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Council talks budget

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Members of the Brazil City Council met for a special session meeting Wednesday, Oct. 17, in City Hall to discuss the general and departmental budgets for the City of Brazil in 2013. Council President Sam Glover led the budget workshop with the help of Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen. [Order this photo]
The City of Brazil Common Council met for a special meeting on Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., in the Brazil City Hall Council Chambers.

The purpose of the special meeting was for the council to review the 2013 budget for the departments of the City of Brazil.

Council President Sam Glover led the budget workshop with the help of Karen McQueen, Brazil clerk-treasurer.

The council went through the general budget as well as the budgets for all city departments and discussed the budgets with department heads that were present.

The council first reviewed the 2013 budget's cash flow sheet that indicates what the ending cash result will be at the end of 2013 for all funds within the city.

"The object here is to either a, have a cash balance, or b, take it to zero," McQueen said.

McQueen said she worked with all departments to move money according to state law or ordinances so the budgets all came out with a cash balance or at zero by the end of 2013.

"In the general fund, for 2013, we'll have the most money we've ever had," McQueen said. "I've played more of an active role with the budgets this year than I ever have been able to. It's been very nice."

In the general budget, McQueen said the city is waiting to hear what their insurance premium increases for 2013 will be. McQueen said the increase could be as much as 10-15 percent.

Mayor Brian Wyndham wondered if it would be easier to budget insurance premium increases if the city did their budgets on a fiscal year rather than a calendar year.

"If we budgeted it on a fiscal year," Wyndham said, "then McQueen would be able to look ahead and know what to budget for insurance."

Wyndham said the city is currently shopping with different insurance companies concerning insurance premiums.

The council also reviewed budgets for the mayor, city council, planning and zoning, city attorney, fire department, police department, civil city bonds, motor vehicle highways, sanitation, cemeteries and parks and recreation department.

Under the council budget, McQueen left funds available to possibly hire an animal control officer. McQueen said she's heard several city council members discuss the need for an animal control officer in Brazil, so she appropriated funds for that position, should the city decide to hire someone.

McQueen also proposed increasing the salaries for two Board of Works members to match that of city council members.

Planning and Zoning Administrator Stacey Gibbens was present to report of varying increases in her department's 2013 budget.

According to Gibbens, the planning and zoning budget increased their funds for postage and mowing.

Gibbens said the planning and zoning department is working on computerizing building permits in order to make the process faster and increase productivity.

Gibbens also said the planning and zoning department has budgeted $20,000 for 2013 for dumpster and debris removal at vacant homes and clean up lots in the city.

An additional $10,000 was appropriated to the attorney budget to go toward any additional attorney fees. McQueen said sometimes the city works with attorneys other than the city attorney for small jobs, and they've never budgeted for it in the past.

The city fire and police departments will both go through a transition in 2013. Their insurance funds will move from the council budget to their own departmental budgets and will see a monetary change because of that transition.

Fire Chief Jake Bennett also reported that salary increases in 2013 would lead to an $11,000 overtime increase in their department's budget.

When discussing local roads and streets, the council discussed the option of using possible Rainy Day Funds to repair roads and do repaving.

Wyndham mentioned the possibility of the city purchasing paving and steamrolling equipment in order for the city to do the jobs themselves instead of hiring outside companies to do the work.

Finally, the parks and recreation department increased the funds they'd need to clean and repair several park bathrooms that have faced a lot of vandalism and destruction in the past year.

The Brazil City Council will meet next on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers.

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lets see.six months ago,the city was going on about taxing pet owners to help suppliment the city income,6 months later, theyre throwing money around for pay raises,hiring folks,buying machines to fix the streets instead of contracting it to professionals to fix the streets.ok,to be fair,the city did buy a street sweeper machine to maintain the forest park streets,and is it ever used?no,it is not.it dont work,yet,you didnt hear the city tell tax payers that their tax money was used to buy a hunk o junk.just makes me wonder how much more junk the city will buy.listen to the tax payers brazil,leave the jobs which clearly are out of the city expertiseto do to the professionals.what really irks me is i am a tax payer and can not utilize craig park because it is closed?for the winter.who makes these decisions as to who closes what that tax payers HAVE A RIGHT TO USE?

