City employees now can be airlifted by medical transport for a minimal cost.
The Common Council of the City of Brazil unanimously accepted a proposal to pay for full memberships with Air Evac at its meeting Tuesday night.
The memberships will be at a discounted rate ($46 per year) for all city employees and elected officials, along with family members living in their household.
The yearly membership rate for an individual is $50, a two-member household costs $55 and it is $60 for a membership in a household of three or more.
With the membership, employees would not have to pay the approximate $14,000 bill for the flight in the event of a medical emergency.
According to Air Evac Membership Coordinator Mike Mayle, there are approximately 4,000 Clay County residents who currently hold memberships.
"Air Evac would not be here for the residents if it wasn't for all the memberships," Mayle said.
The council also approved the distribution of the Housing Rehabilitation Grant contracts, as recommended by Kenna Consulting and Management Group, Inc.
The contract had to be re-bid as the company, who originally won the bid for the construction, was not able to receive bonds needed for the work.
Clearly Better Homes, Brazil, has been contracted to perform work on four houses, while Tim and Daughters, Inc. will be working on six separate houses.
Angie Pappano, vice-president of Kenna Consulting, said Clearly Better Homes could be contracted to work on an additional three homes if they complete the four houses currently contracted to rehabilitate in a timely manner.
"The grant specifies that we can rehabilitate up to 15 houses," Pappano said. "The two remaining homes for rehabilitation have yet to be determined."
Brazil Planning Administrator Michele Griffin asked the council to also consider allowing city labor to help with the work on the homes, but only for the construction of two handicapped ramps needed. This was included as part of the grant approval.
The regularity of council meetings was reduced as the council approved the second reading of an ordinance allowing for them to now meet only once a month on the second Tuesday.
The time and location of the meetings will remain the same.
As their final action of the night, the council discussed an ordinance regarding the timing in which political signs may be put up and removed.
Even with concern from Brian Wyndham over the relative shortness in which signs can go up, the council suspended the rules and passed the ordinance on the first reading.
From this point, political signs may be put up no earlier than Oct. 1 for any general election, and April 1 for any primary election. The time in which to remove a sign remained at 10 days following any election.
The council will hold a public hearing Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
The city's budget hearing will be discussed
The next regular meeting of the council will be Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. at the same location. The public is welcome to attend both meetings.