City Councilmen heard three reports at Tuesday's meeting:
- Police Chief Mark Loudermilk reported officers have been speaking in schools about drugs, bullying and safety, working on the non-operational vehicle problem and investigating the Cooper Towers fire early Monday.
- Fire Chief Tobey Archer reported the Cooper Towers fire remains under investigation.
"Unfortunately, I cannot elaborate on many of the details concerning this fire," Archer said. "I will mention, however, the Fire Department firefighters rescued several residents who were trapped in their apartments on the 2nd floor. Residents on this floor alerted responding firefighters by pounding on their apartment doors to the hallway, making it easier to identify trapped residents in the thick smoke that consumed the hallway. "Brazil firefighters evacuated the entire residency of the Towers and were assisted by the Brazil Police Department, the Sheriff Department, with medical assistance from Clay County Search and Rescue and Trans-Care. The Red Cross was also on site. Department members performed outstanding while faced with both rescue of residents and extinguishment of the fire."
Archer also reported fire truck E-222 has been repaired and routine maintenance performed and will be returned to service today. Meanwhile. Greencastle Fire Department has been on standby, should Brazil firefighters need assistance, Archer said before the meeting.
- Mayor Tom Arthur read a written report by Plan Director Michele Griffin.
A severe case of poison oak was traced to an aban-doned house. It was sprayed the same day and removed the following week.
The Brazil City Council meets the second and fourth Tuesdays each month at 7 p.m. in Brazil City Hall.
The next meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. Sept. 13.