- Budget must be reduced by $300,000 from $2.1 million to $1.8 million
Highlights of the business conducted at the Tuesday meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil included:
-A discussion on the city's 2006 budget
Mayor Tom Arthur reported that the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance has rejected the city's proposed $2 million budget for 2006.
The state had previously ordered the city to pare down its original 2006 budget of $2.1 million. Now the council must reduce this year's budget to $1.8 million. The mayor has scheduled a special council meeting Friday at 2 p.m. to determine which budgeted items will get the ax.
"We're going fund by fund, trying to look at the whole picture," he said.
While he predicted most city departments would not see major budget cuts, Arthur said one fund in particular will likely experience a significant reduction.
"The General Fund got hit really hard," he said.
The mayor said the revised budget must be submitted to the state by Monday.
-The passage of a new stop street ordinance
Council members unanimously approved the first reading of a measure to place a stop sign at a problematic intersection in Brazil.
Ordinance 7-2006 would require the installation of a stop sign at the intersection of Fred Schultz Drive and the parking lot of Forest Park Plaza. Fred Schultz Drive is the alley that runs behind the laundromat and fast food restaurant abutting National Avenue at the north end of the lot.
Arthur said Brazil Police Chief Mark Loudermilk informed him of the need to regulate traffic at the unique intersection.
"The chief would like to see some kind of stop to keep the city out of liability, and there's nothing there now," Arthur said.
-Further discussion of an ordinance to regulate semi-trailer parking in Brazil
The council voted to table Ordinance 6-2006, which would regulate the parking of semi-trailers within the corporate limits of Brazil.
Councilman William Lovett said further research was necessary before the ordinance was ready for final approval.
"There's still some things I want to look into," he said.
A discussion at the previous council meeting resulted in the reduction of the ordinance's original length limit for semi-trailers from 25 to 20 feet. Arthur said Loudermilk would try to determine an appropriate width limit by Tuesday's meeting.
Arthur noted Tuesday that Loudermilk had been advised that eight feet was a standard width cut-off in such ordinances, but said the police chief feels that may still be too wide for Brazil's narrow streets.
When passed, the measure will severely restrict the parking of large vehicles on city streets.
-Fire: Brazil Fire Chief Tobey Archer announced that the department's three probationary firefighters all passed a mandatory firefighter training test administered by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
Stoney Fisher, Troy McQueen and Greg Sanders were the first Brazil firefighters subjected to the state's recently re-vamped testing guidelines. Archer admitted he was a little surprised all three passed, as he was unsure if he'd prepared them to meet the new standards.
"We were kind of surprised, because we didn't have any kind of curriculum to work with," he said.
-Water: The city's water department repaired eight line leaks and responded to a number of other service calls from Feb. 13 to Feb. 27.
-Sewer: The Brazil Sewer Department jetted and/or cleaned sewers at six locations in addition to performing 80 line locations between Feb. 14 and Feb. 28.
-Streets: The Brazil Street Department replaced street and stop signs on Lambert and Sherman streets and completed the on-going installation of signs on White Rock Road.
The department also filled a number of potholes and performed maintenance work (cleaning gutters, painting curbs, picking up trash) at several locations.