The city budget was once again the main topic of consideration during the City Council meeting Tuesday night in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
All council members were present with the exception of Marty Beasley, Ward 2 representative.
The meeting began with Mayor Tom Arthur announcing that the city will turn 140 years old on Oct. 1 and there will be a celebration at the Popcorn Festival on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Forest Park Band Shell. The celebration will feature a cake with 140 candles on it. For the official press release, visit www.brazil.in.gov.
The meeting then moved to old business with the quick, unanimous approval with no discussion of ordinances fixing salaries of appointed officers of the city and police officers.
The council then approved with no discussion the ordinance regarding the firefighters' salaries for the 2007 calendar year.
The ordinance sets the firefighter's salaries exactly to that of the police. The starting salary will be $25,000 and starting with the move from year eight to year nine, they will receive a 2 percent increase in pay each year.
The council then proceeded to approve a resolution authorizing the transfer of Industrial Park Drive to the Clay County Board of Commissioners and the Great Dane Lift Station to the City of Brazil. This resolution essentially traded the two properties.
Discussion then turned to a resolution authorizing the transfer of appropriations within the Motor Vehicle Highway Fund. This will take $30,000 from the Other Services & Charges section of the fund and move it into the Capital Outlay section.
The new business portion of the meeting ended with the council approving Halloween Trick-or-Treat hours. This year the hours will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on both Monday, Oct 30, and Tuesday, Oct. 31.
The meeting then moved to the reports from the Police Department and Fire Department.
Police Chief Mark Loudermilk's report was highlighted by the topic of background checks. Loudermilk said the department has nearly completed background checks on all potential recruits, and that the department is looking into performing full criminal record checks before finalizing paperwork done when the criminals are arrested.
Fire Chief Tobey Archer informed the council of the department's drill training that simulated an apartment fire on the ninth floor of Cooper Towers. The drill, in part, was to gauge the timing of fire rescue aspects when going up to such an elevated height. Archer also told the council that the department is planning an open house for this year's Fire Prevention Week in October. On-site presentations will be offered for K-2 grade students to local elementary schools.
The next City Council Meeting will take place Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Council Chambers of City Hall.