Calls for service to city police remain stable, compared to last year, says police chief
While calls for service to the Brazil Police Department often increase from year to year when spring arrives and more people get outside to enjoy the warm weather, that was not the case in May, Brazil Police Chief Clint McQueen told the Board of Public Works and Safety on Wednesday.
It just so happens that when McQueen looked at the numbers for May and May a year ago, they were identical. Seven hundred, 48 calls were taken by dispatchers, most of which were theft (13), drug crimes (9), sex crimes (8) and criminal mischief (6.)
McQueen has also scheduled officers to be at Forest Park each night the carnival is in town for the Rotary 4th of July Celebration.
In other business:
•The city received just one bid to do work on the former Duke Energy building at 401 W. National Avenue to turn it into a police station and for other city uses. But that bid from Global Construction Management was about $50,000 higher than the cost estimate the city received. Most of the difference was for labor, which was $30,000 higher than estimated.
Mayor Bryan Wyndham asked the board to reject the bid.
“We can be our own general contractor,” the mayor said.
•Mayor Wyndham also thanked The Brazil Times for the May 30th news story explaining why recent bad publicity from the national press is not true because only one small part of the picture was presented, using data that was out of date.
The Brazil Times is planning a series of interviews and news stories highlighting what is good about Brazil, a newspaper representative said.