With the recent boil order lasting almost a week, many of the 12 residents in attendance expressed the need to focus on repairing the water system above all other needs.
"Water is a necessity and it should be in good quality so we don't have to worry about it," Irmgard Capicik said. "The streets do have problems as well, but even if you go to Indianapolis, they have potholes as well so it is not just an issue here. But the water system is something that really needs to be fixed."
Fellow residents Sue Bass and John Gossmar were also concerned with other potential leaks in the city, including one which might be at the intersection of Compton and Meridian streets.
"The holes there get filled in from time to time, but something more than just a quick fix needs to be done because they are constantly filled with water and it is now running north to Hendrix Street," Bass said. "There are some other places like this as well and this one has been bad for 10 years or longer."
Ward 2 council member Sam Glover agreed something could be wrong.
"This is an area we have known about for a while," he said. "There could be a leak in the area because even when there is a drought, the holes still have water in them."
Gossmar also expressed his hopes to see building codes more strongly enforced.
"The house next to me has large holes in the roof and Building Inspector Troy McQueen told me the plaster is falling off the ceilings and walls after he looked at it back in November," Gossmar said. "There have also been times when the roof shingles have broken off during storms and hit my house. There are children who play in the area and I'm afraid that if that house goes, there could be injuries and create a really bad situation."
John Capicik added trash in yards is another important issue to be considered.
"The city does a good job picking up trash and sweeping the streets, but something needs to be done to get people to pick up the trash in their yards," he said. "Maybe the city needs to add leins to make the homeowners more responsible."
Irmgard agreed, stating the overall appearance of Brazil was like "trash city."
"It is embarrassing to see things flying around, especially on the side streets," she said. "It affects everything and it is so annoying to see this. It is like there is a lack of a sense responsibility and it doesn't take that much effort."
Mayor Ann Bradshaw said there is something different about the people now compared to yesteryears.
"There appears to be a different mentality now," she said. "I'm really not sure how to explain it."
Resident Rita Rothrock, who is also a member of the Clay County Council provided her opinion on the situation.
"What gets to me is the lack of respect for the properties," Rothrock said. "I like Brazil and Clay County, and if we can just have some respect for our property, we can clean this city up. If I had a business and was looking to locate here, that is one of the things I would look at."
Alan Cooprider emphatically expressed his displeasure with speeders in the area.
"It's not just the residents, but the police as well," he said. "I have called the police and the mayor's office and it feels like I am just getting lip service because I have had no response to my concerns. I have a 6-year-old and if she is hit, I'm not going after the driver, I'm going after the city."
Cooprider added he knows the streets are bad, but is worried someone is going to lose control of their vehicle and injure someone.
"I understand the city is trying their best to work with what they have," he said. "There are other kids out there playing and when it rains, the water puddles up on the street and it makes things dangerous."
Bradshaw inquired about whether there were "Children at Play" signs in the area, to which Cooprider said there were none.
"I will make sure we put up some signs through there," she said. "I have told (the police) about needing to monitor speeders better multiple times."
Many of those in attendance inquired about the status of the proposed skatepark.
"The skatepark committee is very dedicated and have a great idea to put it in a visible place in hopes to cut down on vandalism," Glover said. "I see skaters in my church's parking lot all the time and they do need a place to go. At this point, I think the discussion is strictly on placement, but it is not a done deal."
This was the fourth, and final, of the ward meetings, which Rothrock said have been a good thing for the city.
"It gives people the opportunity to express their concerns in another avenue outside of the countil meetings," she said.
Glover agreed and said he thought Thursday's meeting was productive.
"I am in my first term and still learning a lot," he said. "As council members, we live in the same areas and it is good to get reinforcement and feedback from the constituents who are seeing a lot of the same things we are."
With the conclusion of the ward meetings, the Common Council of the city of Brazil is planning to conduct a work session to address the concerns.
"We will be discussing the issues that have been brought to us and work to find possible solutions," At-Large council member Pat Heffner said.
Bradshaw added the public will be welcome to attend the work session, which has yet to be scheduled, and provide additional input.
"If you ever want a copy of any city ordinance, feel free to come in to my office," she said during the meeting. "Also, at the beginning of council meetings we do set aside time for audience comments."
Following the meeting, Bradshaw told The Brazil Times she hoped the ward meetings would spark residents' interest in the monthly council meetings as well.
"I found it odd that we had more people come to the ward meetings than we do to council," she said. "I hope more people will come to the council meetings so we can continue to address concerns within the city."
The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be 7 p.m., Tuesday, in the Council Chambers of City Hall.