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Council sinks teeth into ordinances

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham
For a handful of years now, members of the Common Council of Brazil have tackled several animal ordinances on the books.

On Wednesday, the council conducted a special meeting asking for audience participation regarding the ongoing issue.

"A lot of people don't realize how serious this situation is," Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham said.

Wyndham informed those in attendance Wednesday he hoped to receive input from the audience in order for the council to discuss the ideas in a work session.

"We need to get the nuts and bolts of this thing put together," he said.

Resident Linda Messmer asked the council if it was possible to increase the monetary amount on animal tags. She wondered if doing this might generate more money for animal control help.

Wyndham said that was possible.

"We do have some animal ordinances in place, but we need to do a better job of enforcing them," he said. "It's a problem. It's one of our biggest problems."

Other audience members asked how long it might take the city to come together with tougher, stiffer penalties.

"It's not going to be a year-long process," Wyndham said.

Board member Sam Glover added it might take three to four months to have everything prepared.

Councilman Brad Deal said he wanted to see an increase in fines regarding the animal ordinances, believing $25 per violation wasn't enough.

Resident Garry McNiel said he believed the problem was enforcing the ordinances.

"It's been an ongoing problem," McNiel said. "You can add laws, add laws and add laws. But I challenge the council to come up with the money to find a way to enforce it."

"If we can get this, this money, where it is substantial (regarding fines), people will take notice," Deal added.

"That's a good challenge. I appreciate it," Wyndham said, regarding McNiel's proposal.

Following the special session Wednesday, the council planned to conduct a work session regarding the animal ordinances.

Meanwhile, the council voted 3-2 in favor of amending a resolution regarding a third position in the City Clerk's office.

The resolution in question, 23-2011, called for a third full-time person in the office. The person would handle insurance responsibilities among other duties per City Clerk Karen McQueen.

However, during a recent meeting, Wyndham stated he wanted his administration to begin handling the insurance responsibilities. Still, he believed it would be inappropriate to do away with the position.

After mulling the situation, McQueen proposed the position be part-time, based at 28 hours per week, with no benefits, with duties assigned through her.

After discussion regarding the position, Glover made a motion for the part-time position with an hourly range of $10.71 to $12.89, no benefits, and a job description provided by McQueen.

Board members Deal and Ann Bradshaw voted against the measure.

In other business, the council learned the city had received $165 from the Wabash Valley Community Foundation through the Roy E. Brown Memorial Fund for beautification needs at Forest Park Golf Course.

The council meets regularly on the second Wednesday of each month at City Hall. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., May 9.

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they need to Fine owners they let their dogs CRAP in the park especially around the walking track. I hate to see these peoples back yard.Nasty!

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Wed, Apr 25, 2012, at 8:43 PM

I wonder if the mayor can get any more family members jobs hmmmm lets see the people don't pay attention so OK lets do this family members being hired thing until we are caught by the new Indiana law that comes out in July. Corruption at its finest. :(

-- Posted by Combat VET on Wed, Apr 25, 2012, at 8:51 PM

I don't understand raising the fines on dog owners if there is no animal control officer to enforce the ordinances. How about using the money for the part time third person in the clerks office to hire an animal control officer?

-- Posted by commanche1 on Wed, Apr 25, 2012, at 9:11 PM

I thought the 3rd position was voted in before the previous mayors end and was one of her relatives?

The could make some money enforcing the leash laws in the parks. You rarely see anyone abide by that law.

