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Mayor warns against undue optimism about Pinckley Street

Friday, September 2, 2005

Mayor Tom Arthur is cautioning Brazil residents against undue optimism concerning the Pinckley Street project.

On Wednesday, State Rep. Andy Thomas said the Pinckley Street project is No. 2 on INDOT's Crawfordsville District's priority list.

Arthur said this morning that Thomas was correct.

However, "It is a little misleading to state that Pinckley Street is high on INDOT's list," Arthur wrote in a prepared statement. "We are only half way through the grant process."

Arthur also said he and City Engineer Brian Pohlar have been working for two years for a federal STP grant (namanged by INDOT) to repave and improve storm drainage on Pinckley Street.

The No. 1 project is a Crawfordsville project that serves 1,000 employees, the mayor said.

"We have made an effort to tie Brazil's project to economic development," Arthur said. "The Pinckley Street project serves Eutectic Resources and Genesis Enterprises, both of which employ approximately 25 employees. There is, however, a 50,000-square-foot building in the area that is available for development."

The mayor said the grant application has to compete with other similar projects across the state. INDOT's central office in Indianapolis has been given the duty of scoring and awarding grants.

"Last year, there was over $100 million worth of requests and only approximately $13 million in funding," Arthur said. "This year again it is estimated that cities and counties across the state have requested over $100 million in funding and $16.8 million is available for these requests."

The city has earmarked $250,000 as part of the city's match, so if the grant is awarded, the project can begin.

"All we can do at this point is wait for the state to award or deny our request," Arthur said.

Concerning the U.S. 40 project, Arthur said it is scheduled to begin in 2009, but that date is not firm.

The city will be required to install a 9-acre detention pond on the east side. The pond is projected to cost $500,000, but Arthur is negotiating with INDOT to determine how much of the $500,000 will be the city's responsibility.

The U.S. 40 project will run from near The Freeze to west of First Christian Church and cost an estimated $22 million.

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