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Hydrant contest sparking ideas for beautification

Friday, October 3, 2008

Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw didn't see this coming.

In July, city officials set up a Community Fund for area residents and businesses to donate money to help the city start up new programs.

The first project chosen through the program was a contest for children to paint fire hydrants along National Avenue.

The contest was split into three categories, including elementary-aged, junior/senior high school-aged and adults.

Rachel Gibbens, 5, daughter of Justin and Beth Gibbens, Brazil, was one of the winners of the contest, and painting her fire hydrant -- with Bradshaw's help -- on National Avenue in September.

Interest was sparked through the community with the project, something Bradshaw admitted she didn't think would happen.

But she's glad to see it.

"I think it's great," Bradshaw told The Brazil Times. "I'm glad it sparked some interest."

The Brazil Times posted a picture of Gibbens, Bradshaw and Brazil City Firefighter Greg Sanders in September. Since the picture was posted on www.thebraziltimes.com, several respondents have started tossing ideas back and forth of other ways to help beautify the city.

"That's great," Bradshaw said. "It would be great if people want to stop in the office and get our heads together. If the community has any ideas, we'll welcome those."

Some of the posted ideas included ideas regarding wall murals, sidewalk murals, trashcans on city streets, statues, banners, drug awareness signs, etc.

Several responders on the website suggested trashcans on city streets would "encourage people to clean up this town." Other responders suggested implementing art projects for the city.

Bradshaw said her administration has come up with several ideas to help beautify the city but always welcomes more.

"It's been on our minds since I came into office," she said. "I think the city is looking better and I'd like to see this as an ongoing project."

She added it was "fun" helping Gibbens paint the fire hydrant.

"Our children, to me, are precious cargo," Bradshaw said. "They're just little minds and we want them to grow into great minds."

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Thank you to whoever contacted the Mayor's office ~ we have been posting some terrific ideas ~ would love for some or all of them to be implemented to promote Brazil & Clay County ~ and thank you to the Mayor's office for listening & contacting the Times office with this article ~ time for all of us to get busy with these ideas!

-- Posted by karebabe on Sat, Oct 4, 2008, at 8:48 AM

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