According to Chapter 97, Section 27 of the Brazil Code of Ordinances, "It shall be unlawful for any person to be intoxicated or under the influence or effect of narcotics, or to use alcohol or narcotics in any park, playground, community building, golf clubhouse, swimming or wading pool or beach, or other premises or places under the jurisdiction or control of the Board of Parks and Recreation without the permission of the Board."
However, members of the Forest Park Golf Course and Golf Board approached the council to allow the sale of alcohol in the clubhouse to provide an additional source of revenue for the course.
Golf Pro Mark Rogers explained the course has been hit hard economically in recent years and were seeking an additional way of bringing in more funding.
"The economy has been a huge factor we have been trying to deal with," Rogers said. "Also, like with farmers, if it is raining a lot, it is hard on us."
Through a 3-1 vote, with council member Steve Lamb voting in opposition and Sam Glover arriving late, the council approved the first reading to amend the ordinance by removing the phrase "golf clubhouse."
Lamb said he voted against the amendment due to his belief Forest Park is a family attraction and the sale of alcohol would be too close in proximity to both the park area and Forest Park Elementary.
Meanwhile, the council received more information about the credit cards utilized by the city, and tabled action on a new policy to allow City Attorney Traci Lawson to create a new draft.
Water Office Manager Sheryl Hill explained her office currently holds all the credit cards for the Utilities, and has an extensive procedure for employees using the cards.
"Our log sheet requires them to list their name, department, which card they are using, what purpose the card is needed for, along with what time the took the card out, brought it back and how much the purchase was," Hill told The Brazil Times. "Also, they must turn in the receipt of purchase when they return the card.
She said the utilities currently have three Visa cards, and one apiece for Staples, Walmart and Northern Tool & Equipment, along with a Sam's Club membership card.
"We also recently cancelled our Lowe's card since it was not used very often," Hill said.
After some discussion, council members agreed to maintain the number of credit cards the city currently has and review the newest draft of the credit card policy at the next meeting.
In other business during Wednesday's meeting, the council:
* Approved the statement of compliance for Morris Manufacturing, which allows the continuance of the company's tax abatements, and
* Accepted a notice submitted by the Clay County Redevelopment Commission stating there is no excess assessed value in the State Road 59/Interstate-70 area.
The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, in the Council Chambers of City Hall.