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Council OKs NSP measure

Friday, May 14, 2010

During Wednesday's meeting, the Common Council of the City of Brazil unanimously approved several measures to keep projects in motion.

The council gave the go ahead for new construction of homes through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program by accepting recommendations from The Architecture Studio, Inc., Indianapolis, which created designs for the homes.

David Toth, Principal Architect for The Architecture Studio, Inc., told the council five companies attended the pre-bid meeting, but only two turned in bids, which were opened May 3, for the seven properties included in this round.

Of the seven properties included in the bidding, Tim & Daughters, Inc., Columbus, Ind., was recommended for construction at 1015 W. National Ave., while Global Construction Management, Clayton, Ind., was recommended for 722 N. Depot St., along with 516 and 522 W. Kruzan St., which were together in one bid package.

Angie Pappano, Vice President for Kenna Consulting and Management Group, Inc., Indianapolis, told the council these recommendations were made because the grant program requests utilizing the most responsive and responsible lowest bidder.

City Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens told The Brazil Times the other three properties have to be re-bid because the original bids were incomplete based on the scope of work in the specifications.

Pappano added rebidding on the three properties will begin May 19.

"This gives another opportunity for local contractors to submit a bid on these properties," she said. "The bidding has to be advertised twice, then we have planned a pre-bid meeting for June 2, followed by the opening of bids on June 9."

Recommendations will be made based on the lowest bid provided, and then go to the council for final approval either June 23 or June 30.

Meanwhile, the council suspended the rules and approved a couple of bond ordnances for the city's water improvement projects on the first reading.

The first one up on the docket amended a previous revenue bond ordinance through the State Revolving Fund (SRF).

Sue Beesley, partner with Bingham McHale, LLP, Indianapolis, said after the full specifications for the projects were completed, the bond amount needed to be increased to $5,930,000, which is approximately $22,000 more than the previous ordinance.

"The current rates included with the bond are still sufficient to cover the amount," she said. "However, these are not open to public bidding as they are being sold to the state through the SRF."

The second ordinance essentially consolidates the revenue bond with the 1994 note, which payments are still being made.

The original bond was with a local bank, but the ordinance allows for a supplemental loan from SRF, allowing the two bonds to be "wrapped" together.

"This replaces what is left and basically exchanges one creditor for another, which will allow the city to make the bond payments to one location," Beesley said about the bond, which still has about $334,000 remaining to be paid. "By doing this, it also keeps the rate and city's debt service more level."

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

* Heard a presentation from Marion "Sarge" Eveland about the Clay County Veterans Van Group raising funds for a new vehicle to transport veterans for medical appointments. He said the group has raised right at $4,000 so far, and has applied for a $20,000 grant for the vehicle, which is estimated to cost $16,000. Two attendees of the meeting provided donations to Eveland shortly after his presentation,

* Received an update from Roberta Weliever about the status of the Clay Community Skatepark. Weliever said the skatepark equipment is currently being stored at York Chevrolet, while the search for an adequately sized location for the skatepark can be found,

* Briefly discussed changes to the animal ordinance. Suggestions were made to set limits to the number of animals one may own, based on zoning designation and regardless of type, while Council President Steve Lamb emphasized, "if it is not a cat or dog, it does not belong in the city." City Attorney Bob Pell added he has advised the Brazil City Police Department that if they notice a problem with noise, waste or smell from animals, to "start writing tickets," and

* Approved an ordinance setting one-way streets. The ordinance dictates vehicles may only travel north on North Alabama Street, north of Hendrix Street, then east on Strain Street, and south only on North Harrison Street, also north of Hendrix.

The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil is 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 9, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

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Talk bout lipstick on a pig that neighborhood stinks no matter what they do.

-- Posted by oyveymanjeyena on Sat, May 15, 2010, at 1:00 AM

Council President Steve Lamb emphasized, "if it is not a cat or dog, it does not belong in the city."

Ok so my kids are in 4H (a constructive extracurricular activity) and we have rabbits. Mr. Lamb are you implying that I either need to get rid of them, keep them out of town or move? If you were driving by my house you would not be able to tell that I have any pets. So if I keep my property clean and have no problems with my neighbors what business is it of anyone how many pets my family has as long as they are adequately cared for? Perhaps we should focus on more pressing matters like making sure critical infrastructure is properly maintained, our emergency services have the necessary equipment to do the job, etc. It seems to me that the number of animals you have (as long as they are adequately cared for, not creating a public health issue) pale in comparison to more important issues.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Sat, May 15, 2010, at 8:18 AM

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