The Brazil City Council met in regular session Tuesday night in City Hall. All members were present. The following reports and business was conducted:
- October finances were "on target".
- The City is developing a Web site. An experimental model, developed by Ken Michaels and the Mayor was shown to the Council. It can be seen at http://www.kencomputers.com.
This is not the Web site that will go live, but an early draft. Comments can be made to the Mayor's office.
Mayor Tom Arthur said many companies who want to do business in a community prefer to go online instead of looking through printed brochures.
- The Council will meet in a work session at 10 a.m. Nov. 18 to look at the 2005 Humane Shelter contract.
- Charter Communications informed the City that cable-TV prices will change in December. Some prices will go up but some will go down:
Basic service will increase $4 per month to $11
Expanded basic will decrease $3 per month to $38.99
Council members noted some packages were not mentioned in the letter sent to Mayor Arthur.
- The combined City and County park boards' 5-year plan will be presented to the City Council at its next meeting on Nov. 23.
Fire Chief Tobey Archer presented a map of the City of Brazil showing the various water lines serving city fire hydrants. Seventy-three of the City's 250 hydrants are believed to be the original hydrants installed in 1895, Archer said.
In the department's annual hydrant report, Archer said, "This year additional information was collected to identify problems within the water distribution system to study possible solutions and their cost."
In a letter to The Brazil Times, the fire chief wrote, referring to the article titled "Fire Dept. studying hydrant problem," "The fire department's research of the City's current hydrant problem is a preventative measure to ensure that 'maybe' doesn't happen. The City's hydrants are located approximately 300 to 400 feet apart from one another. Both of the department's initial response engines have over 1,100 feet of water supply line each. If the nearest hydrant in an area is out of service the second responding engine is directed to the nearest hydrant within the vicinity. The department's lead engine carries 1,000 gallons of water for initial attack allowing the second engine time to establish a water supply hose line for the fire scene. The department gathers hydrant information annually and reports it to the City water department and Mayor's office so repairs and replacements can be performed. Citizens can rest assured that the department can establish and reach any structure with a water supply hose line for the purpose of fire suppression. Our concerns and annual checks are one of the measures we practice to insure it, for the safety of the community we protect. If citizens have any questions or concerns regarding hydrants please contact my office anytime.
"Chief Tobey D. Archer"
The fire chief reported to the City Council that the entire hydrant water distribution system has to be shut down to replace an out-of-service hydrant for 3-4 hours. A possible solution is the installation of a Hydra Tapper valve that would allow installation of a new hydrant without shutting down the system. The downside of those valves is cost: $2,350 each "and one hydrant replacement may require up to three valves greatly increasing replacement cost," Archer told the council.
The City color-codes fire hydrants depending on the amount of water pressure each hydrant can deliver.
A light blue hydrant can deliver 1,500 gallons per minute (GPM), a green hydrant can deliver 1,000-1,499 GPM, an orange/yellow hydrant can deliver 500-999 GPM and a red hydrant can deliver less than 500 GPM. Black hydrants do not work at all. There are now 1 in 5 hydrants in the City that do not work, according to the 2004 hydrant study.
- Trash collection in Brazil will increase from $7 to $8.50 per month per household, if Ordinance 29-2004 is passed on Second Reading. It passed First Reading 5-0 Tuesday night.