The Common Council of the City of Brazil spent the bulk of Tuesday's meeting tying up some loose ends.
Following a public hearing in which no comments or questions were made, the council unanimously approved the reestablishment of the Cumulative Capital Development (CCD) Fund tax rate to 0.05 cents per $100 of a property's assessed value.
City Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen explained the rate was currently at 0.0286 cents because it degrades from year to year due to changes in assessed values.
"The rate can go no higher than 5 cents, but if it is not reestablished, the rate will obviously become lower and the city will not be bringing in as much revenue" she said. "Reestablishing the CCD Fund rate could bring in about $25,000 to the city."
The rate change will be effective on the 2009 pay 2010 property tax bills.
Also, after months of discussion, the council voted to adopt the Clay County Pre-Disaster Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan for the city.
West Central Indiana Economic Development District Economic Development Planner Terry Jones told the council the mitigation plan opens up possibilities for future grant funding.
"The entire process for putting this plan together began in about October 2006, and it basically is a general plan that focuses on all natural disasters," Jones said. "Plus, it could help the city apply for funding for mitigation projects, like revamping the storm sewers for instance."
Meanwhile, the council also passed an amended ordinance regarding the placement and removal of stop signs at specific intersections.
The ordinance calls for the two stop signs on Coal Street, at its intersection with Columbia Street, to be removed, while two signs will be added on Deloss Street at the Leavitt Street intersection.
It had also called for stop signs to be added on Knight Street, at its intersection with Leavitt, but it was agreed they were not needed as corner bushes had been cut down to improve visibility, and the ordinance was amended to reflect the decision.
In other business during Tuesday's meeting, the council:
* Approved a contract for Kenna Consulting and Management Group, Inc., Indianapolis, for administrative services associated with the Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds,
* Accepted a motion by council member Steve Lamb to require individuals signing up for a burn permit to show identification and a second document verifying the place of residence. The council will be discussing the possibility of instituting a burn permit fee during a work session on a later date, and
* Discussed various zoning issues, including a request for a variance on the minimum number of parking spaces required. A representative of the Indiana National Road Association informed the council Harris Bank is considering donating the former bank building on the northwest corner of United States 40 and Franklin Street to the association, along with a pair of parking areas. According to the Brazil City Code, Harris Bank needs to have 55 parking spaces available for the amount of square footage the building is, which is why the request for a variance was made. The matter will also be discussed further at a later date.
The council will conduct a special meeting at 7 p.m., Friday, in the Council Chambers at City Hall to discuss annexation.
The next regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the same location.