Brazil Mayor Tom Arthur said the number one thing he's had to deal with since he took office is the sidewalk replacement project.
"I want people to understand what we're up against," Arthur said yesterday afternoon at a press conference at City Hall.
"We're trying. We're doing the best we can."
According to Arthur, the City of Brazil was sued by the American Civil Liberties Union several years ago and had to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act in regards to all of the sidewalks of Brazil.
The contractor's bid for the 2003-2004 portion of the project was originally nearly $1 million. There was only about $750,000 left in the budget going into that phase, which has affected the completion of the project.
Arthur said the city was going to apply for grants from the Indiana Department of Commerce to finish up the work.
"We do want people to call in with their complaints," Arthur said. "But we're asking the citizens of Brazil to understand and give us time to work on it."
Under terms of the suit, the city has until sometime in 2005 to complete the program.
"The number one complaint is the quality of work. The contractor concentrated so hard on getting cement poured, the finishing work has taken a back seat," Arthur explained. "But it's being addressed. The work will meet ADA standards. And the ACLU will inspect after the work is done. I just hope the people of Brazil will understand and be patient."