City Council to help make tracking devices for autistic children available here

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A committee of members of the Brazil City Council plan to work with Erin Withers of Clay County to make Project Lifesaver a reality in Clay County.

Withers presented the program to the City Council on Wednesday at the urging of Mayor Brian Wyndham.

Project Lifesavers uses radio frequencies (not GPS) to locate people who do not have the cognitive ability to care for themselves if they stray from their homes or their caregivers. The equipment allows public safety officials to locate the bracelet on the person in 30 minutes or less, Withers said.

The city will have to purchase a receiver to track the bracelets for $1,500 and be trained by Vigo County authorities who already have the equipment in place.

After hearing Withers’ presentation, City Councilman Steve Bell said, “I think we are all on board but this needs to be done through the county.”

The city council committee, Shane Litz and Steve Bell, will work with the Clay County Sheriff and other departments on the project.

In other business before the council:

• Halloween trick or treat hours were set on Oct. 30-31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• City employees other than police and fire department members who receive raises according to seniority in a tier system, will receive a $500 raise in 2019.

There is some question about city police officers who are at the top of the tier, with seven or more years on the force and Brazil Fire Department members. Those questions will be discussed in a meeting of those departments and a committee of city council members. Any decisions will be made at a meeting on Oct. 24th of the full city council.

• City Attorney Traci Orman presented two possible golf cart ordinances to the city council for future consideration.

Mayor Brian Wyndham said he had received calls from Brazil residents who wanted a city ordinance passed so they would know what is required to drive golf carts and similar vehicles on Brazil city streets, particularly in the area near the Brazil Municipal Gof Course.

The matter is expected to be taken up again in November by the City Council.

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