Highlights of the business discussed at the Tuesday meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil included:
-An ordinance to standardize building and home improvement codes
Council members passed a measure that will bring building codes in the city up to state standards.
The council voted unanimously to pass Ordinance 5-2006, a comprehensive, state-approved compilation of building standards, on its first reading. The issue dates back to 1993, when the city passed a similar ordinance but failed to submit it for state approval.
The council passed Ordinance 10-2005 last May at the urging of state officials. The new ordinance attempted to "mesh the language" of the original building codes ordinance with updated state requirements, Mayor Tom Arthur said.
But state officials withheld approval of the legislation.
"The state didn't like that idea," he said. "They wanted us to use their template, end of story."
The language of Ordinance 5-2006 has been reconciled with Indiana standards.
"This should get us in compliance with the state," Arthur said.
Council members unanimously passed two ordinances after second readings.
-Ordinance 1-2006 allows the city "to make temporary loans in anticipation of ... revenues .. .being collected for the fiscal year 2006."
-Ordinance 2-2006 prohibits parking on the east side of Franklin Street between National Avenue and Jackson Street.
The measure complements an existing ordinance prohibiting parking on the west side of the narrow street.
-A report from Police Chief Mark Loudermilk
Loudermilk told the council the absence of injured Sgt. Dave Archer and Officer Chris Blila has left the department short-handed. Officers Josh Krause and Kenny Hill are also out of commission until they complete their police academy studies.
"We're pretty low on manpower right now, but we're coping with it," he said.
Loudermilk also announced the next phase of Operation Pullover, this time with an emphasis on child and passenger safety.
Officers who volunteer for the program will be paid with grant money at no cost to the city.
Operation Pullover resumes Feb. 5.