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City, shelter working together again

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham
At Wednesday's meeting, the Brazil City Council made a motion to allow the Brazil Humane Shelter to take over the remaining contract.

"I think our current vendor (Clay County Animal Rescue), that contract actually ends (May 14), which I believe is Monday," Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham said. "There's been a verbal agreement right now with the Humane Shelter to fulfill that contract throughout the remainder of the year, as the contract states right now."

City Attorney Traci Lawson went into more detail regarding the contract transfer.

"Basically what we'll do is (the council will) go ahead and move to approve the Humane Shelter taking over for the remainder of the year for the same terms of the contract that were enforced with the prior vendor," Lawson said.

The motion was made to accept the transfer of the contract and was passed unanimously.

Meanwhile, the lot located at 725 E. National Ave., will be the site of a Verizon Wireless Store to be built and owned by API, Jeffersonville.

However, as City of Brazil Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens explained to the council, the company ran into some problems regarding utility easements.

"When (API) did their survey," Gibbens said, "they found that there was a vacated street with an easement for utilities that existed on that property, and they had already done their site plans and decided where they were going to put their building, and that easement would run under their structure that they were planning on building.

"So they have requested that the easement be moved over 10-feet. It's a 50-foot easement, we had all the utilities go and check and see if they have anything actually in that 10-feet, and they do not. The petition that you have in front of you has letters from Duke, Vectren and the city utilities in support of moving that easement."

Eric Goodman, API vice president of development, was on hand to give the council information regarding the store that will be built.

"If I may, we're excited to be here," Goodman said. "As Stacy noted, we moved forward with our planning and unfortunately found that the prototype building, which is the radius front -- and in my opinion one of the best looking Verizon prototypes that we build -- was chosen for this site, and it was just off by about 8-feet.

"So that's why we made this petition to move or shift everything over about 10-feet, which as Stacy noted doesn't affect, fortunately, any of the utilities."

Goodman also went into more detail about what the building will look like and who will operate the store.

"We're proposing a radius front, store front glass (building with a) contemporary paint scheme that works well with the contemporary building, and we've done about 38 of these buildings around the country for a franchisee owner that is one of the largest in the nation -- they own 478 locations," Goodman said. "So (the franchise owner is) a very strong tenant; we do this all the time with them, and we're again excited to be here as well."

Councilman Dustin Jorgensen said he thought having the store would be good for Brazil.

"I have to say that is a very nice looking building," Jorgensen said, "if we put that right downtown right there ... that's going to improve the looks of the city tremendously,"

The rest of the council agreed having the business would be good for Brazil, and the motion was made to pass Ordinance No. 8-2012, which pertains to vacating the easement in question, on the first reading.

City Council member Dustin Jorgensen
The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

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Here we go again with the "verbal agreement". Didn't we just have a little problem with a verbal agreement with water service? The old saying is "a verbal agreement isn't worth the paper it's written on". Just sayin'.

-- Posted by My Dime on Fri, May 11, 2012, at 4:58 AM

My Dime:

It was a verbal agreement in the sense that until the contract with the other vendor ended, the council had already planned on the Humane Shelter taking over. In preparation of the contract with the other vendor ending on Monday, the council "made the motion" to transfer the remainder of the contract to the Humane Shelter thus putting it on the record, no longer making it just a verbal agreement.

Sorry if that needed more clarification.

-- Posted by StevenPenn80 on Fri, May 11, 2012, at 1:41 PM

I have a question. Has anyone heard the rumor that the City is out of money and had to borrow from the Water Utilities? I heard people talking at the restaurant this morning. Is that true? It was supposedly discussed at the Council meeting.

-- Posted by commanche1 on Fri, May 11, 2012, at 11:40 PM

We are full is all you will get LOL

-- Posted by oknow on Mon, May 14, 2012, at 10:47 AM

I believe the city is composed of three entities, the water utility being one of them. It is common procedure for one to borrow from the other. If the people at the restaurant were at the meeting, they either did not hear the discussion or simply wanted to start conversation the the restaurant.

-- Posted by My Dime on Thu, May 17, 2012, at 10:36 AM

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