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.