The Brazil City Council conducted the following business Tuesday evening:
Mayor Tom Arthur announced that paycheck direct deposit is now available for city employees. Forms are available from Clerk-Treasurer Tracy Webster.
The Mayor also received a report from the Clay County Humane Society, which includes statistical information for animal pickups, drop-offs and adoptions.
"We've had a lot of good assistance from the Brazil Police Dept., and we do appreciate that, as well as from the county," Animal Shelter Director Rick Moore.
Meanwhile, the annual report combining reports from all city departments is 90 percent complete, but a few items are still missing, Arthur said. Department heads are also including goals for the year and cost estimations in their report submissions.
The Council approved Ordinance 2-2005 regarding trash receptacles and Resolution 1-2005 regarding the street repaving priority list.
Members also discussed defining sanitation bid specifications, and Councilman Marty Beasley said he will review suitable specifications from other cities for possible inclusion in those of Brazil. Councilwoman Pat Heffner noted that if no satisfactory bids are submitted, the city will not choose an outside service.
The Mayor said a legal notice for cemetery mowing bids will be published, and bids will be discussed at the first March meeting of the Brazil City Council. The contract will include removal of grass clippings and responsibility for headstone damage aside from vandalism.
Arthur opened tax anticipation bids from Riddell National Bank with an interest rate of 3.19 percent and First National Bank at 3.8 percent. The Council accepted the bid from Riddell National Bank.
Councilman Jim Sheese also commended Hal Glidden for his time and efforts at the golf course.
"I think he's done a great job for our golf course and the citizens of Brazil. I'd just like to personally commend him for that."
Brazil Police Dept.
Brazil Police Chief Mark Loudermilk announced a grant will help finance the purchase of tack vests, drug kits and puncture-resistant gloves. Copies of the Standard Operating Procedures Manual are being bound for distribution to officers, and the department is making headway on a take-home car program.
Two officers are continuing the pre-hiring process, and another officer was sworn in last week, Loudermilk explained. Reserve Officer Timothy Thiel was sworn in at the meeting.
Meanwhile, Det. Marty Beasley is working on a burglary case and has a strong lead on an out-of-state suspect.
Brazil Fire Dept.
Brazil Fire Chief Tobey Archer recently attended a Chiefs Association meeting, and will be receiving computers for the department through grant funding.
Brazil Street Dept.
"The Street Department has been trying to keep up with potholes," Mayor Tom Arthur said.
Continuous freezing and thawing has made it difficult for workers to mend potholes and paint lines on the roadways, and they have been busy with tree and debris removal. Councilman Jim Sheese inquired about use of the Durapatcher, and Arthur said employees will be working with the machine on Monday when the weather forecast is for mild conditions. County employees have offered to assist with training, he added.