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City Update

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham spoke at Wednesday's Rotary Club Meeting. Wyndham discussed topics, such as ongoing projects, city employees and his impressions of being mayor.
* Mayor talks state of city with Rotarians

At Wednesday's Rotary Club meeting, Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham gave an update on the city.

Wyndham first spoke about the plans and progress of the Highway 40 project.

"To let you know where (the Highway 40 project) is at," Wyndham said, "the agreement has been signed between the city and the Indiana Department of Transportation, so all those type of things have been worked out and polished to what needs to be done and who's responsible for what. At this point that's been passed on to the attorney general."

Wyndham said the city is waiting for approval and signatures before it can get the project underway.

According to Wyndham, the project will revitalize a portion of United States 40 that runs through Brazil. Some of the goals of the project are to repave the road, build new sidewalks and possibly put in a brick median, which will tie into the city's brick road history.

Wyndham also talked about having and needing accountability for city employees.

"It's talked about a lot as elected officials, about accountability ... we're going to carry that one step further. The City of Brazil employees are going to be held accountable for what they do also. There are things that need to be cleaned up."

Wyndham gave examples of some errors made by city employees that need to be fixed, such as a 50 percent error rate on employee W-4 forms, a 72 percent error rate on personnel files and a 67 percent error rate for signatures on drug test acknowledgment forms.

Wyndham said citizen's concerns are important, and he feels if the city operates more efficiently it will help take care of some of those concerns.

"We do try to take care of the concerns as we can, and I do know there is always going to be issues with street repairs and things out there," Wyndham said. "We've leaned out our workforce, we're trying to operate very efficiently, and with doing that I think we'll maybe bring in more dollars that we can apply to more street repair, because that is one of the main concerns here."

Wyndham also gave those in attendance his impressions and what he has learned in his first few months on the job.

"I've found this out ... it's a 24 hours a day, 7 day a week job, because there are entities in the city (that operate those hours), whether it's our water system, sewage system ... and fire (or) police department," Wyndham said. "I have asked them when something happens, and I don't care if it's 2 in the morning I do want to know about it."


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"Wyndham gave examples of some errors made by city employees that need to be fixed, such as a 50 percent error rate on employee W-4 forms, a 72 percent error rate on personnel files and a 67 percent error rate for signatures on drug test acknowledgment forms."

Seriously? And who is responsible for documentation and record keeping? That's pretty sad! Not your fault Mr. Mayor and it sounds like you are working towards fixing it but that really is pretty sad........

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Mar 8, 2012, at 12:00 PM

WOW! A mayor that actually speaks to the community and addresses the citizen's concerns. It's refreshing to observe a proactive approach. Kudos to you, mayor. Keep up the communication and hard work. The city of Brazil appreciates it!

-- Posted by Plankton on Thu, Mar 8, 2012, at 12:38 PM

Keep up the good work and Brazil will continue to back you.

-- Posted by Nosredna Retep on Thu, Mar 8, 2012, at 4:33 PM

Excellent! Keep up the good work Mayor! Accountability is something that needs to happen more often on that level! I appreciate the hard work you are doing!

-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 1:44 AM

I have a couple of questions. Where did you get your percentages? How is laying off people and then hiring someone else in their place"leaning" out the workforce? Just wondering.

-- Posted by commanche on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 6:58 AM

Good job sir.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 8:59 PM


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