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Board accepts bid

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Brazil Board of Public Works and Safety members Linda Messmer (left) and Ruthann Jeffries listen to a proposal offered by Kenna Consulting Vice President Angie Pappano. [Order this photo]
After careful review Wednesday, the Brazil Board of Public Works and Safety unanimously accepted a bid from Iseler Demolition, Inc., to tear down the city's old water tower, located on Vandalia Street.

The board opened bids for the tower demolition Monday. It received two, one from Iseler Demolition, Inc., based in Michigan, and the other from All Industrial Services, Inc., based in Ohio.

Iseler's bid was for $6,810, while All Industrial Services bid $39,257.

Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham informed board members he had engineers from HWC Engineering look over the bids prior to Wednesday's vote.

"There's quite a bit of difference in those two bids so we wanted to make sure," Wyndham said.

Board member Linda Messmer wanted to know if either company would receive the scrap metal from the demolition.

"They are going to recover the steel," Wyndham said.

The board then voted on the bids.

"I feel comfortable with this," Wyndham said. "That's all they're going to charge, and that's all they're going to get."

Meanwhile, the board also tackled the subject of water adjustments offered to area laundromats.

Discussion began in March about the 50-percent water adjustments, which had been in place for some establishments for as long as 30 years.

"It was kind of a handshake agreement," Wyndham said. "But we want to do away with the agreement."

City Attorney Traci Lawson drafted a resolution calling for the water adjustments to begin decreasing by 10 percent per month on a four-month "gradual ease."

Board member Ruthann Jeffries said she had conducted her own research, asking owners of various restaurants and other establishments in the city the amount of water they go through on a monthly basis.

"They're not getting this kind of adjustment," Jeffries said. "Citizens aren't getting this either. I think we're justified in doing this."

The board unanimously voted to accept the resolution as written.

In other business, the board:

* Agreed to sell the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) property on North McGuire Street to a local family.

The board also agreed to work with area realtors in an effort to sell the three remaining NSP homes,

* Agreed to affirmation of two unsafe structures, per request from City Planning Administrator Stacey Gibbens. The owners of the property at 110 S. Wheeler St., Brazil, were given 30 days to remove personal property and to remove the structure from the lot. In addition, the owners of the property at 305 N. Alabama St., Brazil, were given 90 days to rehabilitate the property or the city could declare an ordinance violation has taken place,

* Agreed to add $20,000 for the United States 40 utility relocation for subsurface investigation, and

* Learned Gibbens had sent out letters to several residents in regard to tall grass violations.

The board meets regularly on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Its next meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m., May 9.

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