The second of the four ward meetings was moved from the Council Chambers of City Hall due to a conflict of scheduling, but it did not deter the eight individuals in attendance from letting council members Bill Lovett (Ward 4), and Common Council of the City of Brazil President Pat Heffner (At-Large), along with Mayor Ann Bradshaw, know what they think needs to be done.
Similar to the Ward 1 meeting with Brad Deal on March 25, one of the main concerns was the condition of roads within the city.
"There are a lot of potholes along Ringo Street," Resident John Schraedley said. "Plus, there are places in the area where the roads are flooded easily."
Lovett said fixing the flooding problem needs to take precedent over fixing the roads in Ward 4.
"To fix the roads in that area without changing the water issues would really be a waste of time," Lovett said. "If we fix the roads first, the work would basically be undone with the next big rain."
Schraedley added something needs to be done along South Vandalia Street to address visibility issues.
"I think there should be sidewalks put in along Vandalia, at least down to Mechanic Street," he said. "When you come around that curve, and with the dark clothes some people are wearing, it's hard to see people walking until you are right on top of them."
While admitting he was not at the correct ward meeting for where he lives, resident Leo Southworth did provide some insight as to which should be the top priority when it comes to either fixing the roads or the issues with the city's water system.
"You have to remember all the water projects that need to be done," he said. "If new streets are put in now, they will just have to be torn up to put in the new pipes for the water system."
Another big concern brought up during the meeting was the presence of abandoned vehicles and other cars blocking visibility by parking on the corners of intersections.
"There are a few vehicles near the food pantry and I have seen others in the area that have not moved since the big flood last year," resident Dennis Baire said. "Also, it is difficult to see oncoming vehicle at the intersection of Lambert and Ridge streets. You can look for them, but you end up having to pull out and hope you don't get hit."
Rosemary Price suggested removing some of the greenery from the intersection of Jackson and Vandalia streets to allow better visibility because of the vehicles parked on the corners.
"Also, it can be dangerous at times driving on Alabama Street, north of Pinckley because there are cars parked there all the time despite 'No Parking' signs being up," she said.
Residents also voiced concerns about issues regarding sewage overflows and animals running loose around the city, but they also gave some praise for the work being done.
"The leaf and limb pick up has been excellent and I was so glad to see snow plows out this year," Schraedley said.
Bradshaw said the city currently has four snow plows and will consider an option from Schraedley which would provide plow services to more of the side streets.
"One thing the city might consider is installing a snow plow on the sanitation trucks so they can move the snow at the same time," Schraedley said.
At the end of the meeting, Schraedley also said he believed the individual ward meetings are a great idea.
"We should have these meetings again," he said.
The increased turnout for Monday's meeting was encouraging to Lovett.
"We had a good turnout tonight and I think, as time goes on, we will have more come," he said. "The meetings are very informative and it lets us know about more things we can fix."
Heffner agreed that having the individual ward meetings allows residents yet another avenue to bring concerns.
"People have legitimate concerns that we may not know about because they are localized to one specific area," she said. "I really appreciate them bringing these concerns to our attention because if you don't tell us, we can't fix it."
Bradshaw reiterated she felt the meetings were important because of the busy schedules residents have.
"Not everyone is going to be able to make it to council meetings on Tuesday nights or to City Hall during the day," she said. "The meetings give them a chance to meet with their individual representatives, and even if they can't make it, they can call City Hall anytime."
The two remaining meetings have been scheduled as follows:
* Wednesday, April 22, 7 p.m. ¬-- Ward 3 council member Steve Lamb, and
* Thursday, May 7, 6 p.m. -- Ward 2 council member Sam Glover.
Heffner and Bradshaw will also be in attendance at both of these meetings.