During Wednesday's meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil, a motion was passed to submit an application seeking funding to conduct a mandated inventory of all road signs.
City Engineer Brian Pohlar said new requirements from the Federal Highway Administration is requiring all public agencies to take inventory of its signs, check them to make sure they are in compliance for "retroreflectivity" and implement a sign maintenance program.
"The new compliance stipulations come in three phases," Pohlar told the council. "By Jan. 22, 2012, a sign maintenance plan must be in place, all regulatory, warning and ground-mounted signs must meet the new regulations by Jan. 22, 2015, and the same must be done for all overhead guide signs and street name signs by Jan. 22, 2018."
He added the state has a highway system improvement program in which the agencies may apply for up to $50,000 to conduct the inventory, which includes a 10-percent match ($5,000) the city would be responsible for providing.
"If the city submits an application for the funding, it would be awarded sometime in April," Pohlar said. "Then, once the inventory is complete, more funding may be available to assist agencies in replacing the signs and posts, where necessary, in order to meet the new requirements."
The Clay County Commissioners also accepted a motion to submit an application for funding to assist with upgrading county road signs during its meeting Monday.
More information on the retroreflectivity requirements may be found at http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/roadway_dept/....
* Final approval of a resolution establishing a policy to partially reimburse certain employees for the use of private cell phones for city purposes. Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen explained the city is moving away from city-funded cell phones and any employees or elected officials wanting to receive the $10 per week stipend (which is considered taxable income) would have to first receive approval from the Board of Public Works and Safety to do so. She added police officers would not be affected by this policy as their cell phone usage is paid for through the deferral fund,
* Final action was approved on a personal property tax abatement for Morris Manufacturing on new equipment, which may allow the company to hire approximately 19 new employees, and
* Tabled an ordinance on a request to place a handicapped parking sign at 5 N. Harrison St., in order to review the area to make sure of the need, along with possibly adding a provision that the space would revert back to normal parking should the time arise in which the handicapped designation would no longer be needed.
The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.