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Water adjustments discussed

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Board of Public Work and Safety met Wednesday morning to discuss water adjustments for area laundromats.

According to Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham, it was found the usage adjustments are for 50 percent.

One laundromat subject to the adjustments is Adamson's Cleaners.

Mark Adamson was on hand to give insight into the matter.

"My understanding was that my dad and Norval Pickett had a gentleman's agreement, probably 30 years ago, they met at the Blue Bonnet," Adamson said. "I never saw anything in writing; I don't think there was ever anything in writing. But I know it would be disastrous to our business if we lose that, because our water is the single most expense that we have."

Adamson said his business has a catch basin that catches solids that come from the washers, so when the water goes into the sewer system it is relatively pure and around 3-5 percent of the water is lost during the drying.

Wyndham added that really isn't a factor.

"Well the thing about it going into the sewer system, you need to understand," Wyndham said. "When that (water) goes into the sewer system, it goes to the wastewater collection, so it's all co-mingled with any sewer water, so it still all hits that treatment plant down there.

"Whether it's ... more contaminated or less contaminated it really doesn't (matter)."

Adamson said if he were to lose the adjustments flat out, at one time, his business would have to close.

"We're certainly not wanting to do anything that would cause you to close your doors," Wyndham said. "But, even with that being said, we also have to justify to our citizens out here why we would be giving that kind of a rate adjustment when ... in essence everybody loses 3-5 percent in the drying at home."

Adamson responded, "I think the larger volume users ought to be able to get a discount. In any business when you buy supplies for your business you buy so much you're going to get a discount."

Wyndham added there was some merit to that statement, but it's a question of how much of a discount.

Wyndham said the board wasn't going to make a decision right away, but added it would look into ways to solve the problem, which include possibly bringing the rate down in a tiered fashion.

The Board of Public Work and Safety will meet again for a special meeting March 19, at 10 a.m., in Brazil City Hall.

The board typically meets the second and fourth Wednesday, at 10 a.m., in Brazil City Hall.

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Who is on the Board of Works now?

-- Posted by My Dime on Fri, Mar 16, 2012, at 8:43 PM

We offer tax abatements to outside companies to get them to relocate to our community for their services and creation of jobs. Why in the world would we not continue to give a discount for water usage to our hometown laundry mat? So many people in the community depend on that service and it brings business into the immediate area. We are charged too much already for water usage in this city. Why would the Board raise rates for the laundry mat and close them down as a result? That's not a sound economic plan.

-- Posted by Claycountian on Fri, Mar 16, 2012, at 9:57 PM

If you think the water in Brazil is high you should be forced to buy it from Carbon and pay twice the price for it as you would in the city.

-- Posted by MS660 on Sat, Mar 17, 2012, at 5:42 AM

It's unfortunate that it is higher in Carbon. Again...it is too high. Our communities continue to discuss how to attract businesses to Clay County- Brazil/Carbon. For whatever reason, no one discusses the impact of charging excessive rates for basic services. Now our Board of Works wants to cut off their nose in spite of their face by adjusting the water rate to the area laundry mat that serves those in our community who cannot afford washers and dryers. When it closes its doors because it can't afford to pay that rate, the users may or may not have the money to buy gas to drive to Terre Haute. If they do, then Terre Haute laundry mats will get Brazil money. If they don't have the gas money or transportation, then what will be the impact? Will they have clean clothes to go to work or job interviews? Will their kids have clean clothes for school? Will we have people handwashing more and hanging on lines? If so, that will really make businesses want to relocate here, unless clothes lines will be outlawed. For the record, I have no vested interest in the laundry mat or Board of Works, except I pay taxes in the county and Brazil. Board of Works- please think of the impact your actions have on all of the community when you are trying to squeeze more money out us.

-- Posted by Claycountian on Sat, Mar 17, 2012, at 10:49 AM

Dear board of works, welcome to the real world,

-- Posted by grays on Sat, Mar 17, 2012, at 12:59 PM

Do car washes get a discount too ????

-- Posted by TiredofIdiots on Sat, Mar 17, 2012, at 3:36 PM

Center Point customers have the luvury of paying 3X the rate Brazil does

-- Posted by reddevil on Sat, Mar 17, 2012, at 4:34 PM

Wouldn't the water bill (for a business) be considered an expense? This comes in handy at tax time.

-- Posted by sew&sew on Sun, Mar 18, 2012, at 12:34 AM

First of all, using the word "Gentleman" and "Pickett" in the same sentence is an oxymoron. Pickett was a crook, but at least everyone knew it - so that makes it ok? (eye roll)

Secondly .. 50%???!!! Are you kidding me??? Name any other city who offers this discount to laundromats or car washes!

Thirdly .. we've had NUMEROUS Mayors since Pickett and yet, this is the first I've heard of a 50% discount for water.

I thought water was the cheapest part of the water bill??? This needs adjusted. I think 30% is fair .. but not 50%. My goodness.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Mar 22, 2012, at 11:44 AM

I dont think they should get any adjustment. I have to use a lot of gas and diesel fuel for my job, but I dont get a discount. That is part of being a business owner. If you cant hack it then sell out to Mario. A laundromat and car wash is about the only thing he doesn't own.

-- Posted by MS660 on Thu, Mar 22, 2012, at 5:34 PM

Can I get a 50% discount on my laundry?

-- Posted by My Dime on Sat, Mar 24, 2012, at 10:14 AM

Thank you Emmes and MS660 for using the correct spelling of laundromat. There really is no such thing as a "laundry mat"....the correct usage/spelling of the word especially in this instance is laundromat. Once again, the stellar reporters for this wonderful rag we have cannot seem to do any research in regards to proper names for business establishments. That's all I have to say....yes, I can be the spelling/grammer police if I want. I'm just helping Emmes anyway! LOL

Have a great day!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Mar 27, 2012, at 2:02 PM

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