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City Council hears update on skate park

Thursday, April 12, 2012

At Wednesday's Brazil City Council meeting, Roberta Weliever gave an update on the progress of the skate park, to be located at the corner of Jackson and Wesley Church streets.

"We have been working really hard," Weliever said. "It seems like I have been working on this forever, and we're getting closer."

Weliever said the lot where the skatepark will be was just surveyed, which brings the committee one step closer to getting the concrete slab built that the equipment will sit on.

She said after it was surveyed, she noticed on one side of the lot it stopped approximately 10-feet from the sidewalk.

Weliever told the council she would like to have part of the 10-feet that will be unused.

Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham said he wouldn't have a problem letting Weliever use that space as long as there aren't any utilities there, which the city will research.

Weliever also presented the council with a draft of the skatepark rules, which will be posted at the entrance.

The first two rules read, "Skaters use this facility at their own risk," and "The city of Brazil does not assume liability of lost/stolen property or liability from accidents."

Other rules include:

* Only skateboards and in-line skates are permitted (No bikes),

* Proper protective equipment ... are required during skating activities,

* The City of Brazil reserves the right to deny entry to the park, and

* Failure to follow these rules may result in expulsion from the park.

Meanwhile, concerned citizens living close to the 422 E. Illinois St. residence, which is acting as a dog kennel, were in attendance to vocalize complaints and turn in a petition.

One resident told the council the dogs kept at the house bark an estimated 12 hours total, during a 24-hour span, and provided the council with audio of the incessant barking.

Another resident said there is a large amount of feces the owner never cleans, which sometimes makes it impossible to open their windows or be outside.

The neighbors also felt the dogs are mistreated to the point of animal cruelty.

After hearing the complaints, the council agreed it needed to take care of the problem and scheduled a special session to work on the animal code and this specific case for April 25, at 7 p.m., in Brazil City Hall.

The council also passed two resolutions.

Resolution No. 8-2012 will rescind part of Resolution No. 2-2012, which declared it was economically unjustifiable to sell certain city properties.

However, one of those properties, located at 703 S. Chicago Ave., will be transferred to Habitat for Humanity of Clay County.

The resolution was passed unanimously.

The council then needed to pass Resolution No. 9-2012, which will authorize the transfer of said property to Habitat for Humanity of Clay County.

That resolution was passed unanimously as well.

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

Its next regularly scheduled meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9.

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