Highlights of Tuesday's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil included:
-Mayor Tom Arthur presented the final draft of a revised animal control ordinance (12-2006) .
The council will hear the first reading of the measure after a public hearing scheduled to precede the March 28 council session.
If passed, the ordinance would broaden the definition of a kennel or cattery and make a legal designation between altered and unaltered. The law would also effect the zoning of properties that qualify as kennels.
-The first readings of four new ordinances
The council heard the first readings of four proposed ordinances Tuesday, two of which were designed to mitigate the city's recent budget crunch.
Ordinances 8-2006 and 9-2006 limit the amount of vacation time a city employee (9-2006 applies specifically to police officers) is allowed to sell back to the city. The ordinances originated in a special council session called to reduce the city's 2006 budget; the combined savings from the two ordinances will amount to around $17,000, Arthur said.
The mayor signed an executive order after the Feb. 28 council session preventing employees from selling more than one week of vacation time before the ordinance could be passed.
Also passed on first readings were Ordinance 10-2006, an increase to building permit and inspection fees, and Ordinance 11-2006, which regulates the tax abatement process.
-The passage of two ordinances into law
The council voted to pass ordinances 6-2006 and 7-2006 after second readings.
Ordinance 6-2007 places a length limit of 20 feet on semi-trailers parked within the corporate limits of Brazil. The measure was amended in a prior council session to reduce the limit from 25 to 20 feet, then tabled at the Feb. 28 meeting for further review.
The council passed the ordinance without adding a width limit, something Police Chief Mark Loudermilk had lobbied for in earlier discussions of the proposed ordinance.
"Width is a problem just like length is," he said. "If we have a car on one side (of the road) and a trailer on the other side, a fire truck can't get through there."
Ordinance 6-2006 applies to semi-, pole and utility trailers but exempts the tractors pulling the trailers when the two are unattached. Another allowance is made for the "expeditious" loading or unloading of cargo.
Ordinance 7-2006, also approved on its second reading Tuesday, will place a stop sign at the intersection of Fred Schultz Drive and the Kroger parking lot.