The Brazil City Council conducted the following business at its regular meeting Tuesday evening:
- Audience comments
Brazil resident Barbara Martin told the Council she had seen Council members Ann Bradshaw and Jim Sheese working with the installation of the emergency sirens in Brazil Township on a television newscast, and thanked them for their efforts.
- Mayor comments
Mayor Tom Arthur told Councilwoman Pat Heffner her inquiry about cleaning up the alley between Charles B. Hall and Davis Avenue, just north of Lenox St., is still in the works. Concerns related to the matter include right of way, disposal of tires/debris and the size of the project. Only one trash truck is up and running, and assistance may be available from Janet Reed, Executive Director of the Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste Management District.
The Council unanimously voted to approve on the second reading, which is required to pass a resolution Resolution 4-2005, to support the Cross-State National Road Heritage Trail Project, 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 Council unanimously approved:
- The first reading of Ordinance 14-2005, which amends a portion of the Brazil Code of Ordinances providing for the establishment of handicapped parking space designations and penalties for violations thereof and to designate a handicapped parking only designation.
A resident needs the space to park her vehicle during the winter, when it is difficult to put it in the garage. The space will be on the south side of Tennessee Ave.
- To table Ordinance 15-2005, which amends the unsafe building code of Brazil.
- In consideration of CF-1, Compliance with Statement of Benefits, the Council unanimously approved Eutectic Resources, Inc./ Genesis Enterprises, Inc.; Britt Tool, Inc./Britton Family Limited Partnership; and Timberland Home Center, Inc.
Brazil Police Dept.
- Two search warrants led to 10 arrests involving methamphetamine and marijuana over the weekend, Capt. Andy Whittington reported to the Council. Several agencies were involved and there was good cooperation in the bust. (See story, page 1).
- The robbery at the Speedway station is still under investigation, but there is a suspect, he said. It should be wrapped up in the near future.
- A pool car for the department has been located to replace the older vehicle. It was previously used as a patrol car, so it's still equipped with a radio. The vehicle is a 2000 model.
- The remodeling of the police department is ongoing.
"It's made a lot of difference down in the basement," he said.
- The two newest officers will be working the night shift.
"It's increased our coverage quite a bit during peak hours," Whittington said.
Brazil Fire Dept.
Chief Tobey Archer reported:
- Engine 221, the 1989 Pierce pumper, is back in service after repairs were made in Indianapolis. Repairs were made to the braking system, a pump and a leak in the 750-gallon water tank. A used double hard suction mounting bracket was purchased from another department for $300. Pierce quoted a new bracket for $1,100. A minor repair was made to the engine's generator exhaust system.
- BFD's self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) received its annual servicing last week. With the grant received by the department, BFD was able to donate three of the old replaced SCBAs to the Clay County Sheriff's Department. The remaining SCBAs will be donated to the county jail and Brazil Police Department.
- Hydrants will continue to be flushed this week, and weather permitting, the project will end Thursday evening with the downtown National Ave. area. Flushing is set for approximately midnight Thursday eve-ning.
- The Pension Board is continuing its review of applicants to fill three firefighter positions that will open toward the end of the year. The agility test for applicants is scheduled for June.
Planning and Administration
Brazil Planning Administrator Michele Driscoll reported:
- New employee Gre-tchen Van Pelt, hired through the Green Thumb Program, is assisting in the Planning and Administration Office. "We're just kind of getting started," Driscoll said. "I just really, really, really do appreciate her."
One property owner has removed a trailer on W. Center St., she reported.
"It's gone. I'm thrilled," she said.
Another homeowner has removed a structure on Georgia St. considered for condemnation. Four additional structures are being considered for condemnation at the Brazil Board of Works and Public Safety meeting set for 9 a.m. on Thursday in Council Chambers at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.
- Another Brush-up Brazil Day is set for June.
- About two dozen properties are being reported to the Brazil Street Department for lawn mowing. Driscoll said she has put out several door hangers, and she has been good about documenting properties with photographs.
- Driscoll told the Council she has heard nothing from the State regarding the corrected, updated building inspection guidelines.
Public Works Dept.
Free paint for curbs is available from the Indiana Department of Transportation, and Mayor Tom Arthur said Greencastle uses a golf cart and spray paint to freshen up curbs.
There have been some requests for tree trimming, and sanitation is back on schedule.
Meanwhile, a hose on a new truck came off and sprayed oil everywhere, but the hose can be repaired under its warranty.
Grease in the sewer system has been a problem, particularly around the restaurant areas. A closer look at sewer usage ordinances and grease trap requirements may be necessary. It could be an issue of not cleaning grease traps properly, Mayor Tom Arthur said.
Council member comments
Councilwoman Pat Hef-fner asked about stop signs that have become pale. Mayor Tom Arthur said new faces cost $6.
Heffner and Councilwoman Ann Bradshaw said they want to continue painting hydrants, and will get together with Brazil Fire Chief Tobey Archer to conduct proper painting.
- Complaints regarding semi truck trailers parked in residential neighborhoods have also been heard, Councilwoman Ann Bradshaw reported.
The Council discussed semi truck trailers on Knight and Depot streets, and City Attorney Joe Trout said he will look into city ordinances.
- Councilman Bill Lovett asked about the progress of street resurfacing, and Mayor Tom Arthur said Wheeler Street is being worked on. It is not wide enough to fit Indiana Department of Transportation standard requirements for two-way streets at present.