During Wednesday's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil, Vaughn Shackelford, project manager with Recovery Consulting, Inc., Indianapolis, described how the process works.
"About 90 percent of companies cannot guarantee error-free billing," Shackelford said. "We are not affiliated with any telecommunications companies, but we can recover about 25 percent of the costs associated with the services."
He added Recovery Consulting has worked with many businesses and has recently added municipalities to their list of clients. Shackelford told the council they are currently working with the City of Richmond and Boone County, and recently recovered a large amount for the City of Indianapolis.
"A couple of years ago, we were able to recover approximately $400,000 in telecommunication costs for Indianapolis," he said.
There would be no financial risk to the city, as Shackelford explained no payment is required unless costs are recovered.
"If we are able to recover costs, our company and the city would split the savings 50-50, and we would continue to work for a 24-month period," he said.
Council members agreed to table the issue in order to contact the references listed in the information packet presented to them, and will discuss the matter further during its November meeting.
Meanwhile, the council approved a recommendation for contract work associated with the Homeowner Rehabilitation Grant.
Kenna Consulting and Management Group, Inc., Indianapolis, Vice President Angie Pappano informed the council only one bid was received for work on two homes, which would finish out the grant funding.
"Reed's Remodeling provided bids of $9,860 on one home, and $8,660 on the other," Pappano said. "Work on the rest of the homes have been completed, and these are the final two to be done."
In other business during Monday's meeting, the Common Council of the City of Brazil:
* Made its final approval on the 2011 budget, although there was discussion about possibly adding an extra $1,000 to the animal control contract, which would make the total $13,500. The council agreed to discuss that matter further when they enter into contract negotiations later this year,
* Approved a personal property (five-year term) and a real estate (10-year term) tax abatement for Morris Manufacturing,
* Discussed requests for setting speed limits on North Alabama Street and North Chicago Avenue at 25 mph. City Attorney Bob Pell notified the council there is already an ordinance in place for that speed limit in those locations, but signs just need to be posted. Mayor Ann Bradshaw said there are plans to place the signs around the 600 block of North Chicago Avenue, and in the 400 block of North Alabama Street.
* Set trick-or-treat hours in the city for 5:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 29-30, and
* Set a work session for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, to conduct an in-depth discussion about the animal ordinance. The public is encouraged to attend and provide suggestions.
The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil is 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the Council Chambers of City Hall.