The following discussion and business took place at Tuesday's meeting of the Brazil City Council:
- Some Brazil city employees will receive $150 vouchers to spend on outerwear needed for their jobs. The vouchers will be good at Rural King only.
Mayor Tom Arthur decided on issuing the vouchers as an executive order after he and Debbie Hobson tried to match employee sizes to the clothing and learned different pieces of clothing are measured in different ways.
- Brazil Monument Co. has been authorized to repair some 60 grave markers that were vandalized recently. The city's insurance is expected to reimburse at least some of the expense at Old Hill Cemetery.
Police Chief's report:
- The agility test for prospective police officers will be administered Saturday.
- The annual Shop with a Cop program is on track. Wal-Mart gave the city police department $1,000. Other sizable donations have been made as well.
Applications are available at the city dispatcher's office in the basement of the City Hall and will be accepted through Dec. 8.
- Police will help direct traffic for the Christmas parade Friday night.
- The Neighborhood Watch program at West Central Village has resulted in fewer calls.
"It is working better than I thought it would," reported Police Chief Mark Loudermilk. It is working so well, he hopes to expand the program to other neighborhoods in the months ahead.
- The Clay County Sheriff's Department is replacing its telephone/radio recorder and giving the old one to the City. A new recorder would cost $10,000 and Loudermilk expressed appreciation for the gift.
Fire Chief's report:
- Chief Tobey Archer said the $26,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant reported in The Times this week was written by Assistant Chief John J. Bennett.
Archer credited Bennett's "outstanding writing ability and intuitive research capabilities" for three successful Fire Act Grants received from FEMA.
- A revised department street test was given to members of the city fire department last week. The test is designed to evaluate the department's knowledge of city streets and township roads to include information in the county's 911 grid system.
- On Nov. 22, Chief Archer met with 911 Chief Dispatcher Missy Gambil concerning the fire department's telecommunications protocol.
"This protocol defines the fire department's dispatching needs as it relates to the Fire and Rescue Service and opens communication between (the Sheriff's Department and the Brazil Fire Department) to better define each department's needs," Archer said.
- The Pension Board has approved a plaque listing retired firefighters, much like the city police department's plaque listing retired officers.
Planning Director's report:
- Michele Driscoll met recently with members of the 4Community group.
"I believe we will be able to use their recommendations as our (city) Master Plan," she said.
- "I am really proud of the owners of 306 S. Lambert," she said. "They have cleaned up the property tremendously. It looks great."
- The City Council raised the cost of trash pickup from $7 to $8.50 per month.
- On first reading only (two readings are required), Julie Lake received permission to establish a bed and breakfast at 704 N. Meridian St.
She recently purchased the building, but the lot had to be rezoned from residential to business use.
The request had been approved by the City Plan Commission.
The City Council approved it on first reading only 4-1 with Councilman Jim Sheese voting no, saying he had not known about the request before Tuesday night's meeting. Other council members indicated they were not aware of the request either.
- The City Council approved 5-0 a five-year parks master plan for the years 2005-10.
The plan is designed to facilitate grant writing and does not obligate the City Council to provide funding in any way, said County Parks Board Member Tom Reberger.
Ruthann Jeffries of the City Park Board said the plan was based on more than 400 surveys distributed through various organizations in the county.
The Community Parks association has made $230,000 in park improvements in the past five years, reported Community Parks Board member Wilmadean Baker.
Volunteer help saved nearly $23,000 wanted to professionally prepare the plan.
The five-year plan, bound in a 2-inch binder, is available for study in Mayor Tom Arthur's office.
All council members were in attendance. City Attorney Joe Trout was absent.