The Brazil Board of Works had its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m., with the main topic of discussion revolving around water adjustments for local car washes.
Representatives from both Stewart's and Slack's car washes stated their desire to maintain their current adjustments during the Nov. 14, meeting. They explained their need to keep the taps on during winter months to prevent pipes from freezing. For this reason, it has been the city's policy to have a water adjustment from December through February. The adjustment is not made on the price of the water, but on the cleaning of the water.
Board members discussed eliminating this adjustment altogether or employing a more standardized policy for both car washes.
"I think we need to get these adjustments on a level plane instead of the way they are being done right now," said Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham. "They are different from one car wash to the other, and I would like to see it set as the same."
Dissenting opinions were voiced from the Board, regarding the fairness of the adjustment for a selective group of Clay County citizens. Board member Linda Messmer stated household pay more than car washes for water clean up, but the level of debris isn't comparable to that of Great Dane. Messmer stated there isn't a fair balance with the current system.
"Do we go through every industry we have and (figure) a percentage of how much it costs to clean up?" Messmer said. "Its unfair to the individual consumer that a business gets a discount when the individuals don't."
Wyndham stated that individual residences do receives adjustments if and when they are needed.
"We do adjustments for everybody, even residential, if needed," Wyndham said. "Now, they don't get it automatically, but they get it if there is a circumstance that arises."
Individual residences are allotted one adjustment per year if they have doubled their usage. The Board agreed this allows for flexibility for varying circumstances.
The board came to an agreement, with a motion being passed to allow both Burk's and Slack's car washes an adjustment during the months of January, February and March for sewer only based off 2,500 cubic feet.
Other business discussed at the meeting is as follows:
Purchase agreements were presented for the sale of two Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) houses. The house's locations are 404 Hendrix St., and 521 Compton St., Brazil,
A 2.8 percent increase was presented for cost of living for local firefighters 1453,
Clean-up orders were issued for five Clay County residences, with three homes receiving extensions until Dec. 31, and
Chief of Police Clint McQueen gave an update on the police department activities. According to McQueen, the Clay County police department has responded to 7,288 calls this year for police service. Officers have completed over 1,000 case reports on the incidents. Officer Graig Bass had completed his four-month police training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield. McQueen also looked into handgun laws, and confirmed persons with a valid permit can carry a handgun in city parks.