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City Council redistricts wards

Friday, December 28, 2012

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Brazil City Attorney Traci Lawson shows the Brazil City Council including Council member Tyler Hutcheson (left) the map with the new district boundaries for the city. The council approved the ordinance that changes the districts. [Order this photo]
During the Brazil City Council special meeting Thursday evening, council members discussed Ordinance No. 24-2012, an ordinance amending the boundaries of the city including Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4.

"As the population has grown, you have to shift (the boundaries) some," City Attorney Traci Lawson said.

According to Lawson, after each census, cities are supposed to redistrict to even out the population of every ward. The census requires each district population be within 10 percent of each other.

According to the ordinance, the wards will be as follows:

* "Ward 1 shall consist of all of the city which lies north of the centerline of National Avenue and east of Forest Avenue and west of North Sycamore Street,

* "Ward 1 shall consist of the part of the city which lies north of the centerline of National Avenue and west of Forest Avenue to a line beginning at National Avenue and going north on North Washington Street and then west on East Blaine Street and then north on North Washington Street and east on East Collins Street and north on North Indiana Street,

* "Ward 2 shall consist of all of the part of the city that lies north of the centerline of National Avenue and west Forest Avenue except the part of the city which lies north of the centerline of National Avenue and west of Forest Avenue to a line beginning at National Avenue and going north on North Washington Street and then west on East Blaine Street and then north on North Washington Street and east on East Collins Street and north on North Indiana Street, and the part of the city that lies north of the centerline of National Avenue and South of West Central Avenue and west of North Hoosier Street,

* "Ward 3 shall consist of all the part of the city that lies south of the centerline of National Avenue and west of Forest Avenue,

* "Ward 3 shall consist of the part of the city that lies north of the centerline of National Avenue and south of West Central Avenue and west of North Hoosier Street,

* "Ward 4 shall consist of all the part of the city that lies south of the centerline of National Avenue and east of Forest Avenue, and

* "Ward 4 shall consist of the city that lies north of the centerline of National Avenue and east of North Sycamore Street."

Lawson showed the council members a map of the city with the amended districts.

"I don't think a better job could have been done," Councilman Sam Glover said.

The Brazil City Council approved the ordinance.

Meanwhile, the council members discussed an insurance buyout for city employees. The buyout would be for $1,000 per year. The money would be prorated every year at a monthly rate.

Lawson plans to write a new ordinance to amend the one currently in place. The employees would receive $83.33 per month if choosing to buyout. They must show proof of insurance to do so. The ordinance will be retroactive for the year 2012.

The issue was tabled until the next meeting.

In other news:

* The council approved a re-appropriation of funds in order to keep the funds positive. The re-appropriation kept all the monies within the same departments, but moved them to different funds.

"It's just a technicality, it's nothing big," said Karen McQueen, Brazil clerk-treasurer, and

* The council was notified the Forest Park Golf Course is now paid in full to the City of Brazil.

The council meets regularly on the second Wednesday of each month at City Hall. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Jan. 9.



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