Church seeks city action to resolve parking issue
Members of First Presbyterian Church returned to the Brazil City Council meeting Wednesday night to discuss parking issues on Walnut Street in front of the Brazil Public Library.
Mike Holland said on more than one occasion “an employee of the library” stopped people who were parking their cars in front of the library drop box and told them they could not park there.
Months ago, the Brazil City Council passed an ordinance allowing parking on the west side of Walnut Street in that block, including the area in front of the library book drop box.
Library Director Jill Scarbrough said Thursday she had not heard about any such incidents.
“I didn’t do it myself and I don’t know anything about it,” Scarbrough said.
The drop off box is located on the sidewalk in front of the library but the library never received permission from the city to put the box on city property, said Mayor Brian Wyndham.
Eric Wyndham, a member of the church, and City Councilman Steve Bell suggested moving the library move the drop box.
Eric suggested the library could place the box in the grass next to the public parking lot on the south side of the library.
Bell suggested the box could be placed on library property on Church Street.
The mayor said he would send the library a letter reminding the library that the spaces in front of the library are public parking and the library cannot control those spaces. He said he would include a copy of the ordinance with the letter.
In other action:
•Gina Grigsby, 1315 N. Sherman St., requested a “Slow Children At Play” sign. They mayor said he would take care of having it installed.
• Morris Manufacturing received continued tax abatement for real property.
According to the required forms filed with the city, Morris Manufacturing exceeded their employee goals.
• Britt Aero/Britt Tool received new tax abatements on real property and personal property.
Britt owner Darin Britt said,”Fabrication has been really busy. We were awarded a contract for a lot of turning.”
The tax abatements were for a building addition planned and for specialized metal turning equipment required because the aerospace materials require special equipment.
The additional equipment will crowd the space already used for manufacturing and the additional space will make working conditions safer, Britt said.
Britt Aero/Britt Tool expects to hire four additional full-time employees.
The company always exceeds its projections when asking for tax abatement, the mayor said.
• The city is putting together a $250,000 match to receive a $750,000 grant from the Community Crossroads program, the mayor said.
Last year, the program required a 50 percent match from cities with less than 10,000 population. This year, the match requirement was dropped to 25 percent.
The $1 million will be used for paving city streets, Mayor Wyndham said, adding 35 percent of city streets have been paved and the $1 million will make it possible to nearly complete paving of all city streets.