Highlights of the business discussed at the meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil Tuesday included:
-Continuing negotiations with the Clay County Humane Society
Mayor Tom Arthur told the council he had received formal notification today that the Clay County Humane Society had refused the 2006 contract offer made by the city Nov. 3.
The city declined to approve two proposals tendered by the humane society in October, citing excessive monetary demands and the elimination of key services. Arthur said the Humane Society indicated it would give a proposal to the city sometime within the next two weeks.
Brazil resident Jody Wilson told the council she was concerned for the well-being of animals collected under the proposed city-administrated animal control plan for 2006. Arthur assured her that animals taken into custody by the city would be treated humanely.
"We are working with some of the local vets to assist us with this," he said.
"The animals are not going to be sent to Eli Lilly for lab tests. If they're healthy and adoptable, they will be taken to adoption centers."
-Proposal to limit parking draws reaction
The proposed ordinance would prohibit parking on certain sections of Franklin and Depot streets to allow the Brazil City Fire Department access to a fire hydrant. Archer said the hydrant is currently accessible, but reaching it could cause damage to adjacently parked vehicles.
Dorlene Woodrum, Director of the Clay County Senior Center, expressed concern that a loss of parking spaces near the center would make it difficult for seniors to access the facility.
"Our seniors are one of the most important parts of this town," she said. "You yourself will one day become a senior, and you'll need this (senior center) too."
The council voted to table the proposed ordinance pending an assessment of the situation by Brazil City Fire Chief Tobey Archer.
Arthur said the city is currently over budget by 1 percent. He attributed the current overage to recent expenditures on the city's annual insurance premiums.
The Parks and Recreation Department is still over budget, Arthur said, as it continues to recover from the financial strain of heavy summer usage and the festival season.
"It's a chunk, but we should get back in line," he said. "Everything looks to be on target for the end of the year."