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Council considers sanitation fee increase

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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Sam Glover
The City of Brazil is considering a small increase in the sanitation fee.

During Tuesday's meeting, the Common Council of the City of Brazil conducted the first reading of an ordinance which would increase the monthly fee for sanitation (trash) pickup from $10.50 to $13.

Council members and Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen acknowledged the need for an increase due to recent increases in tipping fees. An accident resulting in a sanitation truck being totaled was also a factor, but McQueen said the insurance covered the majority of the cost.

Initially, the city had considered increasing the fee to $12 a month, but after further analysis of the impact, it was decided the fee needed to be higher.

"(Brazil Mayor) Ann (Bradshaw) didn't want to increase it more than that, but I was pulling my hair out knowing it had to be more," McQueen told the council. "If we set an increase of only $1.50, the council would be back in January to increase it more anyway."

Bradshaw added she would like it if residents would take more of a concerted effort to recycle more.

"Wall-ace Bros, Inc., sells recycling bags for $5 for a roll of about 50 bags, and they can be left out with the trash and the sanitation department will pick them up and take them back to Wallace," she said. "The bags can be picked up at the Mayor's or Clerk's office and the recycling does not have to be sorted, it only has to be what is accepted for recycling."

A public hearing and final action will be taken on the matter at the next council meeting.

Meanwhile, the council also looked into the possibility of preventing anyone from collecting funds or distributing anything in the middle of intersections.

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Steve Lamb
Council member Steve Lamb presented the proposed ordinance stating it would prohibit organizations, "charitable or otherwise," from soliciting in intersections like the one at State Road 59 and United States 40.

Council member Sam Glover agreed with Lamb's proposal saying, "I'm always worried someone -- especially children or those in high school organizations -- will get hit by being in the middle of the road."

Brazil City Fire Department Chief Jim Smith said safety of individuals is important, and there has also been issues with some solicitations starting before the sun comes up.

"We had a lot off issues during the Bridge Festival," Smith said. "There was one day that we had three complaints before 7 a.m."

"If it hasn't already happened, it's only a matter of time before someone really gets hurt," City Attorney Bob Pell said.

The council accepted the first reading of the ordinance and will take final action at its next meeting.

In other business during Tuesday's meeting, the council:

* Accepted the recommendation of contractors for the work to be done using Homeowner Rehabilitation Project Grant funding. Kenna Consulting and Management Group, Inc., Indianapolis, Vice President Angie Pappano presented the recommendations for the eight homes currently ready for work, and said there is still one home which has yet to be finalized. Indiana Property Group was recommended for five of the projects, two were for Re-Construction Services and the eighth was for Scott James Construction. Pappano added all three of the contractors are from the Brazil area and, pending weather conditions, work should begin soon,

* Approved the final action on a personal property tax abatement for Morris Manufacturing for new equipment with a five-year term and Abatement Calculation Agreement included,

* Passed an ordinance designating a handicapped parking area in front of 212 N. Ashley St., with the stipulation that the designation is to be removed once a handicapped individual no longer resides at the home, and

* Accepted a statement for the re-amortization (renewal) of debt for Forest Park Golf Course. Council member Bill Lovett said the golf course has approximately $140,000 in debt, and no tax dollars go to the course as it is self-funded through various fees.

The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.


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I would check into seeing how much it would cost the citizens to privatize the trash. Can we get any type of estimate on that?

I think it's a great idea on the collection ordinance. Some people could get hurt. Too many people have abused it!

The golf course is $140,000 in debt? Something needs to happen there... How can that be? Sounds like some management issues.

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Thu, Nov 12, 2009, at 6:55 AM

In this time when people are out of jobs I can't believe that the city would keep raising prices on water- trash and what ever they can.... How about getting the money on new police cars and maybe pay raises of city employees instead of people who are already in jeapordy of losing everything they have.... I wouldn't complain igf it was used to better our city such as the streets that are horrible and such.....

-- Posted by Innocent on Thu, Nov 12, 2009, at 8:15 AM

While I understand the need for money collection, especially with the budget cuts, what they need to understand is that so many more people are out of jobs, them asking for more money isn't going to help the people of Brazil, it's going to hurt them. If someone can't afford to buy groceries, what makes the city think they can afford more for trash pick-up, especially when they've already added to the amount of our water bills?

-- Posted by mhicks on Thu, Nov 12, 2009, at 10:26 AM

$2.50 is around a 24% increase. What is the pressing need for an additional 24% income. A small increase is 5%, maybe 7%, not 24%. Or maybe I should ask my boss for a "small" raise, something along the 24% figure should work nicely.

