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Vanatti named Interim Planning Administrator

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

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A reserve police officer is no longer enforcing just the law.

On Tuesday, Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw named Eric Vanatti the Interim Planning Administrator.

Vanatti, a reserve officer with the Brazil City Police Department, is the temporary replacement for Michele Altman, who resigned Aug. 11.

"I had been working with Michele for about a year and Ann felt I was the best qualified to temporarily hold the position," Vanatti said. "While the city is finished accepting applications, they don't want to put the permanent replacement in too quickly."

He added that the city is wanting to make sure they find a qualified replacement who has knowledge of local and state ordinances.

However, Vanatti is not acting as a placeholder.

"Since Michele resigned, some residents have gotten the idea that they can do whatever they want until the permanent replacement is named," he said. "However, we are continuing to enforce the ordinances and working on our projects as usual."

One of the major issues the Planning Office is working on is the presence of unsafe and abandoned buildings in the city.

"Criminals tend to hang out in abandoned buildings and we are trying our best to at least get them boarded up with the recent criminal activity," Vanatti said. "We also want to get the buildings secure because they are also classified as arson risks."

Vanatti, who recently graduated from ISU with a bachelor's degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice with minors in public administration, political science and psychology, is also attempting to regain the faith of residents who may have been treated wrongly in the past.

"Previous administration was a little harsh in the code enforcement aspect," he said. "We are wanting to reconstruct the way we are doing things in order to make things more citizen-friendly."

He is encouraging all residents to call the office with complaints about properties and wants to ensure everyone that he will do all he can to serve their needs.

"Even if they feel they have been ignored in the past, residents should call if they find something that needs to be done," Vanatti said. "We are now keeping a call log so we can make sure that everyone who calls in is attended to. Elsie Hawkins handles most of the administrative duties in the office and there is always someone in the office to take calls."

Monday was the final day to submit applications for the position. The city received more than 20 applications and will be starting interviews today.

To contact the Planning Office, residents can call the direct line at 446-0050 or Brazil City Hall at 443-2221.

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Hey congrats Eric!

-- Posted by Indymove on Thu, Aug 21, 2008, at 8:30 AM

Quote.. "Previous administration was a little harsh in the code enforcement aspect"... Unquote

By being a little harsh does he mean that they tried to get the junk cars off peoples properties? Or off the streets where they would sit with flat tires for months on end? or does he mean that he does not want to offend anyone so it will be O.K. for your house/yard to be an eyesore or rodent nursery?

-- Posted by BackHomeAgain on Thu, Aug 21, 2008, at 9:56 AM

Isnt he the one that caused all the problems with the local shops having signs out in front of their shops? Lets hope that Interim means Interim.

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Thu, Aug 21, 2008, at 12:53 PM


My my name is Eric Vanatti. I just wanted to reply to the comments that were made about the sign ordinance. There may be a misconception about who enforced the sign ordinance. That individual was not me. I actually was pretty surprised that previous administration was enforcing the sign ordinance and wanting to take baker bob down immediately. I would have handled the situation a little different, allowing baker Bob to stay outside until we could get a reasonable sign ordinance together.

As far as the junk cars on peoples property goes, I would like to collaborate with the police department in removing some of these abandoned vehicles. I am able to communicate effectively with the police department to actually get these vehicles tagged. Planning and Zoning will be working with all city departments as a team.

I appreciate the opportunity to post on here and hope that I can work with the citizens of Brazil as Interim Planning Administrator. Please contact my office and speak to me with any concerns you may have.


Eric Vanatti

-- Posted by Vanatti08 on Thu, Aug 21, 2008, at 2:07 PM

Well put Vanatti.

-- Posted by Pro Se on Thu, Aug 21, 2008, at 2:55 PM

Did Michele resign or was it requested????????????

-- Posted by sew&sew on Thu, Aug 21, 2008, at 7:16 PM

hmmmm, you may not have enforced it but you sure spent alot of time helping her find all the old ordinances you could.. or should i say .. she could enforce. And as far as in good communication with the police dept dont you mean the mayor??? Now come on eric be completly honest here. Dont try to make it sound like you give a crap when we all know you have a problem when it comes to dealing with people. You are not the type to truly do this job. You are already suffer from big head syndrom so i can only imagine what will happen now. People of Brazil do not think for one second that he is honest and looking out for us, this is a wolf in sheep's clothing or vice versa, because confrontation has never been one of his strong points .

