As Ordinance No. 5-2012 reads it will vacate a 25-foot street running northeast and southwest in Hendrix's first and third addition from the east line of Chicago Ave., to the west line of Depot St., known as Railroad St., as well as, a 12-foot alley running northeast and southwest in D.C. Stunkard's addition, from the north line of Pinckley St., to the west line of Depot St., as bordering lots 23 through 34 on the north side and lots 36 through 44 on the south side.
Residents who live near the area were present to voice their concerns and ask questions, and were ultimately satisfied by the petition.
The motion to pass the ordinance was made and passed 4-0 (Bradshaw absent).
Meanwhile, representatives of Serving on the Streets (S.O.S.) were on hand to update the council on the grant it is pursuing and to get the council's formal approval to submit the grant application to the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) for the renovation of the old Brazil Junior High Gymnasium into a community center.
S.O.S. Director Jenni Chamberlain provided the council with a rendering of the community center and gave a brief summary of what S.O.S. hopes to accomplish.
"I've lived in Brazil all my life," Chamberlain said. "So this isn't just something that I woke up one day and thought 'We're going to buy a new school and fix it up and turn it into a community center;' there's been a lot of prayer and a lot of thought that's gone into this. We bought this school about a year-and-a-half (to) two years ago with hopes to turn it into a community center."'
Chamberlain said the center will serve as a safe place for all children in Brazil, especially at-risk children, and will work together with the YMCA of Clay County.
The council made the motion to provide the formal approval to continue with the grant process, and it passed unanimously.
Mayor Brian Wyndham applauded S.O.S's effort and plans for the city.
"You're doing a great job," Wyndham said. "And we do appreciate what you're doing for the community."
NHS junior and President-elect of the Youth for Community Committee Matthew Aselage was also on hand to let the council and those in attendance know what the committee is all about.
"The two purposes of this (committee) is to educate the youth about the processes in the government ... and in the process, help the community," Aselage said.
Wyndham noted he appreciated young people in the community taking an interest in the city government.
"I see these young folks come up in the evenings, and they hold their meetings right here (in the city hall chambers). They're doing a great job," Wyndham said. "It's good to see them have their concerns ... and interact and see how city government and things work, and we do appreciate them doing this ... it's good to know we have some youth on board."
The Brazil City Council meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., in the Brazil City Hall Chambers.