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City Council Highlights

Friday, June 16, 2006

Highlights of the business discussed at Tuesday's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil included:

-Another delay for Ordinance 15-2006

A proposed ordinance intended to restrict the parking of large vehicles of Brazil's city streets hit another snag at Tuesday's meeting.

Council members voted to table Ordinance 15-2006 on its second reading. Councilwoman Pat Heffner's motion to approve the measure, which passed its May 23 first reading by a narrow 2-1 vote, was not seconded.

The debate over 15-2006 dates back several council sessions. The measure has been tabled, discussed, revised and tabled again since its introduction in February. In an earlier incarnation as Ordinance 6-2006, the measure passed a second reading but was killed by a rare mayoral veto.

"We really need to put some more work into it," said Councilwoman Ann Bradshaw. Bradshaw said the restrictions imposed by the latest draft of the ordinance are too broad.

"If we passed that ordinance, people with (motor homes and some larger pick-up trucks) couldn't park those things in the street," she said. "Some exceptions might be in order."

-The transfer of purchasing power to the mayor

The council passed Resolution 2-2006, a measure that would transfer purchasing power under specified circumstances from the Board of Works to the mayor, on its first reading.

The resolution relates to the planned improvement of the city's wastewater treatment facilities and names Mayor Tom Arthur as purchasing agent of items ranging from repairs to wastewater lines, a sludge storage tank and others.

The renovation of the city's wastewater treatment plant, based on the findings of consulting firm Energy Systems Group, LLC, will cost more than $1 million, according to Bradshaw.

-An ordinance restricting trash collection

The council passed Ordinance 17-2006 on its second reading Tuesday, thereby "limiting the hours of collection of trash, garbage, rubbish, and refuse for commercial, industrial and/or business entities" in Brazil.

Bradshaw said the ordinance is aimed at businesses who employ private trash removal services and originated with a citizen complaint.

The measure requires trash be gathered between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Violators will be assessed a fine of $250 for the first offense and $500 for each subsequent offense.

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