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Concerns voiced to council by residents

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ann Bradshaw
Residents continue to make their opinions heard during meetings of the Common Council of the City of Brazil.

During Wednesday's meeting, concerns were voiced about the condition of roads near the elementary schools, the level of police patrols at night and the ongoing debate regarding a potential indoor smoking ban at establishments.

Tim Paullus approached the council during the audience comments portion of the meeting about the roads, particularly near East Side Elementary.

"The roads near East Side are pathetic, and I am sure there has to be some money available to do something before the open houses for the renovation projects," Paullus said. "I also think it would be beneficial to put up a sign or paint arrows to indicate drivers can use the left lane on North Davis Street to turn onto United States 40 to cut down on some of the congestion since it is a one-way road."

Paullus added he thought there could at least be some white rock placed in the potholes as a temporary measure.

Mayor Ann Bradshaw said she would put the roads near the elementary on the priority list, and plans are in the works to start repairing roads once the weather breaks.

Paullus also inquired about if a breakdown has been done on the crime rate during the day compared to night-time hours.

"I think the next time there is a need for a new hire, it should go be a police officer," he said. "We need more patrols at night and overall because there should be a priority of securing the community more."

Bradshaw said the city recently hired a new officer, bumping the department's total to 13, and there have been discussion on adding a 14th officer.

Larry Pierce
Brazil City Police Chief Larry Pierce added the 13 officers is the most the department has had to his knowledge, and at times, they had operated with only nine or 10.

"We are trying to get the best schedule set for the best coverage," Pierce said. "We have reinstated the enforcement of curfew and encouraged the parents to enforce it as well."

Pierce told the council and audience the department is also looking into adding more reserves, which would increase patrolling abilities, especially at night.

The potential smoking ban was also a point of attention sparked during audience comments.

Jason Wendell provided the council a printout of the comment section from an article on The Brazil Times web site regarding February's council meeting stating he felt they "presented both sides of the debate."

Maysha McLennon informed the council about her experience with a smoking ban in another state and why she would support one locally.

"I'm originally from California, where they had an indoor smoking ban in effect, and after moving here, I went to locations with a lot of smoking, and it is hard to endure the atmosphere in that type of environment," she said. "It causes sinus problems and the smoke gets in clothes, and I hope the city can make a step forward and create non-smoking environments."

Meanwhile, the council addressed a couple of issues indicated in the most recent audit conducted by the State Board of Accounts (SBOA).

City Attorney Traci Lawson drafted a policy for the council's consideration regarding credit card usage as the audit stated the city did not have one in place.

Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen mentioned other policies, including ones set by the United States Postal Service, state municipal credit cards may not be used unless they are issued to an individual. She told the council there were currently seven cards in use (two in the clerk-treasurer's office, two in the planning office and one apiece by the sanitation supervisor, street supervisor and cemetery supervisor).

"The are used to pay the costs for sending out certified letters, training, as well as fuel and equipment expenses," McQueen said.

The council decided to table the issue to research the best wording to include in the policy, including the section regarding annual fees. It was also decided to transfer one of the credit cards out from the clerk-treasurer's office to the Brazil City Police Department.

Lawson added she is also in the process of drafting a policy regarding capital assets, in which the council would eventually set a minimum threshold for an item to be placed on the capital assets list.

McQueen said while some municipalities set the amount at $5,000, her contact with the SBOA said they prefer the amount to be $500, which would allow the inclusion of items like desks and computers to the list.

In other business, the council approved, with suspended rules, an ordinance to institute a handicapped parking space in front of 5 N. Harrison St., and tabled a similar request for 413 E. Blaine to research the matter further as the south side of the street, where the house is located, is painted yellow, indicating parking is not allowed. Council members plan to look into if the situation and whether creating the space on the north side of the street, immediately in front of the house, would be feasible.

