The City of Brazil's web site has its perks for area residents.
"Residents can log onto the site at www.brazil.in.gov, to do a wide range of things," Mayor Ann Bradshaw said. "They can fill out building permit applications, request heavy trash pickup and even make a shelter reservation with the Parks and Recreation Department."
The site was started in the early part of 2006 by former Mayor Tom Arthur, who also updated it regularly.
"Tom did a great job keeping the site updated, and we are doing our best to do the same," Raymond Staub, who works part time for the Water and Street departments and currently maintains the site, said. "We have been making changes as things happen as quickly as possible."
One of the recent updates was to include a notice that City Hall will be closed this Monday in honor of Columbus Day and that sanitation pickup will run one day later than usual.
Residents may notice that pictures are not available for all police officers and firefighters on the site which is something that is still being worked on also.
"We are waiting to receive official photos of the new members in those departments, and we will get them up as soon as we get them," Staub said.
One of the benefits for residents is they can go to the site and review the minutes from city meetings like the Common Council and Board of Works.
"We keep those updated as soon as the minutes are approved by the boards," Bradshaw said. "One thing Tom did was that he would post the agendas online prior to the meeting. We have held back from doing that since he left because meeting agendas can change, but we are planning to start doing that again so the public knows what will be discussed at the meetings."
Bradshaw also said she receives numerous e-mails from her account on the site from residents addressing issues.
"I always welcome information from residents because they may find something we have yet to encounter," Bradshaw said.
To make suggestions for the web site or to present other city concerns, contact City Hall by phone at 443-2221 or e-mail Mayor Bradshaw at firstname.lastname@example.org.