Highlights of the business discussed at the Tuesday meeting included:
- Improvement of the area surrounding I-70 and S.R. 59
City Engineer Brian Pohlar, who had been commissioned to map the city's water supply, discussed his findings with the council. He reported that the current water supply to the some 700 undeveloped acres near I-70 would allow for the development of only 45 acres.
Pohlar suggested the construction of an elevated 250,000 gallon water tower in the area, which would enable the development of 192 acres in the vicinity of I-70 and allow for adequate fire protection in the area.
- Update from the chief of police
Chief Mark Loudermilk said his department had purchased reflective blue vests for its officers, to be worn during Christmas in the Park festivities.
The department continues to offer drug-awareness talks at local schools, he said, and participated in Red Ribbon Week activities, conducting tours of the courthouse and both the old and new jails.
Loudermilk said his staff had been preoccupied with the quandary concerning the city's 2006 Animal Control Plan. He said his department serve double-duty as an animal control agency.
"We don't have the facility or the manpower to be dog catchers," he said.
- Update from the fire chief
Final candidates for three vacancies in the Brazil City Fire Department were interviewed Friday, Chief Tobey Archer said. The department has yet to make any final decisions in the matter.
Members of his department gave 12 presentations at local schools during National Fire Prevention Week. Next year, the National Fire Safety Council will prepare lesson plans to prepare students for the presentations before the fire department visits.
"Maybe then they won't get distracted by the fire truck or the six-foot dog," he said.
The Oct. 25 meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil was attended by council members Marty Beasley, A. Ann Bradshaw, Patricia Heffner, William Lovett and James Sheese, City Clerk-Treasurer Tracy Webster, City Attorney Joe Trout and Mayor Tom Arthur. Also in attendance were Police Chief Mark Loudermilk, Fire Chief Tobey Archer and City Engineer Brian Pohlar.