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Animal ordinance examined

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Brazil City Council's June meeting took place on Wednesday. The council discussed changes to the animal control contract and cleared up some confusion regarding where oil money is being spent. Pictured are City Attorney Traci Lawson (from left), Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham, Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen, Councilman Sam Glover and Councilman Brad Deal. [Order this photo]
The Brazil City Council met for its monthly meeting Wednesday and discussed changes to the animal control ordinance, as well as where oil money is being spent.

Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham let those in attendance know the council has been working hard to get the necessary changes to the animal ordinance made.

"We have been working diligently on this animal situation, and I really feel like the council is moving forward on this," Wyndham said. "There were some good ideas and some changes to these ordinances, which I think will be a positive move."

Councilman Brad Deal agreed.

"I feel like a lot of things that we added to it, (like) the penalties, fines and so on is going to be helpful," Deal said. "I think it's definitely a step in the right direction for the city and trying to get (control of) this animal control issue."

Councilman Sam Glover said situations could arise in the future, but this is a good starting point.

"It's not that some things may not come up in the future," Glover said, "but I think we have a really good grip on what needed to be done."

The council also mentioned, in the future, possibly having an animal control officer, or ordinance enforcement officer to enforce the new ordinance and work with law enforcement.

However, before the council can move to approve the changes to the animal ordinance, City Attorney Traci Lawson must first finalize it.

"I didn't prepare the ordinance because I wanted to make sure there weren't any changes," Lawson said. "That this was the end (product); this is what (the council) wants to adopt and if this is what everybody wants, I'll put it in ordinance form and we'll bring it for the July meeting."

The council agreed to let Lawson finalize the ordinance so it can be adopted at the July 11 Council meeting, at which time The Times will cover the ordinance and its changes extensively.

Before moving on to other business, Wyndham said he wanted the public to know the ordinance will be adopted at next month's meeting and the changes will be enforced.

Meanwhile, the council wanted to clear up some confusion regarding the location of oil revenues.

"I've done some research, and I can tell you ... that money was actually put into the 2012 budget (for) the Brazil Municipal Sewage Works to subsidize their operation," Wyndham said. "This budget ... was adopted by the Board of Works last fall (and) it's in the minutes."

Wyndham said it was important for the public to know he and the council are aware of where the money is going.

"We can show where it's going," Wyndham said. "I wasn't on board then and that's what was done with it. I don't know if (Brazil Municipal Sewage Works is where) I'd like to see it continue (to go), I think when we do the next budget we (should) seriously consider (getting) that oil money out of that situation.

"My theory is it's not good to use that money to put into a budget because it's money that may or may not be there. But right now, that's exactly where it's going."

Wyndham said he didn't think it was a good idea to take the money away right now, because it could be detrimental to the department's operations.

"To pull it out of there right now, I'm afraid may cripple them," Wyndham said. "The accounting firm (Umbaugh & Associates, Indianapolis, when they did their calculations) ... they saw that money and apparently felt (and recommended) that's where it needed to go because the wastewater utility is, for lack of better words, not healthy financially. They needed help."

Wyndham added he or the council wasn't trying to hide anything from the public.

"We want people to understand that we do know where the money is going," Wyndham said. "We can answer that, it's all public record. Anybody that wants to come up and look, I'll give them all the information they want on it."

He also said he asked the department to keep track of exactly what the money is spent on.

"I asked (the department) to put (the oil money) in a separate account within their budget and keep a line item on where it is spent," Wyndham said. "If (for example), it's spent on paper clips or something, we want it to show that money went to buy paper clips."

In other news:

* Residents Scott and Matt Aselage were on hand to ask the council to consider making the intersection of Whiterock Road and Leavitt Street/North County Road 150 West a four-way stop. As of now, the intersection is a two-way stop, with no stop on Whiterock Road. The Aselage's feel -- especially after the accident at the intersection, which claimed the life of Troy Jeffrey on June 2 -- making the intersection a four-way stop will make the area safer. The council agreed it would look into the request, as well as the possibility of putting more speed limit signs in the area, and

* The council adopted Resolution No. 11-2012, which is regarding anti-nepotism. The resolution is pursuant to state code and prohibits the hiring of a family member who will be in the direct line of supervision of the other. The motion was made and it passed unanimously (Councilman Dustin Jorgensen was absent).

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

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What are laws about dogs outside city limits? I worry about my children and animals with pitbulls running around loose.

-- Posted by skooby on Thu, Jun 21, 2012, at 7:52 PM

you have a need to worry because clay county has no animal control law. the commisioners have been presented one but wont pass it .

-- Posted by car11 on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 10:05 PM

It would be helpful to publish the proposed changes to the ordinances BEFORE it is passed next month and not AFTER. Changes in laws should be open for discussion. Brazil Times- If you have a copy of the proposed ordinance changes, can you please publish it before the July meeting?

-- Posted by Claycountian on Sat, Jun 23, 2012, at 1:40 PM

Stiffer Fines for brazil people letting the animals run loose and bigger fines will make sure they keep the animals in the house and out of the streets. GO BRAD

-- Posted by oknow on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 9:09 PM

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