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Council discusses renaming city street

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Brazil City Council met Wednesday night for its monthly meeting and discussed renaming a street.

The street will be named after Kenneth McClellan a former prominent member of the community.

Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham said the street chosen to be renamed runs into Forest Park, which is one area McClellan affected.

"It's actually east of (State Road) 59," Wyndham said, "it's Deloss Street, (it) runs from 59 to the park (King Street) -- to basically the softball diamonds."

Wyndham said he spoke with the McClellan family and has been on board from the start, as he has his own fond memories of Kenneth.

"For those of you that didn't have the pleasure to know (Kenneth McClellan), he was very instrumental in this community," Wyndham said. "(I remember him) from when I was a kid going up to the Y, (and he) basically rejuvenated that softball diamond.

"He spent countless, countless hours of his time and even some of his own money contributing to activities for the youth in this community."

Wyndham asked for the proposal to be considered, and the council agreed it was a good idea.

"I'm not opposed to it," Councilman Tyler Hutcheson said. "I think it would be a great thing, especially if someone has given so much time to our community.

"What a better way to honor him."

According to the council, an ordinance will need to be drawn up, as it researches the different factors, which will go along with the renaming.

Meanwhile, Brazil Parks and Recreation Board member Linda Messmer was on hand to ask the council to grant an additional appropriation.

"We have a couple items that we knew last year we had to get, but it could not be done last year," Messmer said.

According to Messmer, two of the most important items are for the swimming pool.

"One thing is the swimming pool must have an American Disabilities Act (ADA) approved lift, Messmer said, "it's going to cost around $7,000."

She also said the pump on the swimming pool slide is broken and needs replaced.

"If we don't get the ADA lift, we're told we can't open to pool, period. If we don't get the pump fixed on the slide, the pool can open, but we cannot use the slide.

Messmer said due to saving the park board has $18,000 of rollover money it can use if an additional appropriation is granted.

Messmer asked the council for $15,000 of rollover to cover the pool fixes as well as, other expenses.

Councilman Dustin Jorgensen made the motion to allow the Park Board to spend $15,000 of the rollover money, which was seconded by Hutcheson, and passed unanimously.

In other city council news:

* The council accepted Specialty Lawn Care's cemetery mowing bid, for 18 mows at $25, 121.16,

* The council and City Attorney Traci Lawson are looking into a yard sale ordinance, after complaints of constant yard sales. So far after contacting other cities, the council is leaning toward no more than three yard sales per calendar year, and not exceeding three days in duration. However, it may make an exception for the Covered Bridge Festival. The council said it will continue to look into the matter, before any decisions are made, and

* The Clay County Animal Rescue informed the council it would no longer be conducting its services with the city.

The contract will be void on May 10, after the 60-day grace period, during which, the city will look for new animal control. Wyndham said the Brazil Humane Shelter would be an entity considered to pick up the contract.

The Brazil City Council meets the second Wednesday of every month, at 7 p.m., in Brazil City Hall.

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