government to the states, which then disperse the funds throughout the counties.
The $77,571 grant will be used to purchase laptop computers for all emergency response agencies within the county. The computers will include the "Think Map" program that is already being used by the Clay County Courthouse and the Sheriff's Department. Mounts for the engine and training and customer service are included with the program.
Think Map involves an aerial photograph of the entire county. "Information such as hydrant location and statistics, city waterline information and distance information" can be placed in the computer, according to Archer. This data can then be accessed easily by members of the department and surrounding departments if they are called in for assistance.
Planning and Zoning Administrator Michele Driscoll said that she may also be able to use this technology by the first of the year. She would be able to determine property parcel numbers, as well as the owner of a particular property and the owner's mailing address if it is a different location. She said the information would be available to anyone on-line.
In old business, Ordinance 12 - 2004 passed on the second reading, 4-1. Councilman Jim Sheese voted against the ordinance. It changes the zoning of a parcent of real estate in Brazil from R1 to R2 or from a single residence to a duplex.
Resolution 2 - 2004 also passed, 5-0. It establishes reverse auction procedures for the City of Brazil.
In new business, the Council approved the CF-1 (Compliance of Statement of Benefits) for Eutectic Resources, Inc./Genesis Enterprises, Inc.