-- Posted by almostfootballfree on Thu, Nov 12, 2009, at 12:26 PM

The City once again misses the boat! Why not take the opportunity to bid this service out and see if the city would see some savings? Larger trash companies like Wallace negotiate dump fees with the landfill and likely can provide the service cheaper than the city. TH does it. At least if they looked at it, they would have a number to provide the public and show us what a great deal we're getting with a 24% increase. What was the actual loss after the truck accident? Needed an additional $1/mo from a citizen to help pay for that???

-- Posted by fiscallyresponsible on Thu, Nov 12, 2009, at 1:48 PM

Why is Glovers picture always the one they use in an article delivering bad news, why not McQueen or someone, I'm begining to expect bad news every time I see Glover's picture at the top of an article, thats an association I wouldn't want connected to me, saw Steve Lamb also, but he doesn't represent bad news to me, I'm aware he does a lot of good for Brazil but if I were Glover I'd think about volunteering someone else for a few pictures.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Thu, Nov 12, 2009, at 2:09 PM

Well guys if you live in the county you are paying Wallace directly over $20 a month for once a week pick up so be grateful for what you have in the city.

What WOULD be a good idea though is giving a discount for every bag of recycles that a person puts out as that would reduce dump fees....Or better yet charge per bag of trash instead of per week and then more people would recycle. You can cut your trash by 50% if you recycle every thing that can be. Give the recycle bags away from free and charge for those trash bags. you guys have it backwards. you are not encouraging recycling around here. Wallace can sell some of those recyclables so if they can MAKE money on plastic and cardboard, then it would cost less for our total trash output...As a community we are not going about this very wisely. Some of us recycle to be responsible stewards of the earth but some people will not do it until it hurts their pocket book. I say let it start hurting!!

The recycle center in Terre Haute even recycles glass because they can subsidize the cost of hauling it from all the plastic they recycle. If our volume of recycles was high enough here in Clay county we could do that as well and then it would cost us even less to deal with our waste.

Think about it.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, Nov 12, 2009, at 7:23 PM

Isn't it interesting how someone who doesn't live in Brazil has such a great plan for what residents should pay and seemingly can't wait for it to start hurting our pocketbooks, I say sweep your own doorstep and stay out of city's business, don't volunteer us to pay more when you aren't included, oh wait, thats the democrats way of doing everything, health care is a great example, the ones voting it in for Americans think its so great for us but they won't ever have to use it themselves. Vote Republican, at least they attempt to be fair.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Fri, Nov 13, 2009, at 8:32 AM

Privatized pick up service - You should look at costs before you start pushing this idea.

In our area, there are three services available, the least expensive being $34.00, for weekly pickup, paid every other month. If my family sets out more than what the trash company considers a weeks worth of trash, (example: empty boxes and trash from cleaning out the garage) we are charged an additional fee.

If we want to recycle, we have to haul it all to Terre Haute, and then find a business open when it is convenient for us. I would love for the recycle centers to be open evening hours and longer on the weekends. (I know, I know, there is the Good Will Center, but, have you taken recycle there? The two times we stopped by there with items, there was so much there the employee did not even know where to tell us to put it. He finally said just dump it on the ground beside the back garage.)

Just some info to ponder.

-- Posted by secretary on Fri, Nov 13, 2009, at 11:11 AM

Secretary:

Why not haul your recycles to Wallace Bros in Brazil??

Ombudsman:

Like it or not we ALL live on this earth and what one person or community entity does impacts on the others. What party one touts has nothing to do with this. Both Reps. and Dems. realize that we don't have an infinite place to store our waste and that only by recycling what we can will we lengthen the usefulness of our landfills. That's wise cost management on either side of the aisle. This "plan" as you call it is already successful in other states and has been for years. Maybe time for some of those stuck on doing things as they have always been done in the past to be outvoted by those thinking about the world's future. I don't care which party they are from. Instead of trying to make this a political us vs them thing, why don't you come up with a better plan that saves the local taxpayer money and helps to keep landfills from filling so fast. If you do, great. If you can't, stop trying to put down people who are trying to help and put your head back in the sand. I for one have asked Wallace Bros to charge for trash pick up the same way... and will keep asking until they are no longer my trash pick up provider. It's the most economical and the most earth friendly method no matter where you live. People in other states have adopted it though at first many were like you...soon they found out however that their rates could actually DROP if they recycled and it was worth the extra little bit of effort. Have a good day

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sat, Nov 14, 2009, at 3:08 PM


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