By JASON JACOBS
The Brazil City Council met Tuesday night in the Council Chambers of City Hall to discuss new ordinances regarding the designation of stop signs and the regulation of all other signs and billboards in the area.
The meeting opened with all members present with the exception of Clerk-Treasurer Tracy Webster and moved quickly with no comments from the audience or Mayor Tom Arthur.
For old business, the council unanimously approved, without discussion, the second reading of an ordinance establishing and creating a formal harassment policy for the employees and officer of the City of Brazil.
The council also discussed an ordinance authorizing Automatic Clearing House (ACH) for the payment of City of Brazil Utility Account Payments. Two members of the Utilities departments explained that this would automatically take the amount for the utility bill from the resident's checking account, if they so choose. This simplifies the process of utility bill payments. The council unanimously approved the ordinance on the first reading, as it was tabled at the previous meeting.
The first order of new business was an ordinance designating stop signs at intersections along Meridian and Walnut Streets into the Corporate Limits of the City of Brazil, which the council approved unanimously without discussion. For specifics on which stop signs and all other topics of discussion, visit the city's website at www.brazil.in.gov and view the council's agenda for Tuesday night.
The second point of discussion was an ordinance to regulate and control the location, erection, number and maintenance of signs within the city. This topic was tabled until the next meeting to allow the council members additional time to review the 21-page ordinance.
Police Captain Andy Whittington filled in for Chief Mark Loudermilk to present the police report. He informed the council that during a pursuit Friday a patrol car was damaged. Whittington told the council of his appreciation of the repairing of the sidewalk in front of the police and fire stations and that new sets of spike strips have been distributed to members of the police department. He also informed the council of the upcoming Red Ribbon Week starting Monday, which will include a parade. Finally, Whittington provided information about the remains of a Marine, who was stationed out of Terre Haute and killed in Iraq, being transported from Indianapolis to Terre Haute, and will pass through Brazil tonight around 10:30 p.m.
Mayor Arthur closed the meeting by reminding those in attendance that weekly heavy trash pickup will end this Friday and will return back to the twice-yearly pickup, with the next occurrence happening in April.
The next City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.