Highlights of the business conducted at the Thursday meeting of the Brazil Board of Works and Public Safety included:
-The approval of a fire protection contract with Technifab
The board voted to extend its contract with Technifab Products, Inc., a manufacturing firm headquartered southeast of Brazil, for another year. For an annual fee of $1,200 (paid in monthly installments of $100), the Brazil City Fire Department will "provide any and all necessary fire suppression services," conduct fire safety inspections and advise the firm with respect to compliance with state and national law.
-Decisions regarding unsafe buildings
The board voted to order the demolition of an unsafe building at 728 E. Hendrix St. and tabled discussion of another unsafe property at 204 S. John St. for further review.
Board members granted extensions to the owners or occupants of unsafe buildings at 403 N. Epworth St. (90 days to make improvements), 427 S. Lambert St. (60 days to address safety concerns) and 439 S. Leavitt St. (30 days to return from winter residence and make changes).
-The approval of a wastewater contract with the Clay County 4-H Council
The board voted to extend an existing contract with the Clay County 4-H Council, under which the city will provide wastewater service at 4-H-operated facilities (including the Clay County Fairgrounds and extension office) for a flat fee of $100 a month.
"We didn't change anything there," Board Member Bill Lovett said of the long-standing agreement with 4-H. "It's the same as it has been."
-Adjustments to sewer and water bills
Board members approved adjustments to all of the water and sewer bills presented to them. The board periodically considers water bills that have been questioned by the account holder to adjust leak-related overcharges.
According to Lovett, the bills are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If a bill exceeds twice the normal usage on that account, the board adjusts the charges to compensate the holder for their loss. The city investigates each adjusted bill to repair any leaks or other abnormalities.