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City council finalizes old business

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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.

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So Terry Jones basically came into the meeting and proposed that our city give up all its rights in case of emergency for FEMA and if we did, we would get money? Hmmm...yes! Did that notebook not outline rather bizarre camps and tent setups for FEMA control? I was at the meeting and as a citizen requested time and time again to please read that notebook you received by request, but was denied and ignored.

So now in case of emergency be it financial,weather related, disease or whatever is deemed emergency for our town outside of our own elected officials is now subject to complete Government control? YES.

Did our Council just vote to give up our City to big government to whatever someone living outside of our city deems necessary? YES.

BIG DISAPPOINTMENT YA'LL!! I think our Officials just sold our rights and theirs for what? A few promises of what would happen if they did? That amounts to shiny baubles for lives? Wow! Why wasn't the fact that FEMA now has total control of our town mentioned here? That is not settling best in the minds of us here who wished our elected officials wouldn't sell their voices out. Wow!

Let us all see that notebook. All that glitters is not gold there Terry. Mayor Bradshaw, its time to open the notebook to the public. The notebook I requested without changes and derivations, but now it's too late. Just based upon this comment, it will be altered.

In other words, now if the Government puts in a lame claim of pandemic when an average flu run causes 250,000 (Word Health Org numbers average) deaths a year normally in our country, and demands we all take mandatory vaccinations not approved to our kids and elderly that have proved to be lethal to some...who just sold us out?!!! *Remember the 70's*?!!

Wow City Council! Wow! Great job! It was suspicious the first night that Terry showed up there speaking weird fast words and now 6 weeks later it makes sense? Sell out the citizens for what? Where have we seen one improvement for the neighborhood grant yet?

Holy Mackerel, this was a bad call. Normally, I am a fan , but I was there the first night this Schiller waved money in your face for our rights. This stinks Council. Read between the lines or did only one person lightly glaze over it and then give a half hearted summary? BAD CALL!!!

-- Posted by karenmeister on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 2:02 AM

I calculated the additional tax on my home due to the CCD tax, and it's $55.00 per year. If you divide the $25,000 that the city will receive by 55, that indicates that only 455 homes like mine will generate the $25,000. The assessed vale of my home is 110,000. The numbers given by the City Clerk-Treasurer don't add up. Some of the homes in Saint Andrews Glen will generate $160.00 or more based on the formula, and there are over 50 homes in St. Andrews. It's also time for the Mayor to respond to the rumor that this could be the last year for Forest Park Golf Course to be open.....

-- Posted by ucantbserious on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 7:43 AM

I, for one, cannot understand the requirement for a burn permit except to let authorities know that there will be a fire at a location as opposed to a fire that needs attention by officials to protect the safety of the public.

The person's identification that makes the notification does not appear to be relevent to the fact that the City has been notified that there will be a controlled fire at a location, so why I.D.? Why change the procedure to require more administrative costs when, as it is, all it costs is a piece of paper? Why involve a person to check ID, therefore raising costs, then charge a fee that cannot help but take in more money than administrative costs? Where is the excess money going to go and how is it benefiting the citizens of Brazil?

Looks to be a case of government intruding into the lives of citizens beyond the scope of protecting public safety!

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 12:38 PM

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