The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

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for one. why should we listen to someone from california. two. there are alot of streets that need repaired. Three. there are still water leaks in the streets on the west side of town. four. the water bill is out of this world.

and guess what... the city employees still got a pay raise. Hm...

-- Posted by B_b is an idiot !!! on Fri, Mar 11, 2011, at 10:51 PM

I live right behind Eastside Elementary and was very happy to see that they are trying to fix the roads! I have people driving through my yard making rutts to avoid the potholes. As for the curfew there are always young kids playing at Eastside Elementary late at night. I think that everyone pays taxes and lives in Brazil has a right to their opinion!!!

-- Posted by brazilresident01 on Sat, Mar 12, 2011, at 12:53 AM

Well this isn' t California! And ALL the roads are crappy!! And it shouldn't be up to the city if a person that owns a business doesn't want smoking there then that should be THEIR decision seeing as it is THEIR business!!!

-- Posted by SKCC on Sat, Mar 12, 2011, at 1:10 AM

I oppose the smoking ban. That is just one more area that government has NO business in. If you don't like the smoke in an establishment, go to another one. If we allow the government to outlaw smoking in public establishments, then what is next? I personally would like to see them out law, KIDS WHO MISBEHAVE IN A RETAIL ESTABLISHMENT, AND THE PARENTS WHO REFUSE TO CORRECT THEM. Now do we really want the government involved?

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sat, Mar 12, 2011, at 7:55 AM

The state has balanced its budget by transfering the burdon of paying for schools, roads to counties and city . We are paying the same state taxes but not getting a return on our money. So therefore we are having to pay higher county taxs. We hav a bunch of reverse robin hoods running the state.

-- Posted by grays on Sat, Mar 12, 2011, at 10:05 AM


Because people who have seen how things actually WORK in other locations can help as obviously the way it's been done here has not and is not working...and streets need TO BE repaired. A good example. Seems that many in Clay County [even some teachers] have accepted ill spoken English for so long that they think it's correct to leave the TO BE out of the sentence. That alone tells me that we need to throw the net a bit wider than the county lines when asking for advise or looking for someone to put in a management/leadership position....but I wasn't born here either so I guess you will object to what I say as well...Funny I thought that the UNITED STATES made us all one even though we have the freedom to be unique as well. Not so in Clay County I guess. Funny for one who wants to do his own thing, you are pretty judgemental against anyone who ALSO might have different idea or way of doing something. A troubling trend in this county which I feel has been a good deal of the reason for its spiraling economy. It has chosen to stubbornly remain the same while the rest of the world changed and now is an outdated model of how a community functions. We need people to go out and learn how things are being done today and come back to implement them here..But wait, once most people leave here and LEARN how much better things are outside the county, they don't want to bring their children back to live here. So your choice is to listen to those who HAVE moved here for one reason or another, or remain the same...So far attitudes like yours have won out. So be it. In the mean time hopefully those who realize the deficiencies will make sure that they augment THEIR childrens' education so they will be prepared to make it in the rest of the world. Have a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sat, Mar 12, 2011, at 10:05 AM

Miss Jenny

I was just stateing a fact. And this is not an english comp class the last time I checked. You do not know me or where I was born. (Not Clay County). So you're judgement of me is off base.

Maybe you should look in the mirror, you will see a more judgemental person than I. How would you like it if government taxed you for your calorie intake or told you what you could/could not eat. You have the right to say what you want, and so do I, maybe more than you since I spent 24 years in the Military.

-- Posted by B_b is an idiot !!! on Sat, Mar 12, 2011, at 1:09 PM

Maysha McLennon happens to be one of my friends...when we go to her home we don't smoke, when she's in mine I do. Problem solved ~JasonWendell~

-- Posted by Thud on Sat, Mar 12, 2011, at 1:17 PM

I was born and raised here. I left and came back twice. This is a good community with good people in it. However there are a fair number of backwoods, set in their ways folks who seem to always be at the forefront blocking forward progress in this community. And then there is the vast majority who won't do anything but gripe and whine about what is going on. The least ALL citizens of this community could do is vote, which most don't. Another avenue to change is to get involved; attend city and county meetings, get on some boards or commisions. I am on a commision in Clay county and have attended several council meetings and can tell you first hand that seldom does anyone show up other than the board members.

