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Helping others clean up Brazil

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The City of Brazil is enforcing local ordinances in an effort to make the city look better, but officials understand there are residents who might need a helping hand with complying.

While enforcing beautification ordinances and ordinances that require homes have proper 911 identification, Brazil City Reserve Police Officer Eric Vanatti has come across some residents unable to comply with the codes.

"We want to organize a group of volunteers to help those people who might be unable to do what it takes to clean up their yard, remove trash or abandoned vehicles and make any repairs necessary to comply," Vanatti said. "They might be an elderly person, someone with a disability or be person in a circumstance in which they need a little help."

Church, youth and service group members or people interested in participating are asked to contact City Hall about organizing work groups or donating cleaning supplies to help those in need.

Although ordinance enforcement has been lax in the past, Mayor Ann Bradshaw wants to beautify the city to make it more appealing to people who are considering moving to Brazil and businesses willing to invest in the area.

"These ordinances are on the books and need to be enforced," Bradshaw said. "Eric has really jumped into this program with both feet and I really appreciate all his efforts to help make the city a better place."

Planning Administrator Michele Altman is also grateful for Vanatti's help.

"We are just getting started. This is a big job and I appreciate the help," Altman said. "No one wants to place a hardship on an individual, but often the individual doesn't realize the hardship they are placing on their community by being in violation of the ordinances."

Bradshaw, Vanatti and Altman worked together to create a checklist to ensure the ordinance violation warnings and any subsequent violations are handled properly.

If a property is deemed in violation, Vanatti will take pictures and leave a warning for the homeowner allowing them seven days to comply before fines are assessed at $100 per day.

A certified letter informing the resident of the warning is sent to the name and address on record at the County Auditor's office informing them of the warning, then a follow-up letter is sent through regular mail.

"If a person needs an extension to comply, we are willing to work with anyone," Bradshaw said.

If the resident takes no action, another set of pictures is taken, a ticket of violation is left at the residence and another letter advising details of the citation and applied fees is mailed.

Violations are then taken to the Board of Works for review, after which the street department can be sent to the home to clean up the violation at a cost deferred to the resident.

Bradshaw said once the fines are paid they will become part of the City's General Fund, and then dispersed to the police department's reserve program.

"We plan on using the money to help create a fully functioning reserve program," Vanatti said.

To learn more about the program or voice a complaint, Mayor Bradshaw is available during office hours at 443-2221 or people can contact Eric Vanatti at 446-0050 or by e-mail at ericvanatti@gmail.com.

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this is crap! fix our roads so people who want to move here can safely look for a house without damaging thier cars. how bout using some of the "fines" to repave our roads not dump some gravel in the holes and hope that fixes the problem. maybe Bradshaw should drive her car down Ringo dr, Chicago ave, water works rd and all others that desperatley need paved. see how much her car can indure!

-- Posted by shanbilly on Tue, Apr 1, 2008, at 10:44 PM

I thought that abandoned cars got towed for free?

Good idea, but we need more than to clean up yards. We need a new attitude, one that starts with pride.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Wed, Apr 2, 2008, at 2:31 PM

nothing has been done in the last twelve months do we expect anything to be done now or in the next three years.

-- Posted by tinytim on Thu, Apr 3, 2008, at 6:00 AM

The things we worry about? I myself would love to see this town "cleaned up", but I think we have a lot more things to worry about. Like streets, jobs, sidewalks downtown, etc.... Maybe we could take all the signs that the mayor is worried about and place them in these yards to hide the trash. Now talk about a waste of energy. Come on, are you really gonna make the banks, stores, etc downtown remove their signs? If you expect the small business (and Baker Bob) to remove theirs, then they should have to also, and that is completely insane to even consider.

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Thu, Apr 3, 2008, at 7:35 AM

I am so glad the mayor is doing something about this. After all, we have a sign ordinance and if it is not being enforced why even have the ordinances? Businesses are just upset they may have to clean up a little bit. So what? I'm willing to sacrifice a little to clean the city up. Maybe the sign ordinance is a little stiff, okay, I think they have made mention that it will be looked at to see if it should be fixed. I think the current mayor is doing a great job and backtracking on problems that were never fixed during the last administration. Lets remember this in the next election: The current mayor is doing a great job at cleaning the city up and making it attractive. The current mayor is also enforcing all ordinances that are already on the books. That is what I voted for and will continue to vote for. I would rather have this mayor than a lazy mayor that lets things slide.

-- Posted by BrazilScholarly on Fri, Apr 4, 2008, at 3:00 PM

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