The finalizing of city employee salaries was the highlight of Tuesday night's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil.
The council unanimously approved $1,000 raises for the year 2008 for the mayor and all the council members.
Each council member will now receive a yearly salary of $4,000, which is the first raise in a number of years, and the mayor's salary is now set at $30,700 per year. Salaries are reviewed for these positions on an annual basis, but raises are not necessarily always given.
A potential raise for the clerk-treasurer was shot down due to a lack of a motion to take action on it. Council members Steve Lamb and Pat Heffner raised concerns of approving a raise for this position until problems within the office and ledgers were resolved.
Representatives from Umbaugh and Associates are currently working to correct errors to the city's accounting software, InCode. Clerk-Treasurer Tracy Webster said it has been acknowledged that many of the problems have come from installation issues when the software was installed in 2003.
The council also suspended the rules and approved an ordinance allowing for the issuance of bonds for a potential purchase of Holly Hill Healthcare, Brazil, by Hoosier Care, Inc., who manages the Clay County Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Representatives from Holly Hill were in attendance to dispute previous reports that the healthcare center was running at about half-capacity and were losing money.
Should no agreement be signed for the acquisition, the bond will not be sold or issued. However, if the bonds are issued, the city would be at no obligation for the costs of the bonds. The obligation would fall to Hoosier Care if the purchase is made.
Other business also occurring during Tuesday's meeting includes:
* The rezoning of Poor Boys Towing and Salvage from Suburban Residential to Open Industrial. This move was needed for the salvage yard to be in compliance in its operations,
* The signing of an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Brazil and the Clay County Board of Commissioners. This is for a repaving project of Pinckley St., from State Road 59 to Murphy Ave. The city will be responsible for providing all the materials, like cold mix, while the county will provide the equipment, paver and labor to complete the project, which will not begin until spring, and
* Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison gave a report on departmental happenings. Harrison informed the council that arrests have been made for a number of the business burglaries in recent weeks, that a recent drug bust has led to a number of arrests in other states as well and the training of reserve officers should be completed in the next week or two and the department will swear in a total of five new reserve officers.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2007, at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers of City Hall.