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Council discusses ordinance

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The new sign ordinance is still up in the air.

The Common Council of the City of Brazil conducted an extended discussion about the proposed ordinance, which has not yet been drafted, during its meeting Tuesday night.

The city received three letters of suggestions for what the ordinance should contain, which was the main focus of the council.

"We have a pretty good idea of where we want to go with it," City Attorney Bob Pell said. "There is a pretty good consensus that the two major issues are the size of signs and where they can be placed."

Another major concern of local business owners is the use of A-frame signs.

"We are looking into making that type of sign allowable," Pell said. "However, we are going to put a limit on how big they can be. Our initial ideas are to limit them to be no more than 25 percent of the sidewalk width, plus they could only be in front of the business during regular hours."

The council is also considering a fee schedule for any new signs that may be put up in the future, but are still unsure of what terms to set the fees.

One thing the council wants to do is make sure they get a draft together soon.

"We made a promise to the community to do this quickly," council member Sam Glover said. "There is still work to do, but we are getting a good picture of what we want in the ordinance."

Another work session for the sign ordinance has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 27, at 5 p.m., at City Hall.

Other business conducted during Tuesday's meeting included:

* Passing an ordinance, on the first reading, to allow for a handicapped parking space in front of 107 E. McDonald St., Brazil,

* Approving a resolution in support of the Safe Routes to Schools Program. The program, sponsored by the Indiana Department of Transportation, allows the City of Brazil, with collaboration from the Clay Community School Corporation, to seek grants for improving area infrastructure to reduce traffic congestion and improve walking and bicycling conditions, and

* Approved a request to allow for an additional assistant to work in the Clerk-Treasurer's Office from June-August.

The next regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be Tuesday, June 10, at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers of City Hall. The public is welcome to attend this meeting and the work session.

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