If the citizens of Brazil would spend a fourth as much time searching for a solution to some of the real issues as they do gossiping with their neighbors and friends about the job that is being done by the people the few citizens who vote elected we would all be sssoooooo much better off.

-- Posted by jddriver4960 on Sat, Mar 12, 2011, at 4:42 PM

Amen to jddriver

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Sat, Mar 12, 2011, at 5:29 PM

What does being in the military or being a veteran have anything to do with this?? Not sure why that is part of this conversation. A veteran should be appreciated for service to country and gets certain benefits but doesn't give him any more rights than other citizens...Maybe that is the crux of this "conversation"...some of those born and bred in Clay County do not think of themselves as the same as those outside of it. A mistake methinks.

I look down this list of comments and only see one real name. My own. Does no one else have the courage to stand behind their comments openly here? Some call me judgmental but none of you are real. Just pen names so when you meet on the street you are cordial but still allow that same mismanagement to go on. JDDriver is correct. While I have not attended county meetings, I have written to commissioners on occasion. I attend school board meetings on pretty regular basis [I cannot tell if any of you were there as I don't know who you are...but only about 4 of us there who weren't employees of the schools]... and don't tell me that if you are an employee you can't say anything. Teacher's union would start a lawsuit in an instant if a teacher was penalized for bringing a problem to the attention of the board.

I also volunteer my time to community to try to make a small difference where the "system" seems to fail children here. Again correct. One cannot just complain without suggesting ways to improve...COnstructive criticism is different than plain judging. HAve to submit ideas with the complaints...When people start to give ideas about how to increase our tax revenue, then they can complain about the roads...

My taxes went up alot with the county income tax and I too am getting little for that change. Only when we can offer a more competitive education here will others with higher incomes move here to help that tax revenue increase more. that won't happen until we have education to offer their children. Have to start with education. then other amenities will fall into place. My husband and I have been saying that at board meetings for 15 years now. Little has changed and in some areas opportunities have decreased for students here in this county. That will directly affect the entire county's financial future IMO.

Have good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sat, Mar 12, 2011, at 10:17 PM

uuhhh i agree with the smoke ban .

-- Posted by GO HOOSIERS on Sun, Mar 13, 2011, at 4:13 AM

the only way to discribe the road conditions is as follows we have 5 mile an hour roads and 100 mile an hour cars that is not mix

-- Posted by b.tener on Sun, Mar 13, 2011, at 5:24 PM

Well, I, for one, am REALLY tired of having to have expensive suspension work done on my vehicles because of the roads around here.

You could get pulled over on DUI suspicion trying to avoid the potholes and not even be drinking!

-- Posted by ptcruisernms on Sun, Mar 13, 2011, at 5:31 PM

That sounds exactly like yourself Mr. Obvious and Jenny. You hit the nail on the head. LOL..and your left wing agenda.

-- Posted by B_b is an idiot !!! on Sun, Mar 13, 2011, at 9:46 PM

The roads in town aren't the only bad ones as you all know try the country roads..not good.

-- Posted by bowling on Mon, Mar 14, 2011, at 11:01 AM

On the news it was stated, Clay, Park, Vermillion and Owen county have badly damaged roads due to the weather this winter. A request has been to DC to get some financial help for these counties. Here's hoping.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Tue, Mar 15, 2011, at 6:06 PM

On the news it was stated, Clay, Park, Vermillion and Owen county have badly damaged roads due to the weather this winter. A request has been to DC to get some financial help for these counties. Here's hoping.

-- Posted by Tracy Jones on Tue, Mar 15, 2011, at 6:07 PM

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