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More members to be added to economic development board

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

City political officials learned they aren't the only ones pondering the status of Brazil's infrastructure and economy.

But during the Tuesday meeting of the Brazil City Council, Mayor Tom Arthur told one concerned citizen that the passage of Ordinance 9-2005, an ordinance which increases the number of members on the Brazil Economic Development Commission, may help alleviate those worries.

Local resident Charles Nevins told the Council he is curious about a number of issues, specifically roads and jobs.

"Personally, I feel they need paved badly," he said of city streets, and added that he thinks the city's Durapatcher provides only temporary solutions.

The city has been working on Wheeler Street, the top priority on the master list of road repair. Alabama Street is next on the list.

"We're doing it as money becomes available," Arthur said.

Drawing and retaining new residents to work in and become part of the community is another challenge the city faces, Nevins said.

"We need more jobs in Brazil," he said.

Arthur said he is consulting with the Indiana Secretary of Commerce. Adding two new members to the city's Economic Development Commission is one step toward developing an attractive community and "selling" it to potential residents and businesses.

"And making them realize Brazil, Indiana is where it's at," he said.

In a unanimous vote, the Council approved Ordinance 9-2005 on the second reading.

The Brazil City Council regularly meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in Council Chambers at City Hall. Meetings start at 7 p.m. and are open to the public.

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