During Wednesday's meeting, the Brazil Board of Public Works and Safety approved a motion to allow the public to purchase cell phones which had been used by the city.
Recently, the Common Council of the City of Brazil passed a resolution to begin paying certain employees a stipend for personal cell phone usage, which allowed the city to end a contract with its carrier.
Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen said there are currently 20-30 cell phones available for purchase, and more are expected as employees have been notified to turn in their city phones within two weeks, at which time the service will be terminated.
"Allowing for the $10 a week stipend will be a big savings for the city as employees must show proof of their service and be approved by the Board of Works to qualify for the stipend," McQueen said.
It was also decided to sell the phones for $5, and any that are not sold within 30 days will be donated to a non-profit organization. Board member John Nelson suggested possibly donating the unsold phones to the Council on Domestic Abuse (CODA) since most cell phones still have the ability to call 911, even if they are not in service.
The board also approved a list of employees who are eligible to begin receiving the stipend, which is taxable income. The majority of individuals on the list were department heads and supervisors.
Meanwhile, the board also approved a motion to move forward with a land purchase agreement.
The purchase is for a plot of land in Putnam County, which is adjacent to the well field, at a total cost of $16,000. The purchase will be made through three payments ($5,350 on both May 2 and June 17, with the remainder to be paid upon closing in October).
City Attorney Traci Lawson told the board there are plans to make the purchase through a quiet title, and the price will be paid out of the Water Fund.
In other business, the board discussed repairing the roof at City Hall, which is leaking in some areas.
Mayor Ann Bradshaw said the recent ice storm progressed some of the roof issues, and a couple of local contractors have provided preliminary quotes for both patching the damaged areas and complete replacement.
Brazil City Fire Chief Jim Smith told the board be believed City Hall had been re-roofed in 1997 or 1998, and board members agreed to table the issue until its next meeting to determine how much funding is available for repairs in order to decide which route to take.