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City Plan Commission needs new members

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

To continue increasing the strength of its presence in the city, the Brazil Plan Commission will need two new members after resignations have left vacant positions.

Brazil Planning Administrator Michele Driscoll addressed the Brazil City Council at its regular meeting Tuesday evening and asked for suggestions to replace members Leroy Pierce and Lyle Monnett.

"We do need to take a look at those right away," she said. The Board meets once per month and is more active now, she added, and the master plan is high on the priority list. Students at Ball State University have offered to assist the city in the development of its master plan. With a 20 percent matching federal grant issued through BSU, the city would have to contribute $8,000 of the total cost of $10,000. Students in the fall semester could work on the project if the city moves quickly enough in its decision.

"It's been since 1964, its original inception, and it hasn't been updated," Driscoll said.

Updated ordinances and suggestions have not been included in the existing master plan and would be added to the revised version.

A total of $2,000 would come from a Community Redevelopment grant through BSU, but the city would have to find an area from which to take the remaining $8,000.

"There are a couple of options I think we could do," Mayor Tom Arthur said.

City Attorney Joe Trout noted it would take an appropriation to secure the funds since the cost has not been budgeted for the fiscal year. Meanwhile, Driscoll said that if the water master plan for the city costs less than estimated, some funds may be taken from that area. Arthur said he will look further into the matter.

The 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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