During Tuesday's meeting, the council approved the hiring of The Architecture Studio, Inc., Indianapolis, as the architectural firm to manage the demolition and construction projects related to the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).
City Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens said the city sent out requests for contract proposals to 10 different companies, and received four proposals.
"We interviewed and scored each of the four companies we received proposals for," Gibbens told the council. "The Architecture Studio scored the highest of the four. Plus, they were recommended by a local construction company."
Representatives from The Architecture Studio told council members during the meeting they are very familiar with the NSP guidelines as they are similar to the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority's Section 42 guidelines which are for qualified contract provisions and policies.
"They will create the construction specifications and ensure the compliance of the work and that it is done on time," Kenna Consulting and Management Group, Inc., Indianapolis, Vice President Angie Pappano said. "The homes will also have a high energy efficiency rating and all of the contract is being paid for with the grant funding."
Meanwhile, the council also approved Kenna Consulting as the grant administrator to write an application for and administer the water tower project grant.
The city received four proposals for the grant administration after sending out five requests, and Kenna scored the highest.
The council also unanimously accepted the second, and final, reading to amend the ordinance regarding street solicitation.
In order to protect the safety of individuals collecting funds or distributing information in city intersections, the newly passed section E of Chapter 112.06 of the Brazil Code of Ordinances reads as follows, "No person or organization shall engage in solicitation or distribution in any intersection, street or highway, for any purpose, charitable or otherwise."
This was the lone modification to the ordinance and all other restrictions regarding solicitation within city limits remain in effect.
In other business during Tuesday's meeting, the Common Council of the City of Brazil:
* Approved a 10-year personal property tax abatement for IVC Industrial Coatings, Inc. According to the description, IVC is planning to purchase new equipment for research and development, along with manufacturing equipment, which should create approximately 10 additional jobs with a combined salary of approximately $220,000. IVC General Manager Bud Beverly informed the council the company is still waiting to receive some environmental permits and hope to open the new location (the former MI building) sometime in the spring, but they are currently training six or seven potential employees, all of which are local, and hope to train an additional three or four at the start of the new year,
* Suspended the rules and passed an ordinance on the first reading to allow three handicapped parking spots to be placed in front of Annunciation Catholic Church, 19 N. Alabama St., and
* Tabled an ordinance for a handicapped parking spot to be placed in front of 319 E. Blaine. Currently, parking is prohibited on the south side of Blaine Street in that area. The council discussed the possibility of placing the parking space across the street, but decided to hold off on a decision so other options to assist those living in the residence could be reviewed and considered.
The Common Council of the City of Brazil will conduct a special meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, for the purposes of conducting a public hearing regarding the city's sanitation and sewer rates, among other potential agenda items. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.