Discussion of a resolution authorizing the submission of a recycling grant with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) will return to the agenda of the Brazil City Council at the regular public meeting set for 7 p.m. today in Council Chambers at City Hall.
Unanimously tabled after a motion made by Councilwoman Pat Heffner at the May 10 meeting, Resolution 5-2005 will return under Old Business for consideration for a first reading. Councilman Jim Sheese raised concerns about the combined costs of some of the equipment and the Mayor's idea to investigate using the former zoo building in Craig Park for a recycling processing center.
The resolution reviewed by the Council notes the fact Brazil provides curbside recycling to its citizens, and the Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste Management District has been given the authority by the Indiana General Assembly to reduce the amount of waste in landfills. The Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste Management District has dedicated funds to assist Brazil in opening the Brazil Recycling Center to be available to the residents and business of Brazil and Clay County for the processing of recyclable materials. The resolution went on to state:
"Now therefore be it resolved, by the Common Council of the City of Brazil, Indiana commits to the matching funds for the equipment needed to open the Brazil Recycling Center. The equipment necessary to start operation, but not limited to: three vertical balers, paper shredder, loader or forklift, containers/trailer and a truck scale for pick-ups."
The Mayor explained the city could apply for a $50,000 grant to open a processing center in Brazil. A multi-functional truck will come with a snowplow to be used in winter months. Another $50,000 could come from the Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste Management District. Cities and towns with recycling plants have been able to give funds back to the community as well.
"So it is something I think would be successful," Arthur said.
During the previous May meeting, the Mayor said he planned to inquire of the Brazil Park Board regarding the use of the zoo building as a possible location for the center. But Sheese explained that he believes the uses of the land and building are specified in two resolutions created in the '70s.
"But right now it's only being used as a storage unit," Arthur told the Council.
The Board discussed a possible work session or additional time to investigate the matter further.
"Well I'm in favor of the recycling center, but I don't want to get tripped up in what Mr. Sheese was talking about," Councilman Marty Beasley said.
While Arthur had planned to bring the matter before the Brazil Park Board, he learned that because the building and land were purchased with a federal grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with matching funds from numerous local donors, he would have to secure federal permission to use the building and land, not merely that of the Brazil Park Board and City Council.
The Mayor has since modified Resolution 5-2005 to only reflect the purchase of a new truck, which includes a snow blade, a dump bed and gross weight of 19,000 pounds for an approximate cost of $38,000. If the IDEM grant is received, it will pay $10,000 of that cost. In other matters, the Council plans to address:
- Second reading of Resolution 4-2005, to support the Cross-State National Road Heritage Trail Project.
- Second reading of Resolution 6-2005, to transfer funds within the 2005 Wastewater Operating Budget.
- Second reading of Resolution 7-2005, to transfer funds within the 2005 Water Operating Budget.
- First reading of Ordinance 13-2005, to designate and name a certain roadway or drive in Forest Park after Bill Beeler.
- First reading of Ordinance 14-2005, to amend previous portions of ordinances providing for the establishment of handicapped space designations and penalties for violations and to designate a handicapped only parking location.
- First reading of Ordinance 15-2005 to amend the unsafe building code of Brazil.
- Approval of CF-1 (Compliance with Statement of Benefits) for Eutectic Resources, Inc./Genesis Enterprises, Inc.; Britt Tool, Inc./Britton Family Limited Partnership; and Timberland Home Center, Inc.
The Council will also hear reports regarding the Brazil Police Department, Brazil Fire Department, Brazil Planning and Administration, Public Works Department, Water Department and Wastewater Department.