-- Posted by myownlittleworld1 on Thu, Apr 26, 2012, at 12:39 AM

why dont we worry more about the condition of our streets and creating better paying wages in this community cmon people wake up there in city hall and start dealing with major issues and start earning your money.......... and stop increasing fees for animals and all the other BS you come up or next time I AM VOTING REPUBLICAN BECAUSE IT WILL BE OBVIOUS YOU CANT DO YOUR JOB YOU WAS ELECTED FOR

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Thu, Apr 26, 2012, at 1:42 AM

If I remember right a city ordinance is very hard to enforce and collect. If you write a ticket on an ordinance and they decide not to pay it, the only option is a civil action, if the city wins a judgement the people can pay as little as $1 per month. Now if the fine is $50 at $1 per month it will take 4.16 years to collect the $50 fine. On top of that the city attorney has to be paid to go to court to represent the city. His fee could amount to hundreds of dollars for the paperwork, filing and being in court. CITY ORDINANCES are a waste of time and money. We need to get laws passed at the state level with fines to make a difference. To write a citation an Animal Control officer has to have at least limited police powers. This means another officer on the department, has to be paid at the rate of other officers, then you have price of uniforms, squad car, weapons and training, overtime for court and most of all PERF. Now we are talking thousands of dollars a month. They could utilize a reserve to fill the spot on a volunteer basis, but as it stands now most reserves have jobs and like regular officer have more pressing issues while on duty than trying to find out the dog running loose on the north side of town belongs to someone on the south side or has no owner at all. STATE LAWS folk, its the only way!

Oh and Combat VET I'm only aware of one relative of the Mayor working for the city, and Clint was there many many years before his Uncle became the mayor!

-- Posted by driverdude on Thu, Apr 26, 2012, at 7:35 PM

IMO It was wrong for the new Mayor to remove Chief Pierce for his family member. We the people will not accept nepotism of cronyism in the process of democracy. I will be officially against the law in July. Have a nice Sunday.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Sun, Apr 29, 2012, at 9:35 AM


-- Posted by Combat VET on Sun, Apr 29, 2012, at 9:36 AM

Combat Vet Look Clint is a very good officer and always have been i also know that your police officers are the animal control officers and the shelter only asst them in picking up animals, But you can not blame and point fingers and everyone in office if you do not point fingers at all the people in town with all the animals for just letting them run free and not taking care of them, It is not the polices or the shelters job to care for the animals in Brazil if people can not care for them DO NOT GET THEM . Also Brazil has 3 pit bull breeders alone and 5 small dogs breeders in the city WHY does Brazil need so many breeders and most of them are back yard breeders! and the mayor also had another family member in the fire dept. The shelter is always full and can not take anymore animals due to all the the lose and running animals the people allow to run free and not spay/neuter the animals . Yes the laws need to be enforced more and heavier fines to make people stand up and realize that the city is not going to take it anymore. Not more then 2 months ago everyone was we need a new mayor yahhhhhhhh NOW you realize there is no difference from the new one and the old one it is the counsel that vote not the mayor. Brazil has become a JOKE people in brazil can yell,scream and point fingers all you want but when it comes down to it Brazil people are the PROBLEM. So if you want the town to change stop pointing finger at everyone look in the mirror and fix it.

-- Posted by oknow on Mon, Apr 30, 2012, at 9:09 AM

I agree they should fix it. They should also fix the entire county starting at the corruption at all levels. Save some money and absorb the city Police into the CCSD favoritism and road problem solved. It not rocket science, Marion county did it and it went very smooth.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Mon, Apr 30, 2012, at 1:33 PM

Doesn't look like they hired anyone new, looks like they are cleaning up some of those positions that got shoe-horned in last fall.

You may say it was wrong to remove Pierce, I say it was wrong for him to ever be there. What exactly did he do that was so great?

-- Posted by CaptDan on Wed, May 2, 2012, at 5:08 PM

What positions would you be referring to, CaptDan? Who are they getting rid of now?

-- Posted by commanche1 on Wed, May 2, 2012, at 9:01 PM

The third full-time position in the clerk's office will become a part-time position.

-- Posted by CaptDan on Thu, May 3, 2012, at 1:41 PM

CaptDan: Not anymore. McQueen fired her.

-- Posted by My Dime on Mon, May 7, 2012, at 8:08 PM

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