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.
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.