-- Posted by uno on Thu, Aug 21, 2008, at 8:06 PM

Here's a question ~ I don't remember anyone employed with the city referring to the Mayor as "Ann" ~ not even those employed for years with the city refer to the Mayor as anything but the Mayor ~ maybe respect of position is one of the first things that Mr. Vanatti should implement ~

Mr. Vanatti has mentioned many changes & future plans for an office that he is in temporarily ~ is the application process just a way to satisfy the general public ~ maybe Mr. Vanatti intends or assumes that his stay in the Planning Office will be a LONG one ~ his article & reply to comments certainly implies just that ~ I think we all know who our new Planning Administrator is ~ maybe we should all ask "Ann" to be sure ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Thu, Aug 21, 2008, at 10:04 PM

Eric states that he had nothing to do with the sign ordinance but I believe I remember reading an article in the Brazil Times with quotes from Eric in refernece the sign ordinance!

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Fri, Aug 22, 2008, at 2:40 AM

I for one care about our neighborhoods and what the community looks like and I think Eric is doing a wonderful job! He is very capable of handling the position. I think those of you who are complaining have obviously been cited for some reason. I am sure you are just angry that someone is taking the initative to make you keep your properties clean etc... I am sure your neighbors are happy that Mr. Vanatti is doing his job -- and a good one at that!! Keep up the good work Eric!

-- Posted by ariesgirl on Fri, Aug 22, 2008, at 7:15 AM


Just like 4u2nv; I have never been cited for anything ~ I just have to wonder why a temporary appointment states changes & future plans for the Planning Adminstrator's Office ~ by the text of the Times article & comments Mr. Vanatti has made on this site; one has to assume that he intends or assumes to be in this office for a LONG term ~ AND just what are you basing his job performance on ~ Mr. Vanatti hasn't proved anything, yet ~ this is a "sit back & watch" situation ~ but my guess is that he will be appointed the new permanent Planning Administrator ~ time will tell~

-- Posted by karebabe on Fri, Aug 22, 2008, at 9:12 AM

I am quite sure Mr. Vanatti will be appointed unless someone in Mayor Ann's family needs a job.


-- Posted by sew&sew on Fri, Aug 22, 2008, at 3:41 PM

I am sure Mr. Vanatti will be appointed UNLESS someone in Ann's family needs a job.

-- Posted by sew&sew on Fri, Aug 22, 2008, at 3:45 PM

sorry about the double comment, my mistake

-- Posted by sew&sew on Fri, Aug 22, 2008, at 3:47 PM

You are all pointing fingers and accusing others of stupid and petty accusations. I don't think its inappropriate to refer to the Major as "Ann." Its Brazil, Indiana, and its a part of its coziness to be able to call someone by their first name. Respect for the office sounds like you are looking for something to criticize and your grasping at straws for an argument.

Has Eric, I'm sorry, Interim Planning Administrator made any claims that he is planning on staying? I hope he does, I want to see you people get all whiney again...

Oh, and because I know how you all work...I'm not friends with Eric, I have gotten a ticket before, and clean your yard up and you would have to worry about getting citations.

-- Posted by washdcfan on Fri, Aug 22, 2008, at 10:11 PM

I think we finally have an honest Joe . Not only is he willing to do the right thing. He is capable . Hats of to Eric Vanatti. And the POSTIVE things he will bring to the table for BRAZIL. He has worked hard to prove his honesty and trust. So When you see Eric Pat the man on the back. GOOD JOB GOOD JOB GOOD JOB GOOD JOB GOOD JOB GOOD JOB GOOD JOB GOOD JOB GOOD JOB GOOD JOB GOOD JOB GOOD JOB ERIC VANATTI

-- Posted by babysue1985 on Mon, Aug 25, 2008, at 8:02 PM


Two easy ways to fix the issues you are having. 1. move far far away

2. run for mayor and fix it!

Funny to condemn the ones on the forum talking about the issues, stating having a real life, but do not forget you took the time out of your real life to post. Eric will do a fine job, I am sure.

-- Posted by SIKOFIT on Mon, Aug 25, 2008, at 9:37 PM

wow.. I really don't understand how you go from reserve police officer to being in the planning office? I really think Eric needs some more crendentials than what he has. I guess as long as he gets stuff done while he is in the position it is fine by me

-- Posted by blue357 on Wed, Aug 27, 2008, at 9:03 PM

I have to give credit where credit is due. Eric took care of the house next to mine, we had talked to two prior people in that position and always got the run around. He came and looked at it and is getting things done... and quick!!! Thanks Eric keep up the good work

-- Posted by chevygirl on Thu, Aug 28, 2008, at 9:25 AM

I think Eric is doing a great job. At least the town is starting to get cleaned up. I was getting tired of looking at all the trash in Brazil.Eric you keep doing what you have been doing and then maybe one day Brazil will be a great town again.

-- Posted by jackiesue53 on Thu, Aug 28, 2008, at 7:50 PM

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