-- Posted by unclegrabby on Fri, Oct 19, 2012, at 1:05 AM

What really irk me is people like unclegrabby who don't have a clue and don't know what he talking about.First it only the restrooms that is closed at Craig park. They are always closed at winter time.They was just closed a couple of weeks early Next the park doesn't have a street sweeper.You do not have any ideal what you seeing it a trash pich up machine and was almost given to the park at a very low price.What have you done for Brazil? Why don't you attend a council or park board meeting and get your facts straight.You never state any true facts.

-- Posted by lewis76 on Fri, Oct 19, 2012, at 5:00 PM

Okay, let's follow topic here. This article has some great substance and shows that the city is in the right direction. I agree with the mayor, let's purchase our own paving machines and train individuals on the use of them. There is a sweeper somewhere, but where is it? It may be broken down and not cost-effective to fix.

As far as Craig Park being closed, I have yet to see anything about this? I can understand why they close it down with all the vandalism going on. There aren't too many eyes and ears at the park, like Forest Park.

I think the animal control Officer is a horrible idea. They should hire an additional police Officer and give the police department that duty. I would rather see an additional patrolman on the streets. I don't see a problem in the animal control issue since they have switched to the Clay County Humane Society.

-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Fri, Oct 19, 2012, at 5:56 PM

to donald53,yes,the park does have a street sweeper that remains parked in the bldg across from where i live.i have seen park employees turn wrench after wrench,scratch their heads,shrug their shoulders and then parked it in the bldg ten months ago.the only time they get it out is to get it out so they can get some other thing out,then put it back in.so,just for you donald 53,ill video tape it for you and upload it to youtube for the city,including you to see.what have i done for the city?been the bearer of dictators (bill houck park supt)telling me they will call the cops the next time they see me or my k9s in the park ever again.a tax payer who isnt allowed the same liberties as you fat drama queens.thats what makes this country so great,freedom of speech.what have you done for the city?ive not once come across one person say,hay,thats wrong to tell a tax payer they cant walk their k9s in the park without retribution of legal action.i sure as hell dont see the mayor stepping in the ring and make an out of line employee appoligize for his remarks.why should you be any different.

-- Posted by unclegrabby on Sat, Oct 20, 2012, at 1:25 AM

one more thing donald53,the city of brazil had my facebook account suspended in an attempt to squelch the freedom of speech i elected to have on their precious facebook page for parks and recreation because they knew what i said was the truth about their supt.guess youre a follower of oh,its all good until someone with gonads steps up and tells it the way it really is.thats what youve done for the city of brazil.

-- Posted by unclegrabby on Sat, Oct 20, 2012, at 1:33 AM

unclegrabby your comment prove you are a lier I know the only full time park employee other than than Mr. Houck. I asked him about this about this and there is nothing wrong with this except battery is dead and it not a streetsweeper.I had to laugh at your last comment you need help.

-- Posted by lewis76 on Sat, Oct 20, 2012, at 4:18 AM

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha .dumb a &*,youll believe him when you stated earlier they dont have a street sweeper and yet you contridict your own stAtement by saying oh i talked to so and so and they DO HAVE A SWEEPER.NOW WHO NEEDS TO GET THERE STORY STRAIGHT?MORON.

-- Posted by unclegrabby on Thu, Oct 25, 2012, at 1:08 AM

Yard sweeper is not a street sweeper.You need help.

-- Posted by lewis76 on Thu, Oct 25, 2012, at 4:15 AM

take a break unclegrabby

-- Posted by MS660 on Sat, Oct 27, 2012, at 2:12 PM

why would the city need a yard sweeper?can anyone with any intelligence tell me why does the park dept need a yard sweeper.bet not one of yall can tell me.i didnt think so.why does the city need this.its your tax dollars at alledged work here.if it is an alledged yard sweeper,i can bet i will stand on my porch and wait and watch and never see this alledged yard sweeper used.how many yard sweepers do yall own and use on your own lawn.whats that?none yall say.well,imagine that.

-- Posted by unclegrabby on Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 1:41 AM

lol wait until they set budget for the animal control contract ,

-- Posted by oknow on Fri, Nov 9, 2012, at 1:13 PM

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