The second deputy clerk will be the HR/Safety Director in charge of human resources, safety and insurance.
The newly created position will also assist with normal responsibilities in the Clerk-Treasurer's office. The salary for the position is set at $26,811 and is paid with 33.4 percent from the General Fund, 33.3 percent from wastewater and 33.3 percent from water.
Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen explained to those in attendance how the position came about.
"This has been something that has been discussed from an extremely long time," McQueen said. "(City attorney) Traci (Lawson) ... had to take all the legal avenues to get this fixed and get everything done to do this legally.
"There's a very gray area. Actually for human resources there should be an ordinance that says the mayor can pronounce this to the council and say 'Hey, I would like to have a human resources position.' That's never happened; there's no ordinance for the City of Brazil for that position to even exist. So with that being said, it was really hard for Traci to do the research and say, 'Who does human resources belong to?' I called 10 other cities. They all said that position is in my office.'"
The council then passed Resolution No. 23-2011.
Meanwhile, the council signed an animal control contract, which will allow Clay County Animal Rescue to operate and maintain an animal rescue in Clay County for the purpose of receiving, impounding, feeding, maintaining and caring for animals in a proper, sanitary, and humane manner, as well as disposing of animals brought to or received by the Clay County Animal Rescue.
The Brazil City Council meets regularly the second Wednesday of every month, at 7 p.m., in Brazil City Hall.