Highlights of the business discussed at Tuesday's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil included:
-The death of Ordinance 15-2006
After a months-long debate, council members agreed to kill proposed Ordinance 15-2006, a measure that would have severely restricted the parking of large vehicles on Brazil's city streets.
Had it been passed, the proposed ordinance-- originally intended to stop large work vehicles from congesting narrow streets-- would have "(taken) everything out of the city except
pick-up trucks and passenger vehicles," according to City Attorney Joe Trout.
An exasperated Trout, who said he had already prepared four or five drafts of the ordinance, told council members he was unsure how to proceed.
"Unless we can come to some sort of an agreement on what we really want, I'm done drafting this ordinance," he said. "I'll do whatever you want. I just need you to tell me what that is."
Council members indicated the measure will likely resurface at a future council session. Trout entertained suggestions and said he would work on writing a more specific ordinance.
-Heavy trash pick-up
Mayor Tom Arthur expressed concern over a recent spike in the amount of heavy trash collected by the city.
City workers collected 16 tons of heavy trash last week, an "all-time record," Arthur said.
He noted that the city averages between nine and 10 tons each week. At that rate, the city spends about $11,000 annually to deposit the trash into a landfill.
Arthur said a change in the pick-up schedule could be unavoidable. The city has collected heavy trash on a weekly basis for two years now, but the mayor suggested a return to the twice-yearly pick-up the city previously offered.
-The passage of Resolution 2-2006
The council passed Resolution 2-2006 on its second reading, officially transferring purchasing power for specified expenditures from the Board of Works to the mayor.
The resolution relates to the planned improvement of the city's wastewater treatment facilities and names Arthur as purchasing agent, allowing him to buy items ranging from repairs to wastewater lines, a sludge storage tank and others.
The renovation of the city's wastewater treatment plant will cost over $1 million, according to Councilwoman Ann Bradshaw.
-The passage of Ordinance 18-2006
Council members voted unanimously to pass Ordinance 18-2006, which increases the penalty for the poisoning of animals in the city, on its second reading.
The measure raises the penalty for animal poisoning from $25 to $500.
-A presentation on an upcoming home repair grant program
The council heard a presentation from Angie Pappano, vice president of grant administration firm Kenna Consulting, on a grant program that will benefit low-income homeowners.
Homeowners who would like to participate are running out of time, she said. Though she has already assembled a pool of applicants, pre-application is still available in the Planning and Zoning Department at City Hall.
New applicants will be placed on a waiting list and selected if a current applicant does not qualify for the grants.
Available through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the Homeowner Repair and Improvement Grants average about $11,000 and cover repairs ranging from leaky faucets to full-scale electrical upgrades.
Grants will be awarded to 18-20 Brazil homeowners, according to the release. Anyone can apply for the subsidies, but the selection process affords preference to very-low income residents (an income of $32,100 or less for a family of four), female heads of household and the elderly and disabled.