The Brazil City Council met in regular session Tuesday night and completed the following business:
- Approved 3-0, second reading of Ordinance 25-2005, the rezoning of 21 S. Depot St. from Industrial to Residential. The request had been made by Norma Morlan.
- Approved 3-0, second reading of Ordinance 26-2005, designating Harry Sherer Drive at County Road 900 N a stop street.
- Approved 3-0, second reading of Ordinance 28-2005, setting a game machine and table license fee of $25 per unit.
All three ordinances are now law.
- Approved 3-0, first reading of Ordinance 29-2005, amending the city's flood insurance ordinance to bring it into agreement with state statute.
In three proposed ordinances, city workers would receive a 3 percent increase in pay next year, with few exceptions. Ordinances 30-2005, 31-2005 and 32-2005 were passed 3-0 on first reading.
The City Council also approved on first reading Resolution 8-2005, providing for a reduction in appropriations for 2005 from the General and Motor Vehicle Highway Funds.
In making the highly unusual request for a reduction, Mayor Tom Arthur said it is a State-required worksheet effort to protect the 2006 budget.
When Councilman James Sheese asked if the Street Department had everything necessary to do their job through the end of this year, Arthur replied, "I believe they do."
But earlier Arthur said, "To be honest, I could spend $27,000 on equipment, but I'm concerned about the 2006 budget."
Councilman Heffner pointed out the Forest Park Golf Course budget items.
"The public needs to know none of that expense comes out of their taxes."
Mayor Arthur agreed.
"The golf course is self-supporting."
City Councilmen Pat Heffner, Bill Lovett and James Sheese were present, Councilmen Ann Bradshaw and Martin Beasley were absent.