- New Sherwin-Williams building is complete, says planning and zoning administrator
By JASON JACOBS
An ordinance regarding the possible rezoning of the Family Worship Center of the Wabash Valley sparked the most interest Tuesday night at the Brazil City Council meeting in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
All council members were present and after the approval of last meeting's minutes, Mayor Tom Arthur opened the floor to audience comments.
Bonita Conner of Brazil stood up and gave a short speech about why she and other members of the community were against the possible rezoning and provided a board with pictures of what the outside of the thrift store owned by the Light House Mission in Terre Haute looks like. Conner asked those in attendance against the rezoning to raise their hands, which most of the audience did.
Mayor Arthur closed audience comments and announced that the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) will be holding a Hometown Gathering in Terre Haute on Oct. 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ohio Building, 672 Ohio St.
This is an opportunity for elected officials, community and business leaders and concerned citizens to discuss the future of local government and solutions that will make a difference.
The meeting moved on to old business with unanimous approval, without discussion, of resolutions initially brought up at the Sept. 26 meeting regarding the transfer of Industrial Park Drive to the Clay County Board of Commissioners with the Great Dane Lift Station going to the City of Brazil, and the authorization of the transfer of appropriations within the Motor Vehicle Highway Fund.
The first order of new business was an ordinance to establish and create a harassment policy for the employees and officers of the City of Brazil. The city has a harassment policy in their employee handbook, but the new policy will be more outline the definitions of harassment in greater detail. The ordinance passed unanimously on its first reading.
The next ordinance regarded accepting Automatic Clearing House (ACH) for the payment of City of Brazil Utility Account Payments.
This would allow citizens to have the payment for their utility bill automatically withdrawn from a specified account without having to go online or to the Utilities Office to pay their bill. However, this topic was tabled until the next meeting to allow a representative from the Utilities Department to be in attendance and explain the procedure.
The final ordinance up for discussion regarded the rezoning of the Family Worship Center of Wabash Valley at 100 N. Forest in Brazil. The Plan Commission gave the council a recommendation to Not Adopt the ordinance after its meeting on Oct. 5. The ordinance was defeated after no motion was made by council members, which brought a round of applause from those in attendance.
Police Chief Mark Loudermilk said Nextel would like to buy out the frequencies currently used by the Police Department, and that in the deal Nextel has to pay to replace any and all radios whose frequencies cannot be changed. This means the department should receive 12-13 new radios at no cost. Loudermilk also announced that background checks have been completed for all applicants and that two new squad cars have been ordered.
Fire Chief Tobey Archer announced the department will be going to elementary schools in the area starting today for Fire Prevention Week. The department will give presentations for grades K-2 at East Side Elementary today, Forest Park Elementary tomorrow and Meridian Elementary on Friday.
Planning and Zoning Administrator Brandy Means notified the council that the Sherwin-Williams building is completed and ready for their certificate of occupancy. She also asked the council for their recommendation for the placement of billboards within the city limits and received no clear response after the council expressed a desire to further research the topic.
The next city council meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 24, in City Hall.
The tentative agenda for the meeting should be available for viewing starting the Friday before the next meeting though the city web site; http://www.brazil.in.gov.