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Mayor ready for first full term

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Brazil City Mayor Ann Bradshaw discusses a current issue with City Attorney Robert Pell. Jason Moon Photo.
As the new year quickly approaches, Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw is setting goals for the city.

At the top of Bradshaw's list is what to do with the local water tower.

"It is in really bad shape and something needs to be done," she said. "We are not quite sure yet whether to fix it up or replace it, but we are looking at all possible options before making a final decision."

The city is currently conducting an income survey so grants can be applied for, not just for the water tower, but also for other potential projects.

One long-standing city issue Bradshaw would like to see completed is the sidewalk project.

Stemming from a Class Action lawsuit in 2001 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, the city was required to repair all sidewalks to make them in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The city was initially given a 2005 deadline to complete the project, but the deadline was extended to 2008.

Another large project in the works is the creation of a retention pond for water runoff.

The pond, which will be located at Pogues Run, will serve a dual purpose of controlling flood waters in the southern part of town and for the retention of water runoff.

The creation of the pond is also needed before the Indiana Department of Transportation will come in to begin the proposed United States 40 project, which has been delayed many times. The project would affect approximately three miles of National Ave., in downtown Brazil.

However, while Bradshaw would like work to start on the pond in the upcoming year, she thinks it won't actually start until 2009.

"It would be great to get this started this next year to get things moving on the U.S. 40 project a little quicker," she said. "The thing is that we are still trying to apply for grants and come up with the needed funds for the pond, so realistically it probably will take until 2009 before things get going."

The last of Bradshaw's goals for 2008 is a way of killing two birds with one stone.

She said she would like to repave city streets, while also working to replace water lines.

"The ideal thing to do is to replace the water lines first and then repave the streets," Bradshaw said. "It doesn't make much sense to fix the streets only to tear them back up to replace water lines."

With the acidic levels of city soil, some of the galvanized water lines are falling apart and the city wants to replace them with PVC lines, which would be more durable.

"This will take time to do," Bradshaw said. "We are also looking for grants to do this work as well, and hope to do as many repairs as possible as the funds become available."

Bradshaw became the first female mayor of Brazil when Tom Arthur resigned in June, and will officially become the first female elected to the position when she begins serving her four-year term on Jan. 1, 2008.

In her six months as mayor, she has been very active in making street repairs already, but it is not her proudest accomplishment to this point.

"It makes me so proud to have been able to bring the K-9 unit and drug detective back to the police force," she said. "All residents want the streets to be safer and this was a big step in doing that."

With a new clerk-treasurer and a couple of new council members officially taking their positions on Jan. 1 as well, the city will undoubtedly have an adjustment period, but Bradshaw has confidence.

"I look forward to working with the new council and clerk-treasurer," she said. "Together, I can see us doing a lot of good for the city and making all the improvements we can."

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I hope something is being done to clean up this town. It is shameful. People don't seem to care about their property and let it grow up in weeds along with all the trash around. It only takes a little effort for each one to keep things picked up, trash off their front porch or yards and keep it mowed. Also, the cracks in the sidewalks through town are full of weeds growing through as well as growing up around posts etc. I am ashamed to say I live here. I've never seen quite like this town.

-- Posted by ctom on Thu, May 27, 2010, at 9:01 AM

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