After going before the Common Council several times to complain about his loud neighbors, Carl MacDonald may finally get some peace. The Council suspended the rules to pass Ordinance 14 -- 2004 as amended on the first reading. City Attorney Joe Trout had written the ordinance, amending Ordinance 7 -- 2000, to restrict excessive noise within city limits. The Council decided to forgo warnings for breaking the ordinance. Citizens will be fined $25 each time they are in violation of it.
During audience comments, MacDonald described a major confrontation he had with his neighbors involving fireworks and a baseball bat. He called the police during the incident and said Officer Dennis Archer had responded right away. Police Chief Mark Loudermilk assured MacDonald that a report is being prepared to take to the prosecutor's office. In the meantime, Mayor Tom Arthur told MacDonald he is sure the police will "continue doing the best they can" to handle the situation.
Under new business, the Council also suspended rules and passed Ordinance 13 -- 2004 on the first reading. The name of one block of Desart Street will be changed to "Wesleyan Church Drive" after some confusion involving a sign in the church's yard, near the intersection of Jackson and Desart streets. The name change will not affect any local residents as no houses face that section of the road.
Ordinance 15 -- 2004, which grants a "parking variance for the Clay County Jail", was passed on the first reading. The second reading will take place at the Council's next meeting on July 27. Hannig Construction felt that the number of parking spaces set up for the new jail was excessive and asked that the Council approve their request to put in less spaces. The Council did so upon recommendation from the Planning Commission.
Brazil will be getting three storm sirens that will cover most of the city. The cost for all three will be about $40,600. The Council approved entering into a verbal agreement with Brazil Township. The Township will pay for the purchase of the sirens, the first batteries and the poles and the city will take over maintenance of the sirens. According to Council President Ann Bradshaw, the sirens have "three distinctive sounds" for different weather warnings. Arthur estimated the upkeep at "$2,000 a year, tops."
During the Board of Public Works and Safety, the clean up of one private property and of the alley between Charles B. Hall and Davis Drive were approved.
The Board also approved new fire contracts for Brazil Township.