The Common Council of the City of Brazil approved two ordinances at Tuesday night's meeting, which allows for the annexation of approximately 29 acres of land into the corporate limits of the city and, at the same time, rezoning this area from residential to general business. The land, which is owned by Gasway Insurance Unlimited, Inc., sits along U.S. 40 and Water Works Road (County Road 200 West).
The council also set the hours in which the children of Brazil may trick-or-treat this year.
Trick-or-treating will be Tuesday, Oct. 30, and Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m. each night.
"I think 8 o'clock is a good time because it is starting to get darker earlier in the evening," Council President Jim Sheese said.
Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison gave a departmental report in which he informed the council that the department has received new vests through a grant, began implementing tasers as part of their arsenal and that the department is working with all the schools to set up emergency plans for each building.
Harrison also introduced Anya, the dog the department received for its new K-9 unit, of which K-9 Officer Kenny Hill is the handler.
"Anya is three-years-old and officially became part of the force Oct. 1," Hill said. "We have a very sociable dog, which is what we wanted in order to take her to all the schools and have around all the kids."
City Planning Administrator Michele Griffin also gave a report to the council in which she said 40 houses in the city have been approved for cleanup and hopefully six more will be finished prior to the leaf season.
She also said an income survey of the city is needed in order to receive grant allocations for large projects like the retention pond.
The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.