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Business discussed at Tuesday's city council session included:

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

- A grant program for low-income homeowners

Council members passed Resolution 1-2006 on its second reading, clearing the way for a grant program which will allow disabled, elderly or low-income homeowners to pay for necessary home improvements with state money.

Available through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the Homeowner Repair and Improvement Grants average about $11,000 and cover repairs ranging from leaky faucets to full-scale electrical upgrades, according to a City of Brazil press release.

Grants will be awarded to 18-20 Brazil homeowners, according to the release. Anyone can apply for the subsidies, but the selection process affords preference to very-low income residents (an income of $32,100 or less for a family of four), female heads of household and the elderly and disabled.

Pre-application for the grants is available in the Planning Office at Brazil City Hall or by calling Kenna Consulting, the firm administrating the grants, at (317)781-1651.

-Ordinance 15-2006

For the second consecutive session, council members voted to table Ordinance 15-2006, a measure that would restrict the parking of "certain types of trailers" on city streets.

City Attorney Joe Trout asked council members for more time to tweak a revised version of the ordinance, which he said will likely contain stipulations affecting a wide variety of large vehicles.

The council passed Ordinance 14-2006, a similar measure specific to "semi-trailers," at its April 25 session.

-A mapping system for the city's water and sewer lines

Representatives of the Bonar Group, a Fort Wayne-based engineering firm, pitched a service to the council that would provide a detailed map of the city's miles and miles of water and sewer lines.

Using aerial photography in tandem with sophisticated computer software, the service would allow the city to pinpoint the location of a leaking line and compile a detailed inventory of its water and sewer systems, all the way down to individual manhole covers and one-inch water lines.

Joel Holloway, a Bonar Group engineer, declined to estimate what the service would cost the city.

He said the firm's contract with the City of Clinton to map road networks, traffic signs and water and sewer systems amounted to around $25,000, but predicted a study limited to water and sewer lines would be significantly less expensive.

Mayor Tom Arthur invited Bonar Group representatives to a council meeting after taking in a similar presentation made to city officials in Turkey Run.

Though the council took no official action on the matter Tuesday, Arthur said he wanted council members to be aware of the benefits such a service provides.

"I thought (they) should take a look at it," he said. "I thought it would be a nice asset."

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