Brazil City Council gave approval to the Clay County Redevelopment Commission to begin working with Brazil City on redevelopment projects at last night's Council meeting. CCRC President Rob Moore said that will allow the county and city to work together to bring in new business and new jobs to the area.
He sited the I-70 intersection as an example. Moore said that was an ideal location for new growth but the area has lost many opportunities for economic development because of a lack of water there.
The county has no water. Brazil City has water but they don't have the money to pipe it out to I-70.
"The Clay County Redevelopment has money," Moore said. "We could help finance the project."
The two entities could work together in a partnership that would be beneficial to both.
The Council tabled a request to rezone property at the corner of Ridge and Franklin Streets. The Emmert Group wants to build new residential units at the site which previously was the location of the old Brazil Concrete plant.
Brad Emmert said they hope to purchase three remaining lots in the section now owned by the county. That would give them approximately three acres of ground. They could possibly build 30 units on the site which he said would be similar to the Southgate apartments but without porches. The units would be less expensive than Southgate and more available to the medium income families.
The Council agreed that the area was an eyesore and Emmert's housing project would improve it. But they first wanted to have City Engineer Brian Pohler inspect the site and get his recommendation on addressing issues from residents living near-by concerning drainage and dust.
Emmert said he would have a civil plan to address the issues on drainage and agreed to wet the area as needed to hold down the dust.
Several job changes have taken place at City Hall recently. Utility Office Manager Robin Roeschlein has taken a job at Great Dane. Lori Brown is taking her place. Brown used to be the Deputy Clerk Treasurer under former Clerk Treasurers Janet Wallace and Pat Whistler.
About a month ago Brown transferred to the water works department but was requested to return to the Dep. Clerk Treasurer post after Whistler resigned and Dep. Clerk Treasurer Tracy Webster filled that vacancy.
Janet Wallace was called back and is now working temporarily as the Dep. Clerk Treasurer until the Democratic party has a caucus and selects a permanent replacement for Whistler.
Jerry Siddons and Josh Clarke will soon be Brazil City Patrolmen. According to Police Chief Mark Loudermilk, when all paperwork is done they will begin their training, which should be in about three weeks.
Planning and Zoning administrator Michele Driscoll was given approval to ticket violators for trash and debris in their yards. Homeowners could be fined $250 or more.
Violators will first be given a red door hanger notification. Then a letter will be sent followed by the issuance of a citation if compliance is not met.
Brazil City Police will accompany Driscoll when a citation is required. She will have use of a portable radio to call for assistance if needed in other situations. Driscoll praised City Street Department workers for the excellent job they did cleaning up property on Sherman Street.
A plaque honoring all retired police officers will be presented at the next Council meeting. The four remaining former officers will be invited to the presentation.
A public hearing was opened for the proposed 2005 budget. There were no comments from the public and the hearing was closed.
Mayor Arthur discussed proposed changes to the employee insurance policy. Three tiers will be offered to the plan with the only difference being the amount of the deductibles. The next Council meeting is Sept. 14.