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Council passes ordinance creating an economic development commission

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Amy Corsaro
The Common Council of the City of Brazil created a new city department during their meeting Tuesday night.

An ordinance was unanimously approved and signed to create a Department of Economic Development which will be controlled by an economic development commission.

"This will be, in part, to oversee a possible purchase of Holly Hill Healthcare by the Clay County Health and Rehabilitation Center," Amy Corsaro, Senior Counsel with Ice Miller, LLC, Indianapolis, said. "There are bonds in line to complete the purchase that the city would have to sign off on, but there would be no obligation on the city level to cover the bonds."

The council also appointed members to the newly created commission.

Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw nominated current Brazil City Planning Administrator Michele Griffin, and Council Member Pat Heffner nominated Erich Erst, both of which were accepted by the council.

The third seat on the commission, by state law, must be a member of the county council, and during the county council meeting Nov. 5, Council President Mike McCullough was nominated to fill the third seat.

The rules were suspended in order to accept the ordinance on the first reading alone.

The first meeting of the commission is in the works and will be announced at a later date.

In old business, the council once again tabled an issue regarding the possible addition of handicapped parking spots on S. Walnut St., as many of the council members were preoccupied with political campaigns and sufficient information has yet to be gathered.

Brazil City Fire Chief Jim Smith provided the only departmental report of the night.

Smith said Fire Prevention Week was successful as more than 300 kids came through the firehouse to learn about fire safety, and the department also had a successful presentation at East Side Elementary during the week. He also said the ladder truck and all ladders have been inspected and all passed. Immunizations are being offered to the firefighters to bring them up to code and will be completed later this month.

The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be Monday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

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