The Brazil City Council conducted the following business during its regular meeting Tuesday evening:
- The Council unanimously approved second readings of Ordinance 10-2005 and Ordinance 11-2005. Discussed prior to the first readings of the two ordinances, 10-2005 amends a previous ordinance to provide for regulations of construction, alterations, location and use of buildings and structures within the limits of Brazil and for the inspection of such buildings and structures. Meanwhile, 11-2005 mends a previous ordinance to provide for fees for permits, inspections and fees related to such inspections.
In a previous meeting, Mayor Tom Arthur explained the new ordinances are updated to reflect changes in state laws. While the number of inspections will increase in some cases under the recommendation of Brazil Building Inspector Ron Keen, there will be no increase in fees established more than a decade ago.
Arthur said there are two additional steps the ordinances must go through, including being sent to the Indiana Building Commission and published in the newspaper.
- Jeffrey Bucklin II was sworn in as the newest Brazil City Police Officer.
- The Council unanimously approved the first reading of Resolution 4-2005 to support the Cross-State National Road Heritage Trail Project.
Mayor Tom Arthur told Council members the project will be financed through grant funding, and that the resolution indicates the city supports the project. It is not a financial agreement or obligation, and will not cost the city or taxpayers any money.
"This basically reflects this board is in support of that," he said.
- The Council decided to table action on Resolution 5-2005, which authorizes the submission of a recycling grant with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Council members had questions about a possible recycling center and its potential location at a local park. The Council will address the issue at a later date when more information is available.
- The Council conducted first readings of Resolution 6-2005, to transfer funds within the 2005 Wastewater Operating Budget, and Resolution 7-2005, to transfer funds within the 2005 Water Operating Budget. The resolutions shift funds without additional financial requests to compensate for under- and over-budgeted areas.
Mayor Tom Arthur and City Engineer Brian Pohlar recently met with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). The city will likely sign an IDEM agreed order in the future, and Arthur will brief the Council as details are known.
Council members' comments
Councilman Jim Sheese questioned Mayor Tom Arthur regarding budget updates. He said he originally asked for updates in January 2004, but recently the reports have not been provided. The Mayor said he would give Sheese the information after the meeting as technical difficulties with office equipment prevented distribution of budget updates.
A television news report regarding a cash reward for information about vandalism in Forest Park also concerned the Councilman. The report indicated the promised $500 had not been given to the person who made the report.
"That just came down Thursday," Arthur said, and explained the city hadn't gotten the judge's orders yet. The reward will be handled Friday.
Councilman Marty Beas-ley said he received a call regarding mowing at Restlawn Cemetery. He said that while he has not examined the area himself, the caller indicated an area of grass is being missed during mowing.
Brazil Police Department report
Remodeling efforts at the BPD are under way, Chief Mark Loudermilk told the Council. Carpet will be torn up soon.
Officers will also be on hand during the Clay County Humane Society Street Festival set for noon to 5 p.m. on June 4.
"They're doing good work there at the Humane Society," he said.
Several school groups have requested officers speak to students about summer safety.
Loudermilk said he is exploring the possibility of implementing programming similar to that used by the Clay County Sheriff's Department. Funds could be used for limited amounts of overtime pay for projects in special areas that have posed problems. Officers assigned to the projects would not be required to respond to regular calls during the time designated to the projects.
The Police Chief said he and Councilman Marty Beasley will be working together regarding the implementation of the local meth ordinance, which goes into effect July 1.
After questions from Councilwoman Pat Heffner, Loudermilk further ex-plained the progress of the city's take-home car program for police officers. The program is progressing and has already had a positive impact.
Brazil Fire Department report
Brazil Fire Chief Tobey Archer told the Council that 18 candidates are being considered to fill three positions that will be vacated by retiring firefighters at the end of the year. The Pension Board of Trustees is reviewing applications and calling references. The first phase of testing will begin after that, beginning with measuring agility.
Hydrants will be flushed from 9 a.m. to noon May 16-27 to ensure they're working, he said. Water must be moved through the system, and the downtown area will be flushed during late-night hours. Further details will be published in local newspapers.
Clay County Humane Society report
Clay County Humane Society Director Rick Moore reported it has been a slow month, likely due in part to the regular spay and neuter clinics. Both city and county residents have exhibited a positive response to the clinics.
An infested creek near the shelter has generated some concern, he told the Council, and indicated county officials believed it to be a matter to be handled by the city. The creek must be cleaned or flushed in order to avoid attracting mosquitoes, which can cause health concerns for pets living outside as well as nearby residents.
Mayor Tom Arthur said he will look further into the matter.
Moore also praised the efforts of the Brazil Police Department in working with the animal shelter and screening phone calls for animal emergencies.
"We've had a really good response with the police," he said, adding there was "really good rapport" between the two groups.
The Brazil City Council regularly meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in Council Chambers at City Hall. Meetings are open to the public and begin at 7 p.m.