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Mayor: Paving funds have been found

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

The holiday season is over, but Mayor Tom Arthur made a list and checked it-more than twice-before presenting it to the Brazil City Council Tuesday evening.

"It looks like if everything works out the way it looks like it's going to, we should have $100,000 for street paving," he told the Council.

The mayor has been working with Street Commissioner Ron Muncie to compile an inventory of city streets to establish a paving priority list. Converting Wheeler Street from a one-way to a two-way street is at the top of the to-do list, Arthur explained, while Alabama and Chicago streets are also high on the list.

"I don't know how many we'll be able to do," he said. "We're going to do it until we run out of money."

To prevent wasting any appropriations remaining after longer streets are paved, a secondary priority list will be used to utilize remaining funds.

"This is in addition to our Durapatcher," said Arthur.

Employees are being trained to use the pothole repairing machine.

The mayor said his intention was to enable Council members to voice their opinions on the matter, but members pointed out plans for street paving were not normally in the form of a resolution in the past. Councilman Jim Sheese said he thought the street department could handle the matter with Arthur. Councilwoman Pat Heffner requested the issue be tabled until she could further review the specified streets as a resident had phoned her concerning another roadway.

The Council will address the issue of street paving at the Jan. 25 meeting of the City Council. All members were in attendance.

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In other business

Mayor Comments

Mayor Tom Arthur reported that the 2004 financials are still in progress and will be due March 31. He added he has spoken with state officials, and it appears the budget will be finalized in February with tax draws in June and December. Cuts are imminent, and department heads are being conservative.

Meanwhile, the 2004 annual reports are coming in rather nicely, he said.

At 10:30 a.m., the mayor will present his State of the City address on Jan. 24 at Northview High School.

Old Business

Ordinance 23-2004, an ordinance amending the zone code of the City of Brazil, was removed after no member motioned to approve it on second reading. After being tabled at numerous meetings, the ordinance will be reintroduced once the mayor receives a finalized civil plan.

The Council approved Resolution 6-2004, which combines the budgets of the park and pool to simplify paperwork.

New Business

Two new reserve officers were sworn in by Brazil Police Chief Mark Loudermilk and Mayor Tom Arthur. The two new officers, Jeffrey Buckley and Jeremy Mace, will be joined by a third new reserve officer who could not attend the meeting. Joe Wheeler will be sworn in later this week, Loudermilk said.

The Council elected Ann Bradshaw to continue as president of the Council, and opted to continue meeting at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in Council Chambers at City Hall.

No representative was selected to attend meetings of the Clay County Humane Society, and the issue was tabled until the next meeting.

The Council approved Resolution 1-2005 to authorize the city to make temporary loans in anticipation of current revenues that have been levied and are being collected for 2005. The mayor pointed out a similar resolution is passed around the beginning of each year.

Brazil Police Dept.

Police Chief Mark Loudermilk informed the Council the section is complete with the hiring of the new reserve officers, and Kenny Hill and Josh Krauss are going through the PERF hiring process, which takes about one month.

"We do have the defibrillators. Those have been issued out and are in all the squad cars," he added.

This week, the department is conducting officer evaluations, which happens twice each year. Equipment has also been purchased for the office using county deferral funds so they were not lost at the end of the year.

Brazil Fire Dept.

Brazil Fire Chief Tobey Archer told the Council he recently met with Tony Fears, Maintenance Supervisor for the Brazil Housing Authority, regarding evacuation protocol for residents at Cooper Towers and Meridian Towers. The emergency intercom system will be used to guide residents during a fire, and officials at the scene will advise residents if they should evacuate or remain in their rooms. Elevator rescue procedures were also reviewed, he said.

The department dealt with two electrical fires at the end of December and beginning of January, one at 520 N. Leavitt St. and one at Burk West Side Car Wash.

Archer said he also discussed radio protocol with Police Chief Mark Loudermilk and dispatcher Ken Michaels regarding call-in procedures and calls for service outlining the department's telecommunications needs.

Insurance Service Office representative Dan Rigsby contacted BFD for an upcoming review of the department's insurance protection classification, which is conducted every 10 years. This protection rating is used to calculate property insurance premiums.

J.D. Fagg from the State Fire Marshal's office visited the department covering some of the code publications that are in need.

The hydrant repair list was submitted to the Water Distribution Dept. for review. The list prioritizes hydrant repair and placement based on geographical location.

Planning Administrator

Michele Driscoll, city planning administrator, said that while it was quiet during the holidays, she has sent more letters to owners of problem properties around Brazil.

Six bids were received for the demolition of four unsafe structures previously condemned by the Brazil Board of Works and Public Safety. The bid was awarded to Jerry Evans. No advertising was required as each building was bid individually and totaled less than $5,000. "So he'll begin on those as soon as weather permits," she said.

Public Works, Water and Wastewater depts.

Some jetting and basement pumping was necessary after recent heavy rains and snow melting, Mayor Tom Arthur said, with just about seven inches of rain.

"We had a few problem areas, a few low-lying areas," he continued. Leaves clogging drains were removed to prevent water from pooling in streets, and some residents had problems with flushing toilets. "With all the rain that we've got, they've been doing a fairly good job."



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