Finances were the hot topic at Tuesday night's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil.
The council unanimously approved a statement of benefits for a tax abatement on the St. Vincent Office Medical Building. The abatement, originally signed in 1997, had estimated the number of employees to be hired at four, but currently has 69, well above and beyond the initial expectations.
Local cemeteries are insured of neat grounds for the next year as the council approved a bid from Mullenix Lawn Service, Brazil.
The bid was for $24,930 for the three cemeteries around Brazil to be mowed no more than 18 times during the next year. More may occur only if authorized.
The council also considered amending an ordinance which sets the salaries of appointed officers and employees of the City of Brazil for 2008.
Supposedly, there are some salaries incorrectly set in the ordinance and are in need of being corrected. However, the council needs further information in order to make a decision, and with Clerk/Treasurer Karen McQueen unable to attend the meeting and provide an explanation, the item was tabled for the second consecutive month.
Two city officials provided departmental reports during the meeting as well.
Planning Administrator Michele Altman informed the council the income survey is going well as the initial list of 400 names has been gone through, with 64 residents unable to be reached. She said they have received an additional list for the remaining surveys needed and have started collecting the rest of the information needed to apply for a Community Development Block Grant.
Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison said the department will complete National Child Passenger Safety Certification classes today with a Car Seat Clinic, from 1-3 p.m., at York Chevrolet, Brazil, and should become a car seat distribution site again.
The next regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers of City Hall.