A businessman who chooses to remain anonymous has donated $800 to purchase shotguns for police cars, Chief Mark Loudermilk told the Brazil City Council on Tuesday.
He also reported:
- Wal-Mart has donated $400 to the department's Shop With A Cop program.
- City police participated in the parks department's Fishing Fun Day at Craig Park and the event was "very successful," he said.
- Two officers will attend the police academy November through March.
- All officers have passed their fall pistol certification.
- City police will help with security during this weekend's Popcorn Festival and the K-Day parade on Sunday.
- On Oct. 8 the Moose Lodge will offer to photograph and fingerprint children for future identification.
Fire Chief Tobey Archer reported:
- A fire truck engine bay exhaust system is being installed.
The system was purchased with a FEMA 2004 Assistance to Firefighters Grant.
- The fire department and the Brazil Housing Authority will conduct a fire safety seminar for Cooper Towers residents on Oct. 5, Jackson Garden residents on Oct. 6 and Meridian Towers residents on Oct. 7.
Each seminar will begin at 9 a.m. and refeshments will be served.
- The department is reviewing procedures after the recent fire at Cooper Towers. Archer has obtained copies of blueprints of the high rise buildings from the Brazil Housing Authority.
"This information is to be used for the department's pre-incident planning program and a review of suppression tactics and strategies," Archer said.
- On Oct. 21, Archer attended the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Fire Inspector Seminar at Indianapolis.
The seminar covered the Indiana Building Code, General Administrative Rules, the Fire Prevention Code and laws concerning inspection programs.
- The department's monthly in-house training will cover building construction as it relates to fire suppression.
City Planning Administrator Michele Griffin reported:
- She will attend training next summer in Maryland. All expenses will be paid except for about $100 for meals which will be paid by the city.
- Drainage and mosquitoes continue to be a major problem which the city cannot address until easement issues are resolved in the Pinecrest and Pinckley streets area.
Some residents have filled in the storm drain, Mayor Tom Arthur said.
- Although the mowing season will soon end, there are a number of properties that need to be cleaned up and Griffin is putting together a large list for the Board of Works to address.
- She recommended the city hire a code enforcement official to enforcement the city's codes regarding trash and other nuisances.
"I really think that person would pay for himself," she said.
Griffin said she would rather the city have such an enforcement official "rather than ask police to write a ticket to someone not moving his trash can inside."
Police Chief Mark Loudermilk agreed.
"I learned at police chief's school that a lot of chiefs say they have civilian employees that do code enforcement," he said. "It's pretty common."