Sometimes the biggest reward is the opportunity.
During a special meeting Tuesday, the Common Council of the City of Brazil considered options for the mowing of the city's three cemeteries.
The council received quotes from Mullenix Lawn Service and Specialty Lawn Care, Inc., both of Brazil. Mullenix's quote was $24,930 for 18 mows on each cemetery while Specialty Lawn Care quotes $23,900 for 23 mows.
The city had used Mullenix for the past few years, but the council was split on whose quote to accept during the meeting.
"The quote is the same as it has been the past three years," Joe Mullenix told the council. "We're trying to keep the price down for the city."
Bill Wells, owner of Specialty Lawn Care, Inc., said he would try to keep the price constant from this point on.
"The quote I provided would stay the same from here on out unless the price of gasoline were to change considerably in the next year or two," Wells said.
Although Mullenix provided the higher quote, council member Pat Heffner made a motion to accept it based on performance.
"I have never had a complaint about their work," she said.
Sam Glover seconded the motion, but he and Heffner were the only two to vote favorably as the motion failed 2-3.
Steve Lamb then made his own motion to accept the quote from Specialty Lawn Care, Inc., which subsequently passed 3-2.
Following the vote, Mayor Ann Bradshaw acknowledged that Mullenix had received the contract to mow the city parks and thanked him for the years of great service.
Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen confirmed to The Brazil Times the city had budgeted $33,000 for cemetery mowing this year and the contract will allow a little more "breathing room" for the months ahead.
While the lower quote and additional mows were motivation for Lamb and fellow council member Bill Lovett to select Specialty Lawn Care, they admitted it is worth giving the chance to succeed to another local business.
"Everyone deserves a starting chance," Lovett said. "When you give someone an opportunity, they have the chance to succeed."
Lamb echoed Lovett's sentiments by telling The Brazil Times, "This is another opportunity for a business to become successful in Brazil, and everyone deserves that shot."
In other business, the council approved a rezoning request for 111 N. Franklin St.
The council had tabled the request to rezone the garage of Danny Dillman's residence from single-family (R-1) to Local Business during the March 10 meeting to allow the chance to view the property before they made a final decision.
During Tuesday's meeting, Dillman informed the council that Mark Moody, who would be operating his light-mechanical business, MKUBE, out of the garage, had come to an agreement to refer major repair work to another local mechanic, who in turn would refer light work to him.
"In essence, it would be a benefit to both mechanics," Dillman said.
Satisfied with the proposal and the property, the council unanimously approved the request for a two-year term. A stipulation was added to the approval allowing the zoning to be reviewed at the end of two years, if needed, and would allow a possible, one-time only, two-year extension as Moody had stated he is actively seeking other means of employment and/or another location for the business.
The next regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Residents of Ward 1 in Brazil are invited to attend a special meeting with council members Brad Deal (Ward 1), Pat Heffner (At-Large) and Mayor Ann Bradshaw Wednesday at 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
The boundaries for Ward 1 are Hendrix Street (north), United States 40 (south), Murphy Avenue (east) and State Road 59 (west).
For more information, contact City Hall at 443-2221.