City edges closer to getting community development grant

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The City of Brazil is inching closer to being able to apply for a Community Development Block Grant.

In late November, 400 income surveys were sent to random water customers in Brazil and, as of Thursday, 283 have been completed.

"I am really impressed with the number of responses we have received back," Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw said.

"We have had some that were non deliverable or we have called at least three times and not been able to reach, but overall the residents have been very helpful."

The city still has approximately 63 more surveys to try to finish before another random pool of residents can be drawn by the West Central Economic Development District, who are assisting with the process, to complete the survey.

"We will begin going door-to-door as soon as the weather breaks to finish the ones we have left from this group," Bradshaw said.

"If we end up having 77 surveys left, the next draw would be for only 77 households because we have to get exactly 400 responses."

Of the 283 completed surveys, 127 indicate households which are above their set income limit and 156 which are below.

The household income limit varies depending on the number of individuals living in the residence.

The potential grant would be used for water projects in the City of Brazil, including possibly replacing the water tower, which was built in 1956 and, at least, needs a lot of repairs.

The survey itself is fairly short with only a few questions to answer and the personal information of the household is kept separate from the survey results.

"It is a pretty simple survey to complete," Bradshaw said. "We called quite a few and got the information over the phone and many of them had simply forgot they had received the survey."

Bradshaw said Council Member Brad Deal has already begun collecting more surveys door-to-door, but the city needs more volunteers to complete everything as soon as possible.

"We have a few city employees who are going to help, but we would like to have more," she said. "We are going to try to have volunteers go out in pairs to make it safer and easier."

Volunteers would go out at different times during the day in an attempt to gather the rest of the surveys needed.

"Even though the number left is dwindling, the fact the survey is of random water customers in Brazil and take us from one neighborhood to another just to get a couple completed," Bradshaw said.

To volunteer in the survey collection, contact the Mayor's Office at 443-2221.

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