Mayor Ann Bradshaw is wasting no time in helping fix problem areas in town. During a recent meeting for the Board of Public Works and Safety, bids were accepted for sidewalk rehabilitation needed in several locations in Brazil.
Three companies, Dennis Trucking and Excavating, Artistic Construction and M & D Excavating, submitted bids.
Bradshaw confirmed on Monday, that M & D Excavating has been awarded the contract. Work in the area is expected to begin soon, and to be completed by December.
"There are several areas in town where the sidewalks are in really bad shape. Torn up, sagging down, and crumbing sidewalks are taking precedence," Bradshaw said. "Many of them will be repaired or replaced, in compliance with ADA rules that will make them handicap accessible."
The board also received approval to clean up two area residences, 321 N. Forest Ave. and 816 N. Sherman St.
"We get a lot of calls about properties in town that are falling down, overgrown or just used as dumps," Planning and zoning administrator Michele Griffin said.
"The city serves notice to these residences and if no resolution to the problem occurs, cleans up the property at the owners' expense."
Several other properties will be assessed in town, and the funds to clean them up come from an Unsafe Building Fund.
"It's in our best interest to clean up these areas," Griffin said. "These condemned or unsafe houses can cause many safety issues. We've had people break into them and steal copper wiring, copper pipes, cabinets and other items. We've had people using them for parties with alcohol and drugs. We've had issues with vermin moving into them, rats, snakes and other undesirable creatures that can carry diseases. These properties need to be rehabilitated or demolished to protect other residents."
Another item discussed in July's meeting was the purchase of a new truck for the street department. More information is needed, so the board will discuss this issue at the next meeting.
The next public meeting of the Board of Works and Public Safety is scheduled for Aug. 3, at 1p.m. in council chambers at city hall.