- City Council
By JASON JACOBS
Ongoing contract talks will delay action on firefighters' salaries.
The Brazil Board of Public Works and Safety and the Brazil City Council met Tuesday night in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
The Board of Public Works and Safety meeting moved swiftly by unanimously approval of all claims without going into a detailed discussion on any of the claims.
The City Council, minus Ann Bradshaw, began with the approval of minutes, followed by an public announcement regarding a Make a Wish Foundation event coming up this Saturday in which Ronald McDonald will make an appearance.
Mayor Thomas Arthur then announced the withdrawal of ordinance 29-2006 regarding the salaries of firefighters for the 2007 calendar year due to ongoing negotiations with the union. Arthur stated it will be considered at the next Board of Works meeting on Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
The council then opened public hearings over the vacation of certain alleys and streets in the city which quickly closed due to no public discussion over the matters.
The meeting moved on to the first reading of the previously mentioned topics, both ending with a unanimous vote to suspend the rules and passed each ordinance on the first reading.
Ordinance 25-2006 regarded the vacation of the alleyway adjacent to lots 19, 20, 47 and 48 between Lincoln St. and Depot St. near the Pennsylvania Railroad. Ordinance 26-2006 regarded the vacation of sections of the aforementioned streets within the same block as the alleyway.
After there was again no public comments during the public hearing for the 2007 budget, the council then considered, at great length the fixing of salaries of the appointed officers and employees of the city of Brazil, along with the salaries of the Brazil Police for the 2007 calendar year.
While there was a suggestion to give a 3 percent raise across the board to the appointed officers and employees of the city, the council unanimously approved Mayor Arthur's proposal to give a 2 percent raise to all city employees with less than five years at the job, while those working with the city for five or more years would receive a 4 percent pay increase. However, the council members agreed to reconsider the numbers again at the next City Council meeting and the ordinance may be amended.
The council amended Ordinance 28-2006 regarding the police officers' salary for 2007 by changing the starting salary proposal for a new police officer from $23,710 for the first year to $25,000. The officers would then receive approximately a 2 percent increase for each year they stay with the department.
The other amendment to this ordinance gives officers with at least nine years with the department a 2 percent pay increase per year as well, up from the one percent per year they had been receiving in the past.
The meeting ended with reports given by Police Chief Mark Loudermilk and Fire Chief Tobey Archer.
Loudermilk stated that there was essentially nothing new to report with the Police Department.
Archer then reported on the Fire Department's effort over the past two weeks to take its free smoke detector program to the streets. The department members spent afternoons going door to door offering free smoke detectors, batteries for non-operational detectors and testing of detectors to ensure the safety of the residents.
Archer continued his report by informing the council the department's brush truck is out of service for repairs and evaluation and about the department's drill training over relief valve operations and maintenance for apparatus pumps along with additional extinguisher training for public demonstrations of extinguisher safety.
Mayor Arthur ended the meeting with a vote for adjournment.
The next City Council meeting will be Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.