By BRANDY RICHMOND
The Brazil City Council conducted the following business during its meeting Tuesday evening:
In old business, the Council:
- Approved on second reading, Resolution 5-2005, which authorizes submission of a recycling grant with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Mayor Tom Arthur reminded the Council the grant is a 25/75 match, with the city paying 75 percent of costs associated with the purchase of a truck for recycling. The vehicle could also be used for other purposes. It can also be funded with a lease for four years, Arthur said.
Councilman Jim Sheese voted against passage, and Councilwoman Pat Heffner was not in attendance.
- Unanimously approved on second reading, Ordinance 13-2005, to designate a roadway in Forest Park "Bill Beeler/Santa Claus Lane."
- Unanimously approved, on second reading, Ordinance 14-2005, which provides for the establishment of handicapped parking spaces and penalties for violations, as well as a handicapped only parking designation.
- Unanimously approved the first reading of Ordinance 15-2005, which amends the unsafe building code of Brazil.
City Attorney Joe Trout explained that after the city updated its code and complied with the state's request the code and violation penalties be in separate documents, other sections had to be renamed and renumbered to reflect previous updates and follow in a logical numeric order. Trout carried out the updates and changes, which are reflected in the ordinance.
In new business, the Council:
- Unanimously approved the CF-1 (Compliance with Statement of Benefits) for Morris Manufacturing and Sales Corp.
- Unanimously approved advertising for proposal requests for an energy savings program for the city after a presentation from Energy Systems Group. The request for proposals invites other companies to present the Council with their ideas so members can later choose one to carry out energy savings projects.
- Heard from Mayor Tom Arthur that a pool rule investigated by a television news channel was not applicable to the Brazil public pool. The story dealt with regulations requiring children and teenagers less than 14 to be accompanied by an adult at pools. But Arthur explained that rule applies to pools that do not have lifeguards.
Brazil Police Department
A fence was knocked down and a vehicle drove across the greens at Forest Park Golf Course, Brazil Police Chief Mark Loudermilk reported. BPD has a strong suspect and charges are pending.
City police will participate in Operation Pullover in conjunction with the state's "Click it or Ticket" campaign, said Loudermilk, who recently met with the local coordinator.
The Humane Society's street fair went well, although the turnout was less than anticipated, he said. It was a good event and Loudermilk said he hopes the animal shelter conducts the fair again.
Brazil Fire Department
Department members received training for Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers CPR and AED training May 25-26. The Clay County Hospital Board purchased the equipment used for training, which is managed by the Clay County Health Department. This month's training will deal with blood-borne pathogens, Brazil Fire Chief Tobey Archer reported.
A garbage chute fire at Cooper Towers in April prompted Archer to get in touch with Brazil Housing Authority Executive Director Mike Hagemayer regarding a proposal for replacement and installation of new fire hydrants in Cooper Towers, Meridian Towers and Jackson Gardens. The total cost of the project is $9,640. The Board of Commissioners approved the proposal in May. The HUD Indianapolis office must approve, then the Brazil Housing Authority can provide funds for the project. The city's water distribution department will conduct installation of hydrants, which Archer explained will improve the amount of water available.
Representatives of the Thinkmap program were on hand recently to present ways of using the program. A computer mount was installed on BFD's lead engine, and after hydrant locations and other information are stored to the map, it will be placed in service. The program will also include the department's preplanning operations.
Applicants for the firefighter openings recently completed the agility portion of testing, and there are 13 candidates remaining.
Brazil Planning and Administration
Brazil City Planning Administrator Michele Driscoll told the Council her new employee Gretchen Van Pelt has been a tremendous help to her. She has converted City Building Inspector Ron Keen's handwritten notes to computer files. The files will allow members of the public to read the explanations of various types of inspections and their purposes. The letters for unsafe building operations are also filed, and there is a spreadsheet now to better track the progress of those who have 10 days to be in compliance with regulations.
Driscoll said she has taken numerous pictures of neglected properties. Some property owners have cleaned up property of their own volition. She has investigated three houses, and three homeowners have taken care of unsafe structures themselves without the city's urging. Meanwhile, the Brazil Street Department has mown more than three dozen vacant properties.
Questions about fence setbacks have come up, and the Plan Commission will meet on July 12. Driscoll requested the master plan be included in future agenda items. She also noted that 11- by 14-inch maps have been made.
Public Works/Water/ Wastewater departments
Mayor Tom Arthur said there have been some issues with the Durapatcher overheating. Heavy trash pickup is also a little behind, and the city has completed three of four new sewer laterals.
Clay County Humane Society Director Rick Moore reiterated his request from a meeting in May that the city investigate the hazardous waste adjacent to the animal shelter. With the warmer weather, there are concerns about residential and animal safety with West Nile Virus because of the water.
Prior to adjournment of the meeting, several citizens from a group representing local semi-tractor truck drivers addressed the Council with concerns about legislation. During a previous meeting, the Council had noted citizen complaints regarding trailers parked on streets and had briefly discussed truck routes. Members of the group explained they were in attendance to represent their interests and learn more about the plans of the Council.
City Attorney Joe Trout said he was planning to research the city's ordinances regarding semi-tractor trucks and truck routes. Councilwoman Ann Bradshaw said she had heard one complaint, and Councilman Bill Lovett explained that trailer weight on the roadway was the problem.
Trout said, "I wasn't instructed to draft any new legislation. It hasn't come up in this administration ever."
He went on to say that at the next meeting, he will have the applicable city ordinances available. Trout said that while the concerned citizens are welcome to attend the next meeting, there will be no new legislation proposed and passed.
"No one's trying to throw you a curveball or anything," he said. "That's the first time this administration has had anything like this."