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Fire Chief reports 20 percent of fire hydrants do not operate

Thursday, October 28, 2004

The following business was conducted at the Brazil City Council meeting Tuesday night:

Mayor's report:

- "I want to publicly congratulate the Marching Knights and the football team," Mayor Tom Arthur said.

The band received State Champion honors in its division at the RCA Dome Saturday.

The football team won its first sectional game since 1985, the second in Northview High School's history, last Friday.

The team plays Greenwood at home in semi-final sectional action this Friday.

- The Durapatcher machine to patch city streets has been ordered and should be in Brazil by the middle of November.

- The City is working on obtaining easements for placement of weather sirens.

- The City council is invited to a Main Street program at 2 p.m. Nov. 8.

Mayor Tom Arthur said Mayor Kenny Crabb led the City in a downtown revitalization plan in 1995. Arthur hopes "to make that revitalization plan a reality."

- McGruff the "Take a bite outta crime" dog and Sparky the Fire Dog will meet children at City Hall during trick-or-treating, 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday.

Police:

- Police Chief Mark Loudermilk reported all officers are trained on the AR 15 Bushmaster rifles and the rifles have been installed in police cars.

The rifles are available in the event of terrorism of the Columbine variety. Trained officers can be active in ending the situation instead of waiting for a SWAT team to arrive.

- Neighborhood watch program meetings at West Central Village have been "pretty productive," Loudermilk said.

He thanked the Sheriff's Department for donating new signs informing the public there is a Neighborhood Watch program available.

- George Rogers' name is being added to a plaque in City Hall. The plaque honors retired members of the police force.

Rogers' badge number has been retired and will no longer be issued to new officers, Loudermilk said after the City Council meeting. Badge numbers run from 30 to 45.

Fire:

- Twenty percent of all fire hydrants in the City do not work. That was one finding of a study performed by the Brazil Fire Department, said Chief Tobey Archer. He plans to present the full report to the City Council at a future meeting.

- The fire chief turned out the lights and demonstrated a new thermal imaging camera purchased with insurance money by the department.

The camera shows heat in a viewfinder. Human forms could be easily seen, even with the Council Chambers in complete darkness. It can also be used by police to find fugitives hiding in the night time.

The camera cost $8,000 and was purchased with insurance money after a similar camera was broken during a fire. The original camera was purchased with money raised by Wal-Mart many years ago, Archer said.

Planning:

- The old Fratello's Sandwich Shop is being cleaned up, reported Planning Administrator Michele Driscoll. The building owner has repaired broken windows, and taken down the old sign.

- Driscoll has fined the owners of the house at 504 Ringo a sum of $500 because they have apparently ignored previous attempts to get them to clean up the property.

- The City cleaned up 710 S. Leavitt St.

- The City Board of Public Works and Safety condemned 621 S. Grant St. Tuesday. An abandoned trailer on the lot will be removed.

- Vectron gas utility has begun cleaning up its property, including a tree that fell during a storm months ago, reported Driscoll.

- Last week, Driscoll issued five more tickets to the owners of property in violation of the City code.

Street:

- The street sweeper has been repaired and is now back in service.

Water:

- The Water Department repaired 28 leaks Sept. 28-Oct. 27.

Other business:

The Council passed on final reading a measure to pay Janet Wallace for helping Clerk Treasurer Tracy Webster. The measure will allow Wallace to receive Social Security benefits.

That ordinance passed 3-1 with Marty Beasley opposing it. Council member Pat Heffner was absent due to family illness, the mayor said.

- An ordinance allowing retired Police Officer John Zuel to remain on the city insurance plan passed 4-0.

Discussion:

- Councilman Beasley asked if pay raises could be given some elected officials and not all.

City Attorney Joe Trout said, "I've never seen it done." But he did not say it would be impossible.

- Councilman James Sheese asked if vendors in Brazil had permits during the Covered Bridge Festival.

No one knew the answer.

"Tracy (Webster) and I are going to put our heads together and deicde how to enforce that" in the future," Arthur said.



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