Recent issues with chickens and other farm animals in the city's residential areas have created the need for the council to review the ordinance.
"I may be alone in my thinking, but my belief is if you can say 'E-I-E-I-O' after it, it does not belong in the city," Council President Steve Lamb said. "It should be dogs and cats, and that's it."
When the question about children in the city who participate in 4-H came up, Lamb said he may support an exemption in that situation.
Other ideas were tossed around including limiting the total number of any combination of animals to six, exempting residents based on agricultural zoning and acreage and enacting a rule that all animals must be registered and tagged, but no action was taken in the matter.
"The ordinance is pretty clear on cats and dogs, but there is nothing in there about cows, horses, chickens or other 'farm' animals," council member Brad Deal said. "Personally, there seems to be more of a problem of excessiveness, especially with trash and the smell."
After more discussion ensued about potential changes to the ordinance, the council agreed to put ideas in writing, individually, which will be submitted to City Attorney Bob Pell and to discuss the matter further in the October meeting.
"We're not going to be able to come up with a perfect ordinance that makes everyone happy, obviously," Pell said during the meeting. "But we made a little progress tonight, and will be getting a better idea on how to focus the potential changes."
Meanwhile, the council also approved contractor recommendations for Demolition Phase 2 of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
Kenna Consulting and Management Group, Inc., Indianapolis, Vice President Angie Pappano presented the results from bidding on five additional properties to the council.
Biddle Drainage and Excavating, Inc., Terre Haute, provided the low bid on four of the five properties, while Knust Excavating, Inc., Brazil, had the lowest on the fifth. Both companies provided bids on all five properties, while a third company, Reed's Remodeling, only bid on two.
The lowest bids were accepted on all five of the following properties:
* 716 Warren St. -- $1,755 (Biddle),
* 722 Warren St. -- $7,618 (Biddle),
* 815 W. North St. -- $2,866 (Biddle),
* 521 W. Compton St. -- $5,768 (Biddle), and
* 404 W. Hendrix St. -- $15,200 (Knust).
The council also accepted the first reading of an ordinance to place two handicapped parking spaces on east side Washington Street, immediately to the west of the Clay County Historical Society.
Final action on the ordinance will occur during the council's September meeting, which takes place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Agendas are now being made available on the City of Brazil's web site (www.brazil.in.gov) prior to the meetings.