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Paving grant denied

Thursday, February 10, 2005

While the City of Brazil's application for a federal paving grant for Pinckley Street was denied, Mayor Tom Arthur said he's not giving up yet.

Brazil City Council members approved the Mayor's street repaving project priority list, Resolution 1-2005, at their Tuesday meeting. Councilman Jim Sheese voted in opposition.

"We're trying to get a federal grant. We have been denied," Arthur told the Council. "We haven't given up yet, and we will submit it again."

The city's request for $1 million was added to those from cities throughout Indiana, totaling $134 million. Only $12 million in funding is available.

Arthur said the city has been setting aside about $8,500 each month to go toward the project, 10 percent of which must be financed by the city itself. Since Brazil would also have to pay for engineering costs, grant funding would cover about 80 percent of project-associated fees. City Engineer Brian Pohlar is working with the Indiana Dept. of Transportation for other possibilities, the Mayor explained.

The grant is basically for a main artery, he said. "They didn't see it as supplying an industry or industrial park."

Now that the grant application has been denied, the city has a better idea of what will be necessary to secure grant funding